May 2022

The May Coaching Connections session is designed to share the wisdom within our group giving you the time to think about how to find and develop your coaching niche. Even if building a coaching business is not for you, this session will help you to reflect on your “signature” and how you show up as a coach.

The session will include three key parts and will be led by Jayne Sharples and Irene Bayliss with contributions from our panel of coaches:

  • Asha Gosh – Women and creative and communications sector
  • Diane Rance – Corporate and senior leadership coaching
  • Sarah Robinson – Retirement and career coaching
  • Eve Uhlig – Researchers in Higher Education

In part one the panel will share their experience of finding and developing a niche, and their top tips based on what they have learned along the way. You will have the chance to ask questions in the plenary before a deeper dive in small breakout groups in part two of the session.

The group time in part two will give participants the chance to work with one of the panel members choosing the speaker which most resonates in terms of alignment to your coaching journey. You will be given the chance to reflect on your own situation and to work with others to explore options, opportunities and next steps. Whether you have a successful coaching practice which you want to grow, or you are at the start of your journey or if you simply want to reflect on how you show up as a coach then there will be space for you to think and to tap in to the wisdom of the group.

Our final part of the session is about next steps and action. With a thinking partner you will have the chance to reflect on your learning from the morning and to commit to actions.

We look forward to a motivating session which will enable a sharing of wisdom from within the Coaching Connections community.

The names of our panel members will be announced in due course.

Irene and Jayne are the group co-ordinators for Coaching Connections, go to About Us to find out more.

To find out more about our panel please visit go to LinkedIn:

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Please contact us to book your place at the session.

March 2022

What key issue will the session address?

In this session David will share some Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence tools to help coaches develop a greater self-awareness within their coaching practice; tools which will improve their coaching effectiveness and results.

As a mentor once said to him: “David, you can only take your coachees as deep as you have been prepared to go yourself”

Why ‘Soul of Coaching’?
 “Soul” is about who a person most deeply is (Margaret Benefiel, ‘The Soul of a Leader’, 2008)

‘Soul of Coaching is about empowering clients to get in touch with the deepest understanding of who they truly are, ..and express this understanding, their unique soul gifts, in the workplace.’ (David Wetton, 2019)

Who is David Wetton?

David is a Faith Based Executive Coach, Emotional & Spiritual Intelligence Thought Leader and UK Warwick Business School Alumni Mentor.
David brings a deep understanding of what gives meaning and purpose to life from the perspective of the Soul; and making a difference to the lives of others through transformational coaching

Why Should I Attend?
‘David Wetton is one of those rare human beings, with an extraordinary depth to his being and his work. When I met him for the first time it was as if my soul “recognized” him. I can’t speak highly enough of his work, Soul of Coaching will be an extraordinary training, get there if you can!’
~ Jayne Warrilow, Founder of Coaches Business School, Business & Executive Coach, Best-Selling Author

To book your place please Contact Us

January 2022

As we begin the New Year, it’s a good time to reflect on our vision; not just what we will do, but who we will be in 2022.

It’s easy, isn’t it, to slip into forgetting that our mindsets will significantly influence our behaviours. Where have we lost focus, and I wonder what mantras we have allowed to sneak upon us and get in our way of being our best?

In this session, we will define the terms mindsets and mantras. We will do a quick health check on what it is we are currently believing and assuming and what it is that we are saying to ourselves. What is helpful or less so? Once articulated, we can cherish and preserve what works well for us, and we can begin to adjust what doesn’t help us excel. 

Sounds a bit heavy? Well, I expect we will have a few giggles with each other as we go!

Lesley Matile is a regular presenter at Coaching Connections and a well-regarded coach in the Midlands and beyond. She established Peak Performance Coaching in 2000 following an earlier career in the Probation Service. She delivers executive coaching, coach training and coach supervision. She is accredited by the EMCC at Master Practitioner Level and accredited as a Time to Think Coach.

Contact us to book a place

November 2021

At our next online meeting we will consider Group Coaching from different perspectives:

  • As a participant
  • As the client, contracting to achieve a return on investment
  • As a coach

Join us to:

  • explore Group Coaching
  • share your experiences
  • learn from others
  • identify key messages to demonstrate a return on investment (ROI) and to market group coaching

Prior to the event we will be sharing 3 short videos. These videos capture reflections from a group of professional women in Kenya:

Part 1: Introductions from Naomi, Grace, Esther and Caroline and their reasons for participating in Group Coaching

Part 2: The impact that being a participant in group coaching has at work

Part 3: Exploring personal benefits from Group Coaching

To contribute to and to benefit fully from our time together, we encourage you to watch the videos in advance and come prepared having identified the key messages that you could use to demonstrate a ROI.

Our facilitators for the session are Fiona Anderson and Jayne Sharples.

Find out more about Fiona and her work at My Change Expert and valuingYOU view her profile here. Since the first lockdown in 2020, Fiona has coached a professional woman in Kenya. Her clients appetite for learning and personal growth was a joy to witness. Fiona offered her an opportunity to bring together a group of professional women who would benefit from a group coaching experience. Fiona’s hope is that they would be able to “gift forward” their learning to support similar growth for professional women in Kenya.

Jayne is Group Coordinator at Coaching Connections and specialises in career coaching. Most of Jayne’s work time is spent at the University of Birmingham where she is the Postgraduate Careers Consultant in Careers Network and an internal coach in the University’s Coaching Academy. She will contribute to the Group Coaching session her experience of being a participant in a group coaching programme and her experience helping to design and deliver group coaching.

To book your place at this session please email Jayne:

September 2021

As a coach, you know you have more connected and impactful experiences with your clients when the idea of ‘me’ is out of the way. But how do you make that happen more often?

How can this apparent ‘me’ that brings up fears and insecurities in your work be quieter so that you are the powerful space of transformation for your clients more of the time?

My journey took me from the basics of GROW into more sophisticated versions of that, and then into psychology-based coaching with Barefoot Coaching. Each stage having a profound effect on my experience of life just at the time it was needed.

Then, I reached another end-of-the-road point where I felt that, despite all the work I’d done on myself and my psychology, I was still behaving in ways outside of client sessions that didn’t align with the emotionally intelligent coach my clients saw, and which didn’t make sense given all this work I’d done on my beliefs. So what now?

It led me beyond psychology into an exploration of who we really are, our spiritual nature – this is the space of transformation. The more I explored there, the more I found myself being that transformative space for clients, naturally. The chattery voice of the mind no longer impacting on the experience. And *music to my ears* with no meditation, mindfulness or other practices required.

This is what we’re all looking for, and understanding who we really are and how our system works, enables us to be that.

Session overview:

  1. An introduction to the reliable mechanism of the mind – the essence of all spiritual traditions*
  2. The misunderstanding of what suffering is here to tell us
  3. How seeing who we really are, before thought, awakens us to innate brilliance
  4. What gets in the way – even when we think we’re sitting with unconditional positive regard
  5. The reliable guidance mechanism to what’s going on

*If you have an allergic reaction to the idea of spiritual, consider that it’s not what you think it is and come and take a fresh look behind the curtain of all the dogma that’s been created around it.

Short bio:

Helen Amery

My first major transformation (OK, second after having kids!) occurred when I had a hip replacement in 2013, this is what spurred me into coaching. It began with transactional-level coaching but I soon realised there was more to see and so I did my Barefoot qualification, left corporate life and started my own business in 2014.

As you’d expect, many more transformations occurred during my Barefoot journey, which was the foundation to my work for almost 5 years. And yet there came a point when I started to suspect even more was available. As questions arose about ‘how can I still be in this behaviour pattern?’ and through hearing my yoga teacher talk about Buddha, I began an exploration into the essence of spirituality, awakening and enlightenment (specifically The Three Principles and NonDuality); alongside the science and philosophy (which seem to be confirming everything the East have known for millennia). I felt like I’d found exactly what I was looking for.

Having experienced my own awakening and ongoing enlightenment, my work is now to reconnect coaches and leaders to that innate brilliance – the space of transformation – that they already are. Find out more about my work at:

To book on to this session please contact Jayne or Irene