About Me and How I Can Help You
Who I Am
My name is Georgina Kirk (though I prefer to be called Georgie) and I’m a freelance coach/trainer, based in Manchester, UK. In one capacity or another, I’ve been a teacher, trainer or coach all my adult life and I love it!
My first job was as an IT trainer and change-management consultant in London, which mainly involved teaching clients how to use their new computer systems and then training in-house trainers to take over from me. After that, I spent two wonderful years in Italy, teaching English and presentation skills. Back in Britain, I ran a language school for ten years, where as well as English I taught Italian, Spanish, French, German, Russian and rudimentary Greek, and also trained aspiring teachers of English as a foreign language. Alongside this, I coached clients in public speaking and other skills in the same category – i.e., how to put themselves across.
I’ve got a BA in Italian & Russian and a Master’s in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations, both from Manchester University. I’m fascinated not only by language but also by psychology and spent four years (part time) studying Transactional Analysis at the Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy.
In my student days, I was active in politics and learnt a lot (often the hard way!) by taking part in debates and speaking at meetings and conferences. I still relish a good discussion and am a member of two debating societies.
Another of my enthusiasms is magic. Through showing people feats of the apparently impossible, I’ve learnt a great deal about the psychology of creating impressions and putting across what I want to, while concealing what I don’t want the audience to notice. I’m proud to say I am now a member of The Magic Circle.
Partly because I’m a firm believer in constantly exploring and learning, and partly because it’s good for me – both personally and professionally – to be the student sometimes, I regularly attend training courses in areas about which I know very little and push myself to acquire new skills. These range from the civilised (photography, journalism) through the reasonably challenging (clay-pigeon shooting, mountain navigation) to the way-out-of-my-comfort-zone (outdoor survival).
What I Do
I provide focused, personalised coaching in how to be a successful public speaker, trainer, lecturer or job applicant and in how to put yourself across effectively in meetings, panel debates and business pitches.
As well as a coach/trainer, I am a motivational speaker and a member of the Professional Speaking Association. My two keynote talks are Life Lessons from Public Speaking and How to Be Perfect… in your own way, both of which are largely about communication and how we relate to the world.
Over the 25 years or so that I’ve been teaching, training and coaching, I’ve worked with all sorts of people, of all ages and from all walks of life. I’ve helped people to prepare and deliver great speeches at weddings, conferences, political meetings and charity events; powerful presentations at business meetings and conferences; successful pitches for contracts worth many thousands – even millions – of pounds. I’ve helped people to land the jobs they want, to have colleagues and bosses sit up and take notice of them at meetings, to do justice to themselves and their organisations in public debates. I’ve helped people to plan and deliver lectures and training courses that would be listened to, understood and remembered.
I’ve worked with national and multinational organisations, including the NHS, the Co-op Bank, ITV, Prostate Cancer UK, Brother, Shell, Kellogg’s and Lidl; with a wide variety of smaller companies; with universities, colleges and schools. And, of course, I’ve worked with myriad private individuals.
My opinion as a public-speaking coach has been sought by Sky News and the BBC and quoted by journalists in the TES and Unilad.
In the Handbook of Quality Assurance for University Teaching, published in 2019 by Routledge, I contributed chapter 30, based on my experience coaching university lecturers.
Because I’m based in Manchester, most of my clients are in and around Manchester, Salford, Stockport and other parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire – and sometimes over the border into Derbyshire around Buxton. Many are in Liverpool, Southport and other parts of Merseyside, and in Sheffield, Leeds and other Yorkshire towns and cities, but I also work in London relatively often and have worked with clients in other parts of the UK, including Nottingham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Belfast and Aberdeen. Wherever you are, if I can help you, please contact me and let’s make it happen.
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