Thank you for facilitating Stoke-On-Trent’s Prevent Board planning workshop, your creative interventions meant that Board members were able to identify their successes, areas for improvement and focus on their priorities. It reinforced what partners were saying about the Board and your observations and suggestions will now be considered in more detail by the Board so we can begin the process of making the necessary changes to improve our effectiveness.
Thank you so much for coaching me. I found the whole experience very rewarding. The insights I’ve gained will certainly help me move forward in my career.
I have collaborated with Lorna on several large-scale change programmes and service improvement projects. She is a very committed and diligent professional, coach and facilitator.
I identified a need for personal development and confidence building as part of my Performance Appraisal and when this opportunity came up I was able to match it with my appraisal.
My Favourite aspect of coaching was the rapport with my coach and her ability to help me reach into my subconscious to explore my true potential. I rediscovered my strengths and what I valued about myself, my work and my wider networks
The coaching experience felt highly intuitive and helped me access my creativity to move on.
I am happier, calmer, more relaxed and in a new job which I love and which has a balance between head, heart and hand!
I have gained an awareness and real insight into how my own internal thoughts and beliefs have limited me. I feel I have started to reconcile the internal beliefs I hold about myself and I am in a better place to take control back. This makes me feel more empowered when I am speaking in public. I am able to use the internal techniques in the sessions when I am preparing to speak. Already I have noticed improvements in less stressful situations and I need to continue to practice to break a 45 year old bad habit! This has made me feel better about my capabilities generally and made me a happier, more confident person in work.
The first time I spoke with Lorna on the phone, I remember the voice at the other end of the line was warm and engaging, perhaps a little pushy. I came away from that initial conversation feeling cheered, encouraged, urged on and supported, and gently bruised. Coaching was a good idea, but would be no pushover. I liked the voice. I got what the voice said. I could see myself making a go of it. I felt myself responding to the call to arms.
Over the next six months working with Lorna, I was able to tell her of my struggles and experiences, I talked about what mattered to me. She drew out from me those crucial facts of family and fundamental values. She listened and questioned.
I shed tears. But that’s ok in a safe space.
We talked about opportunities for growth. I was to be Winter Lead and I spoke about my commitment to a “calm winter”. I started to promulgate the notion of Calm Winter. It had currency in my organisation. People said they liked it. They bought it. This could be my contribution to the wider well being of the people, including the colleagues, on my patch.
All those opportunities conspired with the rest of my responsibilities at home and at work. Ahead lay the snow-capped peaks of what looked like success. Yet the foothills were crowded with misadventure. At work, at home, everything was too much. At our coaching session, I talked about spinning plates; that dismal cliché. She turns on a sixpence, does Lorna. I talked of the trouble I’d had with the arrangements for a family lunch party. Metamorphosis? Yes! The spinning plates became a banquet. The place settings glistened with silver cutlery, the glasses shimmered by candlelight. My responsibilities each drew up a chair in accordance with their name embossed on a table reservation. Sparkling conversation ensured. Clouds were pushed to the edges. Attentive waiters stood in the wings, watching for their moment to please.
I have faced challenges of Biblical proportions at home and work. As the storm raged, Lorna made dry land – room for reflection.
I have received coaching from Lorna that was professional, focused and enabled me to achieve my goals but to also reflect on my future and aspirations, which helped to reinvigorate my career aspirations. As I was so impressed with my coaching with Lorna I decided to ask Lorna to undertake some work with my team as a whole, and to support me with creating a vision for the team but to also identify training needs. In addition staff received individual coaching, which made the team members feel valued, supported and nurtured their development. Lorna’s role has been valuable in supporting my development as well as that of the team.
Coaching with Lorna has had a hugely positive effect on my personal and professional development. Lorna is supportive, challenging and outcome focused with excellent knowledge in a variety of coaching and personal development styles.”
Lorna was my personal life coach for close to a year and simply put I found her input nothing shy of transformational for myself. Much of the analysis, challenge and, most critically, support she provided remains invaluable on a current and future basis….. the biggest gift Lorna left me with was the confidence to follow the things that mean the most to me as a person; she helped me raise my eye-line to the level of what is possible for me…above and beyond the constraints of a job or any other day-to- day ‘limitations’ we put on ourselves. Thanks to what Lorna did with me, I have turned the dream of a career in sports journalism into a reality. The hints and tips Lorna gave me about verbal and non-verbal communication have made this possible and I am now involved in television broadcasting and have had pieces I have written published. Not an outcome I foresaw at the outset of working with Lorna but one for which I am eternally grateful.
Having myself trained as a coach I feel in a good position to comment on Lorna’s excellent coaching skills. She is a great listener, empathetic and focused. She has helped me keep my career on track