Coaching for Women

What is Coaching?

If you’ve ever had a successful coaching experience you know how helpful it can be. If you haven’t, you’re may be feeling a bit ambivalent. Coaching is not therapy, but done correctly it is very helpful and it should make you feel better about life. A good coach will help you discover what is within you, bring out your best qualities, and guide you to making a success of whatever it is you are using coaching for. It will help you sort out a muddled mind and understand just were you want to be, then help you discover all the tools at your disposal for getting there.

More and more organisations are recognising the many benefits of coaching at work in getting best performance and developing their employees. Coaching benefits everybody, whatever level you are at. I have it myself from time to time, and it always gives me a better perspective on where I am going, and how I know when I’ll get there. It’s like a quick reboot.

I work directly with a very small number of women each year, usually helping them to develop their careers but sometimes on more personal issues. My style is relaxed and informal and centred upon you and what you need. I am not signed up to any school nor do I follow a set pattern. You are unique, and my response to you is unique, too. Everything is entirely confidential. My aim is to have you ending our session feeling that you can do it, whatever ‘it’ is. That you have a set of clear goals and actions to follow, however small, to take you nearer to making your visions a reality. Sometimes one session is all you need to kick start the motivation and create your plan for success.

Where Does the Coaching Happen?

Recently I had a garden studio built to run courses and to coach in. It is such a lovely space in my garden (and will be even lovelier when the plants start to grow back after the building work). I can coach you to face to face or online, or a mixture of both, your choice. One of my recent coaching clients was in New York and it worked perfectly.

Coaching spot in the Changing Room, near Bath

Please email me if this is something you are interested in finding out about. We will always have a no obligation conversation together before you commit to anything. I have to be the right woman for you and if I think I’m not, I’ll tell you honestly. (You can read more about my background and qualifications here.)

Comments on Jane’s Coaching

Name: Hilly Janes
Role: Author, journalist, events chair of Women in Journalism

Jane Woods of Changing People led a seminar in the summer of 2015 for Women in Journalism, the leading training, networking and campaigning organisation, chaired by Eleanor Mills, editorial director of the Sunday Times. It was a mixed group of 50 senior and more junior journalists from a variety of publications. Jane shared her considerable expertise on building confidence in the workplace in a friendly and professional manner, and was very well received. She has a love of her subject, which shone through, and her extensive experience makes her very well informed.

She also took ad hoc questions from the floor and was able to ‘coach’ women on the spot. The feedback has been very positive with at least two of the ‘coached’ women reporting that following Jane’s advice had given them a real advantage at work in dealing with pitching to their editors, and being heard.

Name: Clare Bottle
Post: Associate Director Supply Chain
Company: Coca Cola Enterprises

“A few years ago I took part in one of your Renew You workshops and it helped me to define my personal objectives, both for life in general as well as in my career.  I chose your course because your website showed a human and caring approach, with the back-up of robust and widely-recognised research, which gives you a level of credibility sometimes missing from other, apparently similar, options for women in business.

After the course, I invested in professional coaching for myself and found your style really effective.  You are the epitome of what a coach should be: a powerful yet sensitive communicator, often questioning, but never instructing.  And you have gained my trust to the extent that I can share things very openly, which creates more opportunities for me to develop.

Now that I work at Coca-Cola Enterprises, I have asked you to coach me again.  The Supply Chain part of our business is quite male dominated (13% women) and I have valued your experience and support to navigate some of the challenges that poses for me as one of its female Associate Directors.

Coaching Fees

I allow 90 minutes for my coaching sessions. One hour is rarely long enough and that extra half hour gives us plenty of time with no rushing on either side. Occasionally, if circumstances demand we can split one session into two shorter ones. Everyone is unique.

My fee structure for individuals is very simple and transparent:

£150 for a one-off session, to include refreshments if you’re with me in person. This does not include include our preliminary discussion around your particular coaching requirements, obviously no charge for that. I’ll email you more information and thoughts/exercises after our session, plus a summary of what we have discussed with your action plan.

You are not tied in to any contract and you do not need to pay for several sessions in advance. If you do book several sessions the fee decreases. I know from experience that it’s impossible to predict how many will be required so you only pay for what you need, when you need it. There are also options to include the MBTI if you wish.

If you feel you want a longer commitment, (perhaps you are going through significant change) ask me and we can discuss it further and arrange an individual price.

You can pay via PayPal using a credit card, or BACS.

Your absolute confidentiality is assured at all times.

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