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Coaching with Presence

There are moments when we feel deeply connected to the people we are with. When our senses are heightened and we notice everything that is happening in that instant. When we can see all of the options and choices open to us, and when we act and speak with lightness, courage and sure-footedness. That is presence. And it is a fundamental skill for any coach, facilitator or trainer to develop. When we freeze inside, our presence diminishes.

Presence is not something you are just born with, and nor is it a gift from the gods, that comes and goes by chance. It’s a way of being in the world that can be practiced and honed. Join Claire Pedrick MCC and Stuart Reid for this one-day workshop, to deepen your coaching presence using lessons from theatrical improvisation. This is not a day for talking about models and theories. It’s a day for practising, experimenting and doing and even working out how to manage freezing. We’ll be going to our learning edge, and we invite you to come along with us.

What will it be like?

We believe that people learn best when they feel comfortable and supported. So we create a friendly, welcoming, relaxed and playful environment in which we can all learn and explore. The workshop will be very active – you’ll be on your feet a lot of the time, in pairs or small groups, trying things out and experimenting with different games and techniques from the world of improvisation. You’ll find it liberating, joyful and fun – improv will help you to really be yourself. As trainers, we believe in talking less so you can do more, letting you discover for yourself what works for you.

Improv isn’t about being funny, clever or fast-thinking, it’s not about remembering jokes, and it isn’t stand-up comedy. It’s about working as part of a team, supporting each other, to create scenes, stories and characters that are believable. You will find yourself laughing a lot during the day, and you will find that improvised scenes can be serious and dramatic as well as funny. But most importantly, your presence and ability to ‘stay in the not knowing’ will grow.

A final piece of advice from a previous delegate –  Don’t think too much about whether to apply… Just do it! This will help you learning how to improve your coaching skills whilst having lots of laughs… What’s not to like?!”

(This is experiential learning. We can’t tell you in advance what you will learn from the exercise, because we don’t know! All we know is that you will learn something!)

Is there anyone for whom the workshop is not suitable?

The minimum age for participating in our workshops is 18, and the workshops are not suitable for anyone with significant learning difficulties, visual impairment or mobility difficulties.

We expect that all delegates are working as coaches, trainers or facilitators.

What should I wear?

Improv is a physical activity: you’ll be on your feet, lying down and moving about most of the day. So wear comfortable clothing and footwear. Bring some water with you too as some of the exercises and games will literally warm you up and have you moving around the room.

How big will the group be?

There will be a maximum of 12 people on the course, to ensure that Stuart and Claire can give good support and attention to every participant.


Sadly all our onsite training is postponed. Meanwhile, check out Claire Pedrick MCC’s masterclass on coaching presence.


This includes lunch.  Please let us know any dietary requirements when you book.

This will provide 6.5 hours (ICF Core Competencies – Presence)

(The pilot for this course was called Neither From Nor Toward from TS Eliot’s poem)

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