Alison Burgess MCIPD
When I think about where my confidence comes from, I think about my Grandfather. He believed in me and told me on a regular basis, that I was amazing ! Every time we were together he was building my confidence and from my earliest memories I remember being so proud of myself when I was with him.
Yet even with that strong foundation of confidence in my life though I have struggled at times. From the teenager that worried about fitting in, exam pressure and boys, to the working woman trying to find her place in what often felt like a mans world, my confidence would ebb and flow.
And life didn’t get any less complicated as I got older. I had the ability to lose what was best about myself in relationships, I struggled with weight and body confidence. Having cancer required me to muster all my strength twice and I lost someone close to me, leaving a huge gap in my life.
What keeps me going? What stops my confidence draining away? I have my Grandfathers belief in me alongside a passion to build confidence in myself and those around me. Every day I take steps to be a better version of myself and to help others do the same.
I am a knowledgeable and engaging L&D professional who has worked as a manager, trainer and external consultant in the UK and Europe. I have over two decades of experience working for companies in the Financial, Technology, FMCG, Professional Services and Charity sectors. I am an NLP master practitioner, and have additional qualifications in the areas of coaching, facilitation and clinical hypnotherapy.
Alongside my work as a trainer and a coach, I am Chair of trustees for the Cancer Support Centre Sutton Coldfield. As someone whose life has been directly affected by cancer I know how important self belief and confidence can be at what, to many, is the most challenging time in their lives. As well as guiding the strategic direction of the centre I am involved in developing and delivering workshops that focus on confidence building and resilience, supporting our clients no matter what life brings.