As I’ve said elsewhere, I don’t run any open courses; all the coaching I provide is customised to meet the needs of the specific client. This means your training is focused and efficient – and it’s also convenient, since we arrange the sessions to suit you.

Group Courses

If there are several (or more) people in your organisation who would benefit from coaching, let’s talk about how best to approach it. Depending on the circumstances, it may make sense to book half a day or a day of training for the whole group together, though where possible some one-to-one time as well as or instead of the group course is usually a good idea.

My fees vary according to the number of participants and exactly what is involved, so if you’re interested in booking some group training, please contact me and let’s discuss it.

Training for Trainers

As outlined on the Training for Trainers page, the most useful approach is usually for me to sit in on one of your courses and observe you in action, then for us to have a few hours of one-to-one time to assess what needs to be improved and how to do it.

If you’re looking for coaching and advice to develop and enhance your training skills, please contact me and let’s find the most efficient solution.

One-to-One Coaching

For individual coaching, my standard is a session of an hour and a half at a fee of £165, which includes local travel (see below).

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you based?

Manchester, in the north-west of England, but I travel extensively and am happy to do so.

Where does the coaching take place?

I usually meet my clients at their workplaces (or homes, if they so wish). Unless you need equipment for what we’re working on, the only criteria are that you should be able to speak out without being overheard by people outside the room and that the space should be big enough to allow us to visualise the sort of size audience you will be addressing in real life.

If there is no suitable space for us to work in at your workplace or home, we can hire a meeting room somewhere convenient for you to get to.

How far will you travel?

As far as is necessary. I enjoy travelling and cover a great deal of ground all the time, both for work and for leisure.

How long does a session last?

My standard is a session of an hour and a half. Depending on your circumstances and what we’re working on, it may make sense to book a double session (3 hours with a short break in the middle). If time and distance are not factors, you will generally get more benefit from two 90-minute sessions with a week or so in between than you will from one double.

How much is this going to cost?

It depends exactly what is involved. My standard fee for one-to-one coaching is £165 per session, which includes local travel. This doesn’t include any room-hire costs but, depending where we go, these don’t have to be much. Local travel for me is broadly within the M60 Manchester ring road.

If you are an individual a long way from Manchester, it may not be cost-effective for us to meet for an hour and a half – unless I’m going to be in your area anyway. If you’re in London, for example, and you’re flexible with dates and timing, I may well be able to combine meeting you in the same trip as meeting other clients.

How many sessions will I need?

It’s hard to say without knowing a bit about you and your objectives, but almost certainly not more than three 90-minute sessions. Practically all my clients notice a significant improvement in their skills and confidence after one session.

My subject/specialism/product is obscure and you may not understand it. Can you still help me?

Yes. The principles are very much the same whatever you’re presenting/teaching/selling. And it can be useful to bounce your talk off someone who isn’t an expert in your field, who isn’t immersed in the associated thinking and the jargon, who can give you an outsider’s perspective.

English is not my first language. Can you still help me?

Yes. I have a background in teaching English as a foreign language, which gives me insight into the issues involved.

I’m going to be presenting/lecturing/training in a language other than English. Can you still help me?

It depends. If it’s a language I know sufficiently to understand what you’re talking about (Italian, Spanish, French, German, Russian), I can help in pretty much the same way I could if you were speaking English.

If you’re a native speaker of English and part of what you want to learn is how to put yourself across in a foreign language, I can help you with that. If I know the language in question, I can do more but even if I don’t I can still give you a lot of guidance.

I don’t want anyone to know I’m having this coaching. Will you please be discreet?

Yes. A lot of my clients feel this way and it’s no problem. If I come to your workplace, I’ll simply say I’ve got a meeting with you and give my name.