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



Christmas Affordable Life Coaching Workshop – 11 December 12pm – 1.30pm



 There will be only one Affordable Life Coaching Workshop running in December due to the Christmas period and that will be at Tregenna Castle. Penzance workshops will resume in January.  Did you know the workshops normal dates are seriously close to Christmas?  Tregenna’s usual 4th Thursday of the month even falls on Xmas Day!

The much earlier date of Thursday 11 December at 12pm – 1.30pm has been pencilled in for Tregenna Castle .  Come along to benfit from the life-sorting-out that only coaching can bring.

This workshop is the most popular topic of  Work-Life Balance. It will be conducted without a PowerPoint Presentation and will be very interactive – which means lots of time for for discussion and for coaching practice.

The Workshop will start with a discussion about what Work-Life Balance means to people and how they’d like to get a more balanced life. An informal presentation will follow, looking at ideas participants bring for achieving work-life balance. I will also add tips from leading experts. Handouts included, as well as the opportunity to learn some coaching techniques.

An optional free Time Log can be emailed to you before the workshop  in preparation for the Workshop.

Tregenna Castle has free parking and you can also buy tea at £2.10 a pot to be brought into the room – (very civilised!).

Limited places available. To book a place on this session, or find out more about it, please contact me on  07985 959510 or

The cost is £8 for a one-off session, or £36 if bought as a package of 6.  Credits can be used at the Penzance or Tregenna Castle venues, so you benefit from this flexibility.


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

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)

archery target

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







Incredible Changes life coaching and mentoring

Come to the Affordable & Empowering Coaching Group in Penzance.

It is run by me,  Stacey Halfyard,  Accredited Life Coach & Trainer with 20 years People Development experience.

The group has been running for a year. We meet at Clarence House Penzance monthly on the 4th Wednesday of the month in the day 10.30am – 12pm

** Evening course could be run subject to demand. Please get in touch with me if you’re interested in this. **

June’s monthly meeting will be on Wednesday 25th June 10.30am  – 12pm

Subject: Goals.

The format for the June Coaching Group will be:

  • Informal discussion of our own goals & achievements that month
  • Presentation on the benefits of goal-setting, How goal-setting is used in coaching
  • Practice session (in pairs)
  • Feedback – group discussion
  • Hand outs

Please contact me to reserve your place


MOBILE: 07985 959510

More details of the Affordable & Empowering Coaching Group can be found on earlier parts of this blog:


Best wishes


Professional Life Coach

Telephone: 07985 959510

MAY’S Affordable Life Coaching Session 28/5

The session will be, as usual on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Clarence House, (28 May) Penzance 10.30am – 12pm

The sessions cost £36 for 6 sessions, or £8 for a one-off session.

The group is welcoming and supportive.


The Topic for May is Work-Life Balance.

 In the session we will have an informal 20 – 30 Group Coaching Session to start the morning off. We will be looking at where we are with our Goals, what Actions have been achieved and what we have learnt that we’d like to share with the group.

 I’ll then do an informal presentation on Work-Life Balance, looking specifically at the work and helpful tips of two leading gurus in this field

 This will be followed by a discussion and Coaching practice.

There is preparation work for this session.  I can email you an attachment  which is a log for you to record HOW you spend your time during the day. (I’ll also be completing the log).

 I suggest you complete the log for at least 2 days. Don’t religiously complete it hour by hour ie after every hour has passed.  Maybe you could just complete what you did one morning after that morning’s over and then complete afternoon and evening logs once that time has also passed.  The purpose of the Time Log is for you to bring it to the group where we’ll discuss them with the aim of helping you to identify how you can make the most of your time, so your life is spent doing a balance of enjoyable things as well as the things you feel you are compelled to do ( ie work, housework etc).

 Some people have already paid for sessions in advance (which is the more ecomomical way).  However, if you wish to pay for just one session at a time that’s also fine.  Also, why not invite a friend who you think will benefit for help in improving their Work-Life Balance?

 Work-Life Balance also applies to people who don’t work (often referred to as Life-Balance) ie retired people, unemployed, student – as there’s always something we feel we ‘have to’ do!

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

A full list of monthly sessions and dates can be found on earlier editions of this blog

AFFORDABLE Life Coaching Course Penzance

Incredible Changes life coaching and mentoring

All at Clarence House, 4th Wednesday of the month, 10.30 – 12pm

Improve your life the Affordable Life Coaching Way

Friendly , supportive group.

To include presentation, discussion, coaching practice, and handouts.

Pay for 6 sessions- just £36

Individual sessions – £8

‘Try Before You Buy’ 6 Sessions.

Pay for just one session for £8. If you wish to proceed with buying 6 sessions, the £8 will be taken off £36 – so you just pay £28 for the 5 remaining sessions

 —Session 1 – Group Life Coaching  23/4

—Session 2 –  Work Life Balance 28/5

—Session 3 –  Goals 25/6

—Session 4 – Life MOTs – Wheel of Life  23/7

—Session 5 – DISC PersonalityTests 27/8

—Session 6 – Procrastination & Perfectionism 24/9

Described as ‘excellent value’ and ‘a really supportive service’ by some of the participants.

Contact Stacey  Halfyard 07985 959510