Richard Valiant (prev. Richard Jones) - the career coach for secret eccentrics
Are you a secret eccentric?
Do you often feel like you just don't fit in where you work? Does it seem like people don't understand you, or you are a bit of an outsider?
Do you ever feel like you have to hide who you truly are in order to fit in? Do find yourself compromising in order to follow the norm?
Do you feel like you have great ideas, but you are frequently censoring them for fear that others will think you are too silly, too wacky or too different to be taken seriously?
And, as a result, do you feel stuck in your current position, but not sure what to do or where to go next?
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then you are probably, as I once was, a 'secret eccentric' and just the sort of person I work with.
Hey! I'm Richard Valiant, and I work people like you to help you share more of your unique brilliance with the world, so you can have greater impact and success in your career and the other parts of your life.
Through working with me, you could achieve a long overdue promotion, switch careers to something more suited to your personality or gain greater confidence and influence in your existing role, just by embracing more fully your unique strengths, talents and ideas.
Furthermore, if you did wish to make a shift in your employer or enter a brand new career, I can also provide you with support throughout your job search and the recruitment process including:
- helping you to construct an effective and eye-catching CV
- Giving you tips on effective networking both online and through social media
- guidance and mentoring on how to deal with recruitment agents and talent teams within prospective employers
- helping you to improve your interview technique by preparing you for the most common questions and situations you will encounter and giving you valuable role play practice
Here is an example of one client's experience of working with me.
"When I was searching for a career coach, I wanted to find someone who would help me discover more about myself and most of all increase my confidence.
My goal when I started working with Richard was to reduce the self-doubts that I was dealing with on a daily basis that limited my performance and my impact. I knew inside that I had potential and I was no less talented than my colleagues/managers but I just couldn't show it.
Working with Richard, I discovered how I was keeping myself small. Through using a range of techniques, I saw a marked improvement in my confidence and how I was having a more positive influence on those around me.
I also discovered my unique talents and strengths which gave me the confidence to be strong, express my opinions and believe in myself. I continue to benefit from this on a daily basis.
A few weeks after we finished working together, I had a job interview in which I was truly a confident person and I even discussed a few of my values that I used as strengths during the interview and that resulted in getting a job offer.
In general I have now a better approach to how I interact with people, both in and out of work. I feel more confident, which in turn helps me to keep improving my performance.
Throughout our sessions, Richard was supportive and understanding, listening to whatever I wanted to discuss, from a dispute with a colleague to the sad news that I didn't get a promotion. I really enjoyed our work, since he was honest, believed in me and made me see many things in a different way." Maria K
Training, qualifications & experience
I am trained by the internationally acclaimed Coaches' Training Institute as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. I am also trained in the Firework career coaching model to assist individuals who are looking to make a transition between careers or from employment to self-employment.
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Presentation skills coaching
Management skills coaching
See my website for further details
If you are interested in working with me one-to-one, I offer a free initial one hour consultation by telephone which will help you to get crystal clear about where you are now and where you want to be in the future. I’ll also share some powerful secrets, strategies and information that will support you on your journey. This is also an opportunity for us to test the chemistry between us to determine whether we would like to continue working together.
My coaching programmes can be tailored to your individual circumstances and so prices vary. As an example, however, an individual working with me for 12 sessions over 6 months would pay £1,500.
Thursdays and Sundays day time and Tuesday evenings
Right now I feel blessed to have this calling and to lead by example through blogging, public speaking, running workshops and performing music gigs in front of hundreds of people. But I didn’t always have the confidence to stand in the spotlight and have my wacky, weird voice be heard.
From a very early age, I realised that I was a little different to everyone else. I used to make up magical, creative stories. I also learned to play the organ from the age of 6. I had a lot of imagination and talent to share, but I was also painfully shy. I can still remember a short period in primary school when I only felt comfortable communicating with my teacher by whispering into her ear.
As I grew up, I gained in confidence but by the time I reached secondary school, I was still a relatively quiet and sensitive soul. Unfortunately, this led to me being the victim of bullying from some of the other kids in my year. I can still remember the teasing, taunting and physical abuse I experienced and how it made me want to run away and hide in the shadows. This process literally and metaphorically beat the expressively creative soul out of me.
As I developed into a young adult, these painful memories receded into the background of my mind but a fear of ridicule and embarrassment remained which made it painful for me to put myself in the spotlight and share my ideas and talents with the world.
For a while after University I tried and struggled to make it as a full-time musician. And then, I did what anyone wanting to fit with the system would do- I took on a graduate level job in the Accountancy profession.
A few years into my role I found that, whilst I was doing good, diligent work, completing projects in record time and to the highest quality, I never seemed to get the recognition I felt I deserved for my efforts. And that meant that I was constantly being overlooked for promotions whilst others who had once been my contemporaries and juniors were racing ahead of me. I entered into a viscous circle as the more I got left behind, the less confident I felt and, at the same time, the less confidence I was able to demonstrate, the more likely it was that I would be looked over for promotion.
But then in 2001, I realised that I needed to take action and find a new focus for my career that built on my passions and strengths and allowed me to sell myself on my own terms. I didn't realise it at the time, but I was essentially providing an outlet for my secret eccentric side. So, I began to get involved in training and development work and found both a passion for developing and supporting others through the early stages of their careers and an opportunity for me to stand in front of lots of people and share my ideas and thoughts.
For the next 14 years, I managed to find an outlet for my eccentricity in the work place and this helped me to gain more energy, enthusiasm and the strength to push myself out of my comfort zone. And as result of putting myself out there, my career progression soared because people could finally appreciate the real me and the unique and powerful contribution I was making to the organisation I worked for. I won two promotions in quick succession and I felt much more fulfilled and 'at home' in my work environment.
And then, in 2015, I set up my own independent coaching practice dedicated to helping other secret eccentrics gain the opportunities they need to lead fulfilling and successful careers by tapping into their unique strengths, talents and passions.