Yannick has enabled and empowered me to shape my personal life and career in ways I didn’t realize were possible. He is my trusted coach; equally compassionate and brilliant.
On a personal level, I have fostered stronger relationships with the people I care about and have unlocked resources that have afforded me the financial security I had dreamed of. Yannick’s ability to help me take control of my career has perhaps been the most life changing.
With coaching, I have propelled myself into my dream career as the Head of Diversity of Inclusion at a global company. I am practicing mindfulness, vulnerability, and purpose on a daily basis; and it’s enabled me to have the power, ownership, and support to further my career and life purpose.
Coaching will be an important, on-going part of my life and I am thrilled to tell others about my positive experiences with Yannick.
Yannick has been instrumental in the further development of my executive coaching capabilities in the areas of Positive Psychology and Existential Coaching. These developments were received through formal training, dedicated one-to-one work and in-depth work through the coaching approach.
As a coach I have found that he has an innate ability to make me feel at ease while we explore some of the deeper issues of the development of my coaching practice as well as to help me to explore the existential issues that are emerging.
He is singularly gifted and I would unquestioningly recommend him as a coach and an educator.
**This is a vulnerable and yet courageous post**
Last Friday, for the first time I managed to grab a ticket to attend the monthly “Creative Mornings” breakfast. The theme was COURAGE, and the talk was amazing!
Little I knew about the structure of these events, and it turns that once the talk is over, attendants have the opportunity to grab the microphone to ask for help, share an idea, ask for a job, anything.
All shaky and nervous I stood up and grabbed that microphone courageously. And with few, clear and jokey words I talked about “Cool as a cucumber”. A project that I started not that long ago aiming to reshape the meaning of being cool and empower people to take the time to understand who they are, do more stuff that they like and feel cool about it!
Oh boy, it felt so good, like I was conquering the world hahaha!
As soon as the event ended I grabbed my mobile and sent a voice message to my amazing coach Yannick Jacob
And why is this post also vulnerable? Well, when I started to work with Yannick it was because of a huge fear of being out there. Even posts like this make me feel exposed and self-conscious, but I’m here doing it anyway! Life is good!
I signed up with Yannick following the decision to leave a long-term job at PwC and take up a more senior leadership position at Business in the Community. Yannick’s style is easygoing but extremely effective – he’s brilliantly insightful and made me see things about myself that I hadn’t seen before. He’s able to hold a mirror up to my behaviour and habits in order to help me make changes where necessary and helped me build a lot of confidence before starting my new role. Now that I’ve started my role, I have no doubt that Yannick will help me develop, be the leader I know I can be, in a much more authentic way.
The lectures and coaching practice on Saturday were a revelation for me in many aspects. I was truly inspired by your demonstration especially by the authenticity that you approached your coachee with, as well as by my readings on Rogers, and my effort to integrate these elements in sessions has already proved very beneficial for both myself and the clients. I really felt that the humanistic approach is where we start being coaches rather than just doing coaching.
I take away three important realizations:
– Making assumptions about others, events, situations hinders my genuine curiosity and interest about others, and more importantly creates blind spots in my perception as a person and as a coach. I am an analytical type of person, and I have come to realize that although it is beneficial to some extent to maintain this trait for certain aspects of my life and work, this way of thinking and being influences my relationship with the client and the overall process. Acknowledging this during Saturday has been very insightful and liberating.
– Being present in the moment, in full contact with my thoughts, feelings, emotions, can have a very powerful effect in the coaching session. It enriches the unconditional empathy, positive regard towards the coachee and our relationship, and also facilitates the coaching process by making it more real.
What I had been lacking for almost two years now since I started coaching professionally after my first accredited diploma – and was offered by this module, Yannick’s demo and the peer practice– is this sense of being congruent with my own experience and just being myself with a person in a session.Not to enter the role of the coach, not to sort of positively organize myself prior to a session, but to actually be myself in the session.
– To take it a step further, sharing my own experience in the present moment as a response to the coachee’s words etc. is another way to be myself in the session, but also affects in a deeper, more dynamic way the interaction with the client. By accepting who I am and how I feel in any given moment creates a space for the client to be accepted and understood.
It is fascinating to bring into play all these elements and balance other aspects of coaching such as the process models, interventions and so on.
When I arrived on Yannick’s doorstep I was like a bird with a broken wing. Having experienced a major personal setback two years earlier that I had largely overcome in an emotional sense, I was still working my way back up from rock bottom in a practical sense. I had big dreams and ideas for my career and purpose in life but I was suffering from a major case of ‘imposter syndrome’, low confidence, low self-esteem and I was really struggling with my self-identity. If I wanted to achieve my goals and potential, I had to face my fears head on.
I was somewhat ambivalent about being coached by a male, mainly because a part of my vision was heavily focused on promoting gender parity and equality at work but Yannick always operated with the utmost respect and professionalism. I knew I would be just fine with Yannick when on introducing myself, he saluted me for being a single parent of a boy and spoke proudly about the women in his life including his fiancé and mother. He approaches all topics with a very open-minded and inquisitive nature and it was clear he would support me with my cause. This lay the foundations for our coaching relationship and any concerns I had about choosing the right coach were quickly dispelled.
It was uncomfortable at first; speaking about my goals, challenges and ideas with a total stranger. Coaching requires you to expose your vulnerabilities and I was not one to do ‘vulnerable’. But I quickly built trust with Yannick as he listens without judgment and offers honest and impartial feedback. Over time, his feedback made me realise that my ideas were not strange and quirky as I had originally thought but valid, insightful and potentially very valuable. Yannick approaches his interactions with a great deal of care and caution; always open, with unconditional positive regard and just the right amount of humour to put me at ease. He helped me identify and overcome some limiting, negative thinking patterns as well as incongruences in my beliefs that were preventing me from identifying with myself and moving forward.
When I began my coaching journey, I felt like I didn’t have the intellectual and professional knowledge to move forward with setting up my own coaching practice independently but through the coaching I identified a unique niche to focus on and combined with Yannick’s professional knowledge and wisdom I was able to develop confidence in taking steps forward. Yannick also helped me to appreciate and recognise my own strengths and I realised that I have valuable tools, knowledge, experience and wisdom of my own to draw upon as I embark on this professional journey. I also learned that if I didn’t have the answers, that was ok and I knew how to find the answers.
A clear sign that the coaching had made an impact is when I published a professional article about my career on social media (a milestone in itself) which was met with a critical comment by a professional sceptic. Anyone who has suffered from imposter syndrome will know well the emotional turmoil that usually comes with this type of interaction. Instead of doubting myself or feeling worried, I was able to stand firm and put the critic ‘back in their box’ with a few swift statements of facts and questions. I was confident in the technical accuracy of my article, confident in my viewpoints and therefore rather than fear criticism, I was keen to hear it so that I could develop more. So there it was, I was ready!
Through the coaching, I achieved a much clearer idea of where I wanted to go, my core purpose and values and what I needed to do (or not do) to achieve my goals. I also feel that it was critical for me to experience my own coaching journey so that I could understand and appreciate what it feels like for my own clients. While I have studied the theory and read about what is most important to a paying coaching client, nothing can replace the actual experience of being a coachee and I now have a much better idea of how I can support my own clients through their coaching journeys, regardless of who they are or what challenges they face.
To summarise, the coaching goes down as one of the most worthwhile investments I’ve ever made in my life; second to having laser eye surgery to correct my eyesight to 20/20 which in terms of quality of life, is worth way more than the money I paid for the service. I no longer feel like an ‘imposter’ and I gained the confidence and tools to deal with any challenges that may arise as I embark on my professional journey, and that is priceless.
My wing was fixed and I was ready to fly again. So off I went to soar with the eagles 😉
I have spent the last 28 years contemplating the meaning of my life, and events within my story. I have felt that I don’t belong. I have been sensitive to the existential anxiety (which I couldn’t name), and been unable to embrace life.
This weekend I shared a room with people who shared my curiosity about Existentialism, most particularly in a Coaching environment. My learning curve was immense, but Yannick’s gentle, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and organic delivery made the learning easy to absorb. Not that the subject matter is simple but everything I heard was clarifying my own jumbled, unformed thoughts and ideas so that I left the room understanding, on such a deep level. I still feel a little overwhelmed by this jam-packed weekend and know that my learning has just become as I seek the language to communicate with others and my clients. My observation of and interaction with people, and my tolerance of my own and their Dilemmas will, I believe, be life changing for me.
Thank you Yannick for reaching out, for sharing your knowledge and experience, and for delivering it in such an accessible way.
I was reflecting on the highlights of 2017 and the coaching module Yannick taught last term on MAPPCP was certainly one of the highlights of the year. I wanted to say thank you very much, it was a great experience that resonated with me very strongly and your enthusiasm for the subject was an extremely valuable contributor to the experience as a student!
Thank you! 🙂
Thanks for being that guy that gets life. Someone super interesting and interested in everything. A great coach, conversationalist, mentor, friend, supervisor, teacher & life-liver. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to have you as my supervisor on my journey. You are a purple cow. Stay in touch.
Dear Yannick. You are a true inspiration to me. Without you I would not be graduating in November! 🙂 You kept me going, you wanted me to make the most of my education, you were determined! Your guidance was clear and structured. You made sure I know that you are there for me yet you wanted me to accomplish my goals on my own. I learned so much from you! You are so knowledgeable, I asked so many questions and you knew the answers to all! This never ceased to amaze me. I really hope that we can work together in the future and that one day I can follow in your footsteps. Thank you for you, Judit
What an incredible weekend. I’ve been on an existential high for days. I learned an amazing amount about the philosophy and about myself.
Yannick’s passion and enthusiasm for his subject is immediately infectious. He is an incredibly engaging trainer and makes learning effortless.
The content of the course and his delivery of it has had a huge impact on me; both personally in terms of my world view, and professionally in terms of my own coaching practice.
Thank you Yannick – a truly inspiring and life-changing weekend of learning.
Thank you again for this super great session this morning. It really helped me a lot to have a clearer picture of what I want and to measure the potential of both opportunities I have on the table. I’ve made my decision, I’m happy with my choice and I am really grateful for this coaching opportunity!
I have been selected as a coach on the government initiative to coach women teachers to become leaders. This would not have been possible without the excellent training I received from Yannick on my Masters degree. His knowledge, and how he distills this to his students is exceptional and through his lectures I have found a real passion for coaching and thirst for more knowledge to improve. Thanks Yannick!
Yannick is such a passionate and intelligent person. I thoroughly enjoyed his Existential coaching class because it opened my eyes and my thoughts. I appreciate that he was able to listen to other opinions and ideas besides his own. He gave us the open space to express ourselves and allowed us to ask difficult questions. He is a unique teacher and offers a lot knowledge and perspective. I HIGHLY recommend taking a class or experiencing a life coaching session with him. Thank you so much.
I was in a rather toxic relationship when I booked my first coaching session. I kind of felt I wanted to get out but I needed a push. Yannick didn’t push me but helped me a lot to dig deeper and get to the root of my unhappiness. His curiosity and heart-felt empathy led me to understand and make my own decision. I’m still glad I didn’t just follow somebody’s advice.
It’s been an amazing term. I’ve learned far more than I’m ever going to get across within the word limit [of the assignment] … much of which will continue to emerge way after the deadline.
Thank you, Yannick. You’ve given me a belief in the coaching process (about which I had some resistance and skepticism) as well as a seed of belief that I can become a coach. Your enthusiasm and continual welcoming, fun, frank and open style is just great.
The time I was in your class was AMAZING!!!!
You are a great teacher! and really helped bring the material to life and understanding.
Yannick, thank you for sharing your huge amount of knowledge in such an unpretentious, engaging and unique way. I’ve been feeling like Neo (the matrix) since I left on Sunday hahaha, downloading, updating and uninstalling useless things that I chose to “be”.
I was a student in your evidence based coaching class in 2016, and was especially grateful to experience your class in person. Because of your course, I was able to get a remote job as a leadership coach which is absolutely perfect for me. The interview included a mock coaching with a professional coach. All the methods I used to coach the coach I learned in your class! Your course has already paid off, even though I have much more to learn! Thank you for passing on your expertise, Yannick!
Having Yannick as my coach has dramatically improved my work and personal life. Within just a few sessions, I had already leaped past hurdles that I had put in my way for years! His clear, rational perspective can help anybody see that some of our perceived weaknesses are actually our unique strengths. I always look forward to my coaching session with my Yannick and absolutely vouch for him as a mentor and coach.
Yannick was the perfect person to help me on my journey of discovery. As a teacher, his classes were thought provoking, challenging and thoroughly motivating. As a person, he is warm with a great sense of humour. Thank you
I was blown away by this course. Yannick was a great teacher, combining metaphor, case study and coaching as he was presenting the course. I learnt a lot more than I expected too and got some great personal shifts, massive changes to my coaching style and finally made the career change I had been putting off for 9 years. Money and time very well spent!
Existential Coaching… Or finding the place where we want to be…
We have just finished an illuminating weekend of intense work with Yannick Jacob. The human and professional quality of all participants could not have been better. Yannick demonstrated again his abilities as a coach and as a moderator of a challenging topic.
What is existential coaching about? We can say that it is looking deeply into the coachee’s life to decipher their most intimate concerns and values. However, the concept comprises much more than that.
Existential coaching in my opinion, expresses what the transformational reflection and coaching are all about. It brings together the exploration of dilemmas and challenges within a framework that depicts many profound questions in life.
Among the many things from our valuable discussion, a message was apparent: we don’t need to look for the meaning of our life “outside there”.
We can live a meaningful life by really living what we have when we have it, and improving it when and how we choose.
Congruence between purpose, values, actions and relationships can be achieved. However, the exploration of these dimensions needs time and a safe space to take place successfully. Coaches can facilitate this journey and assist many clients (and themselves), by bringing the existential perspective to the Coaching table. Then it could be possible to investigate dilemmas that may come from a lack of awareness and dis-alignment between the core dimensions of existence.
The learnings from this weekend will definitely complete my coaching training. The learnings are useful to myself as a human being, useful in my general coaching practice, and especially useful in my coaching activity.
I feel very happy of having this great opportunity to enhance my coaching and my life.
Big thanks to Yannick!
Before embarking on this journey, I believed that I was very self-aware and that I knew who I was. Through these weeks I have been surprised by the revelations that I’ve had about myself. I have developed a new level of self-awareness.
I live from my art, from channelling my ideas and experiences into products through my own creative process. When I suffered a creative block, it threatened my whole existence. Yannick helped me to face my anxieties, to make a few difficult decisions and to stop avoiding life’s challenges. I am not happier than before, but I stopped running and now live my life to the fullest, something I always aspired to.
Yannick is a most professional coach. Through him I realised what truly makes me happy and what does not matter so much. He’s got a very contagiously happy aura surrounding him. I really liked working with him and recommend him to anyone who is looking into being coached in wellbeing.
You 1000% get me enough to be able to reflect what I’m saying back so I have some distance to think. […] I have drafted and deleted 6 different emails to you, trying to thank you. I give up: none of them sound right. So I just want to say “Thank you”. You have given me quite a bit to think about. I especially like the existential take on this. It’s sparked a slew of journal writing.
I learned an enormous amount from your day with us at NSPC. Thanks for sharing your insights and experience.
Thank you Yannick, our conversations help me to understand that working under pressure is actually a strength and I can use it to my own advantage 🙂
I didn’t quite know where I was going with my career. Yannick really helped me to clear my mind, assess my options and focus on what is truly important to me. I’ve made some really difficult decisions on the back of this and now actually enjoy going to work.
I was facing a lawsuit I couldn’t afford to win. Yannick’s mediation skills helped us to resolve this misunderstanding in a few hours and saved us all a lot of time, money and nerves. Thanks!
“Yannick is a skilled, thoughtful and innovative practitioner, combining positive psychology and existentialism to create his own brand of coaching. Yannick blends phenomenology and dialectics to create a supportive yet challenging environment. I would highly recommend him.
I can whole-heartedly recommend Yannick as a scholar, teacher, trainer and personal tutor for all areas related to happiness, wellbeing and personal & social development.
Yannick is an excellent listener and coach. Over several sessions he provided me with very practical advice and a good space in which I felt free to discuss whatever was on my mind, and in the process helping me to untangle and organise my thoughts and aspirations.
I came with a specific goal and Yannick helped to explore all the options available. I chose the one that was handy and accessible. Weekly meetings helped refine and improve on my actions and within a few months, I was happy with my achievement. I have attained a lasting technique which I use everyday and being new to coaching, I picked up some coaching skills which I use in my sessions.
As senior lecturer at the University of East London and trainer at the Personal Well Being Centre I have lectured with Yannick on several occasions on existentialism, conflict, wellbeing education and coaching. I was impressed by how well he can communicate complex concepts in understandable ways and how easy it seems for him to make a connection to his listeners. He creates a good structure, keeps sufficient timing and his materials are interesting and fun, yet always relevant to the subject matter. I can highly recommend him.
Yannick brings his skills in positive psychology, mediation and existentialism to his coaching work with business and personal clients. This gives his work depth, focus and understanding of immediate and long-term objectives. He is a rising star in coaching and mediation; I have no hesitation in recommending him.
Yannick’s approach and teaching is outstanding. He is thoroughly professional and focused at all times. His extensive academic knowledge is harnessed and delivered to pupils in a professional and firm way, yet with great flair and engagement. I worked with him several times over three years and always found him to be solutions focused, accurate and great to work with.
Yannick and I qualified together as ADR mediators. I have found Yannick to be intelligent, perceptive and real enthusiast. He has an unique blend of skills to enable him to facilitate and guide mediation parties through the dispute resolution process. I recommend him.
Yannick is passionate and courageous about the work he does, has a warm, friendly and down-to-earth presence, and someone who can connect well with people of all ages. He is someone who thinks deeply about his subject, and connects things from a wide range of disciplines.
Yannick is very insightful and intelligent personality. He has an extensive knowledge base in psychology and a multitude of research and practical skills.
I would like to thank my academic supervisor, Yannick Jacob, for his ongoing support and mentorship, enormous patience, and immeasurable guidance: Without his encouragements, follow-ups, reminders, and genuine care and kindness, I would not have being able to perform and complete this project.
I had never had a bad moment with you. You are down to earth and I have never felt for one moment that there was any power struggle between us. We met as two human beings with an understanding as equals with the respect of the boundaries between learner and supervisor.
I came to see you a couple of months ago to talk to you about PE Coaching, which I am very interested in. Thank you so much for giving me that time to explain to me the model and for emailing me the PPT and audio you made in the lecture. That was incredibly helpful and kind of you. I have since listened to the audio and viewed the PPT and I have to say it was absolutely fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed your delivery and the structure as it was very clear and simple to understand. I just wanted to email to express gratitude to you as I found your lecture and your help to date to be very useful to me.
I attended Yannick’s Positive Psychology module with Animas in September 2016.
Yannick’s teaching style is relaxed and interactive and he made the course so fun that it was only on reflection afterwards that I realized just how much I’d actually learnt.
Yannick is immeasurably knowledgeable in his subject and his enthusiasm is infectious. I have found that the concepts he introduced have been invaluable both in my own life and in my coaching – particularly the ideas about resilience which seem to be particularly pertinent when I am coaching my NHS colleagues!