The 5HB Project Coaching for Creative People

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Initial appointments with me at The 5HB Project: Bristol are available on selected Saturdays throughout the year. (Please see the box at the end of this page for 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).

I generally meet with people in the public space of the Bristol Hotel. Alternatively, we could meet in another central Bristol location such as the Watershed, Arnolfini or Spike Island. If you prefer, and Bristol weather permitting, we could take the option to ‘walk and talk’ around Bristol’s inspiring dockside.

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 buy the coffee and cakes! 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 Bristol:

Saturdays are now booked until 17 March 2018

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