July 2019

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What is Street Wisdom?  It’s like coaching but without a coach!  It’s an event that involves walking in an urban environment, with your brain tuned up by your Street Wisdom guides, so that you pay attention to things you wouldn’t normally notice.  The result is that, whatever you want to think about, your innate wisdom will guide your attention to the information and answers in the streets that are helpful to you.  We so rarely stop to reflect and choose the best path – this is exactly that opportunity.

Why do it? Learn a new approach to working with clients.  You could take elements of this into your one-to-one client work, or you could run your own Street Wisdom events.

How does it work? We’ll set you off on a few short challenges to tune your brain up so that you’ll be ready to pay better attention to what’s around you.  Then you’ll wander the streets on your own, seeing what answers emerge.  To finish, we’ll come back together for a cup of tea to process what’s been discovered.

What kind of questions do people bring? Whatever’s important for you to think about or change just now?  It could be personal, work, and anything in between.

Who’s facilitating?  Helen Amery (www.wildfigsolutions.co.uk) and Jean Fleming (www.jeanfleming.com) will be your Street Wisdom guides for the morning.  Both Helen and Jean are experienced Executive Coaches who qualified with Barefoot Coaching in 2014.  They both have a variety of corporate and smaller business experience.


Helen’s passion is to reconnect leaders to their innate brilliance, primarly working with Exec and Senior Leaders one-to-one, as groups and in teams.


Jean is passionate about helping women find fulfilment by defining the life they want to live and making a plan to start living that life – whether that is getting their next promotion, adjusting their work life balance or spending more time doing things they enjoy.


June 2019

For our June session, Lucy Mair-Winter will be taking a look at Nancy Kline’s approach to thinking, listening and questioning with plenty of time to put some of the key principles into practice.
 ‘Everything we do depends for its quality on the thinking we do first.  Our thinking depends on the quality of our attention for each other.’
The approach is applicable for organisations, teams, individuals and provides thinking sessions which bring about rapid and dependable organisational and personal development.
If you want to do some reading ahead of the session, Nancy Kline’s approach is set out in her book: Time to Think: Listening to ignite the Human Mind. (Octopus Publishing Group).
‘Organisations, families, relationships can become Thinking Environments again, where good ideas abound, action follows and people flourish.’

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.

May 2019

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When we engage with our clients, we listen really carefully in order to frame a purposeful question to support their thinking and emerging solutions. We are well trained to listen out for limiting beliefs and unhelpful assumptions blocking the client’s progress which we highlight and challenge.
Do we pay the same attention to the client’s change talk? What happens to all the client’s comments which indicate that they are ready, willing and able to move forward? My experience of observing hundreds of coaches is that much of the change talk, however tentatively expressed by the client, is often overlooked as the coach beams in on the ‘but’, of the ‘yes, but’.
In this interactive workshop, we will unpick the concept of sustain talk and change talk. What types of each talk are there? How can we effectively harness the change talk? What happens when we help the client focus primarily on the change talk?
Come along and refresh your skills around effective reflecting to enable your clients to capture their motivation for implementing solutions to their challenges.


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.

April 2019

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Jackee is highly regarded for her creativity and her ability to create supportive spaces for reflective thinking in her one to one work and her work with teams. In this experiential workshop, Jackee will introduce us to some of the elements of reflective writing as a professional practice.

Jackee works as an executive leadership coach, trainer, action learning set facilitator, coach supervisor, interfaith minister and published author of 49 Ways To Write Yourself Well, Soul Purpose and Be Your Own Best Life Coach.


Drawing on over twenty years’ experience of training in leadership , organisational andpeople development, Jackee works nationally and internationally with teams and individuals and has supported and contributed to the development of hundreds of individuals to enrich and transform their lives and achieve extraordinary results.




March 2019

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Finding your place with your coaching practice

As we evolve as coaches and gain more experience and skills it can be useful to reflect on our coaching practice.  To get clear on our skills, strengths and experiences not only helps our clients understand what we do, but can also help us to find our true place in the coaching world.

Nicky Lowe of Luminate Coaching and Wisdom for Working Mums will be facilitating a highly interactive CPD session with opportunities to gain insights as well as reflect on your coaching practice. She will be sharing the process she uses to reflect on her own coaching business drawing on the theory and practice of systemic coaching and constellations.

In this session Nicky will:

  • Create a process to help you to reflect on your coaching style and practice
  • Create opportunities to share, learn and practice systemic coaching constellations techniques 
  • Help you to find your place in the coaching world and articulate that to your clients 

Nicky Lowe

Nicky is an APECS accredited coach. Since becoming a qualified coach in 2006 Nicky feels privileged that she is invited by some of the world’s biggest companies to support their leaders.  She also runs an online coaching resource for working mothers.  

To find out more about Nicky and her work, visit her websites: www.Luminate-coaching.co.uk and www.wisdomforworkingmums.co.uk


February 2019

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In this experiential session ‘The Soul of Coaching’, David will share some Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence awareness tools, to help coaches develop a greater self-awareness within their coaching practice.

Breakthrough tools, which they can use in turn with their coachees, to improve their coaching effectiveness.

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

His inspiration for ‘The Soul of Coaching’ comes from Deepak Chopra, who teaches a course called ‘The Soul Of Leadership’ to executives attending the MBA course at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Illinois. Deepak teaches executives to develop a greater self-awareness; so that they better understand how their perceptions affect the outcome of business situations. He teaches that such perceptions come from the “inner life” of leaders and the groups they lead.

image1David is a Faith Based Executive Coach, Emotional & Spiritual Intelligence Thought Leader and Warwick Business School Alumni Mentor.  He offers tailored leadership coaching and consulting, working with groups of executives in transformational organisational workshops. David brings a unique blend of corporate, academic and spiritual depth to his coaching and consulting.



January 2019

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Ian Day, co-author of “Challenging Coaching” describes the greatest challenge he has had to face. Revealing the importance of lampposts!

In March 2017, Ian Day had a cardiac arrest and despite CPU, his heart stopped for 20 minutes. He was in a coma for 17 days and also suffered brain damage due to oxygen starvation. As he slowly recovered he had to learn to walk, talk, eat and recognise his family all over again.  Ian has now fully recovered and in this session he will share his story exploring resilience and the importance of optimism. Ian’s recovery is a living example of neuroplasticity, demonstrating the incredible abilities of the brain. Discussion and activities will enable coaches to reflect on the impact of Ian’s story on our coaching practice.

Ian Day

Ian Day is an executive coach and leadership development professional. He presented  Challenging Coaching to Coaching Connections in 2015. This new session promises us an inspirational start to 2019 drawing on resilience, optimism, and the hero’s journey and will explain the importance of lampposts! Ian will reflect on his personal journey and experience of “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!”