(Un)convent(ional) accomodation

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Sneaton Castle
Quietly please

Last week a client arranged for some coaching skills training to take place at the Sneaton Castle Centre in Whitby. This is a lovely old-fashioned sea-side town in northern England. Wow this is fantastic, I thought as I crunched along the gravel driveway to park the car, we’re going to have a great couple of days.

I checked in, collected my key and headed over to the bedroom block. I opened my door and was surprised to find a single bed, towel, wardrobe, table and wash-hand basin. Hang on I thought, where’s the flat screen telly and pillow menu? What’s more to the point, where’s the loo and shower?

It turned out that there was a TV lounge where the majority of residents had chosen a documentary on the Bronte sisters over Britain’s Got Talent that I’d been following. The loo and the shower were communal, so I was going to have to get up early to get a good slot.

So, seeing little option, I kicked of my shoes and lay back on the bed to read the newspaper. By the time I turned off the light to go to sleep, I’d read my paper cover to cover (a rare treat), three chapters of a novel and half a business book. I didn’t get to see who got voted through on the show and I couldn’t check my emails, but guess what? The world didn’t end!

I went on to have the best night’s sleep I can remember for months and a shower the next morning that I would like to show to any Travelodge manager and say, “See! it can be done!!”

I’ve always been an advocate of quiet contemplation, now more than ever after this; my own very effective reminder.

Matt Somers

Matt Somers

Matt Somers is the UK’s leading trainer of managers as coaches. His coaching skills training programmes, books, articles and seminars have helped thousands of managers achieve outstanding results through their people.

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