CONSULTING AND FACILITATION
Amanda worked with me on a strategic planning activity being undertaken by Belron's central finance team. Her facilitation skills were excellent during the two day event but, more than that, she also provided valuable and constructive insights into the way forward rather than merely standing on the side lines. She ensured that we ended the session with a clear plan and tangible actions. I would strongly recommend Mandy to any other business conducting a strategic planning or team development activity.
Amanda worked with us to help create a cultural change in the way we develop our people. Her approach involved gathering data from key stakeholders and designing and facilitating workshops where we agreed the changes we wanted and identified how we might go about achieving our ambitions. Her vast experience of working within professional service firms and her talent for combining theory with practicality added significant value to us. Working with Mandy has made a positive impact within our business.
We engaged Amanda because we needed somebody credible to deliver our strategy regarding networking. Our aim was to give all our fee earners tools and guidelines to recognise the business opportunities of client events. Working together with some very senior partners through to new trainees Amanda brought experience, fears and opportunities into play with experiential exercises and lively discussions. The main benefits for engaging Amanda were the co-developed design for the workshops and her practical approach. These combined to really engage the fee earners with the topic.
Amanda spent a year training our corporate management teams at Saxobank in London. Her strategic sales and management processes were excellent, but her experience in embedding and managing change were exceptional. Mandy's skill at ensuring new processes are optimised and stick is really what you pay for. No doubt we will work with Mandy again.
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value
We recently asked Amanda to work with us to support a week of recognising Women in business. I have worked with Amanda in a previous role and knew that with her extensive experience and her passion for coaching for success, she would be an excellent contributor to our agenda of activity. In a nutshell we asked Amanda to deliver an engaging and thought provoking lunchtime event, focused on overcoming Limiting Beliefs. Amanda was able to facilitate a practical, but powerful session, that created a real momentum for self belief and left the audience wanting more. The feedback has been hugely positive and groups have been getting together subsequently, to embrace Amanda’s Top Tips for Living Beyond Belief. We only invested a short time on this occasion, but would have no hesitation in asking Amanda to come back and support us again.
Amanda is professional and dedicated to helping her clients to achieve better results and improve their people and organisations. Her services are bespoke and can be tailored to any organisation or situation. Our full team have been able to develop as a result of the course.
Amanda is a true professional. Her approach and personable style to delivery of a programme is second to none. Amanda always keeps “her eye on the goal” to ensure the overall and tactical objectives of a programme are delivered. Her engagement with the stake-holders and those involved enables the skills, content and goals are communicated in a way to impact results. Amanda is challenging to all involved in a positive way to drive results and meet objectives. She is a real asset to any programme.
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
Amanda has a very personable style and relates well to people at various levels of the organisation. She is able to work within tight organisational groups / constraints, challenging the accepted norms and driving individuals to push themselves and their thinking in the pursuit of desired operational excellence. She has a style that is fresh, invigorating, motivational and above all fun
I have just finished the program and I have to say it was an amazing journey. The structure of the sessions every week is thoughtfully constructed, flows very naturally and Amanda also has the intuition and skill to allow flexibility where there are specific issues that come up that may not "fit" with that week! She is an incredible individual, who has the ability to engage so genuinely and fully that it is quite humbling. I always finish a session feeling motivated, invigorated and with a positive feeling deep inside. It is a special gift to be able to engage in this way over video - but Amanda is able to deliver on her promise. I would highly recommend joining for the next program and I would be happy to give more feedback directly to anyone who is contemplating taking part.
I have worked with Amanda in her capacity as a member of a working group I run at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW) to help finance professionals back into the workplace after a career break. I always value her insights, intellectual rigour, thoughtful approach and clear thinking – as well as always enjoying her warm humour. I have also heard Amanda speak at an ICAEW event in her capacity as a coach and found her to be inspiring and would invite her to speak again at future events.
Top qualities: Personable, High Integrity, Creative
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"...putting in the time to focus on the Step Into Your Future program has resulted in one of the best transitions to a new role I have ever had. I found a deep sense of confidence that I have been missing for some time. I feel energised and have some new tools to utilise and reflect on that will help me to stay in this incredibly positive place. I think it is a monumental achievement for Amanda to help me to get to that point during a global pandemic and unprecedented uncertainty in my life and the world around me."
I have recently worked with Amanda over a period of 6 months in support of a leadership course that I was undertaking. Her coaching came at a time of significant change in my life and her holistic approach to supporting individuals enabled us to have broad and powerful conversations identifying patterns and commonalities across all aspects of my life and career. Her sessions gave me fresh thinking and inspiration for the future whilst being grounded in building a strong understanding of my personal leadership strengths and how to maximise their impact. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Mandy and would recommend her wholeheartedly.
Amanda provided expert coaching during a key period in my career as I transitioned between roles. Her style enabled me to really connect mindfully with how I adapted my approach to leadership. Each session was thought provoking and very useful.
I have worked with Amanda on various times over the last 10 years. Her insightful approach to coaching has always been a great help.
I worked with Amanda over a period of six months and in that time she helped me not just identify my strengths and how I used them, but most importantly she helped me really believe in myself. Amanda got me to dig deep and explore actions I had taken and actions I was planning to take. By getting me to look at things from lots of different angles, I got to know myself and have much more confidence in myself as a result. This ground work has given me the springboard I needed to move forward with purpose.
Through Amanda' s expert and practical supportive coaching style she has helped me enormously to reflect on my personal values and life aspirations. Her encouragement to think more holistically about my whole life plan has really helped me to prioritise what is important to me.
I am already experiencing a shift in mindset and seeing positive results.
I would highly recommend.
Amanda has worked with me regularly over the last 3 years as a business and personal coach. She has outstanding interpersonal skills, is truly expert at coaching and facilitation, and has an incredible ability to allow the answer to be developed by you, knowing that you would never get to that answer without her skills! Through our work together I was able to create opportunity for a secondment to Ecuador via the non-profit Pronino, transfer from the UK to the US with work, and most recently find new ways to help transform corporate innovation initiatives!
Working with Amanda was always a real pleasure. Her focus on my development was very focused and feedback relevant and appropriately given. I have been recognised within O2 as a strong coach of people and I put this accolade down to Amanda’s coaching of me and ensuring I was honest with my own development. I would strongly recommend Amanda to any one looking to develop their skills in a smart and practical way.
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative
My coaching experience with Amanda was incredibly liberating – showing me how every moment I can create the life I want. I began working with Amanda when I was starting a new business and finding it overwhelming and all consuming. Amanda was wonderful and very containing. She helped me to identify my values and build alignment with my ways of living and working, and with the business I was creating. Through the coaching I gained clarity and insight into what was important to me and revolutionised the way I spend my time and energy both at work and at home. I am very grateful for this as it has helped me become a happier, more integrated, less stressed person. I learned decision making tools which I still refer to today, built confidence to navigate the situation I was facing, spoke up in a difficult interaction, managed my boundaries and much more. Amanda also helped me to create a vision for my life and my future which was very exciting and I continue to be amazed at how that unfolds even today. Amanda’s enthusiasm, intuition, business sense and caring make her a wonderful coach with a lot of depth in what she has to offer.
Working with Amanda gave me a much better insight into my core values, motivators and behaviours. She provided tools to help me structure my thinking to define and create an exciting new role for myself within our business. I'm confident that many of the positive changes that Amanda has worked with me to affect are permanent and will deliver ongoing benefits to me professionally and personally. I found working with Amanda an inspiration. I have huge regard for her insight, energy, integrity and ability to engender long lasting change in others.
Amanda was hired to be my expatriation coach after my relocation from Canada to the UK. We had 4 sessions together which I found extremely beneficial. Amanda has expert knowledge of the subject material and was able to draw upon her own personal expat experience. Amanda listened to my concerns and put together a customised program that really got to the heart of my expatriation concerns. Our sessions were very focused and quickly our coaching moved beyond coping with the move and more about change management and creating a life plan. I think Amanda is a very talented woman and coach. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a life coach whether it be for personal or career. I honestly believe that if I hadn’t worked with Amanda I wouldn’t be as assimilated or as happy as I am today.
Amanda provided practical hands-on advice on how to approach my new role as team leader for 25 people. This included advice regarding how to approach the role, key areas to look out for, how to motivate and deal with people and included advice on how to deal with both the top talent and under performing members of the team. I found her insight and appreciation of the role extremely useful and her input set the role in a new perspective for me. I took the advice on board immediately and have noticed the impact, not only within myself but also externally.
There are definitely times in life when you reach a crossroads and things can go either way. Redundancy can be devastating and frightening but, with the right support, can also be liberating and exciting. I had never thought of using a coach but then I met Amanda and with her help I worked out what success meant for me and what I really wanted to achieve for the future. I was able to turn redundancy into a brave new start and 18 months down the line I'm still thankful that I took some time get a new perspective and make the right choices for me.
Amanda is an insightful, caring and thoughtful coach. Because she can work with energy and doesn’t get involved with life ‘stories’, she can penetrate to the emotional energy that lies behind the story we tell ourselves and gets to the heart of the matter…the real issue that is blocking our path. I love that. In my opinion Amanda is the coaches coach, because as coaches we hold a lot of energy for other people. I would not feel comfortable divulging these confidences but working with Amanda and her energy work leaves my clients anonymous and the release easy. I don’t work in my head with Amanda, I work to release through my body and my energy. I find working like that so much easier and a relief. It is a wonderful, enlightening and lightning experience. If you are at a crossroads in life, wondering which direction to take, or perhaps need some energetic space clearing from old wounds then I would HIGHLY recommend working with Amanda.
Amanda has been an excellent support to me and members of my team during the last year. She helps individuals through her coaching skills to focus on the priorities and make sense of their problems. Amanda is excellent at facilitating sessions, she brings structure and generates quality output which she always follows up on.
My coaching with Amanda was rewarding and productive, and I remain impressed by her ability as a coach. Amanda takes a very holistic approach to coaching, recognising that what happens in one area of my life directly impacts all other areas. One key issue can not be addressed without looking at the other parts of my life, and in this regard she worked effectively with me, recognising the layers and connections of the many facets of my life. She challenged me to answer the hard questions (something I was loathe to do independently) and encouraged me to do the real work I needed (and continue to need) to do in order to grow. I developed a greater understanding of my current situation–the real hard choices and the challenges–and was able to begin defining the personal and professional goals and objectives that I wanted to achieve and what I needed to do to reach them. Amanda lives the principals that she uses in her coaching and it is evident in everything that she does. She is approachable and supportive, deeply honest and intuitive, challenging and open-minded. Her energy and focus eminates from her very being and shapes each of our conversations. She served as a trusted guide to lead me through a path of exploration to move forward and begin to achieve the state of being that I strive to achieve. And to this day, Amanda remains a trusted and valuable resource as I continue my journey of discovery through each stage of my personal and professional life.
Amanda’s ability to read people is one of her key strengths. She combines being a thoroughly nice person with a ‘steeliness’ and determination. She is dynamic but with a measured style.
During the 6 months of working with Amanda she helped me understand that I am an essential part of the management team and that there is great value in me focussing on my leadership skills and gaining clarity over what I wanted from my career. She asked me the right questions which lead me to solid decisions and answers. I am a better leader today because of the coaching I received from Amanda.
Amanda has very strong listening skills and a non judgemental approach to help solve personal and business issues. She is able to grasp very quickly the essence of complex situations. Her approach is always professional, yet very empathic. She has the rare ability to easily gain everyone’s respect, regardless of position, gender or nationalities. Amanda’s coaching provides new frames of references that help reflection and ultimately lead to action plans. She helps put problems in perspective by providing new angles and bases of thoughts. She challenges one’s own appreciation of facts and situations. Her style is surprisingly structured when dealing with soft issues. She has the remarkable ability to quickly help you focus on the right questions, eliminating artificial concerns. Amanda’s approach is global and does not simply concentrate in solving career issues, but instead concentrates on analysing one’s life in general. She helps link career issues to other parts of one’s life and ultimately helps identify what are one’s true sources of motivation and fulfilment. After discussions with Amanda, I often have found myself quickly reaching conclusions and being able to make difficult decisions with the certainty that I was doing the right thing.
I first met Amanda when I joined the Corporate Finance team where she was Team Leader. Even before she became my Coach Amanda’s innate coaching capabilities were evident. Her capacity to listen and ask incisive questions helped me to consider my issues in their totality and understand the linkages between them. Amanda cuts to the chase. Through her coaching the fog seemed to lift from over complex situations enabling me to see an effective way through. My subjective views were ‘cleansed’ and with Amanda’s help I was able to look at my issues objectively and clearly. Amanda was instrumental in helping me focus and make important decisions comfortably and confidently in the knowledge that they were the right solution for me at that moment in time. Although the choices I made were not always the easiest, Amanda was very supportive and is a part of what I am today. She will no doubt be a part of what I will become tomorrow.
Amanda has worked alongside me in several guises: as a coach, a facilitator and strategist. The theme that runs throughout all of her roles is her professionalism and results orientated approach. As a personal coach she was supportive, non judgemental, and intuitive. She achieved an excellent balance of both active listening and proactive questioning, knowing when to gently guide, and when to challenge, in order to enable me to achieve my long term goals.
As a strategist, she brought an excellent depth of understanding and analysis to bear to ensure her balanced and thorough approach brought best results for the business. And as a facilitator she has an excellent ability to ensure all in the room are engaged and are able to add value to the discussion.
As her supervisor during her coach training in 2002, I recognised Amanda’s natural talent in her very first coaching practice session and she has gone on to develop this talent into a professional skill, which she has added to her already considerable knowledge and experience in education, business and consultancy. Amanda is confident and articulate and has a natural, easy rapport with her clients, coupled with an instinct for getting to the ‘core’ of an issue. In the coaching sessions I had with Amanda at the end of her training, I found she was quickly able to help me clarify my thinking, move forward and create lasting change. She is skilled at listening, uses incisive and perceptive questions to help her clients focus on setting timed goals and gaining real insights and has a positive attitude which encourages and reinforces her clients’ achievements.