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Clare Smale

Executive Coach, Leadership Coach, Performance Coach

Bristol, South West & London

Specialist areas:
Communication, Confidence, Influencing Skills, Leadership, Managing Change, Managing Emotions, New Role, Personal Impact, Resilience, Strategy, TILM Member Offer
5 / 5
17 years of coaching
Face to Face, Telephone, Video Conference
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Level of Membership/Accreditation

AC - Individual Full Member
EMCC – Full Member
Other

About me

Executive Coach - Bristol, South West & London

I am a heartfelt, warm and challenging coach working across the South West. Highly experienced and qualified, I draw upon many different approaches and methodologies so that I can be flexible with each client. I love hearing about the aspirations, frustrations, complexities and challenges of the different worlds in which my coaching clients operate and more importantly, challenging and supporting them to build upon their abilities and capabilities and achieve what they want to have happen.

I believe in a solutions focus and paying attention to resourcefulness in the present and future rather than difficulties in the past. My style is peaceful yet challenging, purposeful yet relaxed. I will hold time and space for you with compassion and build connection and trust, but I won't empathise or sympathise once the coaching is underway as friends, family and work colleagues can give plenty of both. That doesn't mean I don't care, because I do. My professional skill is directing that care for you into insightful questions and choosing the right coaching tool for the right moment to uncover potential and facilitate transformation. Return on investment is important - everyone is under conflicting demands for their time and energy. I believe coaching should ask you the questions that you wouldn't ask yourself and challenge the limitations and assumptions that others might pass by. I love the phrase 'fierce courage' and this sums up my belief abou coaching work at its best.

When I'm not coaching, I really enjoy developing new and experienced coaches through coaching skills programmes and ILM coaching qualifications. My business inspired2learn is both an ILM and CMI accredited centre and delivers an extensive portfolio of qualifications in coaching and leadership worldwide. I’ve written and published two coaching books and a set of coaching cards. Working with middle managers and senior leaders in a coaching relationship is especially rewarding. These roles can be isolated and the impact of time to think, be challenged and supported by a coach has the potential for transforming behaviours and outcomes.

I coach face to face or by phone / Skype. A one off session or a longer term relationship both work well, depending on what the client is seeking to achieve.

I am a Member of the AC, CMI EMCC, ANLP and AOCS. I am Fellow of the ILM and RSA.

Away from work and with two very dodgy knees, I spend a lot of time road cycling and mountain biking in beautiful Wiltshire and beyond. I spend as much time as I can outdoors on the bikes or walking and if the weather is bad, I use it as an excuse to stay indoors and crochet or play my ukulele! This year I am cycling from Lands End to John of Groats for charity - wish me luck!

Professional Body

Association for Coaching
European Mentoring & Coaching Council

Qualifications

ILM Level 7 Diploma in Executive Coaching & Leadership Mentoring
NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer (INLPTA)
Post Graduate Certificate in Education
BA (Hons)

Latest reviews

5 / 5 ★
07/01/2020

Clare has a really engaging, friendly manner. She holds you to account, she allows you to explore and more importantly she gets transformative results! I would thoroughly recommend Clare as an exceptional executive coach. You won't be disappointed. P. W.

5 / 5 ★
07/01/2020

Clare provided coaching support to me at a pivot point in my career. Her challenging approach got the best out of me, helped me reaffirm my desired career direction and forced me to think about my passion and talents. Clare used a range of approaches, the Ikigai model was particularly helpful and something I continue to refer to. I secured my dream job whilst undertaking coaching with Clare, the sessions were invaluable and I have would highly recommend her. A.J.

5 / 5 ★
26/11/2019

Clare is supporting me through a coaching qualification and her extensive experience, knowledge and passion for coaching is inspiring. Clare adopts a range of approaches and styles to get the very best from you, offering feedback and challenge alongside an all important great sense of humour.

5 / 5 ★
26/11/2019

Clare is truly motivational and inspiring coach. My sessions with her have led me to find out things about myself that were both illuminating and productive. She has a great style which is friendly and trusting. Would highly recommend.

5 / 5 ★
26/11/2019

Following a major life event Clare helped me to see my strengths and plan a different future. Claire is an inspiring, motivating and intuitive coach who intelligently uses her coaching skills to teach and support. I am currently studying the ILM level 7 coaching and mentoring course and see Clare as my role model. I highly recommend her.

5 / 5 ★
18/11/2019

Clare is course leader for an ILM accredited coaching qualification that I'm taking and I've been very impressed with the approach. Clare's lively style combines humour with perceptive feedback and it's helping me evolve a more coaching orientated leadership style.

5 / 5 ★
18/11/2019

Clare is a superb coach and coaching supervisor. She is my supervisor for the ILM Level 7 Coaching and Mentoring. Fun, energetic and passionate about coaching and supervising, Clare makes learning and exploring coaching techniques and skills so enjoyable. She is highly experienced and has given me the confidence to develop as an executive coach. I love attending her workshops because you learn so much and grow in confidence and laugh lots. I would highly recommend her.

5 / 5 ★
18/11/2019

I am a developing coach and am currently studying the ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring qualification. Clare has been my tutor, coach and supervisor. I have found Clare to be highly professional and knowledgeable with a wealth of experience. I have really enjoyed working with Clare and she has always been approachable, helpful and fun. I would highly recommend Clare.

5 / 5 ★
18/11/2019

Clare was my tutor during the successful completion of the ILM Level 7 Certificate. She is now my supervisor. As a tutor Clare was first class. She was very proactive, always stretched my thinking and was an ever ready mine of resources. There is no doubt that I benefited from her experience and her insights. As a supervisor she has proven to be a great sounding board where she puts her wealth of knowledge and expertise to great use. Clare certainly has a natural way of getting the best from people.

5 / 5 ★
13/11/2019

I attended, and successfully completed, the Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring qualification delivered by Clare and would thoroughly recommend her. Clare is professional, hugely knowledgeable, motivational and passionate about coaching. Clare’s teaching is totally engaging and the balance between theory and practical and challenge is spot on. Clare is also very flexible and will always tailor and accommodate the needs of her students but the extra mile that she goes to share links to other learning, articles, best practice, tools and techniques and other information along with the personal touch she provides to get to know her clients and delegates is what makes her stand out amongst the rest! I would not hesitate to recommend Clare as a trainer and coach to anybody at any level.

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