Richard Valiant (previously Jones)- the introvert's career coach
I work with introverted individuals one-to-one and through my group programmes to help them to become happier, more fulfilled and successful in their careers. Typically, through working with me, clients have achieved long overdue promotions, switched careers to something more suited to their personalities or achieved greater confidence in their existing roles.
Growing up as a kid in the 80s, I was always shy and sensitive. This led to me being bullied at school and that experience made me even more inclined to shy away from the limelight.
When I moved into the world of work, I felt that my introverted nature worked against me because I didn't like to sell myself, for fear of ridicule. So, I did good work but didn't shout about it. And that meant that I was constantly looked over for promotion, despite having better skills and experience than others who were getting ahead of me.
In 2001, I decided that enough was enough and I started to learn skills that would help to get me noticed in the workplace. I trained as a public speaker and gave hundreds of presentations internally and externally over the next 15 years to educate others but also to demonstrate my own skills and knowledge.
I also started to shift my perspective about my personality and the effect it was having on my career. Rather than seeing my quiet, thoughtful, incisive nature as a weakness, I began to think about how to harness it as a strength. This led to me shifting careers away from a sales driven environment to one based around training and development. In my new career, I was able to utilise my skills more effectively and the pace of my success soared.
In 2014, I began training as a coach and I started my own business in 2015. My business, Fearless Coaching, is dedicated to helping introverted individuals to harness their true strengths and passions so that they can excel in their careers.
I have had great success with my clients who have progressed from feeling stuck and unable to move forward to being in their element, getting promoted and moving to jobs more suited to their skills and mindset. And, crucially, I have helped them to overcome the fears and other mental blocks that have been standing in the way of their success.
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.
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Presentation skills coaching
Management skills coaching
See my website for further details
The next run of my group programme, "How To Get Ahead In Work As An Introvert" starts in March 2018. Please contact me for prices and more information.
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 £1,200.
A bit about my background:
I first started playing keyboards at the age of six and have been writing songs and performing in bands for over 25 years.
I studied Economics & Political Science at the University of Birmingham and after graduation I worked for over 17 years as a tax adviser and professional trainer at three of the largest accounting firms in the UK.
When I turned 30, I took on a 12 month secondment to the training department at PricewaterhouseCoopers, when I was responsible for the development of c.100 new graduate entrants. The experience of helping them to grow into budding professionals was extremely rewarding for me and allowed me a first glimpse of my life purpose- to make a difference to the lives and others through tutoring and coaching. Training and development has remained the main focus of my work ever since.
I am dedicated to continual physical, spiritual and personal development. Much of this is achieved through my pursuit of Tai Chi that I have practised now since 2012. The feeling of connection, aliveness, balance and relaxation that this ancient martial art gives me has also been a huge boost to my skills as a coach.
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Available Tuesdays and Thursdays during normal office hours and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings