The short version…
I’m an introvert. I studied art and design, then graphic design, got a job as a video game level designer, fell in love with performing stand-up comedy, became a full-time stand-up, didn’t become a star and so gave it up, went back to games and started a family.
Got all that?
If you’re after a little more detail as to why I’m now a communication coach and have stuck at this, then here goes….
While working at a games company I saw a really bad presentation and realised that all the writing and performance skills I’d learnt as a stand-up needed to put to good use. I decided that things needed to change and that it was down to me. If an introverted ex-level designer like me can do it, then I think anyone can transform into a confident communicator.’
In 2013 I set up my own coaching business, and after much hard work I have flourished, having found my place in the world. Clever me, eh?
I easily connect with introverts as I am one, but that doesn’t mean I can’t support an extroverted person, especially if they want to become the best communicator they can be. I really enjoy immediately getting people past their perception of their skill level and then building on that foundation to become confident communicators.
Too many people have suffered watching boring speakers delivering dreadful material. I’m on a mission to change that. No matter what sector you are in, I bet you’ve sat through some pretty tedious training’. It doesn’t have to be; I make training sessions fun, interactive and meaningful.
Here’s a quote from the awesome Jamie Walker of Rocksteady Studios – that nicely sums up how I can help.
‘I think communication is the single most important skill in a team. Most people I meet in the workplace don’t know how to praise, reprimand, encourage, listen, sell, or apologise.
If you can’t do those things well it doesn’t really matter how good you are at your craft as you are so limited in your interactions with others.
Being good at what you do is important but to be great at what you do you need to be a great communicator.’
Jamie Walker – Co-Founder, Rocksteady Studios