Mel Sherwood

Grow Your Potential - the seeds to your speaking success

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Edinburgh, Midlothian United Kingdom

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The founder and director of Grow Your Potential, I have over 20 years’ experience in public, private and not-for-profit organisations working in Learning & Development, Marketing, Customer Relations and Administration. I am a qualified trainer, mediator and NLP Practitioner and have worked as an actor, presenter and singer both in Australia and the United Kingdom. Nowadays more likely to be taking to the stage as a professional speaker, I was the 2012 Scottish Speaking Champion and competed at the District Final of the Toastmasters International Speech Competition.

Despite the fact that I have been on appearing stage in some way or another since the age of five, I have been a shy wallflower at times and know first hand how nerves can completely shatter a person’s self esteem. Through my own personal development and training I have learned valuable techniques to stay calm, confident and in control when in front of an audience. I'm a great listener and take the time to really get to know and understand the people I work with. I am delighted to have the opportunity to share my knowledge, experience and passion with others and love nothing more than seeing people grow their potential through improved communication skills.

Coaching Information

Type of Coaching:

More Specific Types of Coaching: Public speaking, pitching, presenting, general communication skills

Coaching Style: Present, attentive, encouraging, positive, supportive, flexible, creative

Coaching Delivered Via: Live, Skype

Strengths: Great listener, flexible in approach to achieve desired outcomes, curious and interested, supportive and encouraging, empathetic, passionate about helping people excel, business and life experience

Motto: I believe that your thoughts create your life, that transforming your communication transforms your life, that learning and development should be part of your daily life, that life is much better with a positive attitude and a smile and that life is more interesting outside your comfort zone.

Coaching Philosophy:
Public speaking is a skill that can be learned and I love to help people develop their confidence and discover their brilliance. Speaking involves more than just words so I work on body, voice and mind using a combination of stagecraft, coaching and NLP techniques to turn reluctant public speakers into self assured shining stars.

Looking for coaching buddy? Yes

Professional Background

Coaching since: Full time since 2013

Coaching Education:
Qualified NLP Practitioner
CIPD Certificate in Learning & Development Practice
Certificate in Mediation & Conflict Management
Certificate in Performing Arts
Toastmasters International Competent Communicator
Scottish Champion for Toastmasters International Speech Competition 2012

Experience: I have been coaching and mentoring people in the areas of confidence and communication for most of my adult life and set up my own coaching and training company in 2013.

Languages Spoken: English