Matt Somers  

Teaching Senior Leaders How To Coach
Finding Focus
Restoring Motivation
Managing Change
Improving Communications

Biography

I work with senior leaders to provide a bespoke one-to-one programme of coaching skills training for people who don’t have the time or patience for courses or qualifications.

No role-plays or case studies, just real business challenges in real-time.

It is the organisation's own leaders who are best placed to develop their team to high performance but most senior leaders have not been taught how to coach properly.

I also provide one-to-one coaching to help senior leaders make improvements in the areas of their business that have the most impact. Typically that's sales, leadership and communication.

I have more than 25 years coaching experience which I’ve channelled into my published books and into my work with senior leaders at companies AXA, HSBC and Toyota to create a unique approach.

Experience

1:1 coaching from CEOs to Owner Managers
Clients in the UK, Europe, Middle East and U.S.
More than 1000 leaders trained in coaching skills
Four books on coaching published

Certifications

Fellow : Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)
MSc : Human Resource Development
Diploma in Performance Coaching
Member of Association for Coaching

Coaching style

Motivational
Collaborative
Challenging

Video Testimonials

Testimonials

  • (1/9) What drew you to Matt's services?
    Matt has an incredibly strong reputation for being an exceptional coach. I am aware of his work and know other clients of his that speak very highly of his services.

    What was your biggest challenge prior to working with Matt?
    Finding the time to develop myself.

    What changed after working with Matt?
    I understand the value of making time to explore how I can be a better version of me.

    What specific results can you share?
    My reflective practice has improved and this has impacted my strategic thinking in practice.

    What would you say to someone on the fence about purchasing Matt's services?
    Invest in yourself.

    5* - Michael Shane- Director of operations
    August 2021

  • (2/9) What drew you to Matt's services?
    We recognised the need for advice and guidance from an expert.

    What was your biggest challenge prior to working with Matt?
    We were feeling "stuck" while trying to grow our business.

    What changed after working with Matt?
    We've gained valuable insight and feel like we're on our way to tackling a number of problems\obstacles. We're working smarter and are now able to focus more on what important.

    What specific results can you share?
    Our pitching process, the calibre clients we're prepared to work with and our project delivery process has all adapted and show improvements.

    What would you say to someone on the fence about purchasing Matt's services?
    I sat on the fence too long. Having an expert analyse you and your business with fresh eyes, experience and outside perspective isn't something you can do yourself.

    5* - Chris Kean- Managing Director at Dodio
    June 2021

  • (3/9) What drew you to Matt's services?
    I was introduced to Matt when I started my coaching training at my place of work. Matt is an extremely approachable and knowledgeable coach who delivers a quality service. His coaching workshops were fun, interactive and most beneficial in terms of how I can implement what I learnt and deliver coaching to my own clients.

    What was your biggest challenge prior to working with Matt?
    When learning new skills I sometimes lack confidence in myself as I always want to strive to give my best. Matt's workshops are very supportive and informative and I was able to arrange further coaching follow up calls.

    What changed after working with Matt?
    My confidence with clients has gone from strength to strength and having a coaching coach like Matt is a real plus. .

    What specific results can you share?
    I am more confident with the way I work and how I approach the coaching model with my own clients.

    What would you say to someone on the fence about purchasing Matt's services?
    I have experienced both sides of Matt's coaching services and never hesitate to ask his advice and support. Coaching, with the right coach like Matt really helps you move forward. There are no quick fixes in life. The skills and tools gained through coaching are certainly long term and empowering. So I would highly recommend Matt Somers.

    5* - Sarah Wilkes, Coping With Cancer
    June 2021

  • (4/9) What drew you to Matt's services?
    A friend who recommended him.

    What was your biggest challenge prior to working with Matt?
    Thinking of the bigger picture, staying calm, looking at the after affects.

    What changed after working with Matt?
    I often look at things from the bigger picture.

    What specific results can you share?
    When a colleague is frustrated with my team I can stand back and deal with the problem and not the frustration.

    What would you say to someone on the fence about purchasing Matt's services?
    Consider what you don't know.

    5* - Anonymous Verified Client
    May 2021

  • (5/9) What drew you to Matt's services?
    A friend who recommended him.

    What was your biggest challenge prior to working with Matt?
    Thinking of the bigger picture, staying calm, looking at the after affects.

    What changed after working with Matt?
    I often look at things from the bigger picture.

    What specific results can you share?
    When a colleague is frustrated with my team I can stand back and deal with the problem and not the frustration.

    What would you say to someone on the fence about purchasing Matt's services?
    Consider what you don't know.

    5* - Anonymous Verified Client
    May 2021

  • (6/9) What drew you to Matt's services?
    His experience and subject matter knowledge.

    What was your biggest challenge prior to working with Matt?
    Adapting to a new country and work environment.

    What changed after working with Matt?
    My level of agility.

    What specific results can you share?
    He coached me on how to manage ambiguity and succeed within my new role, which allowed me to exceed my own expectations of myself.

    What would you say to someone on the fence about purchasing Matt's services?
    Try it you won’t have anything to lose.

    5* - Rashaad Price, HR Advisor
    May 2021

  • (7/9) What drew you to Matt's services?
    I have previously worked with Matt in the delivery of performance coaching training for managers in a number of organisations and for coaching support for some managers who have faced difficulties in managing performance issues and conflict within teams. Matt's professionalism, skills, knowledge and experience as both a trainer and as a coach has been exceptional at all times. This has enabled managers to develop their skills and abilities both professionally and personally to meet the challenges that they have faced with competence and confidence.

    What was your biggest challenge prior to working with Matt?
    The confidence of a relatively inexperienced manager to have difficult and constructive conversations with their team members to tackle challenging behaviours and bring about the required levels of performance improvement and team cohesion. This was impacting negatively on both the manager and their team members, causing a breakdown in working relationships which was affecting their performance as individuals and as a team.

    What changed after working with Matt?
    Following the coaching support, the manager was able to address the issues with the member of staff. The coaching support enabled the manager to identify the areas of their own personal competence, their fears and concerns impacting upon the working relationship to take ownership, face the challenges confidently and identify and implement solutions.

    What specific results can you share?
    The coaching support has had a lasting impact upon the individual, enabling them to develop strategies to deal assertively with conflict and times of self-doubt in their own ability. This has enabled them to develop their levels of personal resilience and mental strength to meet both personal and professional challenges with confidence and greater competence.

    What would you say to someone on the fence about purchasing Matt's services?
    I have first-hand experience of the positive and lasting impact that Matt has had on staff within a range of different organisations. Matt is authentic, honest and genuine. He is able to engage with individuals at all levels, instilling confidence and trust from the very beginning. His knowledge, skills and experience are first class and he works hand in hand with you to get the best possible outcome for the individual. Without his coaching support, we would have either lost our manager to long term sickness absence or through resignation as they were unable to move forward.

    5* - Anonymous Verified Client
    May 2021

  • (8 /9) What drew you to Matt's services?
    I was recommend Matt's services by my employer and after an introductory meeting, was keen to work with him.

    What was your biggest challenge prior to working with Matt?
    Prior to working with Matt, I had taken on a new role with greater responsibility and a new team. I had not long before returned to work from having 9 months off to have my little girl. I had lost some confidence but also wanted to develop myself.

    What changed after working with Matt?
    Working with Matt, gave me newfound confidence and made a huge difference in my ability to manage and lead effectively. I still use the competencies I learnt and fully expect to be for the rest of my career.

    What specific results can you share?
    One of the most important things I took away from working with Matt, was that the answers came from within me. I learnt so much from our discussions, the exercises we did, the live scenarios we used and then being able to put it all into practice with great effect.

    What would you say to someone on the fence about purchasing Matt's services?
    I didn't particularly know what coaching was until I was given the opportunity to work with Matt and now it's something I would encourage any business leader looking to develop themselves or their team to do. Matt's is so knowledgeable and his approach is fluid and flexible. He encourages success, listens wholeheartedly (taking the time to understand your world) and inspires confidence. Matt is genuinely so good at what he does and I cannot recommend him highly enough.

    5* - Jennifer Rycroft, Membership Director at North East England Chamber of Commerce
    April 2021

  • (9/9) What drew you to Matt's services?
    From my very first meeting with Matt, he gave me confidence that I could discuss challenging and, sometimes very deep and intimate feelings, in a confidential and non-judgmental environment.

    What was your biggest challenge prior to working with Matt?
    He provided a flexible and tailored approach to investigating these issues by asking ‘challenging’ questions in a way that provokes a positive response, which was eye-opening, to say the least. He challenged me to practice methods to improve my performance and we reviewed the results in our feedback sessions.

    What changed after working with Matt?
    In the short time that I’ve worked with Matt, he has helped me to make a huge positive change to both my work performance as a part of our management team, but also to my personal life.

    What specific results can you share?
    This change in my performance has been seen and welcomed by both my boss and my colleagues.

    What would you say to someone on the fence about purchasing Matt's services?
    Even though our time working together was foreshortened by Covid, I feel I’m now in a much stronger position. Where in the past certain topics would trigger uncontrolled negative and unproductive responses, now I’m much better at not only foreseeing these situations, but can now objectively prepare for and it’s easier to get my point across in a calm non-confrontational way.

    5* - Anonymous Verified Client
    February 2021

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