1-2-1 coaching

 

 

With 30 years’ experience in the field myself, I specialise in working with ELT (English Language Teaching) professionals. 

Sometimes they are are struggling to balance life and work. They can’t ever seem to get on top of their to do list, they’re snapping at their partner or children, they’re eating badly, and they’re not sleeping, or feeling exhausted even when they do get some sleep.

If this sounds like you, you’ve probably already tried to make changes. But nothing really seems to ‘stick’, and time and again, you find yourself going back round the same old hamster wheel.

Or maybe you’ve reached a point in your career where you’re getting fed up with working long hours for little financial reward? You never expected to become a millionaire working in education, but surely there’s a way to earn more, work less, and actually have a life? 

You have a few ideas in your head, but you’re not sure which direction to head in, or the steps you need to take to get there. 

You also feel, probably correctly, that you’d make progress much faster and more efficiently with someone who has the business and marketing know-how you currently lack, and who will be there to cheerlead and keep you accountable. 

I work with you over three months, plus an optional three months of follow up sessions, as that is enough time to make some truly transformational changes. No sticking plasters here. Get clear about your direction in life and your career, reconnect with who you really are, rediscover your enthusiasm for life, and sense of meaning, and finally get the motivation to make changes that permanently ‘stick’.

 

Before I worked with Rachael, I had been lacking a clear direction. In our pre-working-together chat, it was clear that Rachael understood where I was at and had the tools to help.

Our work has spanned personal development, philosophy, spirituality and business strategy. Rachael has been insightful, helpful and generous throughout. I trusted her completely, and found that trust both well placed and rewarded. At the end of our last session, she reminded me of my intentions going into the process – and I was blown away. I won’t go into details, but one of those intentions has been fulfilled in an utterly spectacular way. So have the others, but that one… Wow.

What has happened during the weeks I have worked with Rachael has been truly life changing. (She is not paying me to say this.) Much of the success of my work with Rachael is down to trust. Trust in the process. Trust in Life. And trust in Rachael.

If you have places you need to explore in yourself… Dusty boxes on grimy shelves in the attic of your mind that need to be opened and processed… Or just a business that needs some experienced input (with resources)… I assure you that you are safe in Rachael’s hands.

Alex Crowe, Coaching client 2021

I think getting in touch with you has been one of the best things I ever did. You are a great listener and I like the way you question things and get me to think and talk about what I am thinking. It was not easy to open up and just say how miserable I was feeling but it really helped.

You offer sound advice and support and have really helped me to change direction, get living and working again and release the sad feelings and the sense of loss after leaving an organisation I had been with for over 20 years. You are a great mentor and have helped me so much, personally (getting it all out) and professionally (from applications to webinars). You are also a really lovely person and I look forward to our conversations.

J, Coaching client 2020

Standard 1-2-1 coaching package.

 

1 A free initial session so you can explain what you’re looking for, and get a feel for how I work. At this point I’ll tell you honestly if I think I can help you.

Here are some typical client situations:

🔵 suddenly made redundant after 20+ years, this client needed help coming to terms with what had happened, deciding on their next steps, and with job applications and interviews.

🔵 this client enjoyed their job, but increasingly felt taken for granted, and unwilling to continue working such long hours. I helped them work out what they wanted and successfully re-negotiate their position.

🔵  this client was changing direction from editing to writing, and felt anxious about the workload, balancing family and deadlines, and needed to grow in confidence.

2 Once we decide to go ahead, I’ll give you my pre-coaching pack with questionnaires and useful tools to help us hit the ground running.

3 We’ll work together for three or six months. The first three months is the intensive phase, with three 60 minute coaching sessions a month, either face to face or via Zoom. These can be recorded if you would like to be able to go back over them on your own later.

4 After each of these coaching sessions I will set you some ‘homework’, using tailored, exclusive content. This will help you keep focused on making those changes, and putting the discoveries we make in our sessions into practice in your life.

5 You can contact me by email between sessions with any questions, and I will also keep in touch with you to check in on the progress you’re making.

6 After the three month intensive period, we can then move into an implemention phase for another three months, with one session a month. This ensures that you don’t slide backwards, and enables you to feel confident that the changes are permanent.  

Sessions are available by Zoom, anywhere in the world.

Switch off Stress, Switch on Success 1-2-1 coaching package.

 1 A free initial session so you can explain what you’re looking for, and get a feel for how I work. At this point I’ll tell you honestly if I think I can help you.

If you are looking to re-vamp or start an ELT business, I’ll usually recommend my group programme, Switch off Stress, Switch on Success. 

However, sometimes the group format just won’t work due to time zone issues or for other reasons. In these cases, I offer a 1-2-1 version of the programme.

Here are some typical clients I’ve helped with their businesses.

🟢 this client was a language trainer who always had too many clients- probably because they didn’t charge anywhere near enough. I helped them to develop a niche and market themselves, as well as dealing with the confidence issues, difficulty in saying no, and imposter syndrome which had led to the overload. 

🟢 approaching retirement, this client had never been self-employed, and, while they wanted to continue working, they felt they had no idea how to go about setting up their own business. I helped them identify a particular skill-set and market, and launch their business. 

🟢 this client already had a thriving business, but wanted to branch out into developing and running a group programme. I took them through every step from conception to launch, and they are currently planning the second run of the programme. 

2  As with the standard programme, we’ll work together for three or six months.  However, I will also give you access to the recorded version of my group programme- 12 sessions covering all the basics of finding a niche, creating powerful copy for profiles and a website, using social media for marketing, and more. These will be the basis of your ‘homework’, though I will also provide anything else needed, as we go along. 

3 You can contact me by email between sessions with any questions, and I will also keep in touch with you to check in on the progress you’re making.

4 After the three month intensive period, we can then move into an implemention phase for another three months, with one session a month. This ensures that you don’t slide backwards, and enables you to feel confident that the changes are permanent.  

Sessions are available by Zoom, anywhere in the world.

Contact me for your free initial session

If you think you might like to work with me, but you’d like to find out more about what’s involved, contact me and we can set up a free initial session of up to 60 minutes.  We’ll chat through what’s happening for you, and you’ll leave the session with more clarity about your situation, whether or not we decide to proceed to working together. 

I contacted Rachael for help in managing and hopefully transforming a number of work-related issues I had been aware of for the last while, but felt unable to do very much about on my own. Rachael’s gentle and perceptive questioning encouraged me to reframe my beliefs about my behaviour and kick me out of ‘awareness’ into rethinking my attitudes and making some simple practical changes which were immediately effective.

During the 3 months it became evident that family problems were also an important factor underlying the professional ones. Rachel was totally empathetic and supportive throughout while guiding and challenging me to the realisation that you can always do something, even if that something may sometimes mean doing absolutely nothing at all.

Coaching has left me more confident in handling the issues that had been troubling me before. I am much more aware of my emotional triggers and, thanks to Rachael, have strategies to deal with them. Some of our sessions were quite emotional, others were great fun. I would thoroughly recommend Rachael to anyone who is going though a difficult patch, she’s an amazing lady!

Maria, coaching client 2021

Before I started working with Rachael, I was struggling with major health issues, which I suspected had been brought on by stress and overwhelm. I knew Rachael would give me a sense of clarity- which she definitely did, and so much more!

How has my situation improved since working with her?

Firstly, we miraculously moved to a bigger flat, and managed to negotiate a good price because I was sure we are worth it, I had clarity in my head, and the energy to ‘pull off’ this big project in the middle of the school year.

Secondly, I started noticing. I’ve become more aware of the insecurities other people have, and how I was reacting to them: I stopped reacting! This was a godsend because again, it gave me so much more energy.

Thirdly, and most importantly, I’ve realised (finally 🙂 ) that I have only this much capacity to do something. I can’t do 3 projects at once and give my best to all of them. and this is okay, I have learnt to let go and again, appreciate what is truly important to me, and my health issues have more or less disappeared.

N, coaching client 2020-21

Online teacher and teacher trainer

A friend recommended speaking to Rachael at a time when I was struggling to make some life decisions. I was sceptical of what a life coach could offer but decided to follow up on the recommendation. Rachael’s background in psychology really helped to direct the process. She knew what to ask and which parts of my life to investigate in order to effectively focus my attention on asking myself the right questions that helped me to realise what my priorities are. After my sessions with Rachael, I felt much more aware of my emotions and more in control and able to more clearly set goals for the future. I’m really grateful for Rachael’s patience, and ability to adapt to a style that was most effective for me by appropriately challenging me and always being supportive. Thank you!

Nick, coaching client 2018

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