What are these sessions about?

The ILM Sessions are a series of monthly online workshops to provide personal development for those interested in becoming a coach or incorporating coaching and mentoring into their role.

Each session focuses on a topic giving you a better understanding of coaching. These events will provide some practical insights and advice you can take into the workplace.

Hosted by John Drysdale who leads our ILM Centre, the sessions are involving, with practical questions and exercises to develop your knowledge and skills.

John will also answer any questions you have about coaching, mentoring and will also provide information on the various qualifications available helping you decide if you would like to progress your career as a qualified coach or mentor.

What will i learn?

We promise each session will be thought provoking, going you new ideas to implement when you leave us.

Our calendar will constantly evolve so here are some topics under the current run of events.

Be The Coach

Coaching is a process with a set of skills and has many applications. In this session we explore your coaching purpose, why coach in the first place and how to find your audience and niche for your brand of coaching.

Incisive Questions

How can we ask questions that bring about real change in others? Here we provide some suggestions on questions you can use in your day to help people be the best they can be

Busting Beliefs!

You may have heard people talk about themselves negatively and who have unhelpful beliefs about themselves.  The dreaded ‘imposter’ seems to be everywhere, so this session focuses on how we can change all that.

Listen with Empathy

How can we listen better? Really listen? This session looks at how we can be present in every conversation and how to take your listen to a different level. A skill for life!


Dates for 2022

28th June Eve 19:00-20:00 Be the COACH

15th July Lunch 12:30-1:30  Incisive Questions

16th August Eve 19:00-20:00 Changing Beliefs

20th Sep Lunch 12:30-13:30 Listen with Empathy

19th Oct Eve 19:00-20:00 Be the COACH

18th Nov Lunch 12:30-13:30 Incisive Questions

7th Dec Eve 19:00-20:00  Listen with Empathy


Sounds good, how do I book?

You can book either via:

Please tell us which date/s you would like to attend if contacting us directly and we will confirm your place by email.


Your FREE ebook

As if some quality personal development isn’t enough we are also providing all attendees of our workshop a complimentary eBook.

Questions for Leaders is a handy guide for any work related conversation. It gives you questions you can use in 1-1s, coaching conversations and performance reviews.

Covering themes such as : change, motivation, beliefs and more, this is a great takeaway from the ILM Sessions.



ILM Approved Centre

ILM Approved Centre




NEW: Heriott Watt University

We are delighted to announce we are now working with Heriott-Watt University to deliver the Welcome to Leadership programmes for their managers. The university has a large international presence with an ambitious strategy and we are looking forward to working with their Professional and Organisational Development team. Heriott-Watt is the latest University to join our growing list of valued customers within Higher Education and we are grateful for this amazing opportunity.

New ILM Coaching & Mentoring Programme – May 2022

Due to the ongoing success of our ILM Coaching & Mentoring Programmes, we have now scheduled in a second cohort for 2022.

The programme is already receiving plaudits and as a result we are growing our community of ILM Coaches and Mentors progressing towards an internationally recognised qualification.

Watch out also for our special preview events ‘Take Your Coaching To The Next Level’ running throughout March, April and May.

Information on the programme can be found here.

ILM Coaching & Mentoring May 2022

Contact us on:  bethecoach@noguru.net   or call 0844 873 1226


ILM Coaching & Mentoring September 2021

We are looking forward to starting our new cohort joining The Coaching Programme, leading to qualifications in Coaching & Mentoring from ILM at Level 5 and Level 7.

The programme begins on Friday 17th September 2021 with our ‘Coaching Foundations’ session.  All learning is done remotely, making our programme accessible wherever you are.



John's Blog

Why be a coach or mentor?

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. (more…)

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…)