Why another blog, and why me?

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Hello, and welcome to my blog! 

So why ANOTHER blog and why me?  Well, those are good questions, and ones I’d answer this way…

First of all, why me?

I’ve come to coaching via a circuitous route in the Higher Education sector. As an ILM-qualified internal coach in one of the largest universities in the UK, at the same time I’m a historian specialising in making research impactful and easily accessible to the general public (‘public engagement’ to those in the know). This is an unusual combination, which I’ll be ruminating about in another post

Suffice it to say here that as far as I’m concerned ‘coach’ and ‘historian’ are actually two sides of the same coin. Both listen and observe keenly; both deal in narratives which combine ‘facts’ and perceptions; and both in an ideal world do their best to be scrupulously faithful to and reflect back the sources…

Writing entertaining yet academically sound copy has become one of my skills, and as I delve deeper into coaching practice, I feel the pull of trying to do the same for the subject that is fast becoming my all-consuming passion.

Secondly, why another blog?

I am adamant that complex things can be presented in simple yet profound ways. This being so, a blog is an ideal format for me to tinker around recording my thoughts and reflections, as well as to put together a kind of database of information and tools I think are important for coaches to consider.

I would be the last to claim the status of ‘authority’, although I have met and read the work of some impressive individuals to whom I would allocate that description. Nevertheless, I do believe that a knack of making things simple and understandable is in itself of value. Therefore,  with time and patience, I hope to build up here in this space what we might refer to as a ‘repository’ of ideas, facts, tools, inspiration and fascination that anyone, coach or non-coach, would enjoy perusing.

Maybe I’m deluded. Maybe I’m not. But if I succeed in making the complex simple, and other people out there find what I do useful, I’ll know I’ve done my job.

Once again, welcome to my blog!

Drop in any time, and do get in touch to say hello. Your views are even more valued here than mine…

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