“I make a significant difference
to my clients’ lives through
warm, solution-focussed talk time.”
As a discreet, professional coach I help ‘regular’ individuals and women with profile move towards a way of being, a way of working and a way of living that brings them greater success and satisfaction (delight even) than they have at the moment. For some clients the main thrust of our sessions is about managing their working life, for many it’s how they feel about themselves and for other’s it’s to do with changing some aspect of how they’re living or interacting with other people. It’s always about improving on what’s gone before and there are usually a number of things people want to talk about.
Recent clients have come for coaching with the following ‘issues’:
- I’ve just moved back to the UK from America and I feel lost, especially now I’m a mum
- I’m worn out from work – I’m working until 10/11pm at night and that can’t be right
- I’ve been line managing a team of five for 2 years and I still feel like an imposter
- I feel anxious about going back to work after maternity leave
- I’ve left my well-paid job to set up my own business and now I’m feeling hazy and scared about it
- I want to make time for other things in my life but work takes up so much time
- I don’t know what I want – I’ve got two young children and need some work satisfaction too
- I’ve started a business but I feel frustrated I can’t grow it because I work around school hours
My clients, like you I expect, are people who want something in their life to be different and they enjoy some support and encouragement to generate ideas and follow them through. It’s common for clients to know they want or need things to be different at work or home but not know what or how to go about it. That fogginess is one reason people come to me.
Unlike the lady on the right, as your coach I promise never to look bored, rattled or like I’d really rather be somewhere else. Good humour comes as standard.
“Executive Coaching” is focussed on helping managers and leaders be successful at exactly that: managing, motivating and leading their people according to the organisations’ goals. The executive coaching work I do centres on women making the transition into management or leadership. Stepping into a leadership role can be a stretching and testing time, especially if the woman I’m coaching is trying to balance her career with the needs of her family.
“Maternity Coaching” is the support I provide to women before, during and after maternity to leave to help them make a smooth return to work. Having a child is a big enough life transition and throw in a return to work 6 months after and there’s a huge need for the supportive ear of a coach. As a ‘maternity coach’ and author of Mothers Work! I help women identify and iron out concerns about working motherhood by having warm, solution-focussed conversations as they prepare to make a comeback. Confidence and feelings of guilt and ‘imposter syndrome’ are often a large part of the maternity coaching work I do.
“As a coach myself, I recognise the value in having coaching with a reputable and highly qualified coach, and this is exactly what you offer your clients.”
The growing number of thoughtful women speaking to coaches like myself is testament to coaching’s many benefits. Have a look at the Horses Mouth page for comments from real women I’ve worked with. They talk about:
- feeling happier
- having an improved family life
- better able to put things in perspective
- feeling empowered
- being more balanced
- increased career success
- being more sure of themselves
- achieving things they wouldn’t have done as quickly if at all, without working with me as their coach.
Coaching involves a regular conversation either by telephone or face to face at a clients’ office, my coaching space or another relaxed place – art gallery cafe, spa, coffee shop… between me and my clients, usually a couple of times a month. Most of my coaching work comes by word of mouth referral, although I’m always very happy to have an initial chat on the phone so you can get a feel for me and ask any questions – the ‘sillier’ the better. I make no charge for this.
Coaching sessions are an opportunity for you to talk freely without needing to edit yourself because I’m impartial, open-minded and without agenda. You’ll be talking about 80% of the time and my 20% is asking questions that clarify, provoke and challenge you to open your mind, be creative, see things in new ways and to make and act upon decisions. When you feel ‘stuck’ I will ask if you’d like some suggestions which you can accept or reject. You don’t need to please me. And that’s what’s so powerful about coaching conversations. Of course, as many clients say – especially the working mums I coach – it’s just wonderful to talk about yourself for 60 minutes.
Typically, our first coaching session begins by us going through a series of questions I’ve sent you beforehand to get you thinking about the future and the difference you would like coaching to make. Each week our conversations are focussed around moving closer to the aims/priorities/goals you identified in week one. Life being as it is though, there’s always space to talk about a niggle, worry or concern that’s just come up which is why I ask the women I coach to set the agenda at the beginning of every session. Ultimately, whether work is paying for your coaching or you’re paying privately, our relationship is about developing your thinking and behaviour, and motivating you to take appropriate action to achieve what’s important to you.
This sounds really good, can I afford it?
As one client said, coaching time was the best money she’d ever spent on herself. And it’s no wonder when you go away feeling mentally powered up like this jumping bean. (I’m happy for you to leap about if you feel that good but you’re not obliged).
Typically women without a corporate sponsor invest £100 – £350 in coaching time with me.