Testimonials from coaches who have done the Firework course
"The Firework materials have provided me with such a range of powerful exercises and interventions; they are invaluable additions to my kit bag. I have been using the materials since 2006 and whilst initially I focused on using them with clients who had come to me for career coaching, as I became more familiar with their use and outcomes, I also found them to be useful when working with clients on business and personal topics, one such example that comes to mind is using “The World is my Oyster” exercise to help a client scope out a new business venture. I can’t speak highly enough about the materials and now find myself recommending them to fellow coaches."
Ros Starkey, Business, Career and Personal Coach
"I undertook the Fireworks Coaches Programme about four years ago in Brighton and am delighted with the opportunities it has opened up for my career coaching business. At the time I was looking for a comprehensive and tried and tested programme around career change which I could offer to clients, and it has become the foundation of my practice making up about 40% of my business. My clients are also highly satisfied with the clear outcomes it gives them and they appreciate the structured thinking this programme provides. I would recommend Marianne's Firework programme to any coach who would like to add career change to their offering."
Ros Toynbee, Director, The Career Coach, UK
"Firework gives a really solid and deep framework and is trained in a professional, high energy way."
Vicky Millar, Personal and Professional Coach
"Great materials - all well thought through and ready to go. Generous creators and warm friendly trainers."
"Great experience with clear and structured process to add to your toolkit."
"A thoroughly enjoyable day - much clarity, insight and learning achieved. Plus it was fun and relaxed even though it was intense. As a coach it is an extra very valuable tool in you tool box."
Jenny Webb, Personal Coach
"Excellent development day - providing a structured programme to offer clients."
Caroline Eveleigh, Solutions Coaching Corporation
"It's a great way to confidently go out and work with people who are stuck in a career rut."
Fiona Biggins, Career and Youth Coach
"The Firework Career Coach Programme training day is well worth attending. Excellent materials and training."
Christine Western, Professional Coach
"The programme has far more content than I excepted. My clients are gong to hugely benefit from the value of my new tools."
Donovan Grant, Young People's Coach
"I recommend the Firework framework for effective career coaching."
Marian Costello, Professional Coach, MCA Consultants
"It's truly inspiring. I have learnt new techniques to become creative, inspiring and confident as an individual but also as a coach. The high spot of the training day was being re-ignited with my coaching skills and passion to become a great career coach. I can't wait to pass this on to my clients, and unleash the fire within!"
Imani Douglas-Walker, Career Coach, A Tailor Made Life
"The day was very worthwhile with plenty of tools and methods to facilitate deep and structured thinking."
Ruth Van Cranenburgh, Career Coach
"I have discovered the most amazing resource, found within the Firework Career Coaching toolset....What I found unique about this toolset is its flexibility. It allows you to build on your original coaching skills and brings to you an impactful array of strategies which you can use with your clients, helping them find meaningful careers. I found this course to be great value for money, considering the wealth of resources you get to take away. The location of the course was fantastic, and the resourceful and knowledgeable course presenters make the course engaging and an excellent investment. It was definitely time well spent. I would strongly recommend this course to any coach hoping to add to their portfolio."
Christine Alexander Smith, The Diversity Coaching Initiative
"I have found the Firework programme very useful with my Career coaching clients. But in addition, the whole package of material is a really useful resource for all of my coaching, particularly the early exploratory exercises, and I've used them in Leadership coaching and Life coaching also. They are a solid foundation for even my shortest coaching engagements. I wholeheartedly recommend the Firework course to anyone who coaches, even if 'Career coach' is not a tag you use."
Christine Rigden, Insights Consulting, UK
"The Firework training day gave me a good set of tools to use in career coaching. I’ve found that Firework approach applies flexibly to different situations with companies and individuals. The power of the Firework model is its structured approach and powerful exercises that enable coachees to understand themselves in many ways and really find their motivation within. This course also inspired me to start teaching it to my Finnish colleagues."
Kati Jarvinen, Intercultural Career and Leadership Coach, Director Mindwind Ltd.,Finland
"Kati’s training was inspiring experience, it truly exceeded my expectations. My aspiration was to get good set of tools, but I achieved much more: great network of career coaches and verification, that I’m on a right career as a coach. Thank you Kati!"
Maarit Tiilila, Career Coach, Finland
"Thank you, Kati, for your enjoyable and fruitful training! With your pleasant way of conducting you led us through the Firework programme, giving us a good overview of and confidence to start using these magnificent tools! You created a comfortable and trusting atmosphere where it was both fun and easy to learn and work together as a group."
Johanna Koskimies, Certified Business Coach, Finland
"This training is excellent opportunity to improve trainee’s profile as career coach and personally gave me an opportunity to join a network of qualified professionals in my country for continuous learning and professional improvement."
Markku Siltanen, Career Coach, Finland
"I have found the Firework Programme to be a really useful resource in the course of not just my career coaching but also general personal development and executive coaching.As a coach I find the structure of the programme really well thought out and logical and the Stars and Ideas Bank are fantastic tools. In general my clients have found the combination of exercises highly stimulating and thought provoking, and it really encourages them to think ‘outside the box’. I can also see them increase in confidence and enthusiasm as they work through the programme. Another great appeal to me about the programme is that the exercises and tools can be used as part of the structured programme or on their own as appropriate in the course of my outplacement/career transition work or general coaching."
Cathryn Brady, Outcome Coaching, Ireland
"The Firework materials are designed to provide flexibility within a framework. Clients find the structured process reassuring. The prepared assginments reduce administration and allow the coach to focus on coaching client issues."
Sally Ann Jones, Executive Coach, Ithica Coaching Company, Italy and UK
"I am so glad I invested in Firework! Even though I am an experienced coach, with a background in HR, I used to struggle coaching clients who wanted to change career but didn’t know what they wanted to do. It sometimes felt like we were going round in circles! Firework Career Coaching is an amazing tool for coaches and clients. So much more flexible than outplacement/career counselling. The Firework Career Coaching package has given me much needed process and structure, leaving me to do what I do best, coach. Clients rapidly gain a sense of progress and confidence. Depending on my client’s needs, I am using the whole process, an abbreviated version or just dip into it as a resource bank of exercises.
The one day Firework training with two experienced Firework coaches, together with the follow-up conference call, were invaluable in building my confidence in using the material. The training was a pleasure."
Sarah Kirkpatrick, Executive Coach, UK
"The program is a fabulous resource for coaches. Previously with clients ‘stuck’ around their career I would use a mix of tools from my past training and experience. The program has provided me with a proven process and tools which is so valuable. It’s also versatile in that each coach’s personal style fits with it - wonderful. Well done!"
Claire Palmer, Leadership Coach
"I very much enjoyed the Firework training day for career coaches. The training was both practical and responsive to participants' needs and I especially liked the experiential learning, which helped me to understand in depth both the individual exercises and the flow of the exercises through the programme.
The Firework model has become an intrinsic part of my career coaching. While mapping a clear process through a career coaching programme, it combines practical and rational tools (such as the skills questionnaire and the Spectrum of Possibilities, which clients gain a lot from) with more intuitive approaches such as the guided meditation (some clients comment that that alone has made the key difference for them). For this reason is powerful and very usable. At the same time as enabling the delivery of both specific insights and the gradual consolidation of learning, it is flexible and versatile as a programme. I have expanded it by combining it with additional tools, and I have also dipped in and out of it, both to useful effect. The Stars enable coaching clients to draw up a clear template for themselves which I know has guided many of them beyond the end of their coaching programme. It is the immediate impact and the sustainability of the results which makes it very attractive and I would recommend it wholeheartedly."
Lindsay Wittenberg, Career Coach
"Just thought I would give you an update on the ongoing benefits I have found from the Firework Coaching Programme. I have previously mentioned the value of the programme in its entirety but recently many of the exercises have been extremely useful in a developing a series of redundancy programmes both for workshops and sessions with individuals. I would recommend this programme to any coach not only for specific career coaching but as a way to help clients explore 'their purpose’."
Anne Pink, Executive Coach
"I’ve printed out all the resources and am pleased with them- some are similar to those I am using, which is good as the whole package fitsin very nicely with my existing approach. I like the design of the manual folder with the strung beads – it’s a really neat idea to add something tactile."
Dorothy Moir Life Coach
"My experience of using ‘Firework’ is that it offers exactly what it sets out in the Introduction. I find this very reassuring as much of the material feels familiar and yet the skill is in the way it’s been developed and assembled. In using the programme, I feel gently guided along the linear route which ensures I pay attention to all aspects that may support my client on their particular journey. Equally, I know I can make the decision to skip sections and consider what will be most appropriate at any particular time in my client relationship. The exercises are clear, easy to follow and thorough – this is no ‘quick fix’. The programme provides the opportunity to consider issues from different perspectives and to focus the attention where needed.
I’m a fan and happy to recommend the programme to others as a serious piece of kit."
Fay Young, Personal and Professional Coach
"The Firework course provides its delegates with a very strong and adaptable set of tools together with the experience and confidence to use them. The course itself is full of support, fun and energy. A very valuable and enjoyable day."
Claire Garrett, Career Counsellor and Coach
"I love all the exercises, and think they work very well as stand-alone exercises as well as part of the whole.
It is extremely useful to have specific career-orientated exercises to use with people, rather than relying purely on them bringing their own agenda to the sessions. I've found that people often need stimuli in order to explore what they want, so the Firework exercises are excellent at providing focus.
"I have found the Firework coaching course and training really helpful on two levels. Having worked in recruitment for many years, it was very clear to me that many people move from one similar job to another without taking any time to really get to know themselves. The emphasis of the Firework programme is on self-discovery, and just opening this door can have great impact on how people look at their careers. Secondly, the course provides a solid structure for those who want to follow it from A to B, and many useful exercises and tools to use along the way. Also, although it is designed to help people who have little idea of what they want their new career to be, I have found it very helpful to dip in and out of and use with people who want more clarity about where they are, or a skills audit to make sure they are on track. It is very flexible and extremely useful. I also had a lot of fun on the course, so it was a very good investment."
Sue Buckle, Professional Coach and Career Consultant
"I was delighted with the quality and diversity of the exercises, the level of thought which has gone into the design of the programme and the flexibility it provides me as a Career coach. One of my clients said it feels quite 'self indulgent' in a good way as it is really helping her to clarify what would be the ideal career for her".
Margaret Middlemiss Career Coach
"This is just to thank you for such an interesting and beautifully planned day.
I spent some time yesterday clicking through the info on the CD and am just writing to thank you for your generosity. What a huge amount of 'added value'. You have both put the most incredible amount of work into the programme and its depth and thoroughness is a wonder to behold!! Thanks too for the extra coaching tools. They are the sort of things that I have wanted to sit down and create but have not quite made it in some of the areas - you have.
I am really looking forward to working the programme and to familiarising myself with it.
Many thanks to you both for a fantastic piece of work."
Annie Singleton, Life Coach
"Just wanted to say it was really nice to meet you on the training day, and that the Firework programme is great - so far, I have two new clients working on it, one who I've just put the phone down after confirming we'll be starting work together. It's great to have a structure to sell, and also the exercises ready to send off."
Holly Crane, Life Coach
"The Firework Career Coaching materialshave beena fantastic addition to mycoaching toolkit.The materialshave been carefully researched, and combinesome familiar exercises with great new ideas and approaches. I pick and mix my way through the programme depending on my clients needs andthe CD rom makes it easy to tailora package of resources -from identifying values, financial spread sheets togathering an ideas bank and much more. I highly recommend this as a career coaching resource that will add value and credibility to your coaching."
Janie Wilson, Passport Coaching and Consultancy.
"This programme is extremely good value. Since my training last year I've used it with31 clients, which means I've earned back the initial cost 75 times over. Fireworkhas been key to me establishing a thriving coaching practice. It moves both the quality of your offer to your clients and the success of your practice onto a different plain."
Jon Mitchell, Career Change Coach
"The Firework Coaching course was excellent - enjoyable, interesting and practical, with ample opportunity to practise the new techniques we were learning and to benefit from Marianne Craig's extensive experience in this field. The career coaching programme itself is very well structured, with a wide range of thought provoking exercises for the client and a great variety of materials and resources for the coach. I am delighted to be addingthis programme to the services I offer.
I am enjoying using this programme - and so are my clients! I have several clients currently going through it, and have had some great results with those who have completed it."
Jackie Fletcher, Life Satisfaction, Career and Mentor Coach
I am finding the Firework material most excellent!"
Jules Howard-Wright, Lifewright Coaching and Consulting
"TheFirework programme offers a structured and tangible framework that is easy to market to potential clients yet withlots of scope forcreativity and flexibility for coaches and clients alike.I am enjoying working with the brilliant Firework materials and so are my clients. Within a month of the course I had taken on my first 'Firework' client and, even offering the coaching at rock-bottom prices to start with, Iimmediately recouped 80% of the fee. Three months on I now feel confident enough to start charging realistic feesand am starting to reapreal benefits from my investment in the programme.
I think the Firework resources are great and the mix of analytical and creative approaches appeals to all types of client and encourages them to move outside their comfort zones."
Hilary Danelian, Career, Executive and Personal Coach, Pathway Coaching
"I've really been enjoying using the materials, and my clients seem to be also. I haven't got all the way through with anyone, yet. The visualisation worked well with the first client, and I will be trying it with a couple others who are not specifically doing the career coaching.
Thanks again for a wonderful toolset!"
Chris Rigden, BT Leadership Coach
"I have justcoached my first Firework client through the complete programme and I'm delighted to report that it proved a valuable experience for us both. The general process of career coaching was familiar to me but the systematic and well articulated structure of the Firework programmesupported me to coach more powerfully. The materials wereeasy toaccess and useful, not only for the full programme but as a resource for other clients.
My client commented that the programme'taught meto value the skills I have and to realise their importance in my life and the workplace. I'm looking forward to a new careerwith confidence.’
Thanks for the opportunity!"
Alison Clark, Words in Action
"The Firework’s career coaching programme has proved invaluable as both a coaching tool and framework to support my clients. It is particularly useful for people who are at a complete cross road with their career, not knowing what direction to take and who may feel overwhelmed on how to start to change direction. The structure of Firework’s programme is logical, easy to use and adaptable if needed. It gives my clients clarity on what motivates them, what they’re passionate about and ultimately gives them the direction they’ve been seeking. The best testimonial I can give for the Firework’s career coaching programme is a testimonial I have received from one of my clients, which is directly linked to each stage of the programme."
Jennifer Baker, Business, Career and Personal Coach
"I trained with Firework earlier this year, in order to broaden my repertoire of career coaching tools. The training day was so inspiring; a perfect balance of theory and practical, tangible experience of the exercises. The programme itself is packed with tried and tested tools and is flexible enough to cater to a variety of client’s needs. I have found it to be easy to talk about as a perfect introduction to coaching; my clients have enjoyed and benefited immensely from the creative exercises and I myself have felt the programme to be like a reliable and comfortable friend! I would strongly recommend Firework to any coach looking to broaden their expertise in the growing field of career development and transition."
Alice Whitney, Positive Touch
"Firework careercoaching programme is not just another course. It is unique and the first of its kind. The learning was captivating and inspiring and fun.The programme exceeded my expectations. The team were positive and friendly and extremely supportive.The Firework programme is definitely an asset to a Life Coach and will be a positive experience for clients
As a Licensed Firework coach I look forward to coaching clients in this profitable, rewarding niche."
Betty Wilson, Certified Life and Career Coach and Personal Development Consultant
"It's wonderful to be able to offer clients a process which I know works and leaves them feeling inspired and confident to face a new future that has them more in control and at choice than ever before. Kate and Marianne have created something very special and, to my mind, have left no stone unturned.I love the programme's flexibility which allows me either to run itas a 12 week programmeor to weave it into my coaching in a less structured way.I only wish I had had access to it sooner."
Ariana Gee, Relationship and Career Coach
"I have found the Firework programme a significant addition to my coaching armoury. Kate and Marianne have brought their considerable coaching experience to bear and have really researched the area to find great tools and resources to move clients forward and to access their best selves. The programme is clearly laid out and provides a logical and saleable focus for clients to work with and for coaches to develop their confidence. I started developing my own career coaching resources and realised that simply reading the books would take me all year. So the Firework programme provides a valuable and enjoyable short cut from all that reading. Why re-invent the wheel?"
Trevor Cousins, Life and Career Coach
"Loved the course! Congratulations, you have developed a fantastic leading edge programme that cleverly introduces fun, creativity and power to career coaching. I learned far more than I expected. Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful ideas with us."
Rose de Vere Hunt, Career Coach
"The Firework programme is great. It really gives me confidence in a more tangible outcome which is not always the case with coaching and is particularly desirable in career coaching."
Jackie T, Corporate Coach
"The programme is an amazing way to enable people to connect with their true or higher self so that they know, without hesitation, what to do next. It is very playful, and I have experience of it liberating a client from all sorts of conformism, self-judgement, and external judgements. During the initial "Explore" part of the programme I literally saw my client growing. And as the programme progresses, passion is awakened and the client discovers their true career. I also love the fact that all of the exercises and notes to clients, written by Kate and Marianne, are ready to be used freely. The CD and book have been prepared with the utmost care and thus are extremely helpful guides for the coach."
Dr Eva Szita-Morris, Turning Point, Personal and Executive Coaching
"Within 3 months of doing the Firework programme, I have seen a 500% return on the cost of the course."
Bill Morrow, Executive Coach
"I love using the Firework programme because it combines all the best elements of life coaching with a practical format that is easy to use and understand for both client and coach. From a client’s point of view, it provides a process and an end point to work towards which makes it very tangible and focused. And, there is nothing more fantastic than seeing a client get the realisation that it is possible to combine their passions with their work."
Lisa Mitchell, Certified Professional Co-active Coach, Director of Sparklezone
"Thank you again for a brilliant course. A great deal was packed in and yet it felt very comfortable and productive. I felt you both facilitated with great skill and mutual empathy – it was seamless and very well matched to what we needed at each stage.
I seem to be ever busier and many clients want some aspect of career development. I make good and flexible use of the Firework material and I often think back to the training day to help me make the best use of it. A great investment."
Nigel Milway, Business Mentor and Coach
"My experiences of the Firework Coaching programme have been extremely positive at every stage – from the initial telecall before the actual programme to the very useful and informative follow-up session afterwards. I was impressed with the quality of the resource material that we received before and during the training day itself. I fell in love with the A5 size folder which is so compact and portable and the adorable personalised page divider in the form of beads! The CD has become a trusted tool kit, a huge resource to dip in and out of in the knowledge that all of the exercises have been tried and tested. I find this programme to be professional, robust and versatile and most of all I value the sense of generosity and sharing that it engenders."
Monica Ross, Executive and Personal Coach
"I've made a such a returnon my original investment in attendingthe Firework one-day training programme a year ago; I have also agreed a contract worth £7,000 to deliver career coachingthrough a local enterprise agency.
Since attending the one-day intensive training, apart from my other coaching services, I’ve worked with 21 individual career coaching clients and four career coaching groups within a year. I have made a return of more than 2,300% on my original investment, including travel costs to Brighton. All of my clients have reported significant positive impact, and have gone on to create different lives for themselves, personally and professionally. This programme acts as a powerful referral tool – most of my clients have come through that route. What’s the thing most people talk about at the end of the week? Yep – their ‘lousy’ job. You can help change that.
Bottom line? This programme works. Clients respond well.The model brings in the heart and spirit, as well as the rational, which ensures sounder decision-making, based as it is on deeper awareness. It’s made a huge difference to my coaching tool-box and to my bottom line.
You’ll get terrific satisfaction from working with material that draws out the best in your client and yourself. Your general confidence levels will soar. And your business will grow substantially."
Trudy Arthurs, Dancing Leopards Coaching and Training Associates
"The Firework Coaching Programme offers clients a thorough and structured approach to career transition. The early emphasis on getting to know yourself well – your values, strengths and skills – really helps clients to be clear about what matters to them in a very profound way. It’s a very motivating process and particularly effective when clients feel stuck or trapped in their current situation".
Trudy Delamare, TD Coaching
Testimonials from coaches who have done the Firework course