About Cherry Potts

Cherry Potts, Coach and owner of Change from Choice

Change from Choice is the trading name of Cherry Potts, life coach, business coach and mentor, and NLP Master Practitioner.

I am NLP  Master Practitioner qualified, and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) member of the the ICF ( International Coach Federation).ICF PCC Logo

I have studied with Ian McDermott, Jan Elfline, Suzi Smith, Robert Dilts and Tim Hallbom.  I have been trained in Group Mastery by Michael Grinder. I am a qualified SDI facilitator and TAP Training Provider. I have recently (March 2010) completed a Coach Mastery Course with the wonderful Jan Elfline.

I am learning British Sign Language, as I want to be able to coach and train anyone who wants it, and I am very aware that as my coaching is primarily conducted by phone this puts people with hearing issues at a disadvantage. I have passed BSL level 1, and had some 1:1 coaching to learn the vocabulary I need to Coach and train. I find BSL fascinating, and get a lot out of learning it. Watch this space!

I am an associate member of CIPD ( Chartered Institute of Professional Development)

My background is in Housing, Information Management and IT, with an emphasis on training. I am currently working with Leonard Cheshire Disability on their Enabled 4 Growth and Be the Boss projects, and previously worked on their Ready to Start programme, providing mentoring to disabled entrepreneurs. I have also done voluntary work in housing co-operatives and housing advice, and the conservation movement.

I am the author of 2 collections of short stories published by Onlywomen Press; most recently ‘Tales Told Before Cockcrow’. I continue to write, and have most recently had a story (Prairie Rain) published by Leaf Books in their anthology ‘From the Left’, and another story (Out of Darkness) published in Litro magazine. I have also had four stories performed at Liars’ League, two in London and two in Leeds.  I design greetings cards under my own imprint, sold through Lavender Lifestyles.

in 2008 I discovered singing in a community choir and am now a passionate advocate of this form of exercise, relaxation and fun! I have now sung in four operas and numerous concerts and am completely over any fears I ever had of looking a fool in public.

I have  over 12 years management experience, most of it at a senior level. I enjoyed leading a team, and the most rewarding aspects of the work were the personal interaction of coaching and mentoring my team as individuals, recruitment, and team building. I got more and more interested in coaching and discovered NLP through a friend who was training, starting as one of his practice clients.

I found the coaching so useful in so many different areas of my life that I decided I wanted more, and started training in NLP myself. I am now split my time between coaching, training, writing and singing, instead of squeezing the things I love into the corners of a very full time job. Because I love coaching. It is as simple as that. I love being coached, and I love coaching others.

Be the change you want to see in the world.  Gandhi Gay business Association

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