speaking, coaching and facilitation
Choosing a speaker takes courage and faith when you haven't seen them speak before. My aim is to help you make the best decision by being clear about what my areas of expertise are and aren't (and I will refer you to someone else if they are a better fit).
When I speak at conferences and seminars I don't talk to you for 45 minutes, I engage you and challenge you to think differently. You are given opportunities to interact and discuss important issues with one another and all without being asked to massage someone's shoulders - I PROMISE!
The topics I am passionate about speaking on and engaging my audiences with include:
- Thriving in the challenge of change
- When you change the way you look at things....
- Build the culture and the business will come
- How to be practically positive and not 'p' people off
- Inspiring leadership through the power of story
Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know it and nobody’s told it yet, so it goes on flying anyway. The bumblebee is nature’s best possibility thinker!
Throughout my career I have coached teams and individuals to help them achieve and exceed their goals. Coaching is about helping you uncover and develop the skills, attributes and talents you already have. The main coaching tool I use is listening and questioning, you already have the answers; we just need to ask the right questions! There’s an old Chinese proverb “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and he feeds himself for life”. Coaching is not telling; it’s about providing you with the tools and techniques to develop yourself. In any coaching relationship, our aim is to make ourselves redundant as quickly as possible.
Most often we are our own barrier to success. It is our self-limiting beliefs, lack of confidence or self-belief that stops us, the ordinary, achieving the extraordinary. My job is to challenge, support, inspire and motivate you through a relationship based on trust and rapport.
Sometimes coaching needs result from issues arising within a team. Spending some quality time one on one with a team member or team manager can make the difference between a team at loggerheads and a harmonious team pulling in the same direction.
Facilitation has its origins in the French word ‘facile’ = easy. It’s about making the process of a team or group coming together to achieve an outcome as easy as possible. In order to do this we work together to ensure that objectives, expectations, needs and outcomes are crystal clear and understood in advance. Facilitators often use processes and models to help get key messages across and where this is applicable, I will openly share these with you so you can take them back and use them in the workplace.
my role as facilitator is:-
- To ensure that all voices are equally heard
- To bring neutrality to the process and all parties
- To facilitate the desired outcomes and objectives of the session
- To ensure agenda and timekeeping are effectively managed, staying on track
I am happy to facilitate meetings, workshops, seminars and conferences of all types and sizes.