In 2021, I had coaching and I can honestly say that it changed my life.
In 2023, I became a fully-qualified coach having achieved an ILM Diploma and an apprenticeship. I was awarded the ILM Level 5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring at the beginning of the year and then went through the end point assessment (EPA) for the apprenticeship. Having achieved a distinction in all three areas of the EPA, I was awarded a distinction overall in the Level 5 Coaching Professional Apprenticeship.
I wanted to become a coach because I wanted to help others in the way that I had been helped. As I say, coaching changed my life! By the end of the apprenticeship (February 2023), I had done over 100 hours of coaching and had coached teachers, leaders and support staff both in person and virtually.
I believe that everyone has the right to be heard and sometimes they just need another person to listen. In this world of ours, often our own voice can be drowned out by the voices and opinions of others. When I am coaching, I try to support my coachees to find their ‘tiny’ voice - the one that knows what they want to do but has just been quiet recently. My hope is that by the end of our coaching sessions you will have found your voice both metaphorically and literally.
If you had the opportunity to change an area of your life, what would you choose?
Do you struggle with work-life balance and stress?
Coaching supports the psychological well-being and confidence of those coached. It can help you bring balance back into your life and reduce stress. Through coaching you will be able to identify where and why there is a lack of balance and find ways to address this.
Do you feel pressure to progress but don't know which way to go?
Coaching enhances your ability your reflection and thinking skills and allows you to become more self-aware and better at self -management. This results in you knowing who you are and what the best career route is for you. This results in you knowing how to build on your strengths and address areas for development in yourself. You are then able to transfer this learning to deal more successfully with others and carve out the professional and personal life you want.
Do you want to develop your leadership skills?
Coaching deepens leadership knowledge, skills and practice and develops leaders’ problem solving and creativity. It can help you identify what type of leader you are and support you in your leadership journey. As a result, time is used more productively for overcoming complex challenges and you learn to lead others more effectively.
A coach isn’t just for an athlete or a ‘high-flying’ professional. A coach is for everyone! We all need a little help sometimes and therefore we could all benefit from working with a coach. Coaching is a process that aims to improve performance and/ or help us to make progress in a certain area of our lives. It focuses on the ‘here and now’ rather than on the distant past or future and is founded on the belief that the coachee already has the answers they need within them.
We all have areas of our life that we would like to change, we just don’t always know where to start. As a coach, my job is to help you to unlock your potential through skilful questioning, active listening, observation and reflecting back. I work with each coachee based on their needs and desired outcomes, which means that my coaching is tailored to your needs.
Everyone is unique and that premise lies at the heart of my coaching. I don't know what your answers are yet and they are probably different to my answers, but...
I will listen. I will support and I will hold space for you to talk and be heard.
Together we will find your ‘tiny voice’.