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Illumini's next free event' is.....

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A night of electrifying performances, visuals and hands on activities that will bring The Museum of London Galleries of Modern London to life.

In partnership with The Museum of London

Fri 11 Mar, 6.30-9pm Free

Creative Coaching and Facilitation
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Category: Creative Service
Location: London
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Highly recommended specialist coach for artists and creative professionals - illuminating the way ahead to support you on your journey.

Workshop for Illumini Event 2010

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Facilitated by Diane Parker and Deborah Henry-Pollard
•  How do you be creative under the pressures of day to day life?
•  How do you focus on one great idea when you have dozens flying around in your head?
•  At the other end of the scale, how do you break out of a creative block?

This workshop, which will combine fun and good sense, will give you some tools and insights to use when you find yourself hitting a creative brick wall. We will use interactive processes, games and exercises, so come in comfy clothes and prepared to participate fully!

The workshop is for anyone who wants to embrace and develop their creativity, at whatever level and in whatever medium. The workshop will run for 2 hours and spaces are limited to 15, so pre-booking is necessary.

About Diane and Deborah

Diane Parker, The Good Witch of the North, has worked in the creative industries for almost 20 years. She is a creative coach and facilitator, working with creative professionals at all levels and stages of their careers , and helping people from all walks of life who want to tap into their inner creativity, and find new forms of expression in their daily lives, both personally and professionally.

Deborah Henry-Pollard, of Catching Fireworks, has 30 years experience in the creative industries. She works with people who have a creative vision but need support in grounding the ideas in reality and offers a bespoke service using coaching, consulting or project management.

Both Diane and Deborah are committed to supporting people in developing their creativity and doing it in a way which is professional, empathetic and inspiring.

Diane Parker's Background

Diane Parker has worked in the creative industry for over 20 years and is a professional writer and editor, with a background in the performing arts. She started out as a dancer and moved into publishing. Diane still is seen occasionally on London's Comedy Circuit.

Diane began coaching in 2007, working with employees of  Creative & Cultural Skills, the campaigning organisation for the creative industries and cultural sector. Her clients, ranged from senior managers and executives to those who were still finding their feet in the company. Since then she has gained numerous qualifications, to name just a few Postgraduate award in business coaching, Coaching and Mentoring SMEs Coaching Skills for Leadership Foundation Course-Performance Coach Training/The Cultural Leadership Programme.


A qualified coach and facilitator , her private clients include artists, writers, musicians, people who are just starting out in their careers, people who want to move on and upwards, and people wanting to make the transition from full-time employment to freelance or setting up their own business.


What's a Creative Coach?

I describe myself as a 'creative coach' for three reasons.First of all, the arena I work in is mainly creative. I work with creative professionals at all levels and stages of their careers.

Secondly, I help people from all walks of life who want to tap into their inner creativity, and find new forms of expression in their daily lives, both personally and professionally.

Thirdly, I bring my own creativity to my coaching practice. One of the best things about being a coach is hearing people's stories, and I often think of myself as a 'story facilitator' - helping people to describe and so make sense of who they are, where they have been, and more importantly, where they are going .

Why 'The Good Witch of the North'?

In the classic 1939 film 'The Wizard of Oz', the Good Witch of the North meets Dorothy on her arrival in Oz. The role she plays in Dorothy's adventure is to  supervise her progress on her journey  to the Wizard and  help her find her way  back to Kansas at the end of the story.

The theme of journeys and adventures is one that frequently arises with the people I work with. Just as Dorothy must embark on a journey to reach her goal, my clients are also embarking on a journey of self-discovery. My role is to facilitate that journey, and provide appropriate support along the way.

Coaching operates on the basis that nobody knows you as well as you know yourself, and that deep down you already have the answers to your questions. But as the Good Witch of the North asserts, if I told you this, you wouldn't believe me - you have to discover it for yourself. That's my role - to take you on that journey of self-discovery and help you find the answers for yourself.