Appreciation

Here you will find kind words of appreciation from some of the extraordinary people I have had the privilege of working with.

Throughout my coaching sessions with Paul the sessions were enjoyable and I made visible progress that incrementally built over time. Tasks were appropriate to an individual at their specific point on a journey. I also want to say that the sessions were friendly and engaging, even when covering probing questions or difficult topics.

Communication was clear, concise, and proactive with follow up tasks always clearly documented and set out. Session’s timings were always agreed in advance with a follow up check a few days before.

Working with Paul was very effective. Most sessions resulted in one or two steps forwards or in a new insight about myself, over a series of weeks and months these incrementally added up to major achievements.

Amongst the many things Paul helped me achieve, he helped me to gain an understanding of myself, celebrate success and recognise the small victories, set effective goals and understand my passions and values. Paul will also benchmark progress (using a persona graph) throughout the journey, enabling you to see how you are evolving over time.

Working in partnership with Paul enabled me to achieve all the objectives that we set out to achieve at the start of the sessions.

The coaching has enabled me to understand myself better; I understand what motivates me, what makes me tick, what I value in life, and what I am passionate about.

I have also benefited from Improved self-confidence and self believe. I now have better focus and prioritisation coupled with the ability to manage many demanding priorities at one time. Moreover, I have the ability to reframe events and look for positives or opportunity in nearly all situations.

I had no hesitation in working with Paul and would most definitely recommend his coaching. For anyone who is looking to understand themselves, improve focus and achieve meaningful goals, I cannot recommend Paul highly enough. For anyone who is thinking about a coach, but who is not yet certain how a coach could help them, then I would recommend booking on to one of Paul’s free introductory sessions.

Paul has a unique set of gifts and talents that enable him to hear, and ultimately help you see things in yourself that may otherwise get overlooked.

This is not something I was naive about going into the sessions, however it may be worth calling out the time and effort needed on the part of the individual to get the best results.  You can point people in the right direction, and show them the doors, but ultimately, they must walk through them.

Paul, Thank you.

Richard Warburton – Business Improvement Consultant

Transcription of Claire’ Allinson’s Video Testimonial

Hi there, I’m Claire Allinson and I’m one of three ladies whose recently just rowed the Atlantic 3000 miles from San Sebastian in La Gomera across to English Harbour in Antigua in a record-breaking 49 days 13 hours and 49 minutes in an ocean rowing boat of 28 feet long by 5 feet in width. We were mentally challenged with regards to how we would cope on board and that was something that I was always aware of during the physical training element, which was two years previous to the race. Thankfully for me a gentleman called Paul Stretton-Stephens saw an article in one of the local newspapers about our quest and got in touch.

During our initial conversation, Paul was so warm and welcoming and really relaxed and just really interested in what it was that I wanted to achieve and the reasons as to why I wanted to achieve it. We met up and we had a discussion about how he could help me prepare mentally and what were my fears about the challenge. I was very very open with him, the two fears I had were seasickness and how I would cope in a storm being a non-rower. I’d only ever rowed from the point that I was asked to actually take on the row and so previous to that I had never even picked up an oar.

Paul was amazing making me focus in a positive mindset and making me more aware of all the things that I was fearful of turning them into a positive into an accepting challenge and during our six months of working together I can’t tell you, I can’t express enough how much he changed my views in the way that I was focusing on my fears and all of a sudden my fears became a challenge that I was quite looking forward to and instead of being anticipation and trepidation I was really willing to take on the challenges knowing full well that they were coming my way anyway and that I would face them and I would face them in a positive attitude.

I would recommend Paul to anybody not just taking on a huge challenge but for life itself. For some people, life is a challenge and so I would just say pick up the phone, speak to Paul. You will find that he is an amazing character, and he is full of positivity and he will help you with regards to any aspect of personal or professional coaching you need. Thanks, everybody.

CLAIRE ALLINSON – TRANSATLANTIC ROWER & WORLD RECORD HOLDER

I’m Mo O’Brien Transatlantic Rower and Double World Record Holder having completed the 2019 Talisker Atlantic Challenge and here is my testimonial after working with Paul Stretton-Stephens, Future Mindset Coach.

Due to distance our sessions were held over the telephone. I get stressed with communication because of my hearing disability and I felt, with the assistance of my hearing technology that the sessions were very successful. In addition to that, I liked the way that Paul had the ability to put me at ease. He has a nice clear speaking voice and always slowed down whenever I asked him to.

It was very clear from the outset that Paul works hard to help the client achieve results. I found his methods and approach to my problems very helpful, giving me different views and ways of looking at things.

I did achieve my goals and used his methods many times on my challenge.

MO O’BRIEN TRANSATLANTIC ROWER & DOUBLE WORLD RECORD HOLDER

‘Paul was great to work within the build-up to one of the biggest challenges in my life so far. Paul was able to work with me remotely as I live quite a distance away and was very flexible to arrange sessions around my busy schedule. I would highly recommend Paul’s services to help prepare your ‘mental toolbox’ to deal with a variety of life experiences – thank you Paul’.

BIRD WATTS – TRANSATLANTIC ROWER & WORLD RECORD HOLDER

Working with Paul over a period of a few months has been one of the most rewarding coaching experiences. 

When I first met Paul, I was interested in building more resilient self-esteem.  Seeing a bigger picture for my product offering and creating efficient systems for my business. I wanted to change my focus so you don’t feel so overwhelmed all the time.

By the end of the program, I felt much less worried about my business. I created ways to automate my programs and I felt I was more patient and a better coach. I was able to reduce feelings of being overwhelmed. I was able to take a step back and see what I really wanted. I was also able to stop undervaluing my work by giving it away. 

There was also the added bonus of improvements in my home and married life.

Overall the program was extremely effective.  My worry time was massively reduced. I learned tools that were practical and easy to implement and they have had a profound effect on family and life-work balance.  I highly recommend this program to everyone trying to balance work and home commitments. If you are feeling overwhelmed and lacking direction in your life, you should work with Paul.

Paul’s communication during this process was fantastic.  Paul helps you stay accountable and is very quick to point out easier ways to do things in all aspects of life.

I am extremely grateful for Paul’s insights into productivity, life/work balance, and for helping me find an easier way to do everything.

My results have been very tangible. I am more confident, less worried, more patient, calmer, and more focused on the right tasks in my business and my personal life.

Thank you, Paul, for great coaching and I will be delighted to recommend you.

Trish (Tucker) May Nutritionist (Gut Specialist) & Coach

“Paul is a true professional. He is able to walk with you on the journey as you self reflect or turn over a problem in your mind. He helps you see things from different angles and explore different possibilities whilst giving you the autonomy to solve your own problems or reach your own conclusions. I found his insight to be invaluable.”

Kelly S.

“Paul, you were willing to share your experience with me when I needed it most and you fully supported me in the achievement of my desires. I always found it easy to ask for your support as you’re easy to talk to and approachable. Moreover, you have a genuine dedication to your work.”

S. Neville

“Paul is an enthusiastic, passionate and sincere coach that tirelessly worked with me to boost my performance for an important international competition. Paul took a holistic approach to coaching; worked on advancing my public speaking abilities, building my confidence and strengthening my executive presence.

Paul treats each client uniquely and adapts his coaching to the style that works best for each of us. When coaching me, he worked on understanding my particular point of departure and developed a targeted approach to fit my needs and learning preferences, showing commitment to my development plan and accommodating the rhythm to fit my particular ramp-up period.

Paul goes the extra mile in coaching and fully empathises with his clients. During our time together, he made sure he knew the underpinning motivations of each person in our group and strived to make the learning an enjoyable and enduring experience by deploying creative, original coaching strategies that accommodated each person.

Communication was always fluid and transparent – he provided constructive criticism when required and praised our work when we performed at our full potential.

At the end of the day, it was definitely worth the effort. More important than securing a podium in our competition, something we definitely would not have achieved without Paul’s dedication, Paul taught me skills that I have since then carried with me to other spheres of my life, including my job, for which I will always be grateful.

I recommend Paul as a coach to anyone; his passion, dedication, creativity, empathy, and drive for results will ensure success to any of his clients’ endeavors.”

Candela Gasco

“There is an incredible value in working with Paul. He is very easy to work with and his mind is always open. He listens deeply to what you have to say and subtly takes your ideas and suggestions and enables you to make decisions that help you grow.

Working with him has made me be a better person as he taught me to see problems from different perspectives before deciding which is the best direction to go in. Paul also has an incredible heart, and he treats you as you were his own family. I have learned a lot working with him both personally and professionally.”

Laura G.

“I worked with Paul during my transition to living and working in Spain. Paul’s help was invaluable in helping me settle into my new environment. Paul encouraged me and helped me develop my skills to maximise the opportunities presented to me at my new employment. I was able to share my concerns with Paul and we worked together to improve my style and approach thus ensuring I could fulfill my potential.”

Paul’s previous experience helps him guide others to a successful road.

Les Golding

“Paul was always generous with his time, no issue being too big or too small to deal with. He used his experience to support and help me, his guidance always came with a listening ear and an open mind.”

A. Hilton

“I have had the privilege of working with Paul. He is one of the most exceptional educators I have met. In his dedication and passion in his role, he constantly helped me to improve and feel valued. Paul is a charismatic, ethical, creative, reliable and gifted person, for whom I have the utmost respect and appreciation.

In my position, it was a huge help to count on a professional who truly understands systems, subject particularities, individual needs, and problem-solving.

Paul was always efficient in leading our meetings and quick thinking about possible solutions, all this making me feel supported throughout. Our meetings were always planned, pursuing clear objectives, and communication was fluent and easy. Paul is a good listener, flexible and open-minded; his clarity and concision when explaining made information flow and our meetings more productive.

I learnt a lot working with Paul. Through sharing his expertise and invaluable experience, Paul contributed to my improving my communication skills and to the development of my creative thinking and self-confidence.

Paul is very personable with a natural capacity to see a person’s talent and is always ready to adapt to changing circumstances.”

Silvia Navarro

Working with Paul Stretton-Stephens was one of my best professional experiences. He makes you feel that your views are important, and he is always eager to listen and to hear your point of view, your opinion and even your suggestion.

He trusted in me which made me more confident and improved my self-esteem. Paul was always clear and there was no room for ambiguity or misunderstanding which made my tasks easier and I always was sure that I was on the right track.

His positive attitude and openness made for a great environment where he openly encouraged dialogue and communication. His way was transparent and you could trust him implicitly. I especially loved it when he shared his personal experiences with me which made me understand that those simple and so well-known “never give up” or “nothing is impossible” actually work and Paul is, indeed, the great proof of these slogans.

Zhenia S.

Working with Paul over a period of a few months has been one of the most rewarding coaching experiences. 

When I first met Paul, I was interested in building more resilient self-esteem.  Seeing a bigger picture for my product offering and creating efficient systems for my business. I wanted to change my focus so you don’t feel so overwhelmed all the time.

By the end of the program, I felt much less worried about my business. I created ways to automate my programs and I felt I was more patient and a better coach. I was able to reduce feelings of being overwhelmed. I was able to take a step back and see what I really wanted. I was also able to stop undervaluing my work by giving it away. 

There was also the added bonus of improvements in my home and married life.

Overall the program was extremely effective.  My worry time was massively reduced. I learned tools that were practical and easy to implement and they have had a profound effect on family and life-work balance.  I highly recommend this program to everyone trying to balance work and home commitments. If you are feeling overwhelmed and lacking direction in your life, you should work with Paul.

Paul’s communication during this process was fantastic.  Paul helps you stay accountable and is very quick to point out easier ways to do things in all aspects of life.

I am extremely grateful for Paul’s insights into productivity, life/work balance, and for helping me find an easier way to do everything.

My results have been very tangible. I am more confident, less worried, more patient, calmer, and more focused on the right tasks in my business and my personal life.

Thank you, Paul, for great coaching and I will be delighted to recommend you.

Trish (Tucker) May

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