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Quick Fix mentoring package

Get your business moving with a structured six month action plan

You may be starting your business or just need some new ideas to help you make the best use of your time. With this special package, two one-hour business mentoring sessions are arranged one month apart. The first gets you focussed on your business and products and defines your target markets. The second gives you a plan to take your business forward for the next six months. I was Highly Commended in the Teacher, Tutor or Mentor who most inspires others to learn category of the South Devon Skills Awards 2012. Click here to email me to find out how this special package could work for you and your business.

"Alison has been key to my business growth and my sanity! She is very knowledgeable and had great ideas I could apply to my business, but also helped me stay grounded and focus on what was really important. My sessions with her have proved invaluable to identify the right avenues to explore and to carry on moving forward."
Paloma Harrington-Griffin,Homestaging Association

"I had a number of sessions when I started my business to focus my mind and see the possibilities in the future. Alison put me at ease at once. She shared her expertise and experience giving me confidence. The next session built on the last exploring avenues that sparked my interest and were easily achieved. I would definitely recommend Alison as someone who inspires confidence, is organised and clear and always follows up on agreed targets. I have changed my website and target market because of her mentoring and am now very busy."
Sarah Chapman, Celebration Ceremonies SouthWest

"My business mentoring sessions with Alison have proved invaluable in helping me to achieve my business goals. Her coaching skills allow me to brainstorm my creative thoughts and then break them down, prioritise and then focus on what’s going to work best for me and the business. Alison’s “can-do” attitude and her interest in and knowledge of small businesses and her connections means that getting a business idea off the ground doesn’t seem quite so daunting! I always leave my mentoring sessions feeling very energised, positive and with a greater sense of belief in my business. As a direct result my business has moved forward with more focus, clarity and organisation."
Jo Smallbones,Look Your Best

Two one-hour mentoring sessions only £300

You can also start by using my Effective Marketing technique Theaker's Rule of Three. These three questions will help you focus on ways to make your marketing more effective. Click here to watch the first video.

Hour of Power

Sometimes you are so close to an issue you cannot see the way forward. An hour of concentrated coaching can be enough to shift the blockage. This can be face to face, by Skype or phone.
£200 For more information, Click here to email me

“My Hour of Power sessions with Alison have proven to be an amazing way of cutting through the waffle and dealing with the nitty gritty in a short, sharp, effective burst. Clear, concise tackling of the main issues in front of me, in an hour, so I can get to actioning the outcomes of my meeting. Alison is great at directing my thoughts beyond the minutia which often sucks me in. She also throws in wonderful tips that make me think like the fabulous 80:20 rule. My new favourite thing! Thank you Alison" Victoria Rendle, Quay Physio

Create the Life You Want

Sometimes changes come all at once. It can be hard to focus on one area of life when they are all interlinked. Having a solution based conversation can help to disentangle the various threads and see what actions could be taken to move forward positively.
Alternatively, you could be thinking about major changes in life or career, Maybe you have come to a point where you want to change direction and make a contribution in other areas, or change your work/life balance.
A year of coaching can help discover the right solutions for you to make sure that you create the life you want.
This new package includes:

  • 12 one hour one-to-one coaching sessions, face to face, by phone or Skype. You can take these once a month, or schedule however works for you over the 12 month period.
  • Weekly check in emails with me.
  • Articles, handouts and activities drawn from my library of coaching sources.
  • Monthly summaries of coaching discussions with any actions agreed.

    Cost: Special Introductory Offer for first 10 clients £1750
    Full cost £2100

  • Click here to email me to dicsuss whether this programme is right for you.


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Walk the Talk

Walking helps the brain work differently.

Researchers at Stanford University recently found that walking improves your creativity by 60%. This study confirmed what I had experienced whilst completing the South West Coast Path. I also found it helpful to coach my daughter through her A levels, as walking is less confrontational than sitting in a room. If you would like time to consider options, get creative or move forward with difficult issues, Walk the Talk can provide you with guided thinking time. Using goal-oriented coaching techniques whilst enjoying the environment I can help you benefit from the best of both worlds.

“Walk the Talk with Alison gave me the distance to think about my business objectively and arrive at attainable solutions to all my business needs, issues and problems. Alison’s open ended questions combined with the exercise enabled me to think more clearly, arriving at conclusions and a plan of action that would’ve taken hours in a conventional meeting environment.” Jo Smallbones, Look Your Best

I use the GROW model (Goals, Reality, Options, Way Forward) and offer business coaching whilst walking the footpaths of South Devon. I am an NLP Coaching Practitioner and use a variety of methods gained from my own personal development work using The Artist's Way, Strengths Finder, Sue Stone and The Secret. Click on the video to see my talk about Roz and Ben Zanders' concept of Giving an A at Coaching Connect 2012.

£125 per hour. Three sessions £340 (10% discount) or six sessions £600 (20% discount).
Walk the Talk is also available to small groups of up to 4, for £75 per person per hour. Three and six hour packages at the same discount.
To find out more Click here to email me

Walk the Talk is a unique experience to maximize the benefits of any corporate team building event. Instead of making the team endure the graveyard shift after lunch, or as a way of getting the creative juices flowing within the group, organise a guided walk with goal-orientated coaching techniques. Team members will benefit from thinking time whilst enjoying the environment, and return energized and ready to participate.

For more information, Click here to email me

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