The 5HB Project Coaching for Creative People

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Appointments with me at The 5HB Project: Cambridge are available on Mondays and Fridays throughout the year. (Please see the box at the end of this page for available dates.)

As a coach, my starting point is to find the right structure for working with you and your creative needs. Coaching is therefore carried out exclusively on a one-to-one basis. There is no minimum number of sessions and of course no maximum.

  • Once you have set a date for our first session, I invite you to send me:
  • a coaching portfolio, which contains examples of the types of work you produce
  • a 400-word creative ‘statement’ of how you see your work – past, present and future
  • a single line of text that introduces me to your perceptions of what you hope to gain throughout the coaching process.

During this face-to-face session we will talk for 90 minutes – throughout which we will clarify the focus of your work and our future work together (if you wish to continue the process).

The 5HB Project: Cambridge is based in a quiet village location 1.5 miles from the south-east edge of the city and just 4 miles from the train station. (Journey time from the station by taxi during normal traffic conditions takes around 15 minutes and costs, on average, £15 one way.)

The 5HB Project: Cambridge practice is an art- and creative-filled confidential space where we can chat comfortably over coffee and biscuits and/or use some basic creative materials/tools to help express your ideas. Alternatively, you might prefer to take the option to walk and talk in the closeby nature reserve, where natural resources can help to inspire your thinking.

While some may feel the coaching process should have a set plan, I don’t prescribe what should happen in a session. What’s important to me is that you feel comfortable sharing your ideas, thoughts and issues. Indeed, I would encourage you to use the sessions as an exploration of your needs and wants, and as a space where you can define or clarify your direction in a project, career or your creative life.

Following our initial meeting, we could continue working through a number of different mediums ¬– for example, telephone, Skype or FaceTime. It is possible, even, to make good progress through keeping up a dialogue in written text and images via emails. And some people enjoy an ‘old school’ letter-based communication, sending their text and images through the post before following it up with an online session.

So what does coaching cost? There appears to be some mystique in the coaching world that the more expensive your coach, the better s/he is. Perhaps that’s so, but it’s not how I work. Our initial 90-minute face-to-face session (plus the time I have taken with your portfolio materials) costs £149. I even supply organic tea, coffee and biscuits – gluten- and lacto-free available too! Follow-up sessions are charged in 50-minute time blocks priced at £70 per block. Simple as that…

The following date(s) are available for initial coaching sessions in Cambridge:

Fully booked until March 1

Even if I'm fully booked I'll be happy to talk to you and arrange a future date for a session

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