Coaching in 2018

With instant and global connectivity there's really no limitation on coaching sessions - to celebrate the launch of my first book I'm therefore allocating more time in my diary to providing coaching sessions.

Contact me now if you'd be interested in finding out more about what's involved - whether for a one-off kick up the ... session, a retreat like weekend, or a more gentle programme of coaching sessions.

Or first read about the myths and benefits of coaching over on my Purchasing Coach blog.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Weird or insightful?

"Alison you're introducing us to a way of thinking we've not considered before" said one interviewer.

For over 20 years I've used nature as our coach and, since nature has no words, I've used her landscapes as metaphors for our lives. I called the process Landscaping Your Life.

This blog is awash with examples of how I've used the process myself, with coaching clients, and even with leadership teams. So too my YouTube channel and more recently Instagram.

Clients that know me expect the unexpected and unconventional - they also trust that I only introduce these tools because they're effective. Whether that's to solve problems, develop a vision, or simply obtain a different perspective to a situation.

As with any process people haven't used before, it can feel weird.

Recent interviews about my book Can't see the wood for the trees have led me to discuss the book with people who have never met me, never used the process and it's opened my eyes to a how insightful and different a process it is.

I've brought the very practical, logical and analysis skills that are me at my core. I've added the behavioural and language skills that I developed a little later in life to this, and then the final ingredient is the magic of metaphor and nature. That special ingredient indigenous cultures have known for millennia.

I'm so very excited that tomorrow, those in the UK, join those in America and Australia in being able to buy the book. I hope that the logic, language and magic contained within it helps you to achieve what you want in life.



Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Fife book launch event - 29th Sept


If you’re stuck and not sure what to do next and resonate with any of the sayings mentioned below you might want to pop along and join Alison Smith whose new book, Can’t see the wood for the trees, written in, and featuring much of the fife coast, uses nature as our coach. Which means, if you can’t see the wood for the trees, are stuck in a rut or are up the creek without a paddle, the trees, rut and creek may have the answer.

To launch her book Alison is revisiting many of the locations she wrote the book from and will share hints and tips on how to get out of your current predicament. 

Join her in person or via Facebook and YouTube at all four locations, at a place and time that’s convenient for you on the day, or what about joining her for the session tackling the saying that resonates most with you at this time.

0930 Dalgety Bay 

Meet at the recently revamped New Heritage Viewpoint –  access from Lumsdaine Drive to Fife coastal path opposite the Wee Glasshouse.
  • Making mountains out of molehills
  • Stuck in a rut
  • Can’t see the wood for the trees


1130 Aberdour Silver Sands

Meet at the Ha lighthouse. 
  • Up a creek without a paddle
  • Like a fish out of water


1330 Burntisland Beach *

Meet at the swimming pool car park - along side the beach.
  • Head in the sand
  • In at the deep end
* If you're going to the Big Community Get Together at Burntisland primary school 1300-1500 and can't join me at one of the other locations, and want to know more let me know and I'll arrange an alternate date to meet at the beach. Or I'm the one that can often be found in the sea at high tide when the sun's shining ;-)


1530 Kirkcaldy

Meet at Seafield Car park (behind Morrisons) Weather permitting and after talking to those who join her there Alison will be vlogging while swimming!
  • Treading water or going round in circles
  • Missed the tide
  • Going with the flow

EventBrite invitation to follow.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Interviews with Alison Smith

The one lovely and unexpected outcome of publishing a book has been having the opportunity to share more about my new book Can't see the wood for the trees with lovely people such as

Peter Roth on Energy Stew Radio
Here's a link to the interview with him.

Sister Jenna on the America Meditating radio show