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Desi Christou

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Managing Director of Desi Christou & Associates

Desi is a charismatic, engaging and empathetic workshop facilitator and coach with professional development credentials spanning more than 15 years. She has a desire to inspire and empower others using the coaching, workshop facilitation and presenting skills she has learned and acquired over the last 25 years in her current career in personal and professional development and from her 10 + years in TV production.

Desi is passionate about helping people 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, managers, small business owners to CEOs.

She also has a particular interest in helping children and young people nurture their mental health and build resilience.

Over the last 15 + years, she has amassed over 8,000 hours in coaching and training experience working with individuals, groups and teams across organisations such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, IBM, Google, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Factset, DLA Piper LLP, Wates Construction, Women in Technology, McGregor Boyall, Enfield Enterprise, Winchmore School, The Chartered Institute of Marketing, AS Robins LLP, Dunton Gregory LLP, working across various industry sectors such as law, recruitment, financial services, women’s networks, information technology, property, construction, accountancy, marketing, sales, broadcasting, charitable organisations, social enterprise and education.

Desi understands how vitally important clear and effective business presentation and communication  skills are in order to achieve successful commercial outcomes. She is passionate about helping executives, employees, small business owners and graduates transform their presence and become influential communicators in the workplace.

In her previous career, she 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% (233 correct answers out of 235 questions) accreditation score for her ABNLP NLP Trainers’ Training certification program in 2009 and achieved one of the highest global scores in the 4o-year history of the ABNLP (American Board of NLP) including a gruelling 7-and-a-half-hour exam.

Desi’s manner is nurturing, supportive, empathetic 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; Mental Health First Aider(R); Level 2 in Understanding Children and Young Peoples’ Mental Health; Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming); Certified Trainer and Master Practitioner of Hypnosis; Master Practitioner in Time Line Therapy™; Certificate in Personal Performance Coaching, Reiki Levels I + II; Mindfulness Training; City and Guilds 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, the coast, country walks, paddle-boarding, kayaking, maintaining a food blog on Mediterranean cookery, karate, swimming and rustling up a variety of creative dishes. She lives in North London with her two young daughters who keep her on her toes!

If you are interested in making positive changes and would like more information, then please ring 0845 388 8213 today to talk with Desi and discuss your needs.