July 2023

This is a facilitated session where you are asked to bring along your own experiences and be prepared to share within the confidentiality of the group. Please note we will not be discussing specific supervision cases and no names will be shared or any other information that could identify individuals.

The topic will be an opportunity for us to share our experiences of coaching supervision so we can all benefit from different perspectives of supervision, which may include but not be limited to: –

  • Developmental, Restorative, Qualitative aspects of supervision
  • Supervision within a corporate environment
  • Aspects of the 7-eye model of supervision
  • Contracting
  • Self-Reflection Questions for the coach

Facilitated by Irene Bayliss, founder member of Coaching Connections – Irene’s background is in coaching, training, financial services – she currently assesses coaches who are at the end of their ‘Coaching Professional’ apprenticeship qualification and in the past has provided one to one and group coaching supervision in both an individual and corporate environment.

This session will be online and to book your place contact Irene or Jayne.

May 2023

One of the greatest needs we all have is to experience a sense of connection with others. Particularly as a coach, we want to connect with our clients so they are able to do the work they need to do to achieve their goals.

But what is connection? Why is connection so important to us? How do we know when we have it? How do we build it? What does connection mean as a coach? What can contribute to a sense of non-connection or even, disconnection?

Let us work through these questions with exercises and activities to help us gain some clarity on connection and strategies for when that sense of connection seems harder to achieve. 

As this is the first face to face session for Coaching Connections for a long while, this seems like a timely discussion to have.  We have also chosen the RSPB venue where we can connect with nature and take time out from our busy office and work environment. There will be opportunity to stay beyond the morning session to connect and network in an informal space and to enjoy connecting with the nature surrounding our meeting room.

Come prepared to connect!

Come along to enjoy the space and environment!

The session will be facilitated by Lesley Matile who is a regular presenter at Coaching Connections and a well-regarded coach in the Midlands and beyond.

Lesley 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.

To book your place contact Irene or Jayne

Our venue for the May meeting is the RSPB Sandwell Valley. To find out more about the venue go to: https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/sandwell-valley/

The morning session will be held in Lake View room. All participants are welcome to stay on site for the afternoon to explore the outdoors or to use the room for networking.

March 2023

The session led by Kirsteen Williamson-Guinn will start with brand building and a focus on authenticity and visibility. Creating clarity on your ideal client and the problem the coach solves. Building an ideal client avatar. 

A vision and growth plan, including a business model and marketing plan will then be considered.

Finally we will discuss confidence and a Growth Mindset – Why these are important as a coach. What would you do if you had more confidence? Identify any blocks. How to build Unshakeable Confidence.  How to shift into a growth mindset.

The session will include discussion led by Kirsteen with a breakout after each session to further discuss and consolidate thoughts.

By the end of the session, you will have created clarity around opportunities for growth and how to tap into these opportunities. Whether you have a coaching business or you want time to reflect on your development as a coach, this session promises to stimulate ideas and help you gain clarity.

This session will give you a taster of content from Kirsteen’s Profitable Pathway Programme, you can find more information about this programme here https://elevate-women.co.uk/programmes/profitable-pathway-programme/

Kirsteen is an experienced senior leader with 15 years at Director level in a large corporation. 

She has a proven track record in delivering commercial growth and cultural transformation across large teams.

After experiencing stress and anxiety in her life and losing her confidence for the first time in her career, Kirsteen created her business Return to Work in November 2019 (now Elevate Women).  This business was created to support people in the most stressful time in their career, when they return to work.

As the business has grown, clients come to Kirsteen for a variety of reasons, not just because they are returning to work. They could be experiencing something personally which is impacting their confidence, they could have been promoted or are trying to get promoted and experiencing imposter syndrome. 

They might know they are capable of more and need support tapping into their full potential or they could be carrying around old unhelpful baggage that needs to be released for them to elevate. 

There are many reasons why we need support.

As a transformational confidence and transition coach, Kirsteen enables her clients to build unshakeable confidence so they can step up in their career, or step out and build a business.

 Kirsteen is a certified master of transformational health and life coaching, and a master of Feminine Power principles.

Combining these skills with her corporate and life experiences Kirsteen enables her clients to create the clarity, confidence, purpose, and balance they crave, to enable them to elevate themselves so they can elevate their career, business or message.

Kirsteen works with clients on a 121 basis as a transformational coach.  Kirsteen also has a group coaching programme which enables new coaches to build a thriving coaching practice. She is also a speaker and a transformational facilitator.

To book your place at this session email Jayne or Irene.

January 2023

Why would I be interested in Awakening?

Helen Amery and Sara Priestley are joining us in January to introduce us to the topic of awakening – what it is, who it’s for, why you might be interested in awakening, and the specific path of awakening that they’ve written about in their newly published book – The Complete Book of Awakening.

After years of their own respective awakening explorations and guiding clients on the journey, Helen and Sara realised that there is a simplicity and logic to recognising your essential nature – which is what awakening is. Given this, and their passion for bringing awakening out of the shrouds of mystery, they decided to capture the complete journey of awakening in a practical book: a workshop in a book. The book guides you in the journey, step by step, with practical explorations that you test against your everyday experience. This means that you too can live with the knowing of who you really are – which is the contentment, peace and ease that you’ve been looking for everywhere else in life. 

On the day they will:

Share about their own respective journeys

Tell us about awakening and the process of it

Invite you to take part in the kind of experiments they offer in the book

Get into discussion and answer your questions

Helen’s coaching journey began back in 2013 and soon after doing her Barefoot Coaching qualification she left corporate life and started her own business in 2014.

Find out more about Helen and her work at: https://wildfigsolutions.co.uk

Sara had a career in corporate IT before leaving to become a massage therapist and then Pilates teacher before discovering the inward exploration of ourself which she now teaches and guides others in. Find out more about Sara: https://www.sarapriestley.com

You can find out more about The Complete Book of Awakening and purchase the book at this link.

It is not essential to read the book before the session!

To book your place at this session email Jayne or Irene.

November 2022

In this session led by Andy Chandler, Managing Director from Barefoot Coaching we will explore systemic coaching and will be introduced to some practical tools to coach with the whole system in mind. We will explore how coaching can be made so much more powerful when we are prepared to coach the whole system which includes, but is not limited to, the person in front of us. During the session Andy will share his own systemic coaching journey and practice. For those of you whose coaching takes place in a corporate environment we will take some time to acknowledge that organisations are in many ways unnatural and temporary entities and yet, like any system, they conform to some important organising principles not least of which is the importance of finding our place and belonging. To tune into the system when coaching an individual we simply need to create a map, sit back and see what unfolds. During this session Andy will demonstrate a powerful technique for making a map together and you’ll have an opportunity to work in pairs to try out what you’ve learned. 

Andy Chandler

Andy Chandler has over 30 years’ experience working as a senior leader across multiple sectors including retail, healthcare and professional services. He first joined Barefoot Coaching as a delegate on the flagship programme in 2014. He calls consciously doing so in the hope of being able to strengthen his leadership with the power of coaching whilst also reflecting that perhaps he was also exploring other alternatives to future career options!

The training was, in his words, a revelation that ignited his passion for discovering the power of coaching and affirmation of his self-confessed status as a life-long learner.

Little did he know then that he would return to Barefoot Coaching in 2021 as Managing Director after several years of building and running his own coaching business. To find out more about Andy and Barefoot Coaching go to: www.barefootcoaching.co.uk

As well as working on the business, he works in the business as a Barefoot trained, ICF accredited PCC coaching. He has a passion for working with leadership teams and is a practitioner and continuous student of the practise of systemic coaching.

To book your place contact us