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About Us

Who we are and what we are about

Meet the team

Professional coaches and mentors, researchers, and believers in the value of conversations.

Conversations, our belief in their power, and our approach to them is what unites this team. We're small enough that you will always matter to us and big enough to deliver no matter the scale of the challenge we face with you individually or organizationally, always leaving a legacy that lasts.

Dr Rachel Robins The Conversation Company
Director

Dr Rachel Robins

I am fascinated by conversations and have been as far back as I can remember.

I think it began by listening to my father talking as I grew up. He wasn’t well educated in the academic sense of the word but knew so much about so many things, and I learnt by listening to him. 

He was a fantastic storyteller, and with each tale, you felt like you were there in the conversation he was repeating. We used to listen to other people’s conversations as we were out in the town and talk to one another about what the rest of the story may be. I used to think I was nosey, but now I have reframed that and realise I am professionally curious.

Over a period of time, I have studied the impacts of different conversations and how they can take us to a different place. Knowing the value of conversations led me to coaching and mentoring as an intervention to enable people to move forward with their lives in a more informed and positive way.

For me, a structured conversation is so much more than just a chat over coffee, but to the outside world, that is all it may seem. To the people in the conversation, it shows insights, emotions, feelings, mindsets, barriers – a world that sits behind the spoken word. 

My journey moves forward again as we move into The Conversation Company – delivering all things conversational.

Why not connect on LinkedIn, download my conversation starter or schedule a 30-minute chat now?

Christine McDonald The Conversation Company
Director

Christine McDonald

Conversations changed the way I see the world – I am so excited to share this magic with others.

Two years ago, I had a great career in adult social care, during which I had spent a decade developing my report writing penmanship and refining my budget-balancing skills. But I was unfulfilled without knowing why. Then, during a short personal development course, I had the opportunity to investigate my values, which changed the way I see the world.

One of my key values that leapt out of the page was for me to make a difference. Not a “know that you are a small cog in a big machine” difference, but “right in front of you, watching the penny drop” difference. And my love of change-making conversations was born.

Since then, so many things have fallen into place, and I now use a range of ideas from understanding psychological safety to the value of compassionate communication skills. They all help me and those I work with understand what is important in life.

Now, a qualified coach and having conversations with people where they discover their motivation or their next steps will always be a privilege for me, especially when they didn’t think it would happen. This all makes The Conversation Company the perfect home for me. And I can still write a pretty good report.

Why not connect on LinkedIn, download my conversation starter or schedule a 30-minute chat now?

Associate Team Members:

Professor Tony Wall The Conversation Company

Professor Tony Wall

Associate

Founder and Head of the International Centre for Thriving at the University of Chester.
Institutional lead for the Inter-University Research Programme for Sustainable Development & The European School of Sustainability Science and Research.

The Conversation Company Rachel Fryer
Associate

Rachel Fryer

Conversations are at the heart of my working and family life - often they are more about listening than speaking.

Working for over 20 years in the health and wellness field, I have a passion for empowering people to develop and fulfil goals that are important to them. My coaching approach runs through everything I do, underpinned by my values. I believe that treating people with respect and allowing everyone space to think is vital in the world of work. Allowing the space gives reflection time, not always welcomed but is essential for growth and moving forward as we figure things out. Conversations and honesty allow us to rebalance and attain a better work-life balance fundamental to personal development.

Some of my most personally developmental experiences include participation in national organisational company change projects in a large scale company reorganisation; coaching support to employees moving through change, at risk of redundancy; coaching for performance improvement and career coaching.

I love working with people. The energy people create together when talking, thinking and discussing is such a bucket filler for me. I love supporting people to reach their potential and what’s important to them.

Why not connect on LinkedIn?

The power of conversations

Even a single interesting, impactful or inspiring conversation can have the power to create so many many more… We help you to harness this power in your life, team or organisation. The example below is from a Transformational Storytelling Workshop delivered in association with Professor Tony Wall.

Our conversations first, changed the way I organised public health, moving from a silo into being embedded across distributed but deeply interconnected services areas, and working in new partnerships across services.

Then, they changed the profile of my own leadership team to build stronger resilience and agility, future-proofing the public health service capability to work in a more interconnected way.

Ansaf AzharCorporate Director of Public Health, Oxfordshire County Council

Our clients

As well as individual clients we are lucky enough to have business clients in Public, Private and Voluntary Sectors, Business, Higher Education, Police, Health and International markets. Our conversations take us to all sorts of places, where we make an impact.

Clients include:TCC WordCloud Clients scaled e1609606627625 The Conversation Company - Rachel Robins & Christine McDonald