I’m a coach, an author and a novice storyteller. Ann LewisIn 2002, after a successful career in HR in the charity sector, I hung up my commuter season ticket and trained as a coach, gaining an Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching with the Academy of Executive Coaching.

Since then, I’ve coached working professionals, either through their organisation or privately, helping them hone their leadership skills and step into greater confidence and presence. I also wrote Recover Your Balance in response to meeting many folk who had suffered workplace bullying. These days I work mostly with a small number individuals on their own agenda rather than in organisations.

More recently I’ve learned about three founding Principles that inform our experience of this human existence. That revelation has become an absorbing journey, underpinning how I show up in my life and how I work with my clients. Throughout 2015 I’m undertaking training as a 3 Principles facilitator. The Principles are both simple and profound, and underpin all our lives without exception. We’re not broken, and we all have the power to choose wisely in the moment. To find out more, search on “The Three Principles”. Your search will take you to what resonates best for you.

Meanwhile, I increasingly value my own quiet nature and that of others, and am on a mission to share the value of quietness for us all, not least because in the stillness of the moment we have access to an infinite store of wisdom and guidance.

I love theatre and I’ve found that a lot can be learned from how actors prepare and develop their Presence through body awareness and imagination. I drew on what I’ve learned over the years especially from performance and voice lessons in writing Recover Your Balance. Now, as well as coaching, I’m exploring the power of storytelling, orally, with photographs and in writing. In 2015 I completed Sarah Lloyd-Hughes’ Inspiring Speakers programme, a fantastic, stretching and empowering experience.

Before I became a coach…

I used to be a Human Resources professional, initially in manufacturing companies including Beecham Pharmaceuticals (now part of Glaxo SmithKline). Later, I worked for 16 years in the Third Sector, and from 1992 to 2002 I was director of human resources for some interesting and effective charities, notably the children’s helpline ChildLine and the Peabody Trust, London’s biggest and oldest housing association. I’m a Common Purpose graduate with a BA in Sociology, a member of the Association for Coaching.

On the personal front…

I’m married to Peter, an electronics engineer and live on the Isle of Wight. As well as singing, I enjoy spending time with friends, walking, photography (I created the photographs for this and my other websites), our garden and learning piano.

 

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