DEBORAH HENRY-POLLARD - Individual Coaching

Individual Coaching
"I am feeling very lucky, it is if you have rummaged in my head, re-ordered what 
you found and put down my vision in a very succinct and accessible way."

Who are you?
You are a creative professional at any all stage of your career.

Perhaps you are stuck at some point in your creative life. Or you have too many ideas and don’t know what/how to focus. Or you can’t see further than your current circumstances, or have only thought in general terms of ‘being an artist/writer/creative’. 

Or perhaps you know what you want to do, but not sure how to move forward.  You have lots of ideas and potential actions, but it is all a jumble in your head.  Or you have found clarity and got a great start on your project, full of enthusiasm and fine intentions.  Then life gets in the way, your plans take second place, then fall off the to do list.  Or doubts set in and your inner critic tries to sabotage you. 

Or perhaps you have that feeling that you could be playing a bigger game, but haven't had the courage to say it out loud... yet.

The two things that all my clients have in common are that they know something needs to change in their creative life, even if they aren't sure what or how, and they are all committed to hard work and taking the actions to make that change happen.

What could you work on?
Maybe you want to …

  • find your long term vision - create your big picture and identify the next small steps on the journey of transformation
  • take a project from idea to action - you’ve got the brilliant idea, now plan how you can move it forward 
  • successfully manage multiple projects and ideas
  • overcome the perceived blocks - you know what you want to do, so what is stopping you?  Lack of time or skills, unhelpful attitudes, your own inner critic?  
  • create an exit strategy - get you out of where you are now to where you want to be
  • become more businesslike in your practice - discover that the skills and imagination which feed your creative work can also be used to be successful in other areas of your professional life
  • work through the confusion, gain clarity and find out what you really want to do 

Creatives like you have, for example, written their debut novel; set 5 year creative practice goals (and achieved 80% of them within 2 years); created meaningful post-retirement careers; developed their hobby into a key income strand; turned small creative ideas into large scale projects; redesigned their creative businesses; changed careers.

What are the benefits of coaching for you?
Coaching is a partnership and what you get out of it will depend to a large degree on what you put in.  What many clients see as the main benefits are:

  • working with someone who is committed to your creativity and success
  • time to focus exclusively on your issues – you get 100% attention
  • time and space to think
  • ongoing accountability over a series of sessions to make sure that you stay on track and focussed.
  • a focus on solutions and successes, not on problems
  • a feeling of being both supported and sometimes challenged
  • retaining control – putting your future back into your own hands.

What can you expect when working with me?
Coaching is about working with you to facilitate change.  It is non-directive and used to help draw out your ideas and actions relevant to your situation.  It is a non-judgemental and objective process that lets you take control, identify and work effectively towards your goals.  With the help of a coach, you can often achieve these goals (which you can often find become bigger than expected) with far less effort and time than you ever would have done alone.

I ask questions to clarify and encourage your own creative thinking about your situation to help you find your own ideas and solutions.  You know your area best and my role is to provide you with a nurturing environment, help you to move your vision forward and hold the tension between the dream and the downright practical. You get the space to try new ideas and thinking, like when you trying to find the right coat. 

Coaching is not a quick fix; it takes the longer term view and builds in the steps to get you there. A key element of coaching is the ongoing accountability over several sessions to make sure that you stay on track.  Also, learning and insights are as likely to emerge between coaching sessions and opportunities often arise that you could never have imagined and the coaching process helps you build on these.

My role is to support, encourage and sometimes to challenge you.  We will be looking for specific actions you can commit to, to make progress towards your goals. I may ask you to do tasks or reflection exercises between sessions to give you time to think in more detail about particular issues. I am not here to give you advice and/or tell you how to change your life.  This is something for which only you can take responsibility. (As Nancy Klein says in her book 'Time to Think', "Usually the brain that contains the problem also contains the solutions - often the best one.")

My role as your coach is to be a facilitator, catalyst and motivator. I am your cheer leader and accountability partner, committed to you and what you want to achieve. I will always be working with you to be the best you can be. This is not about paying for hour long sessions, but investing in a support system.

(Still not sure what coaching is? Check out Coaching, Not Telling, or my other Coaching blogs or email me.)

How do we know if we are a good fit?
If you are serious about making a change in your life, complete the Expression of Interest form and return it to me. I will get a feel for what you want to achieve and if I think I can work with you, I will invite you for a free introductory coaching session via Skype or phone where we will start to work on your challenges and goals. The session has no obligation on either side as it is to see if we can work effectively together. It is a chance for you to find out if I am the right person for you and for me to find out your level of commitment.  Coaching needs you to be willing to commit your time and energy to the process and take actions to fulfil your vision.  Although I have limited spaces available for new clients, I will only have an initial session with you if I can offer you a subsequent coaching place.  (Anything we discuss in this and any subsequent sessions is strictly confidential.) 

If at the end of the call we both feel it is a good fit, we will move forward from there. At each subsequent session, we will review what has happened, how you want to move forward and agree your goals and actions to work on between sessions. These sessions offer ongoing accountability to help to keep you on track and motivated, and build on the insights and opportunities which arise as you move into action.

What do I do next?
If you are serious about making a change in your creative life, complete the Expression of Interest form and apply for a free coaching session.

Have there been any tangible results which came out of the sessions?
"Definitely!  More clients direct from website therefore more income!"

"I'm now £3,000 up on this time last year!  Yipee!!  It's just over a year since we started our plan - 
it looks like it worked.......thank you so much - our sessions have really paid off!"