I’m very serious about helping people think and do things differently and work hard at bringing a sense of purpose, fun and value to everything I do.
I facilitate, train, coach, write, record, enquire, ask, nudge, encourage and support.
In 2014 I chose to add virtual work as an additionally effective way of delivering and experiencing learning.
I stand for….
- Helping people think and do things differently
- Making learning interactive, informative and practical
- Working with people to make the changes they need
- Enabling people to have the life/career they choose
- Living with a sense of purpose, fun and laughter.
- Certificated Coach
- Mind Gym Coach/Facilitator and Virtual Coach/Facilitator
- Licenced Facilitator of SDI
- Master Practitioner of NLP
- Associate Member of ILM
- BA (Hons) Politics
I grew up in Liverpool, a wonderful city & people. Wherever I live, I will always be a proud Scouser. As a teenager, I started following Everton home and away and went to numerous rock gigs. When I was 15 I got my first bass guitar and amplifier and started to practice music with friends.
I left school, went to college, left college and started working on a farm, all within six weeks (I knew it all in those days!). I started working on the 1981 census, before going back to college, then Portsmouth Poly for my Politics Degree. During those three years, I left home for the first time, saw more great gigs, learnt so much and followed Everton’s finest team all over England & Europe.
After graduating, I spent three months packing flower bulbs in the Netherlands before becoming an Immigration Officer in Dover. I then started my sales career in London, met my wonderful wife and moved to Edinburgh, to work for one of my customers in recruitment.
After a great time in Edinburgh, we returned to London to enjoy capital life. I worked in sales, charity and finance recruitment. We adopted our first rescue cat and my bass became an acoustic guitar. We travelled around Mexico during three trips. One trip to San Juan Chomula could only be done on horseback. I loved it so much, my wife bought me some riding lessons, which ended up in hacking around Hertfordshire, Hyde Park and North Wales! I learnt so much about myself from riding and being around horses.
During this decade, I developed my interest in motivation and coaching. I got my coaching & NLP qualifications and began coaching others to change their lives and live their dreams. We also began to think about a quieter life.
I built on my coaching experience by joining the welfare-to-work sector, where one to one coaching was followed by designing and delivering my first two-week training programme, first for service users, then for company staff all over the UK. We then decided to follow our dreams by swapping city life for Kendal, meeting our first rescue dog and exploring the hills, fells and lakes of Cumbria. I set up my business, which quickly grew and sent me all over the UK & Ireland. One-day courses became modular/graduate programmes. Our love of rural life and some lovely Highland holidays got us thinking about a new chapter in our lives.
We moved us, our dogs and cat to the Moray Coast. The best thing we’ve ever done, combining our coastal base with walks all over the Highlands, daily beach walks becoming a great way to nurture and nourish the mind. 90 and 180-minute sessions were added to full days of training and I learnt to love airports and long, scenic train journeys instead of motorways. This decade saw mandolin and bodhran added to the acoustic guitar.
2014 saw virtual training delivery strengthen my body of work and send it worldwide from home.
This decade has started with some challenging times for everybody. It has given me more time at home with my loved ones and to explore the beaches and mountains. I have been able to focus on my virtual work, which has included helping people become more comfortable with working in the virtual environment. I’ve coupled my time to play more music with posting Learning Unplugged videos. I’ve also written blogs and recorded webinars and tasters for courses.
Most of all, I’ve found time to be grateful for my loved ones and our continued health. Long may that continue for everybody.
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