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Hi, I'm Alison O'Leary  

I specialise in helping bright, spirited people find a way to a career that is meaningful, purposeful and fulfilling. My coach work covers career change, second careers and specific challenges like people management and presenting.

London, W6 8DL, United Kingdom
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About Alison

I’m a certified Martha Beck life coach, specialised in career coaching.

In a 17-year career I have held a number of senior management positions within the communications industry, most recently as Senior Vice President for an international digital marketing agency. Operating in a people oriented sector, I specialise in people development and management, leading staff and client recruitment and retention strategies. 

Highly experienced in coaching, training and mentoring, I combine insights from corporate and personal coaching work to help bright and spirited people find a way to a career that is meaningful, purposeful and fulfilling.

My Training and Qualifications

  • Certified Martha Beck life coach
  • BA (Hons) in Media Arts
  • PR Diploma (Distinction)

My Coaching and Work Experience

I have always had an innate interest in what motivates people and have spent the last 17 years training, coaching and mentoring teams and individuals. I’m fascinated by what makes individuals tick, what causes them to make the choices they do and what triggers their reactions to different situations, people and places. This natural instinct means I intuitively seek to understand personal drivers and love nothing more than helping people see and use them for improved careers and lives.

Please also feel free to view my excellent New Year, New Career - Starter Pack here: http://livetrue.co.uk/experience/new-year-new-career-free-starter-pack/

You can also contact me on:

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/alisonoleary

Skype: alisonoleary  

Customer Reviews

  • from Guillaume M on 08 Sep 2016

    Working with Alison has been a life changing experience. I worked on personal issues with her and she's done a great job in helping me. She always put me in the driver's seat while pointing me in the right direction. The whole coaching process went at my own pace; some topics needed more time to work on than others. Alison's human qualities and the energy she infuses put me at ease immediately. I cannot recommend her enough!


  • from Claire Frances on 18 May 2016

    After studying writing, working as a journalist and then setting myself up as a freelancer, I still had the burning desire to write great books. I started writing a novel and got as far as 24,000 words. Then all of a sudden I just stopped. I’m not too sure why. I just put it down and never picked it up.

    I got in touch with Alison after reading some of her inspirational articles and asked if she might be able to help. I had no idea what was to follow. After our first coaching session, I couldn’t believe how revived, confident and focused I felt. Alison stripped it all back for me. She made me realise that the only person getting in my way, was me.

    After a couple of months, I reached my target and finished my book. Holding 80,000 words in my hands was the proudest moment of my life. I know that if I hadn’t got in touch with Alison, the book would still be saved on my desktop at 24,000 words and I’d still be kidding myself that I was writing it.

    It’s hard to put into words what Alison has done for me. She has unlocked something inside me that I have struggled with for years. She’s given me the confidence to believe in myself, the courage to push myself, and the clarity to achieve the very dream I’ve carried around with me my whole life. Alison held the mirror up and made me see I was holding the key to everything I ever wanted, and then she helped me unlock it


Customer Reviews

  • from Guillaume M on 08 Sep 2016

    Working with Alison has been a life changing experience. I worked on personal issues with her and she's done a great job in helping me. She always put me in the driver's seat while pointing me in the right direction. The whole coaching process went at my own pace; some topics needed more time to work on than others. Alison's human qualities and the energy she infuses put me at ease immediately. I cannot recommend her enough!


  • from Claire Frances on 18 May 2016

    After studying writing, working as a journalist and then setting myself up as a freelancer, I still had the burning desire to write great books. I started writing a novel and got as far as 24,000 words. Then all of a sudden I just stopped. I’m not too sure why. I just put it down and never picked it up.

    I got in touch with Alison after reading some of her inspirational articles and asked if she might be able to help. I had no idea what was to follow. After our first coaching session, I couldn’t believe how revived, confident and focused I felt. Alison stripped it all back for me. She made me realise that the only person getting in my way, was me.

    After a couple of months, I reached my target and finished my book. Holding 80,000 words in my hands was the proudest moment of my life. I know that if I hadn’t got in touch with Alison, the book would still be saved on my desktop at 24,000 words and I’d still be kidding myself that I was writing it.

    It’s hard to put into words what Alison has done for me. She has unlocked something inside me that I have struggled with for years. She’s given me the confidence to believe in myself, the courage to push myself, and the clarity to achieve the very dream I’ve carried around with me my whole life. Alison held the mirror up and made me see I was holding the key to everything I ever wanted, and then she helped me unlock it


  • from Tim Edwin on 10 Mar 2016

    It is a beautiful autumn day and I’m walking along the beach with my family and friends. I’m at the back, grumpy. Work issues from last week and others anticipated for next week are going round and round in my head. My friend said “You should talk to Alison, I’ll introduce you”.

    I found Alison’s coaching enlightening. The exercises brought out the key issues and then her clearly articulated, precisely targeted and deceptively simple questions allowed me to make sense of my own behaviours and actions.

    My circumstances may not yet have changed but my attitude and responses have. Moreover I have regained a lost sense of direction. Thank you Alison.


  • from Austin Brailey on 19 Feb 2016

    I never knew what my values really were and had, in many ways, assumed society’s ‘default settings’. Life coaching really helped me break out of this preprogramed way of thinking and understand myself a lot better.

    The rewards far outstripped expectations. Alison used a tool bag of techniques and exercises that helped me understand why I felt like I did in certain situations and with understanding came control.

    Why did I feel like a failure when I was too tired to hit the gym? Why was I able to work so hard on something that I had no interest in? The answer was quickly found out to be that I had a core value of “progress”. For me, progress was, and continues to be, hugely important. It was something I had never realised, yet lived my life by. This is just one example of course – but the understanding gave me a whole new perspective.

    My personal life coaching journey actually saw some big changes: I moved cities and left my senior position to become a freelancer. I cannot say life coaching was responsible, because it doesn’t work that way. The realisations I came to, through life coaching simply rippled out and had knock on effects that had knock on effects. My decisions were simply better informed.


  • from Al Tepper on 21 Jan 2016

    I've gone through a life-changing career transformation since November and I honestly couldn't have done it without coaching. Luckily for me serendipity delivered Life Coach Alison O'Leary into my world at just the right time. If you're going through a life or career change then I believe you'll benefit from the guidance of a life coach. The value will astound you and help you evolve and emerge :) Be good to yourself :)


  • from Cath Everett on 14 Jan 2016

    I started working with Alison after a big life change, which made it feel difficult to fall back into old ruts simply to make enough money to pay the bills. But one of the lovely things about her is her upbeat, dynamic personality, which makes you feel that change is possible. And her ability to guide you towards remembering that the future is not fixed and there are always options – even when you feel trapped and unhappy.
    But don’t get the impression that Alison will indulge you - you certainly won’t be allowed to dwell on the negatives of your situation. Instead with a myriad of entertaining and clever tools, she’ll gently coax you to assume a wider view of things, encouraging you all the while to follow those instincts about what's right for you and to take those all-important baby steps towards a new and more fulfilling life. If it’s being supported to effect change in a fun but empathetic way you’re after, I can’t recommend Alison highly enough.


  • from Elijah Lawal on 27 Dec 2015

    I can honestly say without hyperbole that having Alison as my life coach has been a turning point in my life. She has helped me realise the importance of following a path of my choosing and more importantly, has guided rather than pushed me to this realisation. I would highly recommend Alison to anyone who is a little lost in life or just needs to evaluate what makes them happy. Alison is the very epitome of a true professional with a heart of gold.


  • from Natalie Fry on 02 Dec 2015

    Before working with Alison I felt at a complete loss with my career path, doubted my own abilities and even doubted my capability to make a decision that would be right for me. Alison helped me realise that I had my own unique strengths and values that until now, I hadn't even really acknowledged on a conscious level. Uncovering these and being able to discuss them with someone as patient, understanding and supportive as Alison really helped bring these to the forefront of my mind. I found that I could make decisions with more confidence and really begin to understand why I make the choices I make. Alison helped me challenge my own negative ways of thinking and to realise that even a failure can be a success. Thank you Alison!


  • from Trisha Roso on 13 Nov 2015

    I am so grateful to have had Alison as a coach. I didn’t really know what to expect with a life coach, but she was so caring, understanding and helpful. She really put me at ease straightaway and I was really able to open up to her. My experience with her was life changing and even months later I am still reflecting back on what she taught me and still learning and evolving. She gave me the tools to better understand myself, and taught me how to unlock the habits I thought I couldn’t change. She made me realise my dreams and everything I wanted was completely realistic and I am now following the path in life I have always wanted.


  • from Alicia Sutton on 23 Oct 2015

    I had an introductory Skype session with Alison and found it to be a very valuable experience. Alison was bright, warm and supportive. She used insightful questions to help me identify where my thinking was holding me back. I got more clarity on the subject in one hour with Alison than I have had in many weeks of muddling along on my own.


  • from Lynne Carter on 05 Oct 2015

    I found working with Alison so worthwhile; she helped keep me focused but was responsive and adapted to my needs. I love her knack of making sense of things and she is so easy to talk to and trust. A lot of what she said will stay with me and I know I will continue to draw on my experience of working with her.


  • from Hannah Fletcher on 23 Sep 2015

    For me Ali is the best kind of fairy godmother. She won’t wave a magic wand and give you an impractical pair of glass slippers. Instead she will give you the tools to create and build your own path to your own happiness. Working with Ali really helped me to explore how I think and how I can create a happy future for myself. It’s an exciting and challenging process that can have fabulous outcomes.


  • from Sian Aherne on 05 Jul 2015

    Alison worked with me when I felt stuck in a rut, frustrated and couldn’t see a path for my future career. Over a number of weeks, we worked through some tools to help me recognise, understand and deal with every day stresses and anxieties at work and in life. This not only helped put perspective on and minimise these stresses, but, importantly, gave me the mind space to focus on the things that are really valuable to me. Alison helped me identify the manageable steps to switch my path. Now I am continuing to discover new opportunities and have the courage to pursue new challenges. Alison is a delight to work with – she is enthusiastic and brilliantly insightful.


  • from Paul Spiers on 15 Jun 2015

    Alison coached me through a period where I was considering a major career change. In my view, Alison’s greatest assets are her empathy and her intelligence supported by an endlessly upbeat, engaging and positive personality. All of these enabled her to quickly and succinctly understand the opportunities and challenges around my specific situation. Alison’s considerable ‘real world’ commercial experience means she can also offer a sensible and pragmatic approach to career coaching, including helping to set genuinely realistic and achievable goals from the outset. She’s been a huge help to me and a real superstar with her support. I have no hesitation in recommending Alison to anyone looking for a great life coach. A very real and rare find in the coaching world.