March 2021

This session will help you to think about and experience the power of visual communication.  We will use the GROW model and a visual metaphor to help enable you think about something that you would like to focus on during the next 12months/ longer.  You will be encouraged to represent the different stages of the grow model by creating a picture.  I will facilitate you through this process so bring a selection of coloured pens/pencils/crayons and a big piece of paper – if you don’t have this then a piece of A4 paper will be fine.  There will be an opportunity to reflect on how you experienced using visual creativity to supplement a coaching process, and whether this could be a useful mechanism for coachees.

This session will be led by Anna Geyer, New Possibilities.  A visual practitioner who is passionate about facilitating people’s voices to be heard and seen; to bring about change.  

To book a place to join this session please contact Jayne or Irene – contact details here.

January 2021

Many of our clients have challenges around some aspect of their confidence. They sometimes hesitate about taking action and may doubt their own ability to achieve their goals. 

As coaches, we are not cheerleaders for our clients! But, we can play an important part in helping them to recognise the skills and attributes they already have and how those may assist them. And we can help clients identify some simple steps they can take to build further self-confidence in the areas that will enable them to meet, maybe even exceed, their goals. 

Enjoy this interactive and fun virtual session. Have in mind one area where you would like a bit more confidence, and let’s try out some coaching ideas together.

Lesley Matile

Lesley Matile 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.

November 2020

CBT techniques for coaches: tackling motivation, mood and anxiety.

We will discuss some principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and how these can be applied in coaching. We will then cover two simple and effective interventions that you will be able to take away and use immediately.

  • Behavioural Activation: how to work on mood, motivation and balancing your life
  • Exposure: how to help someone to take gradual steps to overcome something which makes them feel nervous or uncomfortable

Ted Bradshaw is Head of Academic Learning at Barefoot Coaching and holds an honorary position of Assistant Professor of Psychological Therapies at The University of Nottingham.

Ted has been working in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy since 2010 and has worked with over 500 clients on a wide range of mental health issues including depression, OCD and PTSD. Ted takes his knowledge of human psychology into his work as a coach, working on topics including leadership development, career progression and confidence.

Ted Bradshaw

As a coach and a therapist, Ted focuses upon asking good questions which help the coachee to think about things from different angles and perspectives.

He also believes that thinking differently is not enough, and that the key to real, lasting change is to help someone to act differently and to “try out” new ways of being.

As an educator Ted’s key stills lie in putting things in plain language and offering detailed, specific and constructive feedback in order to help coaches and therapists to improve their own practice. Ted is a knowledgeable, passionate and engaging speaker who offers real, practical examples and suggestions in order to bring life to theoretical ideas.

September 2020

Reflecting on ExperienceReflective practice is.. the conscious examination of past experiences, thoughts and ways of doing things.  Its goal is to surface learning about oneself and the situation, and to bring meaning to it in order to inform the present and the future. It challenges the status quo of practice, thoughts and assumptions and may therefore inform our decisions, actions, attitudes, beliefs and understanding about ourselves.

A process found at the heart of all experience-based learning theories is reflective practice (Kolb, 1984). Research has shown that coaches learn through reflective practice (Trudel & Gilbert, 2006). Further, reflection could provide a bridge linking knowledge gained from professional practice, observations, coaching theory, and education.

Through engaging in reflective practice coaches can assess their practice in line with their coaching philosophy. This will benefit coaches in the following ways: (1) determining how their practice aligns with their philosophy (i.e., do they live what they believe in?) (2) exploring the appropriateness of their philosophy for coaching their clients; and, (3) informing the continued evolvement of their philosophy to ensure it represents their own values and beliefs whilst also being conducive to coaching according to the client needs and expectations.

In our September session, we will look again at the principles of Reflective practice, an essential discipline for all coaches, and do some practical work to reinforce our learning around Reflection-in-Action and Reflection-on-Action.

Lucy Mair

Lucy has a background in providing leadership development for key talented Senior Managers and Directors within a global leadership development programme in the corporate sector since 2001.  She qualified as an Executive Coach with the OCM in 2012 and works with a diverse portfolio of Senior Managers, Directors and Partners to enable career transition, improved performance, deeper self-knowledge and an ongoing curiosity for development

July 2020

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This virtual and interactive Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) session for coaches by Marian Hubbell:  

  • offers a taste of NLP
  • shares an NLP model that can be used as a coaching tool
  • will provide a chance for reflection and collaboration

An introduction will give you the opportunity to consider:

  • What do you know already about NLP?
  • Benefits of NLP and its coaching applications

We will then focus on “What is NLP?”

  • What NLP is not
  • Some definitions
  • Underpinning principles

A practical application of NLP

  • Introduction to an NLP model for change through a demonstration
  • An opportunity to try it for yourself – activity

What next?

  • How can you apply this model in and on your coaching practice?
  • If you want to learn more…

marian hubbellMarian is an independent Trainer, Coach and Counsellor, with a reputation for outstanding communication. She is certified by the International NLP Trainers Association as a Master Practitioner and Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming, is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and has a Foundation Degree in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy from Warwick University. Marian is passionate about unlocking potential, making a difference and delivering great results. To find out more about Marian, visit her website: