The Journey Story
Wherever you are on your life journey - there is always more to learn. I work with growth-mindset clients.
You might be in the 'C-Suite' or just starting up your own business. I work with you as an individual.
You might feel confident in most areas and then fall into a self-doubt pit when it comes to one thing - public speaking, networking, talking to strangers, doing videos... I work with very capable people.
My own journey has taught me that being real is not just a good feeling - it is a core ingredient of you having a real impact.
What do you all have in common?
A desire to be seen and heard as an individual.
Here I am in the 6th decade of my journey - and I feel seen and heard as an individual! I still have to give myself lectures and use courage to face new challenges - I am human. What I am now - that I struggled with for a long time - is the REAL ME. I can consciously bring elements of persona into play - but I do it knowingly and strategically - not for people pleasing or manipulation.
My story guides my coaching - the experience and the learning.
It is not an ego-trip to share that journey - it is a good story and some of it might resonate... so here goes.
My RELEVANT timeline. Working backwards!
Look - here I am today - having a REAL IMPACT - feeling good
So let's go on a journey back in time...
My driving force
Communication fascinates me. Helping others become natural and effective communicators enthuses me.
Above all - finding and owning your own unique you-ness is my thing! Why? Experience!
All these factors and more lead to curiosity and enthusiasm that in turn produce coaching, workshops and talks that are full of exploration and action.
I am described as a natural communicator. ‘Natural’ sounds like it just happened – it didn’t.
My training and experience as an actor helped me find and use my voice, paint pictures and engage people from a real place inside me to a real place in them.
Back in the heady 80's I build a career in advertising – dealt with a wide range of ‘fascinating’ people! After starting a family, I flexed my ‘coaching’ muscles as a drama coach – and later as a student mentor. As a constant learner I became a ‘mature student’ in 2002 – graduating from Bournemouth University with a BA (hons) in Communication. Thrilled to be awarded the BU Alumni of the Year 2019 - Inspiring Learning.
My ‘presentation muscles’ are huge! I have built them by writing and producing plays and talks and delivering them to hundreds of different audiences.
I encourage people to question statements such as ‘I can’t’ and ‘always been done like this’ – but in an enjoyable and practical way.
The skills of an actor are the skills needed for REAL IMPACT
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A little more of my story - that is relevant to the value I bring you.
In 2002 I consolidated my experience as an actor, speaker and reminiscence facilitator by taking a degree in Communication at Bournemouth University - graduating in 2005 with a BA (hons) in Communication. I gained valuable experience as a Mentor - both on the PAL scheme (Peer assisted learning) and the Aim Higher scheme (working with students at challenged schools).
I continued to work on a freelance basis for Hampshire County Council - Heritage and Recreation. In addition to shows booked for 'Hog the Limelight' rural touring network and HCC Libraries, I was commissioned to create a reminiscence piece to be delivered in all the HCC care homes. The brief was - something more than a sing-a-long. I delivered! The work I carried out over the next 10 years was challenging and extremely fulfilling. I developed a high level skill of communicating with the elderly with dementia. This requires the ability to build instant trust and use the full spectrum of communication tactics to trigger stories and create a relaxed and enjoyable environment.
During this time I continued my personal development by completing Dementia communication skills training modules. I also delivered training to Hants County Council care home activity organisers. I graduated as a recognised reminiscence facilitator with the European Reminiscence Network
My background as an actor led to me setting up my speaker business. Over the course of 15 years I created 10 'entertaining talks' which have been booked regularly on the speaker circuit - becoming one of the most popular choices for speaker secretaries nationally.
As an actor my experience is wide-ranging - from fringe theatre and rural touring to one-woman plays and cabaret. The experience of creating engaging content and adapting to so many different venues and audiences has given me invaluable insights to help clients with all aspects of presentation and public speaking. Plus It was a business - I had to market myself!
For the first 10 years of my work life I pursued a career as an account executive in advertising agencies in London and Bournemouth. This experience taught me a great deal about working within a corporate environment with different personalities! A very male dominated environment in the good old late seventies early eighties! Think 'Mad Men'.
All this and more has equipped me well for helping individuals communicate in a way that has the desired impact. I have a real understanding of what it takes to build instant trust and rapport - a crucial ingredient of influence. The psychology element of my degree - plus my extensive personal research - provides valuable insight for clients who wish to break down all the barriers that occur in communication - including those within their own mind.