Thinking BIG: Turning vision into reality

Working as an independent coach I have been struck by the lack of shared learning, collaboration and interaction between coaches from the different affiliations and sectors.

I then began to think what it would be like…. if we all came together and shared our practice and experiences so that we can learn from each other, extend our professional networks, collaborate….

Having a vision is all well and good, but how do you turn it into reality? Some of the things that I have helped me are:

A compelling belief and vision– this is something that I really really want to do and achieve. I can visualise the day, see the speakers, the attendees, the buzz, the conversations, interactions…

Putting a date to it – someone one said that a goal is a vision with a date attached. The date for my vision became the 22ndJuly (fast forward endless conversations and negotiations re price, venue and layout).  

Sharing it – once you tell others about it there is no going back! Seeking out people who have done similar things can be a great source of inspiration and support. One such person that I have found is Liz Scott who runs similar events and who I know will be a great resource.

Finding allies and people to help me – this is where my networks, relationships, connections….have been a source of support. Network coordinators such as Liz Ford and Benita Treanor from the AC and Bernadette Cass from the CIPD, Karen Mason from EMCC North West and my own EMCC Yorkshire Network have all been supportive. My call for contributors have had a great response and 2 of the most influential Yorkshire coaches, Zulfi Hussain and Clive Wilson have agreed to be the keynote speakers.

As my vision starts to take shape and become real, those gremlins are beginning to land. Questions such as:

  •  Will enough people attend?
  • Will it achieve its’ outcomes?
  • Will attendees get the most out of the day?
  • Will it all go smoothly?  
    What if……

As my journey continues, the next pothole will be those gremlins!

What stories, experiences, advice can you offer that will help me get rid of my gremlins?
What are your tips for turning vision into reality?

The 1st Coaches Connect: Yorkshire and the North will take place on the 22nd July at the Mint Hotel, Leeds with proceeds to the following charities:


About verawoodhead

I'm an executive coach, leadership facilitator and learning & development consultant working with managers and leaders to develop the skills and behaviours to inspire performance and drive results; achieve promotion ; make successful career changes, be resilient and thrive at work. Within organisations, I help to facilitate better conversations, design learning interventions which deliver practical and lasting solutions aligned to business strategy and goals. Connect with me on Twitter @verawoodhead
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3 Responses to Thinking BIG: Turning vision into reality

  1. Hi Vera

    You have already succeeded. You have put yourself out there and made yourself psychologically accountable to that army of (some still unknown) people who are going to attend.
    You probably know the technique of visioning – we used to call it Future Mapping in my last company. Start with the end in mind and work backwards until you get to today and then move forwards again. I’ll send you my ‘how to’ guide.

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Vera says:

    Thank you David for your words of support and encouragement.

    I am a big fan of Covey’s ‘Begin with the end in mind’ and look forward to your ‘how to’ guide.


  3. I can’t find an email address for you to send the doc. Send a message to

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