The Big Storm

A doodle from my desk: little boats in a big storm – some riding the waves, some sinking!

To paraphrase Charles Dickens, the current moment can feel like both the best of times and the worst of times. Massive change has been thrust very suddenly upon us and we will be feeling the economic, political, social and cultural aftershocks for a long time to come. The rapid changes, uncertainty, confusion and complexity are likely to continue for the foreseeable future too. It can feel deeply unsettling and painful, but maybe – like me – you also feel excited and hopeful. Can we use this moment of disruption to change things we’ve wanted to shift for so long – at a global level and closer to home?

We’re in the eye of a storm, but we’re each in a different boat. Many of us – especially if we’re self-employed, facing redundancy, managing chronic health conditions or juggling caring responsibilities with work – can feel like our tiny boats are being tossed around on huge waves far out to sea.

My own little dinghy is certainly finding the sea a bit rough in 2020; with two children out of formal school for six months it’s hard to work as much as usual, and like many self-employed people in the cultural sector I’ve seen much of my scheduled work cancelled or postponed, meaning a big drop in income and plans for new projects stuck in the dry dock.

But maybe in we become a flotilla of little boats we can weather this storm together. So I’m offering three new ways to help people take shelter, reflect and plot a new course.

My 1-2-1 coaching is available now (and for the foreseeable future) on a Pay What You Can (PWYC) basis for individuals.

From 1 September I’m also offering weekly group coaching sessions for the self-employed and those at risk of redundancy or looking for work. These sessions will offer a regular, supportive space to help you develop your plans with peers facing similar challenges. Each session will last 90 mins via Zoom and we’ll use coaching frameworks and exercises to stretch, structure and refresh your thinking. I’ll also share some peer-coaching tools so groups can support one another during the sessions and beyond.

Participation will be on a PWYC basis – and as with 1-2-1 coaching – if that’s zero at the moment then that’s fine. Everybody is welcome regardless of ability to pay – though if you can afford to contribute, please do to help make these sessions sustainable.

Finally, I’m offering one-off individual career-coaching sessions on timely topics such as: job applications; preparing for interview, career planning. These hour-long sessions are ideal if you’re ready to apply and want practical, tailored support like practising interview skills or feedback on a draft application. Again, these sessions are available on a PWYC basis so just get in touch – don’t let £ get in the way.

If you’re interested in any of these offers, drop me an email and I’ll send you more information about what I offer and how the sessions will work.