Are you feeling unfulfilled? Fed up? Do you need change but lack the will to do it?
Here are 3 ways coaching creates positive change:
- I believe that, along with actually living (eating, sleeping, walking the dog…) life can be immeasurably improved by being aware of what we are doing – not all the time, of course, sometimes we need escapism – but enough so that we don’t live our lives in a fog. Coaching brings awareness.
- Humans are great procrastinators, putting off tasks or activities that fall outside our comfort zones. In this constant state of deferral we can squander our precious lives…and spend a lot of time feeling guilty about not doing what we said we would. Coaching is a catalyst to action.
- Some of us have lots of friends and family, some of us don’t. Whichever, it is hard to find unbiased, non-judgmental help from those we care about – no matter how much they love you, they often bring their own needs to any conversation you have. Coaching offers unconditional support.
With a compassionate approach, which values your experience and your character, I offer coaching which gives you the insight to improve your confidence and achieve real, lasting change. I strongly believe in making each coaching session a useful experience, and not just an aimless chat!
Importantly, I can help you to take responsibility for changing the aspects of your life and behaviour that are standing in the way of a meaningful, enjoyable existence. I believe it is vital for you to see clearly what you are doing that is getting in your own way, and how to do it differently. It's important to me that you take away discoveries you can use, beyond our coaching time together.
I am very practical. My mission is to empower you to achieve real transformation in how you live, so that you can achieve the goals that are to your greatest benefit and learn how to be comfortable with who you are.
How we meet: At my base, through Skype, or out and about, walking in a convenient park and taking some air and exercise as we talk.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a free 30 minute phone consultation.
My specialist areas:
Business and Career Coaching - I believe that business success starts with the individual, and that, when you work on yourself, the positive changes you achieve strongly affect your ability to be more productive. Do you need help to be a better leader? Or a happier worker? We can discuss your individual situation and tailor coaching to it with a variety of strategies. I am currently a regular coach for multinational company Lush, and have worked within various other businesses, both blue chip and small scale, to deliver individual and group coaching sessions for staff at all levels to improve their experience of work so that they have more personal engagement in their organisation or company. And if you want to change your career, I can help steer you to a different, better role.
Work/Life Balance – In this age of information technology, it seems we are never free of work demands. We know that our bodies are not indestructible, and yet it is easy to be sucked into asking too much of ourselves, with resultant burn-out. Whether you have already run yourself into the ground, or can see it on the horizon, coaching can help you to slow down and prioritise your wellness over a stressed-out lifestyle.
Presentation and Communication Skills - As a former stand-up comic, actor and TV and radio presenter, I am an expert in presentation and communication skills, and can give you solid practical support that will vastly improve how you sell yourself and your ideas to your clients, colleagues and employees.
Freelance Working – More and more of us are becoming self-employed, a state which sounds great in theory, and which in practice can be a minefield. Without a regular salary, the support of co-workers, and a boss telling you what to do, how do you motivate yourself, keep disciplined and grow your business? I can help.
Relationship Support - Loving and being loved in an intimate relationship is one of the most profound and satisfying experiences we can have. Yet, it can be so hard to achieve, and, when we have it, so easy to lose. What can you do that is different from your unsuccessful behaviour in the past? How do you get past the fear of failure? How do you create the conditions to make and continue a great relationship?
Flirtshops - For 12 years, I have delivered group workshops on flirting. Flirtshop is a crash-course in self-awareness, a guide to coming out of your shell, suspending self-censorship, selling your assets, and relating to others with ease and cheerfulness. Meaningful relationships have resulted!
Art as Work – A career in the arts presents its own special challenges, and whilst its rewards can be very satisfying, the journey to triumph can be full of setbacks and punishing to physical and mental health. How do you stay sane in this world and continue to produce good work? How do you earn a living? What sort of compromises are possible?
Finishing Your Book – We all have a book in us, they say, but how do we stick at our desk and produce the goods, and go one better than the writers who never complete? I will read your factual or fiction book (so far), give you feedback, and help organise you into a routine, with ongoing mentoring and coaching to see it through to the final page and beyond. I am the author of The Improv Book: Improvisation for Theatre, Comedy, Education and Life (Oberon Books) as well as numerous plays and theatre criticism for Whatsonstage and others.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified coach with a Diploma in Personal Transformation Coaching from the Animas Institute (AC and ICF accredited). I have a BA (Hons) degree in Drama and English, and a City and Guilds qualification in Adult Education. I trained as a drama therapist specialising in psychodrama with Dusan Potkonjak.
I am an in-house coach with cosmetics company Lush, run group facilitations with various bodies, and see individuals in my own practice.
My background is in theatre, broadcasting and teaching. My work has been largely about communication and self-expression, and along with acting, directing, writing and presenting, I have facilitated many years of courses in drama, improvisation, comedy, confidence-building, presentation skills and flirting (Flirtshops!)
For my own well-being I practise mindfulness, yoga and swimming and have regular peer supervision.
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Leadership, Goal-setting, Motivation, Confidence, Procrastination.
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For personal life coaching, I charge a standard £65.00 an hour. For business or executive coaching or training, I charge from £100 an hour depending on your needs. For group coaching and workshops, let's negotiate.
‘With a highly professional yet personable approach, Alison helped me to find insight into what I want and how to get it.’
Kate H. – Musician
‘Alison has a knack of getting to the core of issues and is a great coach!’
John Reynard – CEO and author of The Spiritual Route to Entrepreneurial Success
‘Alison provided very professional career coaching sessions for me. I can’t recommend her service highly enough.’
Gabi P. – Voluntary sector worker
‘What I got was ultimately exactly what I wanted: a clarification of my true interests and priorities. We also worked on work-related stress, status anxiety, money versus job satisfaction and how I might go about promoting myself. Alison is very professional and structured, positive and encouraging, but also firm enough to get you motivated and doing things for yourself. Great sense of humour too.’
Paul W. – Artist
'Alison is such a delight to work with....(she has) extraordinary talents and skills.'
Ian Springer - Pharmacist
‘I found Alison very easy to talk to. She gives feedback in a warm and constructive way. She is flexible in her approach, allowing me to focus on concerns I have on a particular day, but also reminding me of my goals and summing up and reflecting back to me what I have said. Alison is an excellent life coach, who helped me in the six weeks that we spent together to set goals which helped me make life changes. Highly recommended.’
Lesley A. – Local Government Administrator
‘I found coaching a very useful experience; I am a very busy person with lots going on in my life and it was very valuable for me to have a dedicated time to think about how to improve my life rather than just steaming ahead and feeling out of control. Alison has brilliant listening skills and a positive calming energy. I found her very patient and thorough, taking time to understand and prompting me to investigate beyond the surface of certain thoughts or issues. I am now more conscious of my talents and my instincts, and I believe I can continuously make space to breathe, be creative and continue to sustain and enjoy a managerial role.
I am so grateful for Alison’s support and insight at a time when I lacked clarity and strength whilst struggling to manage my many commitments and wellbeing. I am now much more centred whilst I continuously lay the foundations to live a fulfilling and positive life.Thank you for your time and dedication, Alison. I feel very humbled and grateful.
Louise W. - Head of Marketing
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I am available on weekdays, evenings and weekends. Feel free to discuss your needs with me.