Who we work with
Aware with Words works with leaders who want support to find their best selves so they can build organisations known for their trust, co-creating teams and innovation. We work with current leaders as well as those aspiring to be effective leaders. We also work with clients privately - outside the organisational context.
Clients come to us because they can't seem to get people to work together in an engaged, results focused way. They may be questioning their own communication effectiveness, be struggling with challenging feedback or they may have lost their own inspiration or sense of direction.
Leadership Coaching: Our clients typically develop a keen awareness about what really matters to them, what keeps them stuck and what needs to change for them to create the relationships, work environments or project outcomes they want. With this new awareness (and supported as needed) they make these changes happen, often in ways not imagined prior to coaching.
Communication training and mentoring: Where communication is the focus of our work, typically the "penny drops" for clients. They discover habits, assumptions and filters that have been holding them back in their communication. Informed by current findings in neuroscience, they learn how to design conversions that build trust and communicate in a way that is authentic, compassionate and focused on the results they want to see. It is a joy to see changes filter beyond work into families and communities.
How we work
We work in partnership with our clients. We believe you are the expert regarding your life and organisation. We partner you with our coaching and communications expertise.
Awareness is the pivot point of our work. We start where you are now, building your awareness of what you are doing successfully, enhancing that to achieve even greater success, and coaching you to move into new areas of competency and resilience. We believe that greater awareness leads to a wider range of choices choice and freedom to "fly".
Our communication work is informed by Judith Glaser's Conversational Intelligence (C-IQ), Marshall Rosenberg and CNVC's Nonviolent Communication, Sociolinguistics, User Experience design and more. Our leadership coaching is also informed by training in Transformational Coaching (with Leadership That Works, NY).
What matters to us
Anne is committed to contributing to a culture where people are fully heard, diversity is harnessed, and processes put in place that enable people to create together while retaining their own voice and authenticity. We respect the resourcefulness and wisdom of all. We like to support our clients to connect with their core life energy and purpose - in ways that include adventure and playfulness.
About Anne Deane
As a Speech Pathologist (my first career), I worked with adults who struggled with the after effects of acquired brain injury. My desire was to use my understanding of language and brain function to support my clients to be their best authentic selves in their unique environment. I did this by raising their awareness of their current communication successes and challenges, and providing new knowledge, skills and practice as needed. My aim was always to do myself out of a job with them as they regained their independence.
Organisational Communication was my next career move. It was a natural path to take with me the communication and coaching principles that I'd used in Speech Pathology (including the neuroscience base). Much of my work has been working with leaders and their teams, supporting them to hear the diverse voices and knowledge, and then learning how to harness that so that people become motivated to work together creatively. This work has been grounded in projects such as communication process design and evaluation, group writing projects, planning, facilitation training and facilitating difficult conversations.
My personal path: My personal life path has run in parallel to my work. I come to my current coaching and training work having found my own authentic presence - not only in how I think but in connecting to what really "sings' for me. This has been a rich and crazy path that I could never have designed myself. It has seen me connect more fully with my heart, intuition and physical presence as well as with this amazing natural environment in which we live.
I bring to my work with leaders, insights from my own struggles with belief systems, organisations and subcultures where power is not always effectively shared in ways that bring out the best in others. While my path has seen me cease to run to the beat of others' drums, it has also opened doors to create richly with others.
It is a joy to bring to my clients a space where they can safely and richly explore all of who they are. I know the precious gift of having others hold a safe space with me; a space of respect and acceptance, that replaces judgement with curiosity, that trusts my resourcefulness and wisdom, and that holds open the door to possibilities that none of us could imagine. I offer this to my own clients along with communication and coaching expertise based in what we know about the brain.
- Undergraduate - Life - ongoing!
- B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology)
- B.A. (Hons)
- M.A. (Comms Mgt)
- Certificate IV Assessment and Workplace Training
- Certified Professional Coach
(Leadership That Works, NY)
- Embodying NVC Program
- CNVC Certification Candidate
- C-IQ Enhanced Skills Practitioner
- Member, IABC
- Member, ICF