How can coaching help me?

In an ideal world we could simply identify areas of life and career we want to improve and then immediately take action. In reality, everyone encounters obstacles: lack of motivation, procrastination, time scarcity, discouragements, feeling overwhelmed and fuzzy thinking, to name a few. It’s the job of the skilled life-coach - using their expertise and range of tools and techniques - to help you to navigate and overcome these obstacles.

In coaching there’s an assumption that the coachee (the client) is ultimately the expert in their own life situation. However, most people find that obstacles get in the way of their goals. It's the job of the coach to enable you examine and address these challenges and to take positive and enduring action.

Where does the face-to-face coaching take place?

Face-to-face coaching can take place in a semi-public space such as a discrete area of a café or at my home Stratford-upon-Avon. Alternatively, it can be at your own home or business.

How about coaching via Skype?

If you prefer to use Skype, I will ordinarily be in my home office and you would find a quiet and private place with either a PC/laptop or smartphone or tablet.

What kinds of topics can you help me with?

I can help you to achieve your goals in topics such as:
* confidence building
* leadership
* public speaking
* job interviews
* presentation skills
* redundancy
* foreign language learning
* career change & planning
* giving and receiving feedback
* assertiveness
* stress and anxiety
* decision-making
* breaking unhelpful habits and creating useful ones
* overcoming procrastination
* developing motivation
* adopting a planet-friendly lifestyle
* study skills
* professional development
* dealing with negative thinking patterns
* enhancing customer service skills

What coaching-related credentials do you have?

I have a certificate in coaching from the Centre for Coaching, London and a CMI (Chartered Management Institute) level 7 certificate in Leadership Coaching and Mentoring.

I have been working in the careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) field for over twenty years and currently deliver coaching services as part of my paid employment.

Will you advise me about what I should do?

My approach is based on the assumption that we have the capacity to solve our own problems, achieve our goals and make improvements to our lives. I won't offer advice, opinions or solutions concerning your course of action. The power of non-directive coaching lies in the coach's skill in promoting insight and helping clients to make connections. My role is to facilitate positive change, as opposed to offering ready-made solutions. However, where appropriate, I may offer my professional knowledge and expertise.

What can I expect from a typical set of coaching sessions?

Early on I will be helping you to identify and work towards a specific life or career goal. Typically, I'll help you to think through your issues objectively and to express your thoughts in order to 'get unstuck'. You'll probably be speaking and reflecting for a significant proportion of the time and I’ll be asking key reflective questions intended to promote those 'light bulb moments'. I'll use various coaching approaches, tools and techniques to get you to see your situation objectively and to find a sustainable way forward. In between the sessions you will usually be trying out ideas you have generated in everyday situations or perhaps undertaking some kind of self-development exercise.

Can results be guaranteed from coaching?

As with any investment, there is no guarantee of returns you expect. Like an educational course, for example, it depends on the quality of the teaching, the level of study and the effort you put in. You will need to weigh up how committed you are, your confidence in the process, and the benefits of goals you want to achieve, against time and money you may choose to invest. You may want to try out the process by initially choosing a small goal and perhaps one or two sessions.

The content of this website is illustrative, subject to change and does not constitute a contract.