Matt Somers

Matt Somers is a coaching practitioner of many years’ experience. In 1999 he founded Matt Somers – Coaching Skills Training and has since worked with a host of clients in North East England – where the firm is based – and throughout the UK and Europe.

Matt understands that people are working with their true potential locked away. He shows that coaching provides a simple yet elegant key to this lock and that releasing potential in this way transforms the performance of all organisations. Matt is a regular conference speaker and the author of four books and many articles on coaching. He holds an MSc in Human Resource Development and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

Q&A

Q: What do you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
A: To specialise rather than generalise and I think this applies whether you're employed or self-employed. It's easier to build a reputation by becoming expert at one thing and with the world changing as fast as it is, it's hard to keep pace with change if we spread ourselves too thin

Q: What is the most underrated skill in business?
A: Easy – coaching!! I believe that every manager of people is a coach whether they like it or not. An ability to motivate people and achieve results through others is the most amazing thing anyone could bring to a business

Q: What is your top tip for success?
A: To actually define what success means for yourself, otherwise you could be successful and not realise it and that's tragic

Books by Matt Somers in this series

Successful Coaching in a Week: Teach Yourself