"Things which matter most
Must never be at the mercy of things which matter least"
I work with Charities and Not for Profits to share with those who may not otherwise experience the wonderful benefits and results that the coaching partnership can bring.
A coaching conversation has a ripple effect, call it paying forward, giving back, it works, feels good and is rewarding to all parties.
Smart Works is a UK charity that provides high quality interview clothes, styling, and interview training to women in need, giving women the confidence, self-belief and the practical tools required to succeed at interview and start a new chapter in their life.
At the core of the service is a dressing and interview appointment. Each candidate is guided through a styling and presentation session by one of the Stylists and then given a free outfit suitable for interview. This is followed by dedicated one-to-one interview & coaching session with a senior manager, HR professional or executive coach to enable the candidate to develop confidence at interview with an appreciation of her skill set and techniques to demonstrate her competencies for the role.
This short intervention has a significant impact, empowering clients to start believing in their own ability to succeed.
The charity is supported by women for women. In that last 12 months Smart Works has carried out over 2800 sessions with 60% of those succeeding at interview. The clothes are donated from other women in the professional sector or directly from retailers.
I have been a interview/career coach with Smartworks since first becoming involved in 2014 and have watched it's network, offices and outreach greatly expand in a relatively short space of time due to the power and impact of this simple 2 step intervention.
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"Kimberley is a highly valued member of our interview coaching team. She is fantastic with Smart Works clients. She is very empathetic and builds them up so that by the end of the session their confidence and belief in their own ability to succeed is heightened."
Kate Stephens, CEO, Smart Works
“Moving, wonderful and inspiring. The Dressers were amazing wizards and Kimberley Lotery, the coach, was excellent and gave very specific and empowering help.” Julie, Smart Works Client
"I have had a wonderful experience. I have been dressed in a beautiful Burberry suit, shirt and shoes and feel a million dollars. The lady was so lovely. I then met Kim who helped me so much with my interviewing techniques. She is fantastic. She has made me feel so much more confident. Such an amazing experience as I never put myself first." Amanda, Smart Works Client
"They helped me immensely. I've got a very smart outfit for tomorrow's interview which makes me feel really good already. Kimberly prompted me to review how I answer certain questions and give myself more credit than I've done in the past. Some serious homework tonight. Thank you!" Vitalija, Smart Works Client
UpRising is a UK-wide youth leadership development organisation. The mission is to open pathways to power for talented young people from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. UpRising equips them with the knowledge, networks, skills, and confidence to fulfil their leadership potential, find new opportunities and transform the world around them through social action. The founding Patrons are former Prime Minister, Rt Hon. David Cameron MP, Rt Hon. Nick Clegg MP and Rt Hon. Ed Miliband MP.
UpRising's flagship programme is a nine month leadership programme providing ‘access behind the scenes’ training sessions with some of the UK’s most senior leaders across the political, private, public and not for profit sectors.
Each participant is individually matched with a coach and a mentor who supports them on a one to one basis throughout their time on the programme. They also work with other UpRisers to design and deliver a social action campaign on a local issue they are passionate about.
"Coaching is an aspect of the UpRising Youth Leadership programme that marks out UpRising as distinctive from other leadership programmes. A large part of our success in developing our young people as future leaders is the emphasis we place on the personal development of our participants. Such personal development would not be possible without the time and effort coaches such as Kimberley have put into our UpRisers.
Kimberley has been utterly fantastic in working with our UpRisers and has played an integral part in the building and development of their self-confidence, clarity of personal vision and goals, raising their self-awareness and leadership presence in those that she has worked with.
Kimberley's UpRising Coachees have all spoken about how comfortable she made them feel and how quickly they could build a strong rapport with her and gain trust. Kimberley's coaching sessions left them feeling empowered and in control of their future, able to realise that their dreams and ambitions were in their grasps. Such characteristics are the integral qualities of any coach, even more so one that works with young people from disadvantaged communities"