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Deborah Henry-Pollard: Creative Coaching

 
Sarah Gilfillan
"Deborah is one of the most inspirational people I know.  I always come away from my sessions with her feeling like I can take on the world, and as if everything’s possible.   She has a fantastic “joie de vivre” and is excellent at understanding creative people and translating the boring business side of things into a language that a creative can understand and feel inspired by. She has many exciting tricks to use to help you achieve your goals! I cannot recommend her highly enough."

Claire Meredith
"I understand now why she calls it ‘Lighting the blue touch paper’!  In the first session alone somehow Debs enticed out of me an idea that I’ve had as a niggle for about 5 years!  It was immense!  Debs has this amazing way of communicating to bring to the surface the important things you need to clarify and shape from the big muddle in your head.  Debs has a gentle and unassuming style and however tired I was when I went in, after every session I felt energised and inspired.  She magics this creative space where ideas can suddenly shoot out of you (without prior warning!).  She then has a wealth of wisdom as to how to develop the idea into a reality.  Debs knows how to get you to feel your creative best and is your constant champion and supporter. I felt supported and encouraged to be exactly me in the way I wanted to be."

Trina Dalziel
"You are the only person where I've paid for assistance and it has felt really worth while.  I love how you can look at things in "business" terms whilst getting all the "emotional / personal ethical" stuff that can be mixed up in it."

Sally
"What can I say?  If I could bottle Debs I would make a fortune!!  She makes the impossible, possible with a few questions, lots of silence and her ever present smile - then the magic happens.  I began the session believing that my skills were common place and ended believing that I could fly.  I left Debs and ordered my business cards, since then I have had two job offers and several enquiries.  She gave me the confidence to change direction.  Thank you Debs."
Ray Batchelor
"Deborah Henry-Pollard knows what she is about. I came to her with no more than a box of excitements (to do with tango) which had entered, unbidden, into my life, and about which, I knew I wanted to DO something, but did not know quite what. After a few hours of sane, sensible and - yes, let's say it - inspiring conversation, she helped me put things into order, and work out a practical (and still rather exciting) way forwards. I cannot recommend her skills highly enough.  Her encouragement has been pivotal in developing my Queer Tango work."

Stephen Twist
"Sometimes you encounter a person who has such intrinsic energy that you are stopped in your tracks.  Deborah is one of these rare individuals.  Working with her on an artistic project has shown me her considerable value, both as a fellow professional and as a life enhancer. 10/10 recommendation from me."

Caroline Dale
"Deborah’s work has been invaluable in helping me to make decisions for taking my business forward.  At all times I have found Deborah to be innovative, dependable, conscientious and straightforward.  She is professional in her approach and at the same time has a clear capacity for empathy and sincerity.  I enjoy working with and have absolute confidence in her support."

Nefra Canning
"Deborah is extremely good at listening and reading between the lines to discover what is needed. She has the ability to coalesce information using it as a springboard for creative and inventive models and possibilities. Deborah is warm, trustworthy and consistent. She remains sensitive to the ethos of the enterprise while offering solutions that help ground, grow and establish it in countless ways."

Nina Farrell
"Deborah has offered invaluable support and advice as a mentor and coach for The Wing Assignment. I would not hesitate to recommend Deborah to any creative with a head full of ideas that need carefully and calmly extracting!"
Heather Petty
"I could chat to Deborah for hours, she’s so warm and friendly and insightful – the sessions flew by but I think they were just the right length.  I was impressed by how much support there was, and the personal touches.  I feel like Deborah is a friend now as well as someone I pay for a service.  I started a blog and I’m writing a book.  I’m loving being creative, really getting a lot out of it. I have found a routine and my days have structure.  I’m working more productively than I did in my office job.  I think I’ve been looking for ‘the right thing’ for a long time and now I’ve found it."

Diane Parker
"Before my consultation with Deborah, I was in my own words ‘firefighting’, my nascent creative coaching and facilitation business having been born to a certain extent out of necessity. Deborah’s blend of common-sense and her positive, innovative approach, coupled with her astounding empathic skills helped me to see the big picture and the vast potential in my idea. Her style is friendly, inquiring, tenacious and unobtrusive all at the same time, an approach that encourages the flow of ideas and so not only enabled connection and engagement with my own original vision, but also to see the way forward.  She makes excellent, well-considered and appropriate practical suggestions, more importantly, she has an innate understanding of the emotional side of creating and developing a business, which she demonstrates throughout."

Simon Hyde
"It is a delight to work with someone who has such an excellent understanding of creative practices.  Deborah gave me some brilliant ideas to work on and develop and set me off in new directions for my art practice."

Teresa
"Working with Debs doesn't feel like work, she makes it so natural, logical, and at the same time intuitive, that it is like any conversation with an inspired person; easy and  inspirational. When I was confused about my direction, she listened and got to the heart of it. She was always accessible to me when I needed to discuss issues and I am indebted to her for sharing her deep knowledge and understanding, and for her intelligent, sensitive support."