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GROWing with Coaching

Photo of green shoot on Catching Fireworks website to explain GROW coaching processPhoto  ©Deborah Henry-Pollard


TheGROW methodologythat I use as a coach is well established … but what does GROW actually mean?

Gis for Goals
This is the “what you want to achieve".  This can be expressed as your vision, your legacy, your target, depending on what you are working on (whether it is your whole life or your next mini project), and the terminology which most motivates you.  Sometimes when they come to me, my clients already know what their goal is and want support on achieving it.

Don't Despair - It Might Become a Moment of Genius



I was watching one of my favourite films over the weekend,Local Hero, written and directed by Bill Forsyth.  (For the Doctor Who fans out there, it has an early, excellent and delightfully gawky performance from Peter Capaldi.)

After watching the film, I found a great 'behind the scenes’documentaryabout its making on YouTube.  There were some fascinating stories and insights into getting a film from page to screen and I would encourage anyone who has a creative project, film or otherwise, to watch it.

Happy Easter!

Hold the Front Page!

Photo of typewriter on Catching Fireworks blog


Many years ago, a journalist friend of mine gave me a great tip for working your way through a problem or issue which you might be facing in your life.  

Imagine turning it into a news item for a newspaper.

There are several guidelines, he told me, in writing for the press, all of which are really useful if you have something which is going round and round in your head.  Using these guidelines helps you to get the information out of your head and written down in a way that other people can understand.

Take Five with Steven Sparling

Steven Sparling of The Thriving Creative Take Five blog on Catching Fireworks website

Steven Sparling is an actor, singer, teacher, coach, writer and creative entrepreneur.  As a professional actor, he has worked in Canada and the UK and in London’s West End.  He has taught internationally and is currently on the teaching faculty of the London College of Music.  His writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, websites and blogs around the world including The Stage Newspaper, Drama Student Magazine, Musical Stages, ViewLondon, and Square Meal Guide.  He holds a Masters in Creative Entrepreneurship from the University of East Anglia and is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths College, University of London.