Jane Cordell

Anyone can become happier. But to do this we need to understand ourselves better.

That is my starting point in coaching. By listening actively, asking good questions and providing encouragement to see all options available and make a clear decision about the best ones, coaching can help you to ‘see yourself’ clearly, and appreciate yourself fully, often for the first time.

I have seen people I coach can be transformed by their positive decisions. Whether it is clients applying for (and often getting) a new job or promotion, trying something they have wanted to do for years or achieving a better balance in their life, nothing compares to the satisfaction this brings me as a coach.

I enjoy all aspects of coaching but the areas I love the most are: developing self-confidence and self-awareness, resilience and handling change and challenge.

Coaching Style
I start from the assumption that every person has within their power the ability to contribute and gain fulfilment and happiness. I view the coaching conversation as one of the best ways to help you, the client, discover how to achieve this. This is about listening to the whole person.

As a deaf coach, as well as listening to what you – as my client - say, I also pay attention to how you say it, read your body language and am alert to your mood and the atmosphere you create. Like all coaches, I can draw on a number of models and structures, but I often find that the client has the best systems within them to understand themselves and enjoy, where possible, bringing this out and making good use of it. As well as encouraging you to make progress, I try to support you to develop longer-term awareness – for example be aware not just of your progress but how you got there, so that you can use the techniques and approaches in future after you finish coaching.

Organisations I belong to:
Manchester Deaf Centre
Association of Lipspeakers (ALS)
DaDaFest (Disability and Deaf Arts)
WEA (Workers’ Educational Association)
Royal Society of Arts
Ramsbottom Choral Society and Orchestra

Recent work for Result CIC
Facilitating personal development workshops and coaching at:
the University of Manchester
Liverpool John Moores University
Central Manchester Foundation Trust Black Minority Ethnic network
Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU),
RECLAIM project for young people
Salford Community and Voluntary Services (CVS).
Also providing ad hoc coaching on Skype. 

My career has encompassed professional music, teaching and lecturing, editorial work, diplomacy, charity governance and being a coach, equality campaigner and social entrepreneur. This diverse career has provided me with some fantastic opportunities and some extreme tests of my resilience.

I have studied and worked as a woman in male-dominated institutions, and since becoming deaf in my mid-twenties, encountering both the joy of difference and being able to use my influence to benefit large numbers of people, and the devastating and isolating experience of discrimination. My profound belief is that nobody can remove or devalue your experience unless you allow them to. This has enabled me to pool my rich and varied experience to achieve positive change for myself and others. And this is why I chose to join Result CIC.

I have been honoured to receive several awards for my work as the first senior deaf diplomat in Poland for supporting its work on disability rights legislative reform. I have been listed twice in the Power 100 list of the UK’s most influential disabled people and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2016. Outside work I love playing music (viola and piano), keep fit, film (when captioned!) and reading fiction.

NDA 2015 Power 100 iLM

Result CIC works with charities and social enterprises to offer low cost coaching and training to inspire their clients to work on the beliefs which are stopping them going forward in life. Result CIC is dedicated to reaching members of the community who do not normally have the opportunity to receive such training and coaching.  

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