Listening is a superpower. Possibly the greatest superpower we have. It has the potential to make someone feel like the most important person in the world; well respected and highly valued. Not listening, has the opposite effect; making someone feel worthless and unimportant. Listening can lift people up and raise self-esteem as well as giving them the time and space they need to work things out, make difficult decisions and grow as an individual. I base all I do on listening intently to everyone I work with and believing they have the power to make positive change and develop themselves in any way they wish.
I have always been drawn to supporting others and watching them develop. This was why I became a teacher. I loved working with young people and being part of their journey. As well as facilitating the children’s learning, I was passionate about their social and emotional needs. During my first teaching job, I was introduced to coaching. I had a great head teacher who valued her staff’s development enough to offer us monthly sessions with a coach. Due to my lack of understanding of what coaching was at the time, I disregarded it and during my first session, told my coach that I didn’t need it and it was a waste of his time. The coaching process was new to me then and I wrongly believed it was for people who had something ‘wrong’ with them. Within 45 minutes of my first session, I was hooked. I hadn’t realised that I hadn’t ever been truly listened to before. It made me feel more important than I had ever felt. I couldn’t wait for my next session.
Around 2 years after my first session, I was desperate to learn more about the process of coaching from the coach’s side. I did a day’s course, then a four-day accredited course and finally a coaching diploma. I gained my qualification with a fantastic company called Fluent Coaching Ltd. Fluent offered me a position as a licensee and I decided to make the great leap out of teaching.
After being a licensee with Fluent for 18 months, I decided to step out on my own and grow my own business. However, I still do associate work with Fluent, and another great coaching company called NorthRidge Coaching & Development Ltd. I have over 700 hours of coaching experience, working with a huge range of people including children, business men and women, teachers, the unemployed, teens, people with special educational needs and many others. I have also used my experience of teaching and knowledge of coaching to develop training days for schools.
Coaching has only increased my passion for supporting people to grow and develop, as well as learn the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ that people have for doing things, thinking things and feeling things. I am always pushing myself to learn more and have qualifications in mental health awareness and counselling.
My love of teaching is still there which is why I choose to tutor. I love how beneficial 1:1 teaching and learning is for children and seeing them progress and reach their potential is so fulfilling.
I love what I do and enjoy the variety that my day brings. I feel privileged that people trust me to help them develop themselves.
Bishop Grosseteste University College
Fluent Coaching Ltd.
New Skills Academy
New Skills Academy
I also Hold a current dbs.