Simon, Co-Founder and CEO, PopUp Business School
Conversations with Alan are always insightful. He quickly helped me get to the core issues and identify areas that needed focus. We developed a decision-making framework together in one session and this helps me to keep on track with our mission.
Alan has the perfect balance of intuition, insight, experience and challenge which makes for a fascinating and helpful relationship. He has a wealth of life experience and business acumen that he applied to our situation, helping me as business owner understand and develop our strategy. He is a top guy and would be my go-to sounding board without hesitation.
Michelle, Olympic Athlete, Coach, Motivational Speaker
Sometimes in life you have to look at other ways to explore your true self and your meaning of success or achievement. Having Alan in my life has been transformational. Alan’s coaching has been amazing. I highly recommend him!
Dave, Husband / Dad / Managing Director
I started working with Alan to address my anxiety which could wipe out entire days, especially on the weekend. It was extremely frustrating for me and did not make any sense given my personal circumstances. I found it very difficult to relax and often viewed achieving transactional tasks as ‘success’.
Working with Alan helped me to understand the differences in my work and home life, and how I could manage the transitions between the two. He made me see what was important to me and how I could adjust my behaviours to focus on my goals. Once goals were established, he gave me the skills to reframe any situation and view it in a completely different light. The impact of this was huge and transformational on my day to day life.
Alan has a number of skills which make him ideal as a coach; the ability to put you at ease, a genuine interest in helping you, and a skilled, considered questioning approach which leads you through your challenges until you reach your own conclusions.
I look forward to continuing to work with Alan to assist in both my personal and professional life.
Chris, Managing Director UK, Zimbani
I started working with Alan at the beginning of a challenging period for our business, and the timing couldn’t have been better. Alan was able to provide both tools and insight that enabled difficult decisions to be unpacked. This helped us to find clarity around what is important to us – our values, principles and company ethos. A better understanding of the interplay between these allowed us to move forward with confidence. Alan’s business experience helped to guide our conversations so that we remained focused on the most important issues as hand.
Jo, Visual Merchandising Manager
Since starting my coaching programme the most obvious impact Alan has had on me is my self-confidence. I used to struggle a lot with this, and also with decision-making. Imposter syndrome was impacting my work life and I lacked direction.
Over 6 months I found the confidence to secure a new job which has benefited my life overall. It’s a role that I’m passionate about and one that I feel validates my knowledge and capabilities. I’m earning more and I live closer to family so work life balance is better too. Old me never had the drive or confidence to go to the interview, but new me smashed it!
This change has flowed through to my personal life allowing me to focus more on my health and weight, something I’ve always struggled with. This is currently my main goal.
I also really struggled with meeting new people, avoiding social situations wherever possible. I have no problems at all with this and I don’t even think about it now. This has opened my life up to more fun things to do and opportunities to experience.
Emily, Revenue & Sales Manager
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from coaching but I was pleasantly surprised. The self-awareness I gained was truly eye-opening!
The main focus for my coaching was my career. Alan helped me to work through some really challenging situations which were affecting my confidence and general happiness. Since coaching I have a greater awareness of what is most important to me. It was really interesting to see how this changed over the time we worked together.
I would highly recommend Alan’s coaching. My life has improved since I started working with him.
Gareth, Director / Owner of Studio Twenty 3
Coaching with Alan has been enormously valuable to both me and my business. When you run a small business as I do, it can at times be overwhelming. You are the chief of everything, and I often find that very distracting. Sessions with Alan allow me to think clearly and accurately. He eases you towards the things you probably already know but perhaps haven’t spent time focusing on. What I like most about our sessions is how Alan doesn’t tell me what to do, he coaches me to come up with what I need to do. This has provided relief for me mentally and given me clarity on the most important things to be working on. I would 100% recommend Alan as an excellent coach.
Jessica, Events Manager
I first contacted Alan in March 2020, just before lockdown. I’d been verbally offered a new job but the recruitment process had stalled due to Covid-19. Initially I wanted to use the time with Alan to work on my confidence going into the new role once everything picked up again. However, so much changed over the next few months and I found myself on furlough with my current employer and at risk of redundancy. My new job offer was then rescinded and I was made redundant from my job of 15 years. Suddenly I was facing the big wide world of job hunting.
I genuinely don’t know what position I would be in without Alan’s guidance. He kept me grounded and focused throughout the biggest period of change I have ever experienced. Alan helped me to discover my true passion and potential, he encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and to know my worth. I am so thankful because I now have the tools, the confidence and the positive outlook to know that my perfect job is just around the corner.
The past few months of working with Alan were enlightening and extremely beneficial. Alan as a coach is always professional and open to any coaching area, ready to take on a challenge and prove his versatility. He starts every session on a positive note and praises my achievements, never taking credit even though his coaching skills help me to succeed.
We worked together on various short and long-term sport, career, coaching qualification and leisure goals. Session on session, Alan built rapport and listened to everything I wanted to say, and his deeply empowering questions helped me to uncover things for myself. He helped me to realise ‘what is important to me’ and it changed my thinking at crucial moments of decision making.
I am honoured to have worked with someone so knowledgeable, approachable, compassionate, genuine and kind as Alan and thanks to him I am able to remain focused, dedicated and confident that I can achieve anything I choose in the future.
Lisa and Niki, Directors of Scorpios Services Limited
It’s actually quite difficult to convey in words just how much of an impact Alan’s coaching has had on us both, personally and professionally. Quite frankly, the man’s a genius! He’s kind, compassionate and genuine and we cannot recommend him highly enough. Our Journey with Alan started with one of us having some 1:1 personal coaching sessions to work on confidence and self-belief, and within a few sessions the foundations were laid for us to move to joint business coaching.
It’s safe to say we have not been disappointed and have achieved more than we ever imagined possible. Long term business ideas that previously felt like something from a dream are now 100% within our reach. Alan quickly worked out how to get the best from us as a pair – when to push us and what questions to ask to prompt discussions. We now find ourselves asking each other ‘What would Alan ask you?’ to help us work our way through any barriers.
Knowing we have Alan’s support when we come up to tricky situations in our planning is invaluable. It’s like being able to pull out a secret weapon when things get tough.
Emily, owner and artist, Thomkat Illustrations
Working with Alan over the last few months has made such a difference to my mindset and has helped me to move forward in my fledgling business more quickly than I thought possible. Alan helped me to cut through the chaos and confusion in my head and clarify my thinking, galvanizing me to organize my thoughts and get moving. My strap line, “Drawing with Purpose”, came directly from one of our conversations.
Alan has helped me to see my business as more than just a pipe-dream; as something real and tangible and possible.
Our conversations always felt natural and comfortable, right from the start. Even over Zoom, Alan’s kind, compassionate and gentle approach comes across. He’s an amazing coach and I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone looking to grow their business.”
Beth, coach and mentor
Alan has this wonderful ability to make one at ease during every coaching session. His warmth and understanding of what I needed in each session resulted in my leaving more open, thoughtful and self-aware. His easy-going style belies a wealth of humanity and ability which enabled me to really understand how my journey could lead me to the place I wanted to be. He asked me questions that challenged my own values and beliefs and helped me to realise how I had been holding myself back for so many years.
I left knowing I had been coached by a kind and powerful coach. I have already recommended him to my friends and family members.