I’m Vicky Blades. Actress. Coach. Entrepreneur.
I trained to be a Life and Executive Coach in 2018 and have combined my coaching skills with my acting experience to develop Generally Speaking, my Voice and Confidence Coaching business. I am passionate about helping people speak out, speak up and be heard!
Like most of us, I haven’t always felt comfortable speaking up and have often defaulted to being the observer in meetings, conversations or at public events. I have stayed silent many times, even when my inner voice has urged me to speak my mind. Sure, being on stage and speaking lines that have been written for me is something I love! Having a Director help me find my way in a play, film or other production is BRILLIANT. But… that still doesn’t help me in every day situations. Now that I’ve started a business, I’ve also realised that talking about my business (and by extension, myself) can still make me cringe inside. And I’m not the only one!
Which is why I am so determined to help as many people as I can to find their authentic voice and overcome their fear of speaking. I particularly love helping fellow female entrepreneurs because, let’t be honest, we are not used to pushing ourselves forward, putting ourselves first or SHOUTING ABOUT OUR BUSINESS. And this has already had dire consequences for the UK economy, as reported by Alison Rose. (Want to help me add £250 billion to the UK economy? Then read the Alison Rose Report on Female Entrepreneurship and get in touch!)
Let me tell you this; STAYING SILENT WILL NOT SERVE YOU! Neither will it serve your business, your employer or your personal relationships.
It has taken me a lifetime to discover the skills I need to be bolder, more confident and authentic in my communication. Which is why I KNOW that these are skills ANYONE CAN LEARN. All it takes is a bit of knowledge and a lot of practice.
Using everything I have learned as an actress, speaker, comedian, workshop facilitator, teacher, trainer, coach AND a lifetime of working in the corporate sector (events organiser, project manager, PA, administrator, the list is pretty endless!) I can help you speak with clarity and confidence in ANY situation. Embrace those ‘boring’ presentations, volunteer for the conference slot, NETWORK LIKE A NINJA and push yourself out of your comfort zone. You’ll be able to negotiate better deals, overcome anxieties and bad habits and ASK FOR MORE MONEY!
Pretty sweet eh?
And if you’re daunted by working on a screen in the ONLINE WORLD I have tonnes of tips to get you started; getting the lighting right, framing yourself and making you look effortless in your online meetings, training and 1:1’s. In fact this is how I work with most of my clients, on a variety of platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and GoToMeeting. In fact you can head over to my YouTube channel or Facebookto check my short vids and Top Tips for SCREEN CONFIDENCE ONLINE.
Let me put together a personalised action plan for you to take yourself and your business to the next level. Whether we work 1:1 or in a group, we can make AMAZING things happen!