The coaching session from hell

At the beginning of the year I was lucky enough to be part of a gaggle (or is the collective noun an “incompetence”) of business trainers and coaches who were trained in  Level B Occupational Personality Assessment.  Bully for you, I hear you say.

The qualification allows us to administer and coach using a wide range of pyschometric tools to help people with personal development, career development and for job assessment.

The various tools we are licensed to use with this qualification ranges from things like Numerical Awareness to more complex personality assessments, which enable some very powerful discussions to take place with people about their personal makeup.  If these tools were to fall into the wrong hands, considerable damage could be done. 

As I experienced yesterday when my colleague and close friend (well, he was until yesterday)  Spencer Holmes and I made a video showing how not to do it.  Spencer proved to be a real expert in using the tool (in this case the 15FQ+, in case you’re wondering) very badly indeed, such that after twelve minutes I was a broken man. 

See how many misdemeanours he manages to perpetrate in this horror movie.  Let it be a warning to us all.  And whatever you do, do NOT try this at home, folks!

About Michael Brown Training

I'm a business skills trainer, facilitator and coach. I've been helping people to learn for 16 years, working all around the world on topics such as Negotiation, Conflict Handling, Sales, Leadership, Consulting and Personal Effectiveness. I'm an ENFP, constantly looking for new and inspiring things to do. I love my job for its variety and the stimulation I get from it, and spend most of my time seeing how far we can go with the subjects we work on in the training room. I've recently started a new venture in making video on how NOT to do things, which you can find at
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12 Responses to The coaching session from hell

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  2. Roy O'Neil says:

    Spencer must have been preparing you for the obvious “your over the hill, time to take early retirement” message. Abolutely fantastic, was all over the place with laughter – could have been taken from “The Office”. Afraid to say I have been there, seen it, and had it done to me.


  3. carolyn says:

    Love it. Fantastic. I want to work for rubber grommets – the interview would be stunning. This could be the start of a new series…….


    • So, a series of “from hell” experiences perpetrated by Spencer Holmes, Grommets Production manager at Rubber Grommets……yes, I think it has legs! Suggestions for next in the series welcome. Thing is, can I take it? I mean, emotionally I genuinely was nearly in tears by the end of this one. A broken man. Not sure how much more I can take.


  4. John Gough says:

    Brilliant, straight from the world of rubber grommets.


  5. Irene Clarke says:

    In today’s society of cuts, the amount of time saved by Spencer in this process was excellent. I think this should be forwarded to 10 Downing Street, especially as you are a conservative!
    i xx
    (They need to something to laugh about, on the other hand…….)


  6. Brilliant. Great fun! Lots of learning in there. Keep it up guys!


  7. Marc Degrelle says:

    How you guys managed to hold your laugh up to min. 11 is a mistery to me!… Beautiful. I always knew Mike was too conventional and not enough intellectual!…


    • So right, Mark, oh so right! One of my strategies for not laughing was the vigorous thigh rubbing. It seemed to help. Not sure whether I have done it under other circumstances though! It sure looks weird, so that’s a bit worrying!


  8. David says:

    How did you manage to play it so straight? To put off corpsing for so long was a real achievement! (Was I the only one to notice that the picture – the unfortunate focal point of the scene – wasn’t hanging straight? Quite distracting!)
    However a wonderful collection of “how-not-to-do-it vignettes” that could usefully be part of any training on how to give meaningful feedback – well done!


  9. Spencer says:

    if only all coaching sessions were so slick


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