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Trainer In The Spotlight - John Perry

As a change to our regular “Coach In The Spotlight” feature, we have this week put Coaching Academy Stress Coaching CPD Programme trainer, John Perry in the hot seat and asked some quick fire questions:-

John currently works with The Coaching Academy on the CPD Programme delivering a CPD day on Stress Coaching.

We asked John what his favourite self development book is. His response being ‘Human Givens’ by Joe Griffin & Ivan Tyrrell.

John holds numerous qualifications and has a vast amount of experience in training and coaching. He has worked as a teacher, Police trainer, primary care counselor, occupational stress consultant, executive coach and University Senior Lecturer. His qualifications range from his MSc in Health Psychology, NLP, Personal Construct Psychology and Human Givens Psychotherapy to name just a few.

When asking John what his favourite coaching question is, he pondered on this and concluded with a style of questioning rather than a specific question. “And what type of X is that X?” (eg. “And what type of success is that success”) & “And is there anything else about that X?” (eg. “And is there anything else about that success?”).

John commented that the question that often elicits a break through (aha) moment is: “And that’s X like what?” (This encourages the client to come up with a metaphor for whatever it is they’re exploring). Which are questions from David Grove’s ‘Clean Language’.

John found that as a speaker the most inspiring person that he has ever heard is Joe Griffin of the Human Givens College. Sounds like one not to be missed.

John continued to state that if he were alone on a desert island he would need to have with him: “My record collection, my books and a yacht with on-board sat nav for when I decided it was time to leave”!

His favourite place in the world is inside my head – the possibilities are endless…..

What a lovely way to end the interview.

2 Responses to "Trainer In The Spotlight – John Perry"

1 | Lisa Young

June 8th, 2011 at 11:18 am


Thank you for an interesting read. I learned so much from your ‘Stress Coaching’ day. I’m thinking the works of Joe Griffin may just be added to my reading queue! Best wishes, Lisa

2 | Denise Mulligan

June 9th, 2011 at 3:49 pm


It is good to read your ‘Spotlight’ feature, I too enjoyed your stress coaching CPD day.
It is interesting, even raising awareness of any awfulisation habits I have has helped me to focus beyond the current irritating experience and remain positive.
Thank you

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