David has over the past 6 months or so been providing me with business coaching. This has been with particular focus on preparing and presenting at board meetings. He has been a huge help in these and other areas. I would have no hesitation in recommending David.
David has an incredibly empathetic, engaging and open manner with an air of confidence which instantly made me feel at ease. It felt like he understood what I was saying and could immediately put my thought processes into context and reality. This enabled us to work well and effectively together so I quickly managed to articulate what I needed from the sessions and set my objectives accordingly. He was attentive and interested, asking pertinent and directional questions at the appropriate juncture.
Once the objectives were clearly defined, David guided me to identifying what the obstacles were to my success. With David’s wise and calm manner I could explain my frustrations and thought processes easily so that I was able to clearly analyse my situation before working on a plan of action.
David was good at challenging my current method of working/interaction within the workplace and setting “homework” for me to take away and think about. For example, I had a work conference in… that was an excellent opportunity for me to raise my profile with the objective of increasing my chances of promotion within the organisation. David tasked me with identifying who I should make an effort to talk to and what type of questions I should be asking of them as part of that process. It was useful and insightful to have gone through that process so I could make the most of the occasion. As it happened, the … conference was a huge personal success for me; having had these sessions, I had new found confidence, direction and purpose and managed to have a notable impact at the conference.
On so many levels David has helped me to identify and address a variety of issues I had in the workplace. This has been invaluable and insightful therefore providing me with new found confidence and direction.
From day one, David has been non-judgmental, measured, focused, supportive and totally engaging. I have thoroughly enjoyed and valued our time together. I can imagine I could be quite challenging to coach but David has never appeared phased.
I really appreciate what he has done for me and I hope we can continue to work together as and when needed.
I cannot speak highly enough of David and how much he has helped me. Whist being highly professional, informal and relaxed he challenges his clients to reflect deeply on their values, priorities and goals. This process enables his clients to begin to take the right steps to maximise their personal and professional development and business opportunities.
I sought David’s advice when I had reached one of life’s major cross roads and had no clear path in sight. The professional life that had been so good to me for over 30 years had ceased to be sustainable, and without major changes my health and well-being, and that of those closest to me, were in danger of irreparable damage. David’s wise counsel and guidance gave me often unexpected insights into what motivates me, my strengths and weaknesses, and the possibilities that these presented for the next stages in life. The very best mentors do not purport to provide neat answers, and David did not presume to tell me ‘what next?”; more importantly, he asked insightful questions that required me to dig deeply into experiences and personal values to create my own solutions and to begin to believe they are possible.
He helped me to appreciate my strengths, which was reassuring, and gave me the platform and confidence to look forward. At times it was not easy as David was not afraid to challenge me and ask some very difficult questions. In summary David’s coaching has been fantastic and has transformed the way I work especially on the communication piece. I am very grateful for all his help and continuous support. I would recommend his service to all.
David has a unique and natural way of honing in on key important themes and then tying it down to practical actions after thoughtful discussions. Again, he doesn’t try to solve your problems. More so, David arms you with the tools and mindset to efficiently problem-solve whilst recognising your own limitations. David understood me and my strong desire to help everyone, sometimes at the detriment of helping myself. He is highly empathetic but not afraid to ask very difficult and challenging questions. His life cycle approach gave me the perspective to focus on the roots of the issues. We still have more work to do, but I possess a humble confidence that our coaching sessions enable me effectively deal with whatever comes my way.
David is clearly a ‘natural. He is an instinctive and skillful listener, with a calm friendly manner, that enables him to connect quickly and understand what is really going on. Whilst having an infectious sense of humour, he is never fearful of pushing into a potentially tricky area, if he thinks it raises an issue that needs exploring or clarifying. The time I spent with David was invaluable as I reassessed my goals and priorities and put in place a new way of working. The best coaching is so often about getting that balance right between empathy and challenge. That’s why David is a great coach to whom I am very grateful.
I believe that everyone can benefit from David’s expertise and guidance. Our sessions were extremely comfortable, and he guided the discussions towards the most prescient areas. I came away focused and invigorated to put into action the main goals. I couldn’t recommend him more highly.
When I first spoke to David I was treading water career-wise, unsure of which path to take next. Within 6 months I had a new motivation, a new energy, and I had been promoted to management. David’s coaching focused on discovering my strengths and then listening intently to my complicated mess of mixed thoughts before sculpting out a credible plan of action. David has an ability to cut through complexity like a surgeon with a scalpel, together we turned my mess of ideas into a coherent career plan which lead to my being promoted.
David is a focused Business Coach who is able to connect quickly, and sort the wheat from the chaff in terms of helping one set and achieve career goals. David has a relaxed style, a good sense of humour and a gentle but direct way of digging in to the tricky areas that need exploring, cleverly balancing empathy and challenge.
I spent many years working with David – first as his associate, and ultimately as his partner. His empathy and patience, combined with a vision and rigour to his work, mark him out as a world-class coach and manager of people. There are few other people who have had such a significant impact on my personal and professional development.