About

                                               

                               Hi, I’m Nicky, the creator of Diamond Minds.

                            I help people breakthrough their blocks using journaling, coaching and story.

 

Journaling    Make your inner voice work for you!

Coaching     Make your outer voice find the best ways for now.

Story           Make your imagination take you places.

 

I used journaling during the stressful periods in my life – moving countries, moving homes, relationship breakdown and single parenthood.

Now I use journaling for creative thinking, gathering insights, renewing motivation and strengths-finding!

I love working with individuals and organisations brimming with ideas, hungry for growth, with creative sparks and love for their work popping from the moment they wake up! And yet, there is something getting in their way.

I am creative and enthusiastic – and grounded and practical.

The origin story!

I grew up on the tiny island of Guernsey, not far from the northern tip of France! Something about staring out to sea, made me feel that the world didn’t end at the end of my street!

………so I spent about a decade working overseas – teaching English, then as a human rights trainer, fundraiser and capacity builder! Russia mostly, also the Czech Republic, Japan, Italy, France and Germany and work trips to Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria.

……..I co-founded and ran a number of companies. Raise Your Game, a social enterprise which supported the young unemployed create start-ups, and coached students in pupil referral units and youth offending. Earlier, I co-founded Communicating Cultures which worked in Russia on an ethnic minorities and the media project with the BBC Training School.

……I dabble in writing…short stories, poems, flash, creative non-fiction, journals, research. I love helping people tap into their wild imagination and express themselves. Here’s a ditty

 

     

About Diamond Minds

 

Vision

Everyone harnessing the power of journaling and coaching to build their best life

Mission

Activate your inner self to find your voice, gain clarity and thrive through journaling and coaching.

Values

Writing is power    spontaneous, messy, anything-goes-writing gets you closer to your emotional truth

Honesty is energy   in touch with your true inner self to do your best work

Creativity is freedom    activate your imagination to set you free

Resourcefulness is innate    everything you need is right here

Reflection ignites    pause leads to insight and innovation

Courage    on the edge of our fear is where we grow

 

Services

Journaling

For professional development and wellbeing

In live journaling sessions, I stimulate your free writing with imaginative prompts – from poems, fiction, songs, images. And I ask coaching questions to help you tease out key points and extract learnings. I offer tips and techniques to keep up a journaling practice. I run regular journaling workshops for charities, companies, libraries and universities.

I have an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. My research into the impact of online journaling with mid-senior female global tech managers  was published in Lapidus Journal (spring 2019). I’ve written many blogs and articles on journaling for professional development – see links below.

 

 

Coaching  & facilitation

Career, business & wellbeing

Coaching is transformational.

I am ICF PCC certified. I have a wealth of tools and approaches to make you feel full-powered! From Time to Think, Appreciative Inquiry to Action Learning Sets to support you advance your career, bring a business idea into reality, or ace life-changing relocation assignments.

I coach global tech executives – intrapreneurs. I coach entrepreneurs, from creative professionals to coaches to fintechpreneurs to healthpreneurs.

I am a creative thinker, deep listener, ask probing questions, help you reflect and draw out insights, commit to action and keep on track.

Peer Coaching
This coaching is brilliant for learning from others to develop your professional skills and mindset. We summarise our current block, we listen, we question, we reflect on what we hear and declare our action steps.

Team Facilitation – half days/full away days.

Using imaginative, confidence-boosting exercises to help your team re-energise, reconnect to values, remember their personal calling to the work they chose. Bespoke sessions.

(pro bono)   

 

Creative Writing Courses

Creative Writing Workshop Leader  – own private groups plus delivering for East Sussex Libraries, WEA, Beyond Form and earlier for Chapel Park Community Centre (St Leonards).

Memoir, autofiction, fiction, fragmentary writing and shapes of story.  Themes include place, love, travel and belonging. I love creating.

 

                    

 

Personal Development Courses  – multi-award winning educator! 

For Morley College, Lambeth Adult Learning and Reprezent (social enterprise) – designed and delivered accredited courses in Employability Coaching and Personal Development

Award for Innovation in course design (2016), Lambeth Adult Learning

Award for Most Inspiring tutor (2015), Morley College, London.

          

 

 

Thought Leadership Writer and Educational Materials Writer

Various including British Council Insights, Learning and Work Institute (formerly NIACE) toolkit and various English language teaching publishers.

     

 

 

      

 

 

Guest blogs

Journaling for Business and Professional Success

https://www.bapam.org.uk/7×7-journaling-challenge/

https://www.bapam.org.uk/get-this-journal-started/

https://smallbusinessresearchandenterprise.com/2022/05/18/journaling-to-diminish-your-imposter-syndrome/

https://smallbusinessresearchandenterprise.com/2022/09/07/journaling-to-embrace-change/

https://www.enterprisenation.com/learn-something/talk-to-the-page-journaling-a-habit-of-highly-effective-people/

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

Guest blog post on the art of questions!

https://www.streetwisdom.org/2024/02/15/further-thoughts-on-a-good-question/

Guest blog on business lessons from Dragon’s Den

Articles on Coaching-Journaling

   Games introverts (have to) play at work: a co-writing as thinking exploration!   July 2022

 

Sharpen your pencil. The 8th habit of success? Journaling in coaching   July 2021

 

Book Reviews

         

https://www.harriman-house.com/press/full/2811/

The Bulletin of the Association for Coaching, summer 2013

Edge magazine, Institute for Leadership and Development