Maria Kassova

Maria Kassova

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Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

(+44) 7596 486083

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Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX

(+44) 7596 486083

About me

Do you want to be even more confident and resilient at turning challenges into opportunities?

Do you want to get better at conducting ‘tough’ conversations with bosses, colleagues and family?

Do you want to increase your personal gravitas, impact and influence in your professional and/or personal interactions?

If yes, I can help you. My name is Maria and I am a life and executive coach. I believe we all have endless potential and resources to achieve anything we want. My passion is to inspire individuals believe in themselves, appreciate their strengths and successes, and become their best selves.

Prior to becoming a coach, I held senior sales roles in London and Singapore in global media companies such as BBC Worldwide, Discovery Networks Europe/Asia, and NBC Universal. My work entailed leading global teams and negotiating multi-million pound deals for TV channels with clients in Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific. With over a 20 year corporate experience, I understand the challenges of increasing targets, intense competition and demanding clients.

I can help you:

  • Boost your self-confidence for greater results and fulfilment
  • Improve your communication and influencing skills
  • Prepare and deliver persuasive presentations
  • Increase your resilience and skills to use change to your advantage (at work, in relationships)
  • Achieve greater work-life balance when stress becomes too much
  • Strengthen your cross-cultural competence and collaborate effectively with colleagues of different nationalities and cultures

Coaching is an interactive journey aimed at achieving a specific result. I will help you define your goal and design the roadmap to get there. I will always treat you with unconditional respect, empathy and kindness.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology – School of Positive Psychology, Singapore
  • Coaching with NLP certificate
  • Strength Based Coaching
  • Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Business Coaching
  • Integrated Coaching
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Integration Healing
  • 16 Guidelines Tools for Inspiration and Happy Life Training
  • Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programme
  • Member of International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • MBA in Business Studies – South Bank University, London
  • MBA in International Economic Relations, Sofia, Bulgaria

Other areas of coaching I deal with

Maria provides tailored coaching programmes for corporate executives and individuals who are caught in the midst of transition, looking to gain clarity and confidence in negotiating personal and professional challenges. Maria has extensive experience in:

Cross-cultural transition coaching

Maria has facilitated and supported the transition with effective cross-cultural mastery training and executive coaching. Her approach is to encourage coachees to appreciate cultural differences and to develop an intuitive awareness of subtle nuances between different cultures.

She has helped expatriates master the ins-and-outs of cross-cultural interaction, with an emphasis on business etiquette and cultural parameters such as the Power Distance Index (PDI), collectivist and individualist societal systems, harmony and conflict, and uncertainty avoidance.

As a result of her coaching partnerships, coaches have successfully cultivated a cross-cultural mindset. They have honed their cross-cultural leadership style to create a perfect fit with their team and individual members, tailored their communication style to create an open and trustworthy environment for all to thrive.

Boosting assertiveness and resilience coaching

Maria has helped individuals perceive more clearly their strengths, successes and fuel their self-confidence. This has allowed them to communicate with high impact, increase their influence on stakeholders, perform better, give powerful feedback and become an even more valuable member of the team.

Maria’s support has helped individuals ride successfully the waves of change (new management, new structure, new roles) and build their resilience in the face of stagnant markets (failing to meet targets, losing big deals) and demanding clients. The coaching journey equipped them with skills to be more resourceful, engaged and confident in delivering results and sustain top performance.

Improving presentation and communication skills coaching

Maria has helped executives increase their ability to connect and persuade by presenting more confidently, creating a strong message that is verbally and non-verbally supported, relax and feel confident in their style, use stories to be even more impactful in connecting emotionally, not merely mentally with their audience.

Depending on the specific situation, Maria applies an array of approaches ranging from the GROW model, to NLP coaching, strengths based coaching. She creates an open space of total acceptance, non-judgement, challenging and empathetic inquiry. She gives coachees an unconditional positive regard which in itself helps them feel better, stronger and more worthy.

Fees

Let's have a free 30 min initial coaching conversation on skype and explore how I can support your goals and journey.

My fees start from £150 per session of 60 or 90 min (depending on what you prefer). I am happy to discuss concessions in order to ensure you can afford the coaching.

I recommend 6 session for a deeper transformation and support. We will make the coaching work for whatever time and resources you have available.

Further information

Originally from Bulgaria and the daughter of a diplomat, Maria has lived, studied and worked in over 44 countries, including: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ghana, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Singapore. This exposure made her open to and skilled at communicating with people of all nationalities and faiths. She brings this sensitivity to her seminars and coaching sessions in both the corporate and non-profit arenas.

Maria’s has held various senior corporate roles in global corporations like NBC Universal, Discovery Networks Asia, AMC (former Chello Zone owned by Liberty Media) and BBC Worldwide. Her former career entailed selling and negotiating high profile multimillion dollar deals for international TV channels across Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific. With over 20 years of corporate experience, she knows well the challenges of increasing targets, intense competition and demanding clients.

Maria’s passion is to inspire people to be the best they can be. She feels hugely fulfilled when she helps individuals thrive as a result of new empowering beliefs, habits and actions. That is why she loves and does this work.

Maria co-authored the book Success 365 in 2012 which offers tips and tools for success at work. This book still holds prominent position in the business category in South East Asia.

London, SE1 8XX

Type of session

Online life coaching: No
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

I am available and grateful to support your journey of growth and fulfilment. If you want to boost your resilience - I have loads of tips for that.

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