Our Speaker of the Month for January is Lizz Jones. This means all of Lizz’s webinars are half price – but only until the end of the month, so hurry now to get yours!
We spoke to Lizz to find out a bit more about her career:
- Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a Consultant and Coach, and I help businesses and organisations to improve performance simply by looking at the way they engage with their people. I specialise in leadership and management behaviours; organisation culture and values; and I am involved in a lot of coaching. I mainly work with Universities, and I spend most of my time with teams within Faculties; Schools and Departments helping them to find better ways of working together. I run workshops; training events and seminars as well as more traditional one to one coaching sessions. I have been running my own business for nearly 20 years, and I absolutely love what I do. I am passionate about understanding what makes people tick, and how I can help them to get the best for themselves and for the people the work alongside.
I think of myself as being on the “right” side of 50 – in fairness, I’ve never had any hang-ups about my age! I have two grown-up children: my son is currently doing his Masters in Music, and my daughter is having a gap year before she embarks on her own University pursuits. My partner and I spend as many weekends as we can away in our touring caravan, which has helped us to explore so many different parts of the UK. We particularly love walking in the hills, so the Lake District and North Wales are popular destinations for us.
- What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere in the caravan! We also love doing European City Breaks, and recent trips have included Paris, Berlin and Rome.
- What’s your favourite thing to do of a weekend?
If we are not away in the caravan, I like to use our time to make sure we catch up with friends and family, or take a weekend trip somewhere new. I must admit that my days of late nights and partying have reduced somewhat, so staying in with a nice meal, decent bottle of wine and a good film is becoming more and more attractive these days!
- Why did you choose this career path?
Running my own business has given me the luxury of being in control of my own development and direction. I am in the fortunate position of being able to make a living doing what I am passionate about, and where I feel my skills are put to best use. I like a sense of challenge, and always creating something new, so my developing career has shaped the business over the years.
- What do you enjoy most about your job?
I genuinely believe that what I do helps people to flourish, both as an individual and as a member of a wider team. Having a sense of purpose in my job helps to keep me grounded and adds a sense of responsibility to what I am doing. For me the reward comes when I get feedback from people about the impact it has had for them. It’s lovely keeping in touch with clients and developing strong bonds and relationships with them. I don’t think I could ever do a job that didn’t involve working with other people. I also love public speaking, and speak regularly at conferences and events.
- What are some everyday challenges you face in your profession?
I do get frustrated with paperwork and the more administrative aspects of running a business. I am also not a “natural” salesperson, so it is a challenge for me to do some of the business generating activities like networking or chasing new business.
- If you weren’t doing this career, what do you think you would be doing instead?
When I was a child, I always wanted to be either an actor or a stunt-double (I’ve always been a bit of a daredevil!). I love public speaking, so I guess that some of this comes from my unfulfilled desire to be an actor! In truth, I honestly cannot think of anything I would rather be doing right now, and I don’t see myself retiring any time soon!
- Are you on social media and happy for people to connect with you? If so, what are your contact details?
Absolutely – people can find me on LinkedIn and I’m always happy to connect there.