​I'm Chris. I'm a coach.

To cut a long story short, I went a bit mad in my basement. Not face-smeared-in-faeces-mad, just low-grade, brooding, existential despair mad.

It began with good intentions a couple of years ago: renovating our house during a break from freelance copywriting (my former trade). I later emerged with little work, less money and a dwindling network of friends and clients.

Below ground, in a fug of sawdust and seething resentment, I took revenge on innocent nails; annoyed that after hammering away for a decade, here I was, at another of life’s junctures (middle-age), feeling disillusioned and more than a little lost.

​Meanwhile the world carried on regardless

I felt left behind, like I was missing my true calling. 

That hurt.

This feels familiar, I thought, casting my mind back a decade ago when I’d just escaped the corporate wilderness of 9-to-5 employment.

What did I do then that got me out of a rut?

Although my lifelong friends introspection, rumination and procrastination rose to the challenge; they weren’t much help. No, things only really took off when I dived into what I really stood for: the hows, whats and whys. I pinned down my values, using my life story so far as a lens.

But, more significantly, I reached out.

I put other people first instead of fixating on myself. I hung out with people on similar journeys. I took inspiration from great thinkers on the subject. I hired specialists to get me out of my head (and way).

And you know what? I rather enjoyed it

​So I wondered...

What if I could help other people along their journeys too? ​People struggling ​to grasp their value, short on meaning and purpose, with dwindling hopes, subjugated by fear. 

​I’d draw on my analytical superpowers, insight, storybuilding, and hunger for clarity that made me the copywriter I was, to help them uncover deeper, hidden truths.

I could be curious, irreverent, funny and persistent - the very things copywriting clients already hired me for (only this time for my kind of people).

​I could help them discover what they really mean to say, in pitches, public speaking and marketing. I could coach them to realise they already have all the answers, that I’m not the expert on them; they are. I could give them what I needed so badly myself: less pain and more purpose.

That brings us right up to the present day. 

Now I’m a coach. I help practically-minded do-ers, makers and thinkers find their place in the world, in life, work and business.

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