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Desi Christou

Photo credit courtesy of (c) NUX Photography

Desi is the founder and Managing Director of Desi Christou & Associates

Desi is a charismatic, engaging and enthusiastic presenter, coach and trainer with professional development credentials spanning more than 15 years. She has a desire to inspire and empower others using the coaching, training and presenting skills she has learned and acquired over the last 25 years in business.

Desi is passionate about helping people in business grow and develop personally, as well as professionally, enabling them to contribute better to the success of their organisation or to achieve their own personal and professional aspirations. She has a great wealth of experience and works with people from all walks of life, ranging from graduates, employees, small business owners to CEOs.

Over the last 15 + years, she has amassed over 1,500 hours in coaching and training experience working with individuals and teams across organisations such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, IBM, Google, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Factset, DLA Piper LLP, Wates Construction, McGregor Boyall, The Chartered Institute of Marketing, AS Robins LLP, Dunton Gregory LLP, working across various industry sectors such as law, financial services, technology, construction, accountancy, marketing, sales, broadcasting and education.

She also spent 10 years working in TV Production as a TV Producer employed by ITV, BBC, Sky, Channel 5, Five and some of the UK’s top  independent TV production companies working with the likes of Chris Tarrant, the late Terry Wogan, Anne Robinson, Davina McCall, Paul Ross, Melinda Messenger, Dame Edna Everage and Neil Morrissey to name but a few. This broadcasting experience enabled her to understand from a completely unique viewpoint how to be a ‘magnetic’ presenter and what makes the audience stay tuned in.

She graduated with 99.2% accreditation score for her ABNLP NLP Trainers’ Training certification program in 2009 and achieved one of the highest global scores in the history of the ABNLP (American Board of NLP).

She is passionate about helping executives, employees, small business owners and graduates transform their presence, develop gravitas, make a positive impact and build confidence in any kind of public speaking, overcome internal struggles, become powerful communicators and improve their state of mind.

Desi understands how vitally important clear and effective business presentation and communication  skills are in order to achieve successful commercial outcomes.

Desi’s manner is nurturing, supportive, empathic and encouraging. She loves watching people grow, evolve and transform.

She also holds various qualifications including a 2:1 (Hons) degree in Politics & Modern History, Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Hypnosis; Master Practitioner in Time Line Therapy™; Certificate in Personal Performance Coaching, Reiki Levels I + II; Mindfulness Training; Adult Teaching Qualification in the LifeLong Learning Sector PTLLS. She holds full professional indemnity insurance with Towergate.

In her spare time, Desi enjoys the theatre, trips to the beach, long country walks, maintaining a food blog, karate, swimming, pilates and rustling up a variety of creative Mediterranean dishes. She lives in North London with her two young daughters who keep her on her toes!

If you are interested in how Desi can help you and would like more information, then please ring 0845 388 8213 today to talk with Desi or to make a booking.

 

Mike Burge -Executive Coach,

Business Consultant and Best Year Yet™ Programme Leader

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Background

Mike graduated with an Honours degree in Economics, and by 28 was the youngest director of Hodder & Stoughton Publishers, working closely with authors such as Jeffrey Archer, John Le Carre, Delia Smith, and Stephen King.  He has 18 years of success working in book publishing – in sales, editorial, distribution, and general management, – all at director or a senior level.

He has managed turnaround situations for organisations and teams both in the UK and overseas, helping to make previously unprofitable businesses profitable for the first time, as well as managing teams internationally to perform at their highest level of expertise.

He is Director of Best Year Yet UK, a successful entrepreneur and has held non-executive directorships in companies in the SME sector.

Experience

Mike has over 1000 hours’ experience of successfully coaching senior managers and executives up to board level in the private and public sectors, as well as a broad range of private clients. His area of specialism include such topics as developing team and individual performance, supporting clients to have their best year yet by bridging the gap between strategy and actual performance, and enabling them to become experts at producing results.

He also has extensive experience in the areas of helping clients overcome specific interpersonal and presentational challenges, increasing sales and other key performance indicators within their organisation. In addition, he helps them create sustainable turnaround situations in their work and lives.

He has over 15 years’ experience in coaching and consultancy and has worked with such blue chip clients as Asda, GlaxoSmithKline, BP, ChevronTexaco, BOC, SG Hambros, Intel, Honda, Balfour Beatty, EDF Energy, SSK Smurfit Kappa UK and BAA’s London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 project. He has also worked extensively in the SME sector.

Mike offers great experience of business development, sales and marketing management experience at plc and senior director level.

During his career, Mike has worked in a variety of business sectors as well as the public sector and is very conversant with the challenges that face leaders, business owners and individuals as they strive to make their aspirations a reality.

He is a fully accredited coach, an accredited NLP Practitioner and holds various diplomas in Business and Performance Coaching. Additionally, he is a fully accredited international Best Year Yet Programme Leader and Coach.

He has also, in his consulting career, been part of the team that won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2004.

Please ring us on 0845 388 8213 today and we can talk about your requirements.