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  • Oliver - Overcoming insecurity

    Oliver - Overcoming insecurity

    Oliver ran a consulting business in London and the South-East. We met at a business event and had a conversation about his professional life and the pressures that came with it led to us working together for six months.

    He was successful, flamboyant and articulate however, something in his eyes and body language told me that beneath the surface he was troubled. When I asked: "are you at peace right now?" Oliver's response was a very clear: "no."

    His home life was in a turbulent period, prompting feelings of insecurity that came through no matter how hard he worked to maintain the illusion that everything was great. He was experiencing 'imposter syndrome' along with an unbalanced relationship.

    It was clear that Oliver's personal life had begun to impact negatively on his business. His reaction was to work harder and make more money in the hope that everything would somehow improve. I helped him understand that pressures like these, whilst being separate and unrelated to business, have an effect on the body, the nervous system and also in the way we think.

    We used a combination of yoga, coaching, psychology and neuroscience to unravel past patterns, setting challenges for Oliver to overcome whilst always providing deep caring support.

    Oliver was able to face his fears, blind spots and weaknesses and then transform them one by one into courage and action. This took guts and commitment from Oliver, which ultimately enabled him to move from being a passenger, to being in the driving seat of his life: fearless and peaceful.

  • Annabel - Relationship difficulties

    Annabel - Relationship difficulties

    When Annabel got in touch she was frantic to work on her "disastrous" relationships with men, which she felt were also affecting her business.

    During our initial conversations, it became clear that some of the patterns that had developed in her personal relationships were being mirrored in the way she interacted with her staff in the office. In short, Annabel needed to work on how she dealt with others across the whole spectrum of life.

    Her team found her brash, difficult and lacking in sensitivity - where in reality she was actually highly sensitive but as a coping mechanism, had created an unconscious strategy of being 'tough'. Unsurprisingly, she was using the same approach in her personal relationships.

    We spent the best part of nine months working together to unravel the psychological patterns leading to this behavior. This helped us identify her core needs (which weren't being met) and we were able to clarify her values. Annabel specifically needed to work on her body language - a field I specialise in - and her progress was phenomenal.

    Within the safe, creative environment of coaching, we explored many ways for Annabel to understand how she was coming across physically, leading to a real change in her non-verbal communication. Once she became aware of how influential her body language and tone of voice were to how people received her message, she was empowered to communicate effectively and positively.

    Because she had the courage to reach out for guidance to make changes and grow, Annabel is now able to enjoy rich relationships at work, has found a loving partner in her personal life and has continued to thrive in business.

  • Fiona - Mid life challenge

    Fiona - Mid life challenge

    Fiona had one brief for me:

    "I'm turning 40 next year and my life isn't working".

    This was completely at odds with how she appeared to the outside world. Fiona was a strong intelligent woman, a creative director for a production company with two children and a stable home life. This serves as a reminder that we can have a great many things in our lives and yet our internal experience of the world can be at odds with those achievements.

    I've worked with many people who have found the looming magnitude of a new decade challenging. In reality, it's quite normal to start 'waking up' and realise that the person you have been up until now may be ready to evolve to a different, more enlightened version of your 'self'. Those nagging feelings and intrusive thoughts that were making Fiona take stock, encouraged her to take action as she knew the fruits of her successful life were being soured by some historical personal events that needed processing. They were holding her back on every level.

    Like many of us, Fiona was working on old 'software': her mindset and beliefs were caught up in a past version of herself. By channeling Fiona's creativity, we were able to use her artistic talents to create an actual script of her past and her future self that released her from the unconscious patterns that were holding her back. By using the power of storytelling metaphor, Fiona was able to process and update her personal narrative and now has success and balance in equal measure as she continues to write a new script for the future.

  • Martin - Re-building his business

    Martin's case - Re-building his business

    Martin choose to write his story and offers a firsthand experience of the coaching journey.

    "I have spoken with a few individuals in the past who have suggested they are life coaches and offered me business and personal guidance and counsel. None were really able to establish a proper understanding of my needs.

    After having met Sal through my work, I agreed to meet up with him to have an initial conversation to see where it might go. I have to admit to having been a little sceptical at the start but after just a short period of time, during our investigation meeting, it became obvious that Sal truly did 'get it' and his clarity and questioning actually made the hairs on my neck stand up, in a good way of course. By the end of the meeting I was left in no doubt that Sal had a full and clear understanding of my needs. It actually unnerved me as I really didn't expect it to be so clear.

    I had a nightmare personal situation going on which was just awful and sapped my energy and belief; I was basically looking to find my MOJO again and rebuild my business which I had stepped away from a little due to my personal challenges.

    We agreed a contract for a set period or time and after every single session I left knowing I was a step closer to the goal I wanted to achieve. It really was that positive an hour. Through discussion and techniques Sal helped me get myself to a more stable, confident and positive position. Without a doubt Sal's skills in pushing me, testing me, asking me to dig deep all led to a vast improvement in not only my approach to my business, but especially to give me the strength to deal with my personal issues which were getting more complicated by the day.

    I am really delighted that I spent the amount of time I did with Sal. He has a very relaxed, honest and calm approach to all of the problems I threw at him. His observation and recall is quite something and he was able to get inside me and pushed me to be a better version of myself.

    Writing this testimonial for Sal was a really easy process as I wholeheartedly believe that if you need life coaching, then Sal is the man to work with. In speaking to him about this testimonial, I have started the build up to continuing where I chose to leave off and I am really looking forward to taking this to another level."

  • Claire - Emotional resilience

    Claire - Emotional resilience

    Claire choose to write her story and offers a firsthand account of her progress.

    "I met Sal when attending his yoga class. Apart from quickly noticing the benefits for my body, I found that what he said during the class to be as, if not more powerful. I left the classes wanting to hear more.

    I was facing some difficult challenges at work and although felt I was I the right track in terms of what I had to do and how to do it, certain individuals were reacting badly towards me. I felt rather alone and was aware I was taking things personally, and wasting a lot of time over-analysing situations.

    So I decided to give Sal a call and arrange a meeting.

    In the course of the sessions Sal helped me to identify my values, which helped me to understand why I reacted to others in certain ways. It wasn't all theory - he gave me challenges which were very revealing and helped me to re-assert myself with people who had started to step over my boundaries.

    I made notes and still have what he said to me written down in the back of my diary or in my phone for those moments when I need extra support.

    In your life you have family and friends to lean on, but sometimes you forget to listen to your own voice, and Sal gave me back the confidence to trust my instincts and I still hear his words now in a difficult situation which has been really empowering.

    The process helped me in all aspects of my life and I would thoroughly recommend Sal not only for his qualifications and experience, but for his genuine, no-nonsense drive to help you get more out of your life."

Sal Jefferies coach

Clients Reviews

  • "Working with Sal has had a profound and transformative effect on many areas of my life, both personally and professionally. His coaching practice initially captured my attention because of his holistic approach that combines mind and body work, something that I'm drawn to and I was keen to find out more. Sal is a powerful and positive presence with an infectious enthusiasm for life. He is calm and focussed with an ability to get deep to the heart of a situation with razor sharp precision. The process for me felt very intense at times, but Sal is full of good humour and fun and I left our sessions feeling energised and empowered. For me, the most significant change to my life has been rediscovering who I really am and having the strength to follow my intuition. The change in me has also prompted positive change in some of the people around me and that has been awe inspiring to witness. I am of the firm belief that there is no better investment than in something that allows you to live a better life. I will definitely work with Sal again as I continue to learn and grow."

    Alex
    Fitness professional and business owner
  • "A world class coach making a significant difference in people's lives"

    Yannick Jacob
    Programme Leader MSc Coaching Psychology - UEL
  • "Sal is a very interesting, intelligent man and his holistic approach to helping me by looking at the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of my life has been very helpful for me to solve some of my personal and professional challenges"

    Steve
    Vice President B2B Digital - American Express
  • "I am really delighted that I spent the amount of time I did with Sal. He has a very relaxed, honest and calm approach to all of the problems I threw at him. His observation and recall is quite something and he was able to get inside me and pushed me to be a better version of myself. Writing this testimonial for Sal was a really easy process as I wholeheartedly believe that if you need life coaching, then Sal is the man to work with. In speaking to him about this testimonial, I have started the build up to continuing where I chose to leave off and I am really looking forward to taking this to another level."

    Martin
    Managing Director, Commerce and Property
  • "In your life you have family and friends to lean on, but sometimes you forget to listen to your own voice, and Sal gave me back the confidence to trust my instincts and I still hear his words now in a difficult situation which has been really empowering. The process helped me in all aspects of my life and I would thoroughly recommend Sal not only for his qualifications and experience, but for his genuine, no-nonsense drive to help you get more out of your life."

    Claire
    Head of Dept, Education
  • "To me Sal is the embodiment of the word empathy, which he uses to great effect in his coaching work which I've been supported by in the past year. His intuition is beyond that of anyone I've met before and when combined with his understanding of how our bodies work, his ability to release emotions and begin a healing process is second to none. Sal creates an incredibly safe feeling space in which to share, which means time flies and much is achieved every session. I've also benefitted from his practical attitude, so I've often left with an action plan that I can easily incorporate into my life. I've already recommended Sal on and will continue to do so".

    Kate
    Marketing Director