Shirley Thompson

Shirley Thompson

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About me

About me

Hello, I’m Shirley and I’m here to help you to overcome those challenges and obstacles in your working life that are stopping you from reaching your potential or goals, to help you find clarity and become the best version of yourself.

My clients tend to be busy individuals who have a lot of projects on the go. They can be frustrated business owners who want growth, new managers in organisations who want to improve their leadership, or project managers who seek progress in their careers. Whether my clients call it business coaching, leadership coaching, or indeed personal or career coaching, they are often juggling many responsibilities and priorities. Yet, they want to achieve more, both personally and through teamwork, to get to where they want to be whilst reducing the stress which can impact on their health.

With my background in technical management and leadership, I bring my experience of project, time, and people-management to help you to resolve the issues that may overwhelm you. I've helped a lot of business owners and busy individuals achieve more in less time. I also run a support group for small businesses, so I fully understand the typical challenges of one-man and micro businesses.

I favour non-directive coaching that delivers more learning power and helps people come up with the solutions right for them.  I use a range of coaching methods, whether based in psychodynamics, adult learning, perspective-taking, or neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). I follow the theory that we have so many different dimensions to our ability and behaviour, hence personality profiling can be too limiting when understanding ourselves and others. But I do like to use motivational maps, which reflect current energy rather than a supposed fixed personality.

I'm also a great believer in collaboration and encourage everyone to learn coach skills. I endorse the view that we should give everyone the chance to lead; and leading includes the ability to coach. Knowing leadership helps us understand the challenges of influencing others and how to get the best from colleagues through collaboration. In helping team leaders with personal development - particularly in soft skills, confidence and self-belief - I primarily offer coaching but can mentor on time/project management and planning issues and facilitate team-working. I also offer coach supervision to relatively new coaches, or managers.

People need to have confidence in who they are - particularly to know themselves and their strengths. They may feel their weaknesses bring drawbacks: creating a feeling of being stuck, such as the clutter of many unfinished projects or lacking career direction. My coaching helps clients to use and unlock the strong abilities they already have to achieve results.

Whether you have a short-term need to overcome a particular issue, or need coaching towards professional development, we will work together to help you achieve more and build better working relationships. All it takes is a phone call or an email for us to discuss what issues you need to resolve and what time you have available. Get in touch today and find a better way.


‘Shirley’s main strength is putting different perspectives on things... I would recommend Shirley to people who are looking to change how they see and do things.’ (H.R.)

‘I found Shirley to be very personable and easy to talk to. Her approach was direct but never threatening and I found talking through my thoughts very easy. She was very professional and wasn't scared to ask difficult questions.’  (D.A.)

Training, qualifications & experience

Team Coach Supervision 2017 Alison Hodge & Associates

Coach Supervision 2016; Oxford Brookes Uni

MA equivalent Coaching and Mentoring 2013; Oxford Brookes University

Life coaching  2004 ; The Coaching Academy

NLP practitioner  2007

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Other areas of coaching I deal with

I have a particular interest in supporting project managers with their soft skills, especially in the IT industry.


Reasonable; negotiable based on need.

Calling me to discuss your desired goal or ask questions about my coaching is free, and without obligation.

A first session of 30 minutes is £15 as a coaching trial. Afterwards, you can book separate sessions, (for time management issues typically £75 for 60 minutes call), or a set of sessions at the frequency and session length you need.

If you need a fast energy boost, ask me about a Motivational Map and a single-session review of your personal motivators and motivation gaps (£100).

If you need to be more effective, quickly, ask me about my “Where does all my time go” programme.

Further information

For easy communication, I use Zoom software; alternatively, we can use Skype, or telephone and audio only if you prefer. Face-to-face appointments are possible; let's discuss what’s best for you.


Time management. Project management. Self-esteem. Self-confidence. Making a career step. Running a business.

Ringwood, BH24

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


I can be flexible as required, though generally have regular commitments at weekends, some early mornings and some evenings.

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