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Landscaping Your Life is a process that Alison Smith developed in 2000, and uses nature as a metaphor for life. Alison uses this unconventional tool in the work she does to help others to unlock their potential .

Alison's history
After leaving university Alison became a buyer, and in the 30 years since she has worked in procurement and purchasing environments - more latterly as consultant, facilitator and trainer for a number of procurement and business consultancies working for a number of large PLCs. 

17 years ago she became a professional coach and trainer, and since then has applied these skills to procurement and business settings. Her area of interest and expertise is self awareness, emotional intelligence, communication, influencing and stakeholder engagement. If you doubt the efficacy of these soft skills in business then you may want to read her Procurement Coach posts on the case for soft skills and her response to "I don't do soft skills".

Landscaping your life
Landscaping Your Life (LYL) is just one of many tools that Alison uses in her work, and uses nature as a metaphor for our lives.

Metaphors are great tools for getting past inbuilt resistance to change. More on why metaphors are so useful can be found here.

The benefit of using nature as a metaphor for finding solutions to challenges in our lives is we already know so much about nature, and it's so rich in insight. After all indigenous cultures have used nature to teach for 1000s of years. 

Social media has certainly enabled Alison to more easily share snippets of  LYL insight with you. You can therefore find more about the LYL process here and on Alison's YouTube Landscaping Your Life playlistFacebook page and on Pinterest.

The posts in this blog provide more detail about the different LYL tools and techniques Alison uses to help clients get back on track, and see the wood for the trees. For example posts share insight from use of the process at business strategy days, executive coaching sessions and in one to one coaching sessions. You'll find an index of the blogs here.

Alison also uses LYL in purchasing training sessions with those new to supplier relationship management by using gardening as a metaphor for procurement. You can find more about her work as the Purchasing coach here.

The easiest way to get a sense of what the Landscaping Your Life process is all about, and to find out how it can help you let go of what's holding you back is to call Alison on +44 (0)7770 538159 or email her on She won't bite, and you never know where the conversation may take you, and what outcome you may achieve.

Alison Smith
Landscaping Your Life

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