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Liz Balmford

Hi, I'm Liz Balmford  

Life, Confidence and Workplace Coaching

  • Do you ever wish you felt more confident in social/work situations?
  • Do you sometimes set goals but don't achieve them?
  • Do you feel like you're on the right track, but want to play 'bigger'?
Reading, United Kingdom
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About Liz

Most of us don't want to admit to lack of confidence, yet we all feel unconfident in certain situations.  Actually, if we're to grow, we must stretch out of our comfort zones, which is likely to make us feel unconfident. Most people leave coaching with more confidence, self-awareness, self-assurance, happiness, clarity and ease. These sound like a bold claims, but that's what most people say after being coached by me.

My Training and Qualifications

Certificate in Professional Coaching (ACSTH)

My Coaching and Work Experience

Who do you usually coach? I work one-to-one and with groups helping people (usually in business) establish what ‘lights their fire’ and helping them take a no excuses approach to getting more of it. 

Do you have experience in my industry / with my issue? Since I’m not providing any solutions it doesn't matter if I know nothing about your area of expertise. I've coached lawyers, chefs and directors in global organisations. It’s not my experience that’s relevant.  It’s yours.  It’s your life and you’re the expert.  I employ techniques to help you identify your own answers.

What are your specialist areas? Helping people build self-confidence.  We all lack confidence in certain areas of our lives or in certain situations — and we all have times or places when we feel confident.  I help people establish what their dreams are and where their strengths lie, and then I guide them to their own answers and solutions to break through their limits and become the best version of themselves. 

How are you different from other life or business coaches? I coach on a very emotional level (even though about most of my clients are business people).  Clear, tangible goals can help people move forward and achieve more.  However, I’ve found that a connection to how someone will feel in their possible future — really getting them to experience the emotions involved — is a more powerful and more consistently successful way of helping people get where they want to be.  I find most people want to achieve greater self-confidence in specific areas of their life.  Self-confidence is all about feeling a certain way in a given moment or situation.  Feelings are powerful motivators, so focussing on them is a great way to instigate and sustain change.

Customer Reviews

  • from Sarah on 11 Dec 2013

    Liz really helped me at a challenging time in my career. The exercises we carried out re-energised me and enabled me to create a positive vision for myself in my work and home life.


  • from Susan on 19 Nov 2013

    As a result of coaching with Liz, I not only have greater clarity about my ideal job, but also the confidence that I will be able to achieve it. I have greater self-awareness, which has enabled me to explore my feelings and behaviours in a more objective manner and then take steps to improve.


Customer Reviews

  • from Sarah on 11 Dec 2013

    Liz really helped me at a challenging time in my career. The exercises we carried out re-energised me and enabled me to create a positive vision for myself in my work and home life.


  • from Susan on 19 Nov 2013

    As a result of coaching with Liz, I not only have greater clarity about my ideal job, but also the confidence that I will be able to achieve it. I have greater self-awareness, which has enabled me to explore my feelings and behaviours in a more objective manner and then take steps to improve.


  • from Jenny on 14 Sep 2013

    Coaching with Liz has been a turning point in my career as a nutritionist. Under her expert guidance I am now more effective at winning new business, and more confident in my approach with patients. She has helped me recognise that sometimes when I procrastinate it is because I am scared... and to own and recognise those feelings. How empowering! As a result I reckon my investment in 3 months coaching has paid back about 10 fold in new business.


  • from Mark on 06 Sep 2013

    Liz has an amazing ability to get to the heart of an issue without being harsh. She can guide one along the path to self realisation and a conclusion that seems so familiar once achieved. The process becomes a journey not a chore.


  • from Bryan on 03 Sep 2013

    Liz was fantastic in enabling me to work towards the goals I'd set, and ultimately, to change those goals and find that they were, actually, quite easily achieved... The key for me was allowing me to recognise that I had all the answers and all the questions, too - but hadn't before co-ordinated them!


  • from Chris on 28 Aug 2013

    I would definitely recommend Liz to anyone who needs a bit of guidance to find themselves again. The knowledge, enthusiasm and personality she brings to the sessions really mean that you can get out of the sessions what you want and more.


  • from Daisy on 19 Aug 2013

    I thought that coaching with Liz would be interesting but I had no idea that it would actually be life changing! Liz is an amazing coach - she is easy to talk to and makes you feel instantly relaxed and comfortable; she pushes you when you need pushing but knows when to step back. We laughed, we cried and I definitely came out of the sessions a better version of me. Coaching helps you to question what really matters, find the answers that you had all along and gives you the opportunity to make fresh starts where needed. The ultimate outcome for me was finding myself again. I am now in a position I am happy with and ready to take on the future. I am living my life and not merely existing in it.


  • from Robbie on 16 Aug 2013

    I came to Liz at a low point in my career and self esteem. It was not a lack of options but the reverse: how to apply what I like doing (art and design) to earning a living?
    My first session with Liz was totally positive. It was very enjoyable to be encouraged to spend an hour indulging in introspection! Liz has a range of excellent mechanisms to help one ask oneself the questions which help to bring clarity. She stands as an impartial coach, hinting and helping but without influencing.
    Straight after my first session, I was motivated to cold call new clients and seek work I am passionate about: storyboarding for film and TV. This led to three jobs in the first week and it continues to snowball.
    Professionally and personally, the benefits of Liz’s sessions have been unexpectedly profound and continue to reveal themselves.


  • from Naomi on 13 Aug 2013

    I feel that I have pushed myself to do more performing as a result of my sessions with Liz. I feel like I had a mind block with getting back on stage, due to a confidence knock. I am more driven now - due to facing some internal fears that have been buried for a while. It is also great support to have Liz to release to... there ain't no hiding!! I am definitely challenging the demons in my personal life and I think that as a performer I am growing stronger because of this. I would say that this is not something that is to be taken lightly. You do have to be prepared to keep an open mind about yourself. Be prepared to open 'Pandora's Box'.


  • from Beth on 10 Aug 2013

    Liz's coaching gently but inexorably obliged me (unfocused, flapping, "never-enough-time," and vaguely resentful with everything and everyone) to consider my priorities and to DO something about them. She doesn't let you get away with throw-away or habitual negative thoughts, reactions or comments. Almost without realising I'd done it, even before my sessions were completed, I'd designed and put on a show and got myself up there on stage where I want to be...


  • from Igho on 09 Aug 2013

    Through working with Liz I have now set my career path and improved my relationships with my wife and father. Working with Liz has woken up the giant in me. She has guided me to a point of no limits in all areas of my life.


  • from Rose on 05 Aug 2013

    Coaching has given me a chance to develop thoughts I've had for a while about how I want to change my career and relationships — I'd never have been able to do this by myself. I like that Liz listened to me and identified with me, it made me realise the importance of being around like-minded people.


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Avg cost (per hour): £ 75.00

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