Standout with an ILM Qualification

We are pleased to announce our details of our ILM Coaching & Mentoring Programme 2021.  With everything that is going on, there has never been a better time for you to attain an internationally recognised qualification and become the ‘go to’ coach or mentor in your chosen profession.

You may be here because you want to acquire new skills that are instantly transferable to the work you do.  Or, you may be coaching/mentoring already, so it’s more about about validation of  your skills through an ILM qualification, giving you the confidence to go forward as a professional coach.

Whatever your reason, you will find the supportive and inspiring  environment we provide at No Guru provides you with the tools and resources you need.  You will make rapid progress and, provided you are committed, you will be able to achieve your chosen qualification within a year (certificate).

We want to make your route to a qualification as supportive as possible in the current environment and our remote learning programme includes:

  • Structured self-learn through our comprehensive Coaching Manual and Coaching Journal
  • Facilitated Online seminars with your fellow cohort members
  • Structured tutorial sessions to accelerate your ILM assignments
  • Group supervision and 1 session of observed supervision
  • Ad hoc support from our ILM Centre
  • ILM Registration, assessment and feedback
  • Study Membership from ILM

And … once you enrol you can attend any webinar, tutorial or supervision session we run.

The ILM Coaching & Mentoring Programme always attracts great people who share values around helping others and building a community of practice and it is a joy for us to work with them.

If this sounds like the programme for you, we would be delighted to receive your application – ILM Coaching Application Form here –  and talk further about how we might support you.

Download the full prospectus with dates and costs, for you chosen level:

No Guru ILM Coaching & Mentoring L5 Jan 2021

No Guru ILM Coaching & Mentoring L7 Jan 2021

And if you are not sure which level is appropriate for your experience and qualifications, call us on 0844 873 1226 to speak to our advisors who will be delighted to help.

NEW 2021 Group Seminar Dates 

  • Level 5:  8th & 22nd Jan/5th & 19th Feb
  • Level 7: 8th & 22nd Jan/5th & 19th Feb/5th & 19th Mar


John from No Guru was a patient and knowledgeable as an ILM trainer and coach. I really looked forward to all of the modules and tutorial sessions. The assignments were challenging, but John provided excellent guidance and support throughout. I am able to use what I learned to support coaching clients and my team members. It has also helped me reflect on myself, my communication style and improve key skills such as listening. The ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring has been an excellent investment in my professional development. I am incredibly grateful to John for sharing his knowledge and experience, and I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from him, so that I might support others in their development.

Christina Lovelock, Business Analysis Leader , University of Leeds

The ILM programme is a perfect introduction to coaching theory and practice. John and the No Guru team delivered excellent workshops and supported our learning and development, and I am now using the skills to deliver coaching in my organisation. Completing the programme gave me the confidence to become a coach, and working with clients is immensely rewarding.

David Bell, University of Leeds




How the qualifications work for you

Thinking of studying for  an ILM Level 5 Certificate?

You will produce:

  1. Work-based Assignment demonstrating understanding of coaching & mentoring
  2. 18 hours Practical Coaching & Mentoring, planning, practice and evaluation
  3. Reflective review of your coaching & mentoring practice

ILM Level 5 Certificate and Diploma in Coaching & Mentoring Q Card






Thinking of studying for an ILM Level 7 Certificate?

You will produce:

  1. Work-based Assignment demonstrating understanding of executive coaching & mentoring
  2. 20 hours Practical Executive Coaching & Mentoring, planning, practice and evaluation
  3. Reflective review of your executive coaching & mentoring practice


ILM Level 7 Certificate and Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring






This also includes the ILM Framework for Level 7 Diploma.  You are required to produce:

  1. Work-based Assignment demonstrating understanding of coaching & mentoring
  2. 60  hours Practical Executive Coaching & Mentoring, planning, practice and evaluation
  3. Reflective review of your coaching & mentoring practice

Why not fill out your ILM Coaching Application Form to join our next programme?

Or call us on 0844 873  1226 for more information




(Why ILM C&M?) Coaching is a real passion of mine, I love coaching , mentoring and supporting individuals to fulfil their passions, reach their goals and overcome any hurdles along the way.  Having coached for many years, leaving my role and starting up as an independent consultant and coach, thought this was a perfect opportunity to refresh and develop my skills further as well as give me that well recognised qualification – a little rubber stamp of my skills. Help and support from John was great, classroom days were interactive and engaging.  Beyond this the encouragement and support to keep us focussed, guide us through those early day coaching sessions and be a listening ear whilst I was working through the assignments, meant a lot.  I’m now using it all the time;  in my Coaching with clients, my Associate work with other organisations, in my Consultancy role when I’m working with leaders  to develop new thinking and so much more.(What would you say to others considering it?)  Go for it!  It’s super hard work, not for the faint hearted, requires real commitment and dedication, but absolutely worth every ounce of it!

Diane Evans, Green Strawberry, Coach & Consultant 



Direct Claim status for No Guru ILM Coaching Courses

We are delighted to announce that following a recent virtual visit by ILM we have been awarded Direct Claim Status for our Level 3, 5 and 7 Coaching Programmes.

This means that we can claim certificates for our learners without requiring further verification (more…)

Stay Connected, Keep Learning

With the current Corona Virus crisis I wanted to be able to reach out to my clients and our target audiences, to offer them something which helps them stay connected with others and secondly helps to sharpen the skills during this difficult period.

Many of you will be working from home for an extended period and for many of you this is a new experience.  So it’s really important that we use this time and immerse ourselves in some development time as well as focusing on key projects and those important but non urgent things that often get pushed to one side in the busy organisation. (more…)

Can I Coach the Team?

20 Questions to enhance Teams

‘Can you do something with my team?’

‘What seems to be the problem?’

‘Well morale is really terrible, nobody seems to care about working here and we have lots of conflict’

‘So can I ask, what have you done to them?’

A not untypical conversation whenever I get asked to facilitate a Team Day, sometimes called an ‘away day’ or ‘teambuilding’ event.  Whilst I may be a bit harsh on the leader in this scenario, I do think that this kind of ‘state’ within the team is not a natural one. Something must have happened (or not happened), to create it. (more…)


John's Blog

Why be a coach or mentor?

… your business community needs you

I am a little biased but I love both coaching and mentoring. I used to enjoy being the ‘trainer’ which satisfied the performer in me but as I get older there is something that I find deeply satisfying in being a coach or mentor.

More than that, I find it a privilege to work with people.  People that trust you enough to share their greatest challenges, dearest hopes, deepest fears and core beliefs about life. I can think of few professions in business that afford you such intimacy. I feel lucky and grateful each and every session I get to spend with my clients.

We provide opportunities for people to learn how to coach/mentor others through our ILM Programmes and I am always struck by the qualities of the people who go on that journey with us. I believe the topic of ‘coaching and mentoring’ attracts people who genuinely want to do good things; to help others and to make a difference. Over the years our learners have told stories of how their coaching/mentoring has made a real difference to the lives of others through:

  • Supporting people starting new businesses and ventures
  • Enabling Leaders to make difficult decisions
  • Helping people address deeply set and unhelpful beliefs about themselves
  • Changing people’s perspectives of situations in life and work
  • Addressing huge challenges and opportunities head on
  • Understanding and dealing with emotions
  • Listening to them (do not underestimate the power of giving someone a good listening to!)
  • Exploring options and possibilities in life and work
  • Creating a vision for themselves or their business
  • Identifying their ‘why?’ and what’s important to them

I really enjoy hearing their success stories and seeing their excitement in creating some form of breakthrough that has made a profound difference to someone. It is wonderful to see, hear and feel… And people need these sort of breakthroughs right now. With the pandemic and the uncertain economic and social outlook, people need your help.

So, what do you have to offer?  Can you be a coach or mentor? How could you make a difference?

Try answering the following questions:

  1. Why do you do what you do and what is your core purpose?
  2. What would be important to you in coaching or mentoring another individual?
  3. What sort of people would be in your ‘Target Audience’ i.e. Who would you really like to work with? Who could you most bring value to?
  4. What life/work/business skills and knowledge do you have and how could this best be shared?

These are key questions and you may need time to process them. But these are the kinds of questions we pose to our trainee coaches and mentors on our ILM Programmes. The course itself helps you to develop the skills and attributes to be an effective coach/mentor. And we show you best practice so that you too achieve the sort of breakthroughs described above.

I’m guessing if you are reading this that you have an interest in coaching or mentoring and perhaps asking the question, ‘Is it something I can do?’.  We have programmes starting in January 2021 and I would be delighted to talk to any aspiring coaches or mentors who want to take that next step but are perhaps a little unsure if they are ready.

The old army recruitment poster boldly stated, ‘Your country needs you’. I know there are many, many people in your network, workplace or business community right now; who are stuck, in need of inspiration, lacking motivation, facing dilemmas and unsure which way to turn. You could very well be the person who can make a profound change to all of that. If you are up for it, your business community needs you right now.

Are you the future professional coach or mentor?

John Drysdale

Tel: 07810 550746

MD No Guru ltd

Our 2021 Programme starts Online on January 8th 2020. Get in touch to find out how you can join the class of 2021.


Speaking Truth to Power

For those afraid of speaking …

(But) TED is a tough, pressured, hugely stressful gig, even for experienced public speakers, and I’m not that. Standing in the wings waiting to go on, I told the stage manager that my heart was racing uncontrollably and in an act of great kindness, she grasped both my hands and made me take breath after breath. And what you don’t see in the video – deftly edited out – is the awful, heart-stopping moment when I forgot a line, followed by another act of collective kindness, a spontaneous empathic cheer as I composed myself and found my cue. “That’s when the audience came onside,” an attendee told me. “You were human. That’s when you won them over.”  Guardian April 2019


This from Carole Cadwalladr, a journalist at the Guardian who has in this last year investigated the role of tech corporations and their platforms in influencing the workings of our democracy.  What makes her TED talk so compelling is because here she is facing those very same technology giants on their turf.  And speaking truth to power.


Coaching: Deep Impact

This week I had the chance to attend a seminar at the Leeds Coaching Network featuring renowned coach, writer and speaker Julie Starr.  You may be familiar with some of Julie’s work including; ‘The Coaching Manual’, ‘The Mentoring Manual’ and ‘Brilliant Coaching’ and the session was everything you expected it to be. (more…)