My Story

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   ” Innovation occurs in the white spaces between disciplines.”

                                                                                                                                                                                            John Seely Brown

 

 

 

 

                 

        What’s My Story? 

Super short version 

Origins Born-and-fled Guernsey girl
Adopted places London, Russia, Czech Republic and now Hastings
6 Hats EFL, Business English teacher/trainer
International Human Rights worker
Business and Career Coach
Education materials Writer
Creative writing for wellbeing and journalling facilitator
Creative writing evangelist (as in reclaimed tech space meaning)
1st line of Memoir

My son and I, a suitcase of qualifications and an open road

 

 

Super long version

Creative writing for wellbeing/therapeutic purposes practitioner
I am a trained and experienced facilitator of journalling and creative writing for professional and personal growth. I’m inspiring solopreneurs, freelancers, small business owners, start-ups, lifestyle independent entrepreneurs amongst others to experience the power of the pen (or keyboard).

I also currently run online writing for wellbeing groups for adult education providers and charities.
My MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes brought to life the healing and transformational power of words; my additional person-centred counselling training enhanced my listening, reflecting and emotional attunement skills.

I am a member of Lapidus International – the organisation for writing for wellbeing. I am also a member of the US-based National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT).

 

Career and Business Coach
I am a qualified and experienced performance coach, having worked for over 10 years supporting career shifters gain the confidence to identify and explore new career pathways and succeed. I am accredited by The Coaching Academy. I completed the Corporate and Executive Diploma over 10 months and was awarded a merit and a distinction for my thesis on the value and benefit of a coaching culture in companies. I also have an ILM-endorsed coaching certificate with a merit. I am a member of the Association for Coaching.

       

 

Business English, Communication Skills Coach and Trainer
I am also an online and offline trainer  – Business English, Communication Skills, Leadership, Digital Productivity Tools and employability. I’ve designed and delivered so many different courses  – accredited and non-accredited – in UK adult education, for social enterprises, charities, universities and private English language schools (EtonX, Enterprise Nation, Reprezent, Morley College, WEA, Regents University plus the tech sector in Moscow) I currently run live corporate communication skills sessions – effective conf calls; writing concise and impactful emails; growth mind-set game-changer; the art of giving and receiving constructive feedback.

Adult Learning Individual Awards

  • Award for Innovation in course design, Lambeth Adult Learning, London, 2016
  • Award for Most Inspiring Tutor, Morley College, London, 2015

 

Education Materials Writer
I also write educational materials which have been published, including for the Learning and Work Institute (formerly NIACE) and English language publishers.

 

Fiction and Writing
I make time for a healthy side serving of fiction.

The engine driving me and getting me into gear is writing  – I journal to get clear, to get in touch with my inner values. Writing helps me unlock and shake loose a cornucopia of ideas and, better than that, actionable ways to implement them!

I love all the different strands of learning and development that I’m involved with. I love that this variety and richness brings out the best in me to help the clients I work with.

I currently live in Hastings, England with my son. I spent over a decade working overseas – Russia mostly, Czech Republic, Japan and Italy. I also went on work trips to Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria for human rights organisations.

 

About Diamond Minds

  • Are you a stretched start-up or freelancer lacking time for reflection?
  • Do you feel if you take a day off you’ll fall behind?
  • Are you constantly feeling like there’s no end to your to-do list?

If yes then journalling one-to-one or group sessions online or offline are for you. Journalling is becoming the productivity tool for busy professionals. Leaders of great companies used journals for reflection, clarity, decision making and developing a growth mind-set.

Also one-to-one coaching or group coaching can help you raise self-awareness so as to enhance your skills and behaviour.

Journalling and creative writing for professional development

Online and offline journalling sessions with me are effective in getting you to start and maintain a journalling habit. I offer tips and techniques which get your words flowing. I help you reflect on your journal and draw out the learnings. In group offline sessions the sharing and commenting are truly transformative.

I know because during all the stressful pinch points in my life – relationship breakdown, lone parenting, academic research – my journal has been by my side. It brings me balance, calm and perspective. It’s amazing how something so simple, affordable and accessible can be so effective.

Most business professionals say it’s hard to know what to write about or what to do with the pages. That’s where I come in. As a journalling coach I guide you through journalling, giving you tips and techniques. I ask coaching questions to help you tease out key points and extract learnings.
I offer this to native and non-native speakers who use English to communicate professionally.

Let’s start your journalling habit for a more productive you. One page at a time.

Coaching

Coaching is transformational. Working with a highly experienced coach has been proven to make the difference to many people’s careers. The coach is there to listen, to question, to help you reflect and draw out insights. In coaching, we establish your specific goals and start a process of discovery, action and insight to achieve them. The hour session is dedicated to you – prepare to come out the other side inspired, brimming with insight and bursting with energy to take that vital next step. It’s your choice. Stay as you are or take the first step?

Sharpen Your Saw – Coaching Conversations Circle
This kind of coaching is brilliant for learning from others to develop yourself further. As peers (not necessarily from the same team) we listen, we question, we reflect on what we hear from every one in the session. Something magical always happens in these circles – the way forward whispers in our ear or those inner dreams and desires tap dance into the room. Come and experience the magic to move you forward.

 

Publications

Lapidus Journal May 2019 https://issuu.com/lapidusinternational/docs/lapidus_journal_final_amends_203b1d25356154

Sorted. Life Coaching for Teenagers. 2012 https://www.lulu.com/shop/nicky-torode/shop/nicky-torode/sorted-paperback/paperback/product-16r4vrp6.html

A Woman’s Place: A toolkit for engaging women as learners (NIACE), 2009

International Journal of Minority and Group Rights, 2008 National Cultural Autonomy in the Russian Federation: Implementation and Impact, Volume 15, 2-3, 2008, pp.179-193

Other human rights publications  plus fiction and life writing in various online and physical anthologies.

 

Media/Blogs

https://www.enterprisenation.com/learn-something/business-journalling-powerful-tool/

https://www.hastingsindependentpress.co.uk/tag/nicky-torode/