David Harris

David Harris

West Midlands

01384 444585 / 07966 577229

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West Midlands

01384 444585 / 07966 577229

About me

In this profile I address the following:

  • Who do I work with in my coaching practice?
  • How do I define my approach to coaching?
  • Coaching Outcomes:
  • What training have I taken to become a coach?
  • What should you be looking for in a coach?
  • How to proceed from here?
  • Still Unsure what you need or want to work on?

For more information please follow the link to my website.

Who do I work with in my coaching practice?

I coach people that…

  • want to have a greater impact in their world, who want to be fulfilled in their lives. Those who are willing to step forward and say "I need assistance to achieve my dreams."
  • are starting over. Having come to an end point of, a relationship, a project, a job or role and want to re-evaluate where they are and where they are going. I work with those who know that this is a changing point in their lives and want to put in place today the foundations of and lay the path for a new direction.
  • are struggling to produce the results that they or others say that they are capable of.  This could be starting a job and feeling overwhelmed or under performing for reasons that are unclear in a current role.

Does any of this sounds like you? If yes, then contact me and start a conversation…

How do I define my approach to coaching?

I coach people through feeling, thinking and doing. Not always in that order. Combining all three creates a strong base to move forward from.

We live in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous time. To succeed requires partnerships, flexibility, openness, authenticity & mindfulness to name a few. By working with all three areas of feeling, thinking and doing we aim to help you bring your whole self to the table and develop. Combined this can be a potent mix to creating capacity to grow in a VUCA world.

A coaching session provides space for you to think about who you are, who you want to be and what you want to create. A session allows you to reflect on difficult problems that you are facing in a confidential, supportive yet challenging environment. It is a time to develop new perspectives and open up possibilities to overcome problems. I aim for the sessions to be fun at the same time as being challenging. A coaching session can go from deeply serious to laughter in moments.

It is a space to feel into new areas. To have those difficult conversations with yourself and or difficult conversations that you want to have with others. Practising difficult conversations during coaching session while being challenged can offer a revealing and positive experience. You can examine what comes up for you and to feel and move beyond the fear or emotions that arise when thinking about such conversations. It can be a place to discuss and practice empathy; to step in to the shoes of others and really take a look from their perspective without losing yourself.

It is a place to practise a new way of being. I’ll ask you to move beyond constraints and the negative gremlin voice we all experience in our heads and to convert problems with new perspectives and open up new possibilities and options. Invariably a session ends with agreed actions to be taken in between sessions. This is your opportunity to walk the talk, implement the learnings and to convert your aims and dreams in to realities.

Coaching Outcomes:

My clients state that they have:

  • Greater self awareness & confidence.
  • Taken action towards their dreams and created bigger impact.
  • Stepped in to conversations with those that matter and about the things that are important to them.
  • Learnt more about themselves, defining who they are and how to act from this place.

What training have you taken to become a coach?

My training has been through formal, structured classes with the world’s largest and most successful coach training organisation, The Coaches Training Institute (CTI).

CTI’s training is experiential, rigorous and solid. Full training requires five intensive courses followed by another six month course that deepens the initial training and requires over 100 hours of coaching, supervised coaching sessions with ongoing feedback and development and two exams, oral and written.

I have taken leadership training to develop my own awareness and to step into difficult situations and conversations to achieve my stake. In coaching, my stake is to develop my client in the direction of their stated aims. A client’s aims may change as we go through coaching and the client learns more about themselves. It is my job to be flexible to follow them and to be rigorous to check that they’re not taking an easy and ultimately less than fulfilling option.

Since initial training I have continued to develop my coaching through further training with The Centre for Right Relationships, courses on the neuroscience of coaching and courses in Process Orientated Psychology. I also keep up to date with new ideas and concepts of leadership and development.

On top of these I participate in improvisation courses to develop my flexibility and openness to work with whatever comes forward to me. This is great for my own development and helps me to be open and present with my clients to whatever they come forward with.

What should you be looking for in a coach?

If you think that coaching may be an option for you, then you may want to consider the following when deciding who to work with:

  • Coaching is about the relationship. You need to be able to develop a working relationship with your coach. Most coaches will offer and initial 30 minutes or so call free of charge. Bring a real issue to that call and find out how it feels to work with the person.
  • You are the centre of the relationship. If you feel that you’re not, then move on.
  • It’s ok to say thank you but no thank you. Coaches are equipped to know that they’re not everyone’s answer, no matter how good they are or how long they’ve been coaching.
  • Your coach doesn’t need to be an expert on your life, your situation or problems. They do need to be able to bring tools and ideas to help you solve your issues and to create clarity and action. The two go together – you will learn about yourself and move in to action. Having said that there are lots of coaches with specialised niches. This can help in certain circumstances.

How to proceed from here?

Call me for a free, no obligation conversation about your needs and what my coaching may be able to offer you.

Still unsure what you need or want to work on?

If you are still unsure what it is that you need or want to look at, then we have a few free tools on our website that you can use to get a better understanding of where you are today. Find these tools here: http://davidharriscoaching.com/development-tools/

Training, qualifications & experience

Certified Professional Co-Active Coach - CTI: International Coaching Federation Accredited
Organisation Relationships Systems @ Work: Centre for Right Relationships
Neuroscience of Coaching
CTI Co-Active Leadership Program

BA History: Bard College, USA
Professional Diploma in Marketing - Chartered Institute of Marketing

Member organisations


Other areas of coaching I deal with



I operate a sliding scale depending on whether I'm coaching an individual, a couple or a team. Factors such as a for profit or not for profit business will also come into the mix when setting charges.

Making changes in ones life takes time. Making an agreement for a certain number of sessions can be the second step in a change process. The first step - looking for and contacting a coach or other kind of facilitator.

If you are interested in learning more, then contact me and we can set up a convenient time to talk for 30 minutes about you.

Further information

For more information, visit my website or email or call me.

Website:  www.davidharriscoaching.com
E-mail:    david@davidharriscoaching.com
Phone:    01384 444585

Stourbridge, DY8

Type of session

Online life coaching: Yes
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes

Practical details

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