Anne was a guest speaker at a Social Enterprise event I attended. It was evident within the workshop that she facilitated, she possessed not only a wealth of knowledge but also a genuine respect for each individual participants autonomous journey. What struck me most about Anne was that she had this infectious authentic positive presence, which for me is a core condition I need in order to share my creativity, ideas and to be truly open to all possibilities.
The distance from having an idea (or too many ideas), to the reality of running a business or identifying with the concept of being a social-ethical entrepreneur can seem so vast, so scary and unrealistic at times. Anne seems to bridge a gap between these desires, to a place where these possibilities seem even closer to you, more tangible and even inevitable when given the time to explore them.
I have only had my first half hour session so far, but WOW!!! Anne was extremely generous with the amount of information, tools, feedback and potential networking resources that she shared with me within this time frame. One of many, of Anne’s strengths is her ability to incorporate Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP); within the session we experimented with an exercise which was relevant to the themes I was discussing. This has had such a lasting and very profound effect on me; benefiting both my personal and professional progression.
I’ve got my next session booked already and I feel really excited about what future coaching experiences with Anne will unfold and bring! I highly recommend accessing Carnival Consulting and Anne Francis’ expertise. Whether you feel you are at a crossroads in life, feeling lost, have a simple or innovative idea, absolutely everyone including entrepreneurs need the space to breathe and be with their thoughts. Who knows where your original feelings / ideas will lead you, when you give yourself this time to explore.
Anne was recommended to me in 2014, when I badly needed new insights and support for changes in my work and beyond. Working with her has been truly transformative. Among other things, I’ve recovered my appetite for the future!
But just wanted to say.. WOW. I’ve been looking forward to that session for months and it was really helpful and very profound.
I’m a positive person so I thankfully experience feeling happy often but I feel really happy, very light in presence but grounded, and in such a congruent space with myself… I can even feel it in my body tone as well – Its lovely.
Thank you so much for your time and sharing knowledge / resources with me today.
I am writing to thank you for your invaluable time this month when you were most kind to give us some wonderful insight into the world of self belief and confidence. The session was received very positively and I had had loads of positive feedback. Thanks once again.
Next Step Norfolk Co-ordinator
I wanted to write and thank you once again for your participation this year. We have received excellent feedback from participants and the course’s continuing success is hugely dependent on your generosity in sharing your time, knowledge and experience for which we remain extremely grateful. The benefits are profound and long-lasting, enabling our participants to make change happen more successfully in their businesses, their organisations and in the wider community.
Common Purpose Matrix Programme
On behalf of Investing in Communities Partnership Board and the team, I would like to thank you for all your hard work, which has significantly contributed to the success of the BizFizz project. Over the past 5 years, BizFizz has been able to offer business coaching and support to individuals from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds. Your support has enabled people who may not have had the confidence or ability to be able to set up their own business to become self-employed and to contribute to Norfolk’s growing economy. With your efforts, BizFizz has been able to establish itself as an exceptional service, which operates around the individual’s needs and encourages business ideas to make them a reality. This reputation is not just that of the project but of you as a business coach operating in Norwich. Many of our partners have commented on your passion and commitment to supporting people in Norwich and their businesses.
Eliska Cheeseman, Iic Programme Manager
I am writing to extend my thanks on behalf of all the Strategic Carbon Management MBA students at the University of east Anglia for being such a fantastic Eco-Dragon. Your support played a huge role in making the event the success that it was. The experience will stay with the students for a long time to come and perhaps even have planted the entrepreneurial seed in their minds!
Eco Dragons Den Project manager
Anne – you have played such a profound role in my own development since we met in March. I can’t thank you enough for the encouragement and the fact that you keep believing in my abilities. That is the most powerful form of “therapy” (if you want to call it that), that I’ve ever experienced. It does something to you when someone you respect believes in you. It somehow opens doors in your mind and unlocks abilities that you’ve lost the key of many years ago! Thank you for sharing yourself with me so generously.
Melanie Maritz, Coaching Eve
I have known Anne for many years and have seen and experienced the most amazing results via my own and working life and the impact that her positivity has on other people. As a business coach I find her inspirational, motivational and supportive. I have seen fledgling businesses develop and flourish with her support and guidance. On a personal level and after being recommended by a close friend whose life she has changed for the better as a result of working with Anne, I have had NLP with Anne and it just made this huge impact after one session. I am delighted and honoured to recommend Anne – she’s amazing.
Dawn Jackson, CEO Future Projects MBA
I will always be grateful to you Anne for helping me to slap a large (metaphorical) Post-it on my forehead saying, “Now is the time for change”. It worked! My life is changing in many ways for the better, my business is established and I have a clear plan for the future.
Tony Carter of Norwich Energy
Anne was incredibly important in supporting me through all the hurdles we
encountered whilst setting up our business. We would not be where we are now
without the strong support and enthusiasm that Anne provided during this most stressful of times. There have been lots of ‘ups and downs’ but Anne was always there with encouragement and support from the outset establishing finances and clear business projections. A calm and kind ear over coffee in the city with Anne was always there for us. We are now able to follow our dream in developing our passion for wholesome food and its place in everyone’s future well being.
Shaun and Dani proprietors of ‘Simply Delicious’ Leiston, Suffolk
Several years ago I saw Anne Francis as a business coach. Up to that point always I had worked in isolation. At that time I found myself at a cross roads wanting to expand my Life Skills Training further afield and increase my Hypnotherapy practice. Anne was invaluable in so many ways. For the first time I was able to ask for support and query what and how I was doing what I was doing. Some things I learned were incredibly obvious, the value of networking, writing an effective proposal, creating a plan forward but knowledge which I lacked. Anne also worked deeper than that, helping me to identify my saboteur and teaching me to ask for help. Being self-employed for many years I was good at what I did but a bit naive about business. Anne was brilliant, enthusiastic and patient and my knowledge and work grew.
The support given from Anne Francis has been excellent. It is very encouraging to talk about the business with people like her, who motivates you, understands your problems and gives good and clear advice of how to overcome difficulties. Also the support and network provided has helped raise sales and meet people and businesses that have shown interest in supporting my business in some way or another. I am very glad to have come across Anne.
Xorge Castro MD of X Castro
Anne Francis’ positive energy is simply infectious; you can’t help but get involved. Her coaching helped me gain great insights about my direction and motivation and she is insightful as to what is going on at the core. If you want a fun way to get moving in the right direction I strongly recommend you get some coaching with Anne Francis.
Boris Prigmore, Founder and CEO, boristhecoach.com
The coaching work that I have done with Anne Francis was very helpful. Anne takes a completely client centered approach to coaching. Not only is she authentic, warm hearted, and very perceptive, she enables a deep engagement with the coaching process through her skilled reflection. The work that Anne does with me facilitates a fresh perspective on the ideas that I am developing. Anne is excellent at relating to the potential that is trying to emerge into reality.
Mick Collins, Lecturer, University of East Anglia.
Thanks a lot for agreeing to be on our panel of experts at our business ethics event yesterday. We are truly grateful, your presence made for a more robust panel which participants really enjoyed (from the feedback we have received). We would also like to say thank you for all your support of our other project. Your contacts, suggestions, ideas have been very useful. We also got valuable input from the meetings you helped set up. We really do appreciate this. Thanks a lot.
Ehia Erhaboh, Norwich Business School (MBA 2008).
In my opinion Anne Francis was born to coach with her exemplary talent for individual empowerment. I see her approach as a unique combination of extensive business knowledge, progressive counselling skills, genuine passion for and commitment to her work and enormous generosity of spirit. Our sessions are always dynamic, inspiring and beneficial to the progression not just of my business but also of my personal development. There is no set formula; Anne is always flexible and able to respond to my most appropriate need with each session. My involvement with her has led me to have improved confidence in myself, my decision making and therefore my business. Anne is a coach not just for business but for life and I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Karen Hibberd, Visual Digital Artist.
Right I have lots to cover, firstly a big thank you from all of us for the past few weeks training. We’ve all had a great time and learnt so much. On a personal note I’ve learnt a lot about myself and why I react the way I do, I also now know how to please that awkward complaining customer! I feel I can now cope better when in difficult situations with people whose opinion differs from mine. It has been a very helpful course and one I’m sure I shall remember and benefit from for a long time.
Carl Shipman, Manager, CMS Roadshow.
Anne Francis is one of those rare women that can light up an entire room with her presence and personal power. She is an influencer, an inspiration, and an innovator. She is a gifted trainer and coach with the ability to transform, motivate and enthuse. Anne is a woman of integrity and real character and with a delicious sense of humour and a wonderful passion for making a difference.
Kath Temple, Director, The Lifelong Learning Company.
Anne has given me a huge amount of support and advice and if I had to narrow it down to two key factors that have helped me get this far I would say that she has encouraged me to knock down barriers, both physical obstacles such as funding issues and emotional barriers that I had created for myself. Anne has also opened my eyes to a new network of help and specialist support for when I needed it. This experience has taught me that anything is possible and if you really believe it you can and will make it happen.
Lisa Angel, Fashion Designer
‘Thanks to Anne Francis of Norwich, for her motivation and infectious positive outlook to life and for supporting AIDucation.’ From the book ‘Pictures in AIDucation’ by Dr Edwin Mapara available from www.trafford.com
Anne Francis was highly recommended to me by a top psychologist and life coach during December 2010. During that time I was having problems driving and experiencing anxiety behind the wheel. I was also suffering low self-esteem which was affecting the positive growth of my business. It only took a one hour session with Anne to address these problems. Since that session I have taken a couple of refresher driving lessons and am now enjoying driving again. I have a new car and plan to do the ‘Pass Plus’ and tackle the M25! My business is doing well and my income has increased, thanks to Anne’s guidance and support. I guess you can say – I have kicked my low self esteem into touch! The interesting part of this process, as I look back over the last few months, is that the one hour session I had with Anne has continued to work for me and still is! Many thanks.
“My session with Anne was astounding! I went expecting a routine structured meeting working through marketing and sales ideas; but under went a transformative couple of hours which reaffirmed my beliefs and core values, freeing me to keep pursuing my dreams without the clutter holding me back. I’d lost touch with my Explorer, Artist, Judge and Warrior; but now I have discovered them and they are firmly here to stay.
I thought I needed a strategy, in fact I just needed the reminder to believe in myself.”