Careers, new jobs and small businesses

I loved the film ‘Trains, Planes & Automobiles’.  Such a mixture of transport modes and determination for the leading man to get to his final destination. (Steve Martin keeps arriving late: by train, plan and car), but he gets to his final destination in the end!

That is very similar  to the career and life change coaching I carry out with my clients.

The similarities are as follows:

1/ The client has a goal (to be with their family for a public holiday)

2/ They think of all the options available to them (different mode of transport, times available)

3/ They decide which option to ‘go for’ first of all and try out the most suitable first (action)

4/ They remain flexible and determined, should the first option not work out 100%

5/ Success is theirs using this approach


I work with a variety of clients from different backgrounds who want to improve their life, careers and businesses.

Why not contact me for a free 30 minute consultation to discuss your situation and to work out an action plan.




New, revamped coaching website went live today!

I am very excited today as my new, revamped website went live today.

I am a fully qualified, accredited personal performance & life coach (International Coach Federation Member) . See me for clarity in all areas of your life, but particularly work-life balance, career and life change. I have had big successes with couple relationship coaching too (a dynamic, solution-focused version of Relate)

I coach face-to-face in Penzance and also do a lot of coaching via the convenience of Skype and telephone.

As well as being a coach and trainer, I am a DISC personality practitioner. I use DISC for individul coaching and business coaching. I help people understand people in seconds and increase their ability to get on with people who they may have previously found difficult to get on with. (Great for families, partners and building teams/recruitment at work)

I am currently a consultant coach, supervisor and mentor for a coach training project that is in the process of being rolled out in Cornwall

Contact me for a free initial 30 minute consultation



Tregenna Castle, Clarence House, Coaching Café latest!

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Here is what I’ll be covering in this month’s workshops and Coaching Café.


Clarence House
Clarence House

Tuesday 22 September

Clarence House, Penzance 10.30am – 12pm

The next workshop will run on Tuesday 22 September and the topic is Life Change. Do you want change in your life, like a new job, new home, new study?  Or is change being imposed on you by events like redundancy, divorce, family growing up and moving away?  

Experience the power that life coaching can bring in these workshops, which is to give you greater clarity, more direction and energy.  The workshop is from 10.30am – 12pm at Clarence House, Penzance. To include informal presentation, group discussion and one-to-one practice. Handouts included.  From £5 for your first session.

To book a place on this workshop, or find out more about it, please contact Stacey on 07985 959510 or 

Tregenna Castle St Ives
Tregenna Castle St Ives

Thursday 24th September

Tregenna Castle, St Ives : 12pm – 1.30pm

The workshop on 24 September at 12pm -1.30pm at Tregenna Castle is about careers; do you fancy a change? How do you start to look for that ideal job? To include group discussion, one-to-one coaching, handouts and action plan


Previous participants say the workshops are “inspiring”, “informative” and “magical”.    From £5 per session (first session is at this introductory rate)

Great venue. Teas and coffees available. 

Book your place on this popular workshop by contacting Stacey on 07985 959510 or  Pre-booking essential as spaces limited






Coaching Café – Scarlet Wines, Lelant (near Wyevale garden centre)

Thursday 8th October  5.30pm – 7.30pm

Coaching Café details:

The next meet up will be Thursday October 8th   ; meeting at 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Scarlet Wines, Lelant.

The topic for October is: How you can get a more fulfilling life by doing less: discussing mindfulness, sharing ideas & experiences.

Please RSVP to book your place. Just £5 booking fee to guarantee your place, which includes a free cup of tea/coffee/juice or wine. Feel free to purchase a snack as well.

Book your place through St Ives & Penzance Affordable Coaching MeetUps. ,   email :; or phone 07985 959510 . Limited places


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Affordable Workshops at St Ives (Tregenna Castle)

Affordable Life Coaching Workshops at St Ives (Tregenna Castle)

The Affordable Life Coaching Workshops at Tregenna Castle are as follows:

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NEW  DATE!  THURSDAY 2ND JULY  –  Procrastination &  Perfectionism   (How they’re often linked).  Discover how Perfectionism impacts your life. Discussion. One-to-one. Top tips for getting things done.  I’ll email a quiz before the session to create awareness how perfectionism effects your life; this will kick-start  the session, therefore giving you greater value for money.                                                                                      



What is Life Coaching?  Work-Life Balance,  Listening Skills

 ‘NEW YEAR NEW YOU’  What (bad) habits do you want to get rid of?What (good)  habits do you want to develop? Tips for helping you keep your New Year resolutions. Interactive & fun.


 February 26th – Wheel of Life.  Life MOTs!     (See your life as a whole. Get clarity; move your life forward! )    


 March 26th –Personality Tests  (DISC)  For better commumication and self knowledge. Empowering & confidence-building

April 23rd – Procrastination &  Perfectionism   (How they’re often linked). Top tips for getting things done   

Early Bird – pay by Paypal : Just £8 per single session,  £36 for 6 sessions.  £5 Taster session.

£10 on the door




Falmouth radio interview – SourceFM

The interview today Friday 7th November .

 I had my first radio interview today with SourceFM based in Falmouth.

The presenter was Andy Coote, who I met at the business breakfast meeting at Tregenna Castle, Carbis Bay, near St Ives.  He also leads the Falmouth Breakfast Meeting Club.  My slot was for 12.30pm on the 7th November.

I did research on the radio station; I made my notes yesterday and this morning, so I felt very prepared for my interview; quite exited really. Nerves had only started to surface a little on the journey over..

My husband came along for moral support, so we tried to make the day jolly and fun.  We had a cup of tea at The Falmouth Hotel first of all.  I wanted to see what the location was like to meet clients for an initial chat and I was most impressed.  In the bar area, there was lots of comfy sofas and sitting-up table and chairs in cubby-holes. Piano music was playing in the background: very relaxing (and just the right discreet level of ‘noise’ so you could not be overheard by other people in the bar area).

I was also interested/distracted by the array of High Afternoon Tea options …. (Perhaps I should call myself ‘The Cream Tea Coach’ ??)

Once dropped off to the studio, it all seemed a bit surreal. (A bit nervous)

As soon as the interview started, Andy put me at ease instantly. I didn’t think about the people in their homes/offices who may be listening to me. I just thought of me talking to Andy in this small studio.  The film ‘The King’s Speech’ (starring Colin Firth ) came to mind and all the techniques that the King’s Speech Therapist used to stop him from stuttering through a nervous condition ie swearing, (!!)

The interview was for 20 minutes and the time seemed to fly by.  I certainly was asked challenging questions as Andy is an expert in Neuro Linguistic Programming.  He knew what to ask me about coaching.

As far as I know, there’s no recorded copy of the interview, as there’s technical problems.

Here’s what I remember:

Briefly we discussed:

My Personal Development history and qualifications. What made me choose coaching?

I gave a brief background to my Personnel & Training background which started in Bristol after my postgraduate diploma in Human Resources.  How I worked in HR for some time, my first training jobs,  then my training and implementation roles I started troughout the country.  My subsequent courses that followed in NLP and then Personal Performance & Life Coaching. I emphasised my enthusiasm for Personal Development which started in the mid 1980s.

How I help my clients change their lives. (I discussed the type of people I coach who have reached a ‘crossroads ‘in their life. How the coaching process is started and what happens in a coaching session)

The tools I use to discover client’s core beliefs, ie Values Elicitation Test for career & personal relationships. Looking specifically at careers, I’d explore a person’s career history with them to discover what makes their jobs fulfilling. In a nutshell, if the results showed values such as ‘adventure’, ‘recognition’, and ‘belonging’ as being important, it is vital that these values are sought in a new job or at least in another part of that person’s life ie a hobby.

What is the DISC Personality Test about and how has it benefitted my business clients?   – I gave a full description of DISC and how it is used in personal coaching and business coaching.

In personal coaching, DISC is often used as a snapshot of someone’s personality and used for client self-knowledge, vital information for the coach to know about the client and often used as a starting point for the coaching relationship. It could be the client wishes to develop a certain part of their personality which is scoring low on DISC i.e. they may wish to develop the more ‘D’ (Direct) side of their personality, whereas they show higher in ‘I’ (influence), a more people-pleasing, fun-loving characteristic.


How can people with less money benefit from coaching? I talked about my Affordable Life Coaching Workshops (how they started in Penzance 18 months ago and that they are now also running at Tregenna Castle, Carbis Bay, near St Ives. I talked about the possibility of starting such a group in Falmouth). I gave examples of the topics in both locations’ workshops. See link to Coaching Workshops.

Finally I spoke about doing one-to-one sessions in Falmouth. I am currently looking for premises for this.

Coaching Retreats. Dates available



Here is The Old Primary School Cottage where you can have a  Life Coaching Retreat near St Ives, Cornwall

November & January dates available

I have two weeks dedicated to Coaching Retreats in November 2014 and January 2015 .

 Choose dates from

  • 15- 22 November 
  • 1 – 8  January (minimum 3 nights for Coaching Retreats)

Please enquire any time and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.  

Up-to-date availability is on the HomeAway website (use The Old Primary School cottage link above; it takes a little time to load, but it’ll definitely be worth the wait!!)

The Cottage sleeps 2 adults and prices of accommodation in November is £59 per night midweek, £69 weekend . January and February are from £49 per night midweek, £59 weekend (Friday, Saturday or Sunday night). Prices quoted are for 2 people. Here you will see Cornwall at its best – lovely and peaceful, without the crowds of the hotter summer.

You can have as much Privacy and down time as you want as it is Self Contained, Self-Catering Accommodation. Explore the beautiful surounding area as we are 5 miles  from St Ives and 2 miles from Penzance. We are close to interesting beaches, towns, villages, walks,  art and tourist attractions. Eat and drink real ale at our village pub (2 mins walk away), or induldge in ‘foodie’ Michelin Star Eateries at Gurnards Head, Coldstreamers and Victoria.

5 coaching sessions with FREE DISC Personality Test or free coaching session. Other treatments/sports/pampering available

Choose how many coaching sessions you want with your Short Break. Sessions are £40 per hour.  Have 5 sessions and get a FREE  DISC PersonalityTest., or a FREE  Cachin session (the choice is yours)

Other relaxing/pampering/ sports can be arranged, as diverse as surfing, massage or beauty treatments..  Choose what you want and I’ll arange it for you.

Following  sessions from home are conduced by Skype or telephone – whatever you prefer.

Contact me by email to check availability of the Cottage and to  discuss your Coaching requirements, or please feel free to ring me on 07985 959510

Tregenna Castle, Carbis Bay

Affordable Life Coaching Sessions

Just £8 per single session or £36 for 6 sessions paid in advance. 

Thursday 23rd October – first day for Tregenna Castle Life Coaching group. 1 – 2.30pm

Affordable Life Coaching Group at Tregenna Castle.  23rd October at 1pm – 2.30pm

How is this different from the Penzance group?

  • A different time of the day – the sessions would be in the afternoon (1pm – 2.30pm)
  • A different venue (more convenient for  Carbis Bay/St Ives/ Hayle area)
  • I will be offering the Introduction course first of all, followed by 6 sessions below
  • Like Clarence House in Penzance, there is FREE parking at Tregenna Castle

The schedule for Tregenna Castle now read as follows:

Introduction – Thursday 23rd October

‘Everything you wanted to know about life coaching but were afraid to ask’. A workshop to help you in your day-to-day life ie improve your listening skills, increase positivite thinking, experience ‘light bulb’ moments, learn coaching secrets.

Session 1 – Group Life Coaching           November 27

Session 2 – Work Life Balance               December 25 (reschedule with group)

Session 3 – Goals                                 January 22 (Great for New Year!

Session 4 – Life MOTs Wheel of life         February 26

Session 5 – DISC Personality Tests         March 26

Sesion 6 – Procrastination &   Perfectionism       April 23

Contat me to book your place 07985 959510 or email me

Win a Full DISC Personality Test at August’s affordable & empowering Life Coaching Workshop


” I wish I’d known about DISC before”  – quote from myself – Stacey Halfyard

Enlightening. Very useful to know….

The next Affordable Life Coaching Group will be at Clarence House, Penzance Wednesday 27 August  10.30 – 12 pm.

Here you will have the chance to win a full DISC Personality Test.

l am an Accredited DISC Tester and I’d like to tell you a little about the DISC test.

The test is highly respected and used worldwide in recruitment, business team-building and for use by coaches for all types of coaching ie  personal coaching, business coaching.


  • Yourself and others fundamental personality traits.
  • What motivates and de-motivates you.
  • Your preferred working and social environment.
  • How you like to communicate/be communicated with.
  • Your likely responses to stress.
  • How you like to set goals.
  • Understand your own personal behaviors – and those of others.
  • Your greatest fears, and possible challenges.
  • Areas of helpful personal growth.
  • Decision making strategies (and sometimes why people decide not to decide).

The coach uses information gleaned from the report for increased knowledge about the client to enhance the coaching process.

The DISC test takes 7 minutes and from that the coach  has vital information to produce 3 graphs.


DISC Personality profiling Sales Benchmark Graphs


The information from these graphs is as follows:

GRAPH 1 shows how the client  appears to the general public  (the ‘public face’)

GRAPH 2 shows how the client reacts to stress

GRAPH 3 shows the client’s True Self, how they see themselves – that leads to greater understanding of self  .


The report also gives  tips on  how to get on more harmoniously with  people they may find challenging- very useful information! (I wish I’d known about this when I was younger!!)


The report acts as a basis for coaching – to act as a ‘snapshot’ of where the client is now and what they would like to work on ie becoming more fearless, or be more understanding etc etc

So, to summarise , Personality Tests help you understand your behaviour more and also help you get on better with people you may find challenging ie your boss, or children. The knowledge you and your coach gain from the test can also act as a starting point for change/goals etc

The Affordable Life Coaching Workshop on 27 August will demonstrate DISC as follows:
lncludes background to DISC (informal presentation)
A short DISC test with results
Coaching practice.on your results
The Prize Draw – to find out who has won the FREE full DISC PersonalityTest worth £30  will happen at the end of the session
The cost of just one workshop is £8
Or it is £36 for 6 sessions

Ring me or email me to guarantee your place.

07985 959510

New ideas about St Ives venue (The Metta Centre)



I went and had a look again at The Metta Centre in St Ives and saw a room that I could use for face-to-face coaching, and for a small group coach setting.

The Metta  Centre could also be used for a drop-in clinic (where people could drop in for a  FREE 30 minute consultation)

I could rent the Metta Centre for  half day at a time, so be very flexible for my clients.

A few of my Coaching Group have said they can’t make the Penzance Clarence House venue in the day, so perhaps a monthly evening group is a good idea.

The Coaching Group is run on the following basis:

Meet once a month at a set time ie the Penzance Group meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 10.30am -12pm at Clarence House.

We have a short ‘catch-up’ conversation about how our month has gone by (treated as a group discussion, or one-to-one if preferred).

Then I give a motivational talk based on Personal Development Topics ie Work-Life Balance, Avoiding Procrastination. A follow up exercise is then started ie coaching pair work.

I always give out handouts and book recommendations at the end of the session, followed by  goal-setting for the next month.

If you’re interested in an evening Coaching Group in a central St Ives location, please contact me  or 07985 959510


Affordable Life Coaching Group in July (23 July 2014)

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The next group will be looking at The Wheel of Life and answering the following questions:

– What areas of your life are important to you?

– What 6 or 7 areas of your life would you like to change?

– How will you set about that change?

You will come away from this group with a clearer idea of where your life is going

You will have:

An Action Plan

A more focused, positive outlook.

A snapshot of where you are with your life for you to keep on improving


Come to The Affordable Life Coaching Group in Penzance

Be part of a group of like-minded, friendly supportive people

We meet regularly at Clarence House, Penzance on the 4th Wednesday of the month 10.30 am – 12pm

Next meeting is July 23rd .

The format is:

  • Catch up on peoples’ actions. goals (some people like to do this within the group, others talking one-to-one with me or another person in the group)
  • Informal topic discussed by me (sometimes by Power Point presentation). Something inspirational/ or what may  be worrying a group member – all ideas can be considered
  • Discussion in group
  • Then discussions in pairs – I’ll help you with listening skills practice
  • Actions for next meeting (maybe arrange to meet for coffee before the next meeting)
  • Handouts

The charge for attending the Affordable Life Coaching Group is:

£6 per session – (when bought as a course of 6)

Or £8 for a one off session

The cost is really affordable compared to one-to-one coaching which is £40 per hour at Clarence House.


What people say about The Affordable Life Coaching Group:


‘Makes me feel I can do things I thought I couldn’t do’


If you want to seriously improve your life, you’ve come to the right place!

Look around the website for more details or contact me:

07985 959510