My Coaching options
Why Small Business Coaching?
- You may have a number of business ideas but don’t know which to focus on first, and perhaps fear making the wrong choice.
- You’ve decided to start your own business, it needs to be inspiring to you to keep going when the challenges come up, as they will arise! Do you have enough drive to keep going?
- Starting a business can be quite daunting – its easy to feel overwhelm in knowing where to start with all the different areas to focus on.
- You’ve created your business idea, you’ve set some process and systems up, but something’s missing: Clients!
- Being busy in your Business may be distracting you from working on and growing your Business. You may be down in the detail and have lost perspective on what you need to do to take your business forwards.
Coaching is based on the principle that you have the answers you need already (you just may not realise it, yet), and so we will guide you through effective questioning, supporting and challenging you and using relevant business processes to help you create an actionable plan then take this forwards to achieve the Business Success you deserve.
Who are my Small Business Coaching clients?
- Individuals or groups of 2-4 who have left large organisations or re-trained and want to start their own company/ partnership but don’t know how to get started.
- One-person companies who are looking to find the next contract, grow their business bigger than just themselves
- Small businesses with 1-4 people on the management team, whose operations are suffering and the leaders don’t have time to take the strategic view to drive improvement, or team dynamics are getting in the way.
How will we work together?
We will start top down from your Why (are you in business), what’s important to you, help you envision your longer term goals.
We will look at what you’ve achieved already, where you’re stuck and then create the Business Plan so that you can move forwards.
For groups, we will also look at effective team dynamics, so that your team are aligned in vision and function well together.
I use my Project Management and Continuous Improvement experience to support and encourage the leaders to find the appropriate approach to become more effective as a company.
Let’s be clear here…
For me this is NOT a tick-box exercise. I’m not in this just to hold you to account in making your progress. I truly want to support you in shaping your vision, strategy, overcoming obstacles and having a plan you’re excited about creating and inspired to achieve. THAT’s how I believe l I can add most value to our Coaching relationship together.
You WILL need to work smart and I will be there to support you.
Personal /Business vision alignment
The coaching adds the part of my business I do not have as self employed individual – accountability. However target-driven I may be (and I am) I am only accountable to myself, and when I try to do too much (i.e. do not have enough focus on the important stuff), reasons (excuses) are found for not achieving things as a result of too much else needing to be done – but these really are excuses. This means that no goal had much hope of being achieved – the investment in the coaching meant that the business was able to grow because my focus was in the right place and I could build the proper foundations. Coaching is not a cost – it is an investment.
David worked with me in the way that I thought – I am a very pictorial person in my thinking, so some guided vision thinking and unwrapping the real rationale/ reasons/ motivations for the goals and what they would achieve for me meant that I could focus on the important stuff.
As importantly, David was able to keep me focussed – and keep drawing me back to core motivations and the reasons why I was doing something – and helping me to keep the eye on the bigger vision and the medium term plan.
I was not presenting the easiest challenge – a combination of needing to clarify and achieve sporting goals, business goals, educational goals – and David was able to flex and bend, keeping me on course as challenges to these goals were met, and as the goals themselves needed to flex as opportunities presented themselves too.
Having a small business and getting goals and plans in place is important – but more important is understanding why those goals are important and what they will mean when you achieve them – and this is the part David was so good at bringing out. The goals became more a part of me rather than numbers on a spreadsheet.
James Bristol and Arizona!View More
David recently helped me with a dilemma I faced, which I just needed to talk through and work out which direction to proceed in.
David took the time to understand my personal circumstance, dilemma and the position I was in and was very pragmatic, straight-forward and honest in his approach, which helped me identify the right solution for me.
I can't thank him enough for his time, patience and advice.
"I consulted David for a series of personal performance coaching sessions to help me simplify my short and medium term goals, particularly around motivation to pursue my hobbies as well as time management. David enabled a shift in my paradigm and allowed for the clear vision needed for me to achieve more balance in my life.It was clear that David’s subject matter expertise in the personal development domain was second to none as he was able to seamlessly tie in techniques from various disciplines to provide a holistic approach to coaching and well-being. David’s warm and approachable demeanor quickly puts the client as ease allowing for the open and honest sessions critical to achieving lasting results."
Amit Stratford, LondonView More
Relaxed and Confident
"Initially I had doubts about the effectiveness of coaching techniques. I would never have considered coaching but when I heard David's talk, I knew I needed to take action.
I am now much more aware: I can relax more easily and I am making strides to improve my confidence levels by asserting myself more effectively. I also have a different perspective of success and my timelines are more realistic. David's relaxation technique was simply brilliant.
I've found that accepting help and being willing to challenge yourself is very important. David has been very patient with me and helped me to see things from a different perspective. He provided a point of focus. I truly enjoyed David's coaching and will continue to learn and use his techniques in my daily routine."
Andrea S. WalesView More
"I had recently been through a divorce and have had a long term disability. Though I feel I dealt with these well in a personal way, it wasn't until I visited David that I really understood how they were both still affecting the way I dealt with relationships in my life. We explored some of my
beliefs deep-rooted in a past situation and turned these around to come out with a more beneficial outcome for me.
As a result of the coaching sessions, I feel clear about what I want from life. More importantly I make my decisions without the bitterness of the past. My disability is no longer an issue to me and having the time to reflect and adjust my thinking within these sessions has been very useful to me"
Alan N.SomersetView More
Regain Focus and Balance
"This has been an invaluable experience. Dave's expertise coaching has enabled me to not only clarify and set goals, but regain focus, balance and move forwards to where I want to be"
Irene BristolView More
Improved Focus and Prioritisation
I came to David to coach me on improving the focus of my life and to be able to spend my time more productively.
I'd been referred by another of David's clients so had evidence of his proven results.
Prior to working with David, I found that I didn’t prioritise things effectively and too often spent time on issues that were easy to solve but relatively unimportant.
David was able to help me draw out my weaknesses and concentrate on resolving them. He was also very flexible with regards to sessions.
I would recommend David. He improved my approach to the way I tackle issues and helped me consider other people’s point of view, both professionally and personally.
I asked David to help me overcome frustration and fear associated with rejection. As I'd not heard of Reflective Repatterning before, I was unsure what the outcome may be.
David is very approachable and easy to work with because of his warm and friendly approach.
At the end of the session, I felt detached from the original problem and the emotion was vastly lowered compared to at the beginning of the session. I like that it has a more holistic approach by using meridian points as well as NLP techniques.
Thank you very much David for a great session.
Miranda LondonView More
Confidence and Self-Belief
Prior to coaching, I had reached a very low point in my life and made a decision that I was not going to give up, but realised that I needed some help to regain my confidence and bounce back.
My main sticking points were a severe procrastination habit, lack of self-confidence, a tendency to panic and feel over-whelmed under pressure, and forgetting how to have simple, childish fun!
As a result of David's coaching, I now have much more confidence in my day-to-day work life. I am able to interact with my peers and senior colleagues much more positively and with more self-assurance. Although my procrastination is not completely gone (that will take more practice!) I now recognise when I am doing it and why, and I can choose behaviours to overcome it as appropriate. I am much better able to deal with stressful situations or situations where I felt under pressure and out of control without becoming so panic-stricken.
I now have good tools for building a much more positive relationship with my daughter - she still pushes my buttons but I have a better ability to choose my response and I understand it is my choice to react positively.
David's 90-day programme gave me the opportunity to develop ideas and review progress on a regular basis rather than trying to cram it in to one session. There was the flexibility to focus on what mattered at the time of each session and to change focus if something else came up.
For me, a single coaching session coaching would be ok to get through a one-off event or as a reminder/refresher, but the 8-session programme gave me the chance to develop and pursue different aspects, as well as serve as a ‘conscience’ from one session to the next to make sure I applied what we had discussed, review the outcomes and understand what worked best for me.
As a result I am much more confident in my work and have greatly increased self-belief. My efforts were noticed both at work and at home and I have got a real boost from the positive comments I’ve had. I couldn’t have done that on my own!
Tracey BristolView More
Small Business Improvement
"David provides an excellent environment in which to hone down your goals and explore the options around how to achieve them. It has been a very valuable process and consequently I have implemented several systems within my business which I hadn't considered in the past. Thank you!"
Anna Leighton BuzzardView More
Confidence – Trophy Cabinet!
"David has taken me on quite a journey, from an initial place of uncertainty, a little apprehension and nervousness. Admittedly at my first session I felt uncertain and skeptical because I knew I was asking a lot.
However what impressed me with David was how he made me feel at ease, asking me open questions which took me down a path where I was able to express myself and explain the problems I was having.
David worked with me on techniques to help me build my confidence, and I now use the techniques eg. "hoops", "trophy cabinet" and anchoring, when I need an instant confidence boost. I am delighted how well these have all worked for me.
Thank you very much David, for all that you have done so far with me. I feel I am growing and developing as a result of your coaching."
Matt BristolView More
Thoughtful and Insightful
"David is a thoughtful, helpful and insightful Coach who has helped me work through my various topics and bring them to a successful conclusion"
Kerri Greenwich, LondonView More
I just wanted to touch base and thank you again. I found your session most useful. As a result of your coaching I have now managed to secure a role and have been working as a project manager since end of March.
Rashmi Project ManagerView More
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