The words my clients most often use to describe me are Fun/fun-loving, Confident/Professional and Approachable
I’m known as the Step Into Success Coach because it’s my mission to help people really step into a more successful life for themselves. This means examining what success means to you – not in the general sense, because most people agree it’s about being happy, but defining it specifically in relation to you as a person, to your business or work and to your life.
I say step ‘into’ success because this is an inside out job – you need to go inside first to get really clear before you can create success in your outside world second.
It’s important to me because I see so many people not doing this. This is why we stay in jobs we don’t like. Why we don’t spend enough time with family. Why we work too much. Why we feel unhealthy and get stressed. It’s also important to me because on three separate occasions in the past two decades I’ve had to really examine what success means to me and decide to make changes.
The First time it prompted me to leave full time employment, get trained as a coach and set up my own business in 2002. I offered management and leadership development and executive coaching to the public sector and large companies. All I needed at that point was clarity and focus, and then to work my plan.
The second time, after years of my business flourishing, it hit a brick wall. I had no new clients and no income. This time I struggled to turn things around and it had a massive effect on my confidence, which in turn dramatically affected my ability to get new clients.
To cut a long story short...I eventually realised I’d evolved as a person but my business hadn’t. I’d been trying to make it work the ‘old way’, the way it had for me previously, and that was no longer working. I ended up spending a couple of years and tons of money before I started to turn things around, and this time it took a lot more than just working a plan, because I realised it was all about me!
These two experiences in particular led me to develop my unique DANCE system. And after helping myself and lots of other business women get results, this system led to me writing my first book, Stepping into Success.
My DANCE system is unique because:
It puts you at the centre of your life and work. Everything starts with you. Not with your loved ones, employer, clients or customers.
It’s a holistic approach. So although the focus is on your work or business, it explores this in the context of what’s best for you as a person and for the lifestyle you want to lead, so that you’re truly successful across all three areas. And you feel happier and more fulfilled.
You can start from wherever you are now. Whether you’re new to the world of work or business, or you’re more experienced. If your results aren’t where you want them to be, in terms of income, clients, time off, energy levels, relationships, impact, happiness or satisfaction levels, this system’s starting point is to clarify what the real issues are for you right now and work from there.
And in case you’re wondering about my third experience of examining and re-defining what success means to me. This happened more recently, prompted by a health scare, and a year of operations and treatment, leading to a drop-off in clients and me losing my ‘mojo.’
This forced me to re-evaluate my business model, not once but twice, because the first time I hadn’t felt the need to use the full DANCE system. You’d think by now, I’d have known better...but even though I’m a dancer I’m still only human! (That’s for all you Killer fans :-0)
This last experience reconfirmed to me that my DANCE system only works when you work it! And that missing out any piece has the potential to set you back further, or at the very least keep you stuck.
So, it’s my firm belief and my guiding philosophy, that you CAN have it all ON YOUR TERMS by (to paraphrase Gandhi)
‘Being the change you wish to see in the world’
By going within and learning to know, understand and love yourself. By tapping into your inner wisdom, and getting clear on what’s really important to you...on what will make you feel happy and ‘successful.’ And by getting out of your own way, so that you can move forward positively with energy, motivation and confidence. Thereby supporting others to do the same for themselves, because you’re not coming from a place of judgement, fear, lack or competition. But rather you’re living and working with curiosity, love, generosity, and collaboration.
The Inspiration behind DANCE
My love of Irish dance, as a competitor and a band member travelling the world, was the inspiration behind my DANCE System. However, it was much more than the physical aspect of dancing that inspired me.
Believing that too much information in the field of business and career success was from a masculine viewpoint – with the emphasis on strength and force – on pushing through, battling, and competing for business. I used my own life and work experiences to set about defining what had worked for me, and researching my clients and other successful business owners, professionals and managers. What I found confirmed my own views that:
Dance helps you get in touch with your feelings, and feeling good about yourself and your work has a hugely beneficial effect on your performance and on your results.
Dance allows you to connect not only with your feelings, but with your heart and soul – your inner wisdom, and this helps you be more creative in your approach to issues and challenges.
Dance takes you out of your head, where you get stuck by thinking and worrying too much, and reconnects you to your inner spark.
Dance is a more feminine approach of allowing rather than forcing.
All of which enabled me to develop my holistic System – a more feminine approach to success in all areas of your life and work.
How DANCE Works
My DANCE System works on two levels:
As a step by step approach with each of the letters in DANCE a step in the system
As a metaphor for You as the Dancer of your Life Dance, here to enjoy your DANCE and showcase it in your own fabulous Show. The Stage or platform you use to connect to your audience – your customers, colleagues and loved ones – is your business or work. DANCE guides you to become the Star on your Stage and to Step into meaningful Success for yourself.
My DANCE system is based on this philosophy, and is used as the foundation for all my in-person programmes and services for individuals and groups.
My Dancing Honours
I danced competitively in my early years and was placed 2nd in Great Britain and 9th in the World Irish Dance Championships. For the next 10 years I danced with a folk band and travelled the world, dancing in places as far afield as Orkney and Syria. Since having children I’ve continued to be involved with Irish dancing as both a teacher and committee member, organising competitions in NE England.
Although I knew exactly who I wanted to be when I grew up, it took me a while to discover what I wanted to do….to teach people how to be happy and to enjoy life more.
That’s why I now absolutely love supporting professionals, business owners, executives, partners, managers, and those in a period of transition. Whether you manage others or simply yourself. Whether your current challenges are business, work, family or life-oriented. Whether you know what you want to change or not!
30 years of Personal/Business Development, and Leadership Experience
I have worked in HR, Training, Consultancy, Project Management and Management since 1985 and run my own business since 2002.
I am a qualified coach, an accredited member of the Association of Professional Coaches, Trainers and Consultants (APCTC), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), and a Fellow of The Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM).
As an ex champion Irish dancer I continue to teach Irish dancing to adults as well as learn new dance forms myself.
My business has been featured in online and offline business publications, newspapers and on BBC radio.
I was also a finalist in the WIN North East Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. And I’m a Sage Business expert, recognised for my contribution to the business community, my knowledge, influence, and on-line presence.
On a Personal Note
I’m a proud ‘Geordie’ living in the wonderful North East of England with my husband of almost 30 years. I’m also a mum, daughter, sister, auntie, cousin and loyal friend. A dancer, author, speaker and coach. I’m family oriented yet driven to achieve big goals professionally. My two grown up children are my greatest pride and have also been my biggest (and often most painful) teachers.
I love to travel, read and walk, as well as to spend time in my recently designed garden.
I’m an extro-introvert, meaning I love spending time on my own……reading, imagining, writing, and creating. That’s how I re-energise. Yet I also need the buzz of personal connection…..I love a party, having fun, laughing and dancing. And I bring all of me into my work and my courses. I’m a passionate optimist, who my clients say, can motivate you to get the best out of yourself.