1 to 1 Coaching with Suse

Life | Team Leadership | Career | Business

Regaining your confidence and gaining clarity

“If you’re always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be”

– Maya Angelou

Allow yourself the breathing space and thinking time to really get into what you want from your life and what you want your future to look like. Coaching conversations with me are confidential, ethical, honest, joyful and yes, often challenging. It takes work to see a change in your life and then to follow through to reach that vision, no matter how big or small the change is.

Life is short, how can you live it to the best of your abilities and your self?

Are you ready for change?

Do any of these statements ring true for you?

You want to enjoy your job again

You want to have more time to do the things you enjoy

You want to show everyone the real you, the confident you!

You want to truly Own your business and run it Your way

You want to get back who You are (not just Mum/Daughter/Carer/Partner/Friend)

Are you frustrated at your lack of progress towards a specific goal you have for your life?

Are you feeling stuck? In your current job, your personal circumstances?

Do you feel you need to start figuring your shit out?

Are you fed up with your team and not seeing the results you want?

How Do I know If Coaching is Right For Me?

Here’s some answers to common questions I hear about coaching

What is coaching?

Anthony Grant, a leading coaching psychologist said it better than me:

“A collaborative, solution focused, result-orientated and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of work performance, life experience, self-directed learning and personal growth of the coachee.”

People decide to hire a coach for different reasons: personal development, business development, career growth, leadership and communication skills etc.

What these reasons have in common is that coaching is a way to bridge the gap between where you currently are and where you want to be. It’s about the coaching assisting you on your journey by enabling you to set goals and priorities, keep you focused and help you figure out how to be your future self.

Is it like counselling or therapy?

No. Life and personal coaches are not qualified to diagnose or treat any health-related problems, although if the situation arises they may suggest you see a GP.

Whereas counsellors and therapists may focus on your history and how you got to where you are now, coaching concentrates on where you are now and focuses on looking to where you want to be in the future.

Coaching isn't for everyone

If you want to focus specifically on any mental health issues, a life and personal coach won’t be qualified to help you. There is now so much help available for any mental health issues, including the fabulous Blurt Foundation, Time to Change and just talking to your GP or Doctor.

If you’re in crisis, speak to your GP or Doctor, call the Samaritans – they are there to talk 24/7, or just speak to someone.

If you just want advice or answers given to you – coaches aren’t your teachers or your mum. Coaching is about facilitating the answers from within you through powerful coaching conversations. A good coach will challenge you but will not tell you what to do.

If you’re not ready to make any changes to your life.  That’s okay, change is really scary and this might not be the time for you to make any changes.

If it's not counselling, why don't I just talk to a friend instead?

Friends are great to have but they’re not always the answer.

Coaching is not about telling you all the answers or just agreeing with you. See coaching more as a conversation that invites you to explore your goals for yourself. A coach is non-judgemental, does not offer unsolicited advice and uses open-ended questions to enable you, the coachee, to set the agenda and determine your goals and priorities.

What are some of the benefits to coaching?

You may gain several benefits from coaching, varying from having a specific time and confidential space for reflection, helping you clarify your goals, raise self-awareness and help you set direction. Read about some of the benefits and outcomes from my clients here.

What do I have to do?

Above all, be motivated to engage in coaching and be willing to embrace change. The gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future may be very small or may be quite large – it’s the coach’s responsibility to support you but you will be setting the agenda and determining your goals.

How long does coaching last? Is it something I have to do forever?

You don’t have to be coached forever!

Coaching is most effective when it’s time limited.

I offer different programme commitments from a dipping in and out throughout a day with my Voxer for a Day to 6 months of fortnightly sessions, from my blitz sessions of a full 2 hours to a year of business coaching.

The choice is yours and details of all my coaching packages are below.

    What happens in a coaching session?

    What we will focus on in each session is entirely led by you.

    Typically, a session includes where you’re at in that moment, what you want to focus on in the session and we will then look at that focus point in detail (through a series of “powerful questions” to you).

    You won’t feel rushed to find a solution by the end of each session (or even by the end of the group of sessions) but you will hopefully feel enabled to move forward with your goals.

    Clients often talk about a ‘lightbulb moment’ when they realise through coaching exactly what they need to do to achieve their goals but this isn’t an expectation of every session!

    Coaching is led by the client so I offer creative and practical coaching tools as well as us talking.

    There’s more information about my coaching approach and a handy framework of the journey you’ll go on when you commit to coaching.

    What's your guarantee?

    There are no guarantees with coaching as the answers come from you.

    I can confirm I’m an EMCC Accredited Team Coach at Foundation Level and a qualified Personal and Life Coach through the Leeds Centre for Psychological Development. These qualifications total nearly 3 years of training and learning with peers and training clients, both in-person and online.

    I’m a Full Member of the Association for Coaching and I work within the Global Code of Ethics as signed by the AC and the EMCC.

    When you sign up to coaching with me (excluding corporate engagements, Voxer for a Day and Blitz sessions), you only pay a first amount before your first coaching session. That way, only once you’re happy to continue coaching with me, after that first session is when I require the remainder of the payment.

    My Approach

    My coaching is based on my training and experience*. I take a values based approach with clients and work from a place of intuition and curiosity. This means that I’ll be deeply listening to you and picking up on what you’re not saying as much as what you are saying!

    Most of all, my approach involves knowing that YOU have the strength and confidence within yourself, I just help you see yourself again.

    *I’m a qualified Personal and Life Coach (Leeds Centre for Psychological Development), an EMCC Accredited Team Coach at Foundation Level and a Full Member of the Association for Coaching.

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    Coaching client journey map

    Your Coaching Journey

    When you can’t see the wood from the trees, this map will guide you through your Coaching Journey with me.

    How It Works

    Schedule a Free Consult

    For 3, 6 and 12 month coaching with me:

    Book a 20-30 minute chat with me. We’ll talk about what you want to get out of coaching, what you’ve tried so far and how I can help you.

    This chat is a great way to see how we connect and if you want to pursue coaching with me, as well as a chance to answer any questions you may have about coaching.

    Your free coaching consult will be via Zoom.



    Choose a Coaching Plan

    Coaching should stretch you, challenge you, be convenient for you!

    This is why I offer a range of time commitments for coaching with me.

    Read more below about my coaching packages and book a free consult with me today to talk about 3, 6 or 12 month coaching with me.

    Day of Voxer and Blitz Sessions are direct booking so no consult needed – just book and pay below.

    Reach Your Goals

    My clients can cheerlead better for me than I can! Read what they thought of coaching with me on my Results page.

    “I feel so positive about the changes I have made and can continue to make and really have to thank Susan for helping me to get to this point.

    She comes across as a very natural coach who is really able to pinpoint what someone might be struggling with and can also offer some very insightful comments about whatever that might be while guiding you to work out how you might deal with it.

    She is supportive, non-judgmental and very easy to talk to.”

    Public Sector Coaching Client

    “Suse is leading the way forward with her style of coaching! Perfect for people working from home, entrepreneurs.

    Suse’s coaching style has a can-do approach.

    If you’re looking for motivation and a helping hand in the right direction, Susan is your coach.”

    Lorna - Voxer for a Day Coaching Client

    Day of Voxer – Suse in your Pocket

    Got something you want to work through or are stuck on and need to fit coaching into your day?

    Book a Day of Voxer with me and you’ll have a coach in your pocket (on your smartphone), ready to help you when you want from 9am-5pm (UK time).

    More Details

    Your Day of Voxer can help you to:

    • Work through ideas and preparing for that presentation you’re creating
    • Talk through (and text) what’s holding you back
    • Flip your fears inside out on making a big decision
    • Brainstorm and sense-check job, life or business ideas.
    • Gain clarity and confidence at your own pace throughout the day.

    Voxer is a free, encrypted walkie-talkie app that allows us to exchange voice and text messages, as well as Keanu and Meryl gifs.

    We’ll be sending voice messages and texts at a relaxed pace throughout the day, giving you time to have those ‘lightbulb’ moments of reflection and action when you want.

    As a new way of coaching, you might be thinking, hmm, not sure about this. If that’s so, then you can read a lot more about how Day of Voxer works and why I think it’s so fab on my Day of Voxer page.

    2 hr Blitz Session

    Don’t have the time to commit to regular coaching?

    This is a full 2 hour session of coaching to work through one problem or issue that you have.

    More Details

    If you’re looking for some intensive thinking time, a blitz session is for you.

    Talking through 1 topic during this 2 hour session. Your topic might be:

    = getting unstuck in 1 area of your life or work

    = next steps for your career

    = time management and finding time to get All the Things done!

    3 Month Coaching Package

    My most popular service – what can you get done in 90 days?

    Fortnightly coaching sessions that will help you gain clarity and confidence in your life or career.

    More Details

    Your 3 month coaching programme will include:

    • Deep-dive pre-coaching questionnaire to get you started reflecting on where you are right now and where you want to get to.
    • Your initial 90 minute deep discovery coaching session followed by
    • Full hourly online coaching sessions with me including grounding and reflection, challenge, honesty, empathy, practical steps (5 x 60 min sessions every two weeks)
    • An array of worksheets including a Values Definition workbook, Career Discovery questions, Get Perspective Vision and your new Three Month Vision worksheet.
    • Monthly accountability Voxer calls

    6 Month Coaching Package

    At the “what the f**k am I doing with my life/in my job” stage?

    6 months of coaching is for you!


    More Details

    Your 6 month coaching programme will include:

    • Deep-dive pre-coaching questionnaire to get you started reflecting on where you are right now and where you want to get to.
    • Your initial 90 minute deep discovery coaching session followed by
    • Full hourly online coaching sessions with me including grounding and reflection, challenge, honesty, empathy, practical steps (11 x 60 min sessions every two weeks)
    • An array of worksheets including a Values Definition workbook, Career Discovery questions, Get Perspective Vision and your new Three Month Vision worksheet.
    • Monthly accountability Voxer calls

    Business Blitz Session for Women

    Don’t have the time to commit to regular business coaching?

    This is a full 2 hour session of business coaching to work through one problem or issue that you have.

    Business coaching is a mix of coaching and advice, great for women who are setting up their business or working through ideas.

    More Details

    2 full hours of business coaching to work through one of these areas:

    = business ideas creation

    = where you’re stuck in your business

    = business values

    = selling with confidence and curiosity

    Business Coaching for Women

    Run your business Your way with business coaching sessions every two weeks for 3, 6 or 12 months.

    £995 – £3,800

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    “Only 1 in 3 UK entrepreneurs is female: a gender gap equivalent to ~1.1 million
    missing businesses.

    Female-led businesses are only 44% of the size of male-led businesses on average, in terms of their contribution to the economy, and male SMEs are five times more likely to scale up to £1million turnover than female SMEs.”

    – The Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship, 2019 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-alison-rose-review-of-female-entrepreneurship

    Alongside a very low number of female business founders now sits all the stress and strain of a global pandemic. As the Alison Rose Review stated, there is no silver bullet to help female entrepreneurs but many of us can help to reduce that gender inequality.

    I can help you:

    = work through your initial business idea, including your values and your value proposition to your ideal customers, potential partnerships, adjusting your idea for these strange times, financials, purpose and packages.

    = figure out what’s got you stuck in your business and how you can adapt and change. Here’s an Insight Paper on how Sarah C. did just that.

    Please note that my background is in small business and the creative/digital industries (as well as public sector) so if you’re looking for other specific sector advice, a mentor rather than a coach might be what you’re looking for.

    Still Have Questions?

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