Your Training Provider

We often get asked “Can you do a course on…?” If it’s to do with people and the so called “Soft skills” the answer is probably “Yes!” and even if we can’t do it we can probably recommend a trusted partner to help you instead.

We can deliver short programmes from short seminars or tasters to 2-3 day sessions or a bit longer.

So what have people asked for?  The programmes listed on the right of the page provide just a sample of the types of training events people have asked for.  Many of the programmes listed here can also be tailored to the specific needs of that audience and to the themes of your organisation (we can, of course, design the materials to your own brand as well).

We would be delighted to discuss how these would work for you people or  perhaps book a pilot session to gauge reaction to our courses and events?



Skills for Business

Check out details of our courses and outlines:

Other courses we deliver:

  • Meaningful Appraisals: How to deliver effective appraisals and value of your own appraisal system (we can bespoke this one)
  • Creative Solutions: How to focus on the solution and not the problem
  • Coaching for Results: Coaching skills to enable you to get the best out of people
  • I Win – You Win: Negotiation and Influencing skills to get the results you want
  • Leading the Way: Developing an understanding of leadership and your own leadership style
  • Emotional Intelligence – How to achieve a high EQ and develop strategies that work for you
  • Letters Mean Business: Business correspondence in plain English
  • Report Writing: How to bring simplicity and impact to your reports

If you want to discuss your Training needs or any of the courses above contact us on 0844 873 1226


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…)

Do you have time to think?

One of my ILM coaching delegates recently recalled a coaching session they had with a client. ‘I didn’t seem to do much, in fact I felt a bit of a fraud’, they said.

When I asked them to expand on this, they explained that (more…)

Am I a Coach or a Mentor?

We’ve been training coaching and mentoring for quite a few years now and this question always pops up, ‘What’s the difference between coaching and mentoring?’  In fact it’s one of the questions you need to answer if you want to (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 (we will touch on the difference between the two in a later blog).

More than that, I find it a privilege to work with people.  (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…)