Sophie Austin, MSc, FCIPD - Qualified Coach
I am a qualified and experienced Executive, Group and Life Coach and Mentor, with over 25 years' experience in the business world. I'm passionate about working with individuals and groups, both commercial and private clients alike, to unlock potential and enable people to bring about real change in their lives.
Using a variety of pragmatic tools and approaches, I work with each client to create a tailored approach and the most appropriate environment to support them and the issues they present. Some examples of where coaching can be very helpful :
- supporting to build up confidence or self-esteem, or helping to find direction or purpose
- working with that "stuck" feeling, to move forward or at a cross-roads in life, and uncertain which direction to take
- returning to the workplace after having a family
- interpersonal and relationship challenges
- career transition, including starting work, promotion, moving roles and leaving a job
- career development, including cv writing, development planning and career goal definition
In a commercial environment, much of my work focuses on personal "brand", self-awareness, influencing and relationship management and developing reflective practice to enable greater clarity and flexibility in their leadership style.
Outside the business world, I work with clients on a variety of areas, including personal ambition, career change and transition - often sometimes the feeling of being "stuck" and wanting to move on.
I offer a flexible approach, enabling coaching face-to-face, by Skype, e-mail or phone - or a mix - as required.
My style is direct but supportive, working to achieve lasting and meaningful change on a personal and professional basis with my clients. My coaching brand is built on a foundation of integrity, focus, energy, pragmatism and drive for results.
Training, qualifications & experience
My formal qualifications are:
MSc Coaching & Behavioural Change (Henley Business School) (Distinction)
Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Coaching (Henley Business School), incorporating NLP
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD)
P/Q Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) - Levels A and B
I am also a member of the Henley Coaching Register and a practising HR Director, providing ambitious SMEs with HR support to enable growth. My coaching practice is supported by regular supervision and ongoing professional development.
With the business world, my commercial experience has provided me with valuable insights into the complexities of organisations, as well as a deep appreciation of the resilience and support required to succeed in demanding environments.
I can offer clients extensive functional expertise in the world of Change Management and HR and Development as well as expertise gained from working with a variety of sectors, including logistics and supply chain, retail, construction, FMCG, defence and the public sector.
Specific functional coaching support focuses on personal development, including confidence-building, creating a professional network, cv writing and profile building and job search.
Outside the working world, my own experiences as a working mother, juggling busy professional and personal activities has equipped me with the ability to support women throughout their working careers, from starting out in the working world, returning after having a family and career progression and transition.
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of focus:
return to work (after absence, e.g. maternity, long term sickness)
Evening and weekend sessions offered.
I can offer a tailored approach to fees to meet your specific needs and I would be happy to talk these through upon enquiry.
I have found that coaching can sometimes be a difficult concept to articulate precisely and that often, the only way to truly understand is to experience it. I like to think of it as coach and client, working together to achieve a common goal and to often achieve more than they thought possible.
I would be delighted to explore how we might work together to unlock your potential.
Some Client Feedback:
“If you are looking for a coach who will support you to make the most of your strengths and challenge you to see situations from different perspectives, then Sophie is the coach for you. Sophie’s expertise as a coach and her commercial background mean she can quickly get to grips with the context of any client and focus on making progress towards personal and business goals.
Our clients describe Sophie’s coaching with phrases like “just what I needed” and “helped me see things differently”. Highly Recommended!”
Alison Wheatly, Director, Aspire Development
“Sophie has a fantastic coaching style, with high levels of integrity from a direct and honest approach. Sophie is very supportive and uses flexible agenda matching and setting in each session, which helps to blend the personal and professional, in order to optimise reflection and prioritise tangible action from each session. It's been a pleasure to work with her on my career transition.”
Charlotte, Retail Programme Director
“I really valued the time I spent with Sophie – I found her calm, supportive but gently challenging manner very helpful encouraging me to look at my situation from a different perspective. We agreed useful achievable goals which helped me to recognise past achievements as well asbuilding confidence to face future challenges”
I was unsure of what to expect when I saw Sophie for some coaching around a particular long standing issue I was struggling with. Possibly a conversation or some advice perhaps. Sophie helped me find resolution in such an easy and natural way that I was completely bowled over after the first session. Sophie’s own style is relaxed and open while challenging. Following my sessions with Sophie, I have taken control back of my life and am shaping my future to what I want. I would highly recommend Sophie as a coach – she can help unlock your own potential.
Joanne, Operations Director
Type of session
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