PODCAST

The Coach's Backpack

David Lowe

The Coach’s Backpack podcast asks a variety of coaches (from sports to comedy) what they consider to be the most important tools of their trade, physically and/or mentally. They are only allowed to take limited items on a hypothetical new engagement: one book, one tool/technique/approach/framework, one other item of their choice … and a person to accompany them.

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Introducing The Coach's Backpack
25-02-2021
Introducing The Coach's Backpack
Welcome to The Coach's Backpack. What would you put in your backpack if you had a new coaching engagement, but could only take a limited number of items? Each week, The Coach’s Backpack looks at the multi-faceted world of coaching and asks a new guest to tell us what they would take with them and why. Join us to take a peek inside the coach’s backpack and learn more about the many different types of coaching: business, sports, life, music, dance, wine, parenting, book, health, nutrition, humour, podcasting, running, cycling, rowing, singing, cookery, career, writing, marketing, investment, leadership, relationship, behaviour ... you get the idea. (Sign up to our mailing list) to receive extra goodies, such as free tools, offers, further info about our guests and maybe even the odd peak inside their actual backpack.
Emma Barnett (dog coach)
08-02-2022
Emma Barnett (dog coach)
During January's episode where David and Amelia quizzed Emma, they interspersed questions. Here are two questions that we had to edit out for timing reasons.
Sarah Woodward (divorce coach)
08-02-2022
Sarah Woodward (divorce coach)
This week, Sarah Woodward, a divorce coach, tells us: The way that most people try to deal with divorce What the love language is How to find an ideal partner Why people on "Married at First Sight" get it all wrong What a mood hoover is and why you should avoid them Why you should regularly drop a G bomb ... and much more. Find out more about Sarah at (sarah-woodward.com), (Instagram) and (Facebook). Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about Sarah WoodwardSarah Woodward is an award-winning divorce coach for women, helping them to get unstuck, let go of destructive thoughts and to rediscover who they are so that they can feel happier and stronger than ever before. It is her mission to empower women to believe that even though their future may be different, it can still be amazing. She helps her clients move on with their lives, let go of the past, and find the happiness again that they deserve, because she was that person broken by divorce, wasting years devastated, in therapy, with chronic depression, grieving and truly lost. Having found a passion that really helped her find herself again she beat chronic depression and fell in love with life again and using her corporate skills from senior roles in global brands such as Sony, she tapped into her change management and relationship management skills, to help her learn to embrace the change in her life, and to start to build new relationships. When a friend divorced several years ago, Sarah realised that there was still very little support for women going through this traumatic life changing event, and that she could use her training and experience to help them move on with their lives and leave behind the heartbreak to find happiness again. One of the first Accredited Breakup and Divorce Coach Practitioners in the UK and having been awarded the Most Influential Woman in divorce coaching by the Influential Businesswomen Awards in 2020, Sarah is a well-respected expert in her industry. Sarah's website: (sarah-woodward.com) Sarah on Instagram: (instagram.com/sarahwoodward_divorcecoach) Sarah on Facebook: (facebook.com/sarahwoodwarddivorcecoach)
Sue Haswell (laughter yoga coach)
01-02-2022
Sue Haswell (laughter yoga coach)
This week, Sue Haswell, a laughter yoga coach, tells us: How to give yourself an internal massage What laughter yoga is (including a demo) How making laughter a default reaction helped Sue in a car crash Why she hates bright flowers ... and much more. Find out more about Sue at (suehaswell.co.uk) and at (creativelaughter.co.uk) Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about SueAlthough now a coach, trainer and therapist, Sue's main work used to be in the serious-sounding field of “corporate communications” and she's been using NLP to support communication and behaviour change since 1997. In 2011 Sue became a Laughter Yoga Leader, then a Laughter Facilitator, and finally a Laughter Yoga teacher – which means she teaches others to be Laughter Yoga Leaders. Now she aim's to inject a few Laughter Yoga principles into all her work – because the health benefits are incredible and the perspective change that laughter gives can be deeply transformative. Sue likes to stress that Laughter Yoga isn’t about humour, "it’s just laughter because it’s very good for us", she explains. Last week someone asked Sue, “Can you teach me Laughter Yoga if I’m not very flexible?”. “Yes," Sue replied, "Laughter Yoga doesn’t need flexibility”. "Oh good," they said, "I can’t make Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays". You can find Sue's website at (suehaswell.co.uk) and at (creativelaughter.co.uk) (which she set up back in 2012 to offer group coaching and training, and one-to-one work). Sue works in public and private sector organisations, training in coaching, mindfulness, NLP and Laughter Yoga to support stress management and creativity. Throughout Covid she's been working online with a number of blue-light organisations, including the police and NHS to support stress management and team building through laughter and mindfulness.
Sorrel Roberts (breathing)
25-01-2022
Sorrel Roberts (breathing)
This week, Sorrel Roberts, a personal and professional development coach, tells us: How breathing is a unifying factor of religions How to turn off your inner chat Why your experiences are based on predictions How some people slow down time to predict the future Why Sorrel gets cross about the idea of the lizard-chimp-human brain ... and much more. Find out more about Sorrel at (sorrelroberts.com) and (book a place on her upcoming 'Breath for coaches' workshop). Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about SorrelA professionally and academically accredited coach, passionate about harnessing the benefits of coaching to assist organisations and individuals in realising their potential. Sorrel brings to her work: experience within national and international organisations and extended experience of coaching and personal development. When she isn’t coaching Sorrel can be found learning new life lessons from her daughters.
Emma Barnett (dog behavioural coach)
18-01-2022
Emma Barnett (dog behavioural coach)
This week, Emma Barnett, a dog behavioural coach from So Help Me Dog, tells us: The best approach to train a dog Emma's favourite treat is … and whether she would eat it herself Why she would take a human to accompany her rather than a dog A remarkable fact about dog litters coming from multiple fathers! How best to get something out of a dog’s mouth  Whether a dog would actually rip a squirrel apart if it caught it ... and much more. Find out more about Emma at (sohelpmedog.co.uk). Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about EmmaEmma had a secret yearning to work with dogs for many years and had helped lots of friends with their dogs but it took getting her own puppy six years ago to push her into it. After years of training other people to do the things, Emma decided to do some training herself and has spent the last 4 years getting herself a brand new shiny qualification in Dog Behaviour with the highly respected COAPE International. Turns out, she is still training people to do the things, it’s just the things are furry with four legs and, generally, really quite cute.  Emma is happy to work with any owner of any dog, of any age and background.  For more info, you can contact Emma at: Email: info@sohelpmedog.co.uk Web:  (  (
Lucinda Quigley (exec coach for working parents)
11-01-2022
Lucinda Quigley (exec coach for working parents)
This week, Lucinda Quigley, an exec coach who focuses on working parents from Talking Talent, tells us: The importance of authenticity What tool can help working parents really enjoy their life What factors are most helpful for parents returning to work Why we should recreate our commute ... and much more. Find out more about Lucinda on (LinkedIn) and at (talking-talent.com). Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about LucindaLucinda is a warm and energetic professional coach who draws on 15 years of commercial experience as well as the experience of being a Mum to two primary age children. As Head of Working Parents at Talking Talent her coaching focus is on effecting positive change and using a variety of tools to help coachees find fulfilment and happiness in their busy lives.
John Perry (therapeutic coach)
04-01-2022
John Perry (therapeutic coach)
This week, John Perry, therapeutic coach, tells us: Which book underpins his thinking on the different levels of coaching How I can make you depressed but WE can lift your mood Which wise man's sayings, such as "There are very few things in life that are both easy and worth doing", guide him What a tree and a client wanting to leave their marriage have in common ... and much more. Find out more about John on (Linkedin). Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about JohnFreelance Wellbeing Consultant, Counsellor, Coach, Speaker, Facilitator and Supervisor. John Perry has over thirty years’ experience of working in personal development, as a teacher, college lecturer, police trainer, student counsellor, coach, mentor, university senior lecturer and pastoral tutor.  His passion is in offering coaching to help groups and individuals to develop the confidence and motivation that comes from having high self-worth and a sense of purpose and direction.  Until recently, John was a Principal Teaching Fellow at a leading Russel Group University, and he remains a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, including the International Conference of the Association for Coaching. John was the 2017 ‘Speaker of the Year’ for the Academy for Chief Executives, Vistage’s ‘Rising Star’ for 2018 and winner of SUSU’s ‘Most Engaging Lecturer’ award for 2020. John has particular expertise in the areas of Psychological Wellbeing, Stress Management & Resilience Values Exploration, Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Promoting Unconditional Self-Acceptance. John can be contacted via (Linkedin).
Summer holiday
17-08-2021
Summer holiday
Like many of you, THE COACH'S BACKPACK podcast is taking a well-earned break for summer and will be back in a couple of weeks with more top-notch guests. In the meantime, we thought it would be fun to turn the tables on you for a change. So join us this week to: Create a 20-word description for your style of coaching, and Answer our challenging questions of what you would take with you on a fictional coaching gig. Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com)
Mat Hayes (mental fitness coach)
10-08-2021
Mat Hayes (mental fitness coach)
This week, Mat Hayes, a mental health coach, tells us: Who is always trying to sabotage his thinking What technique he always keeps to hand Why his younger self helps him talk kindly How a silent companion would make him a better coach ... and much more. Find out more about Mat at (Mat-Hayes.co.uk) Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about MatMat has had the pleasure of a varied and exciting career in technology and change over the last 20 years. In this time, he has worked many amazing people, and has been privileged to have been part of some extraordinarily successful start-ups. He has had roles on all levels from geeky developer, to CTO and Executive coach. Having struggled with his mental health at various points in his career, his focus now as a Mental Fitness coach. Helping people to take away thoughts of ‘Not being good enough’ allowing them to build resilience and strength their life and relationships. As co-founder of Humble Associates, he works with organisations to bring humility, creativity, and playfulness to the workplace. You can find out more about Mat here:  ( (
Jim Wyllie (agile coach)
03-08-2021
Jim Wyllie (agile coach)
This week, Jim Wyllie, an agile coach, tells us: Why Jim is no longer on my Christmas card list What would mean Jim isn't doing his job Which two items he considers to be one (hint: it's not the Spice Girls) Why he wouldn't take his wife as a companion Why he should have a Super Sticky post-it on his lycra-clad arse (and he has a special pull motion to stop any curling) Which tool he considers to be evil because it kills communication ... but which is loved by big organisations ... and much more. Find out more about Jim at more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about JimJim Wyllie is a personal and business coach, and trainer. He specialises in helping organisations develop strategy and to transform the way they deliver, focussing them on identifying the needs of the customer, and on working collaboratively to meet those needs. Jim is a qualified personal coach, and has a number of industry recognised Agile certifications. Jim has also published a book: Scrum 101 (which answers the most frequently asked questions about Agile with Scrum).
Amaranatho (supervision)
27-07-2021
Amaranatho (supervision)
This week, Amaranatho from Playful Monk discusses supervision and tells us: Which book (written in an old language) can help you understand yourself better Why a lack of congruence is a sin How play and being a monk go hand in hand The difference between chanting and singing What the playful monk approach is Which of the amazing people he has met in the past he would take along What more support coaches need on top of supervision ... and much more. Find out more about Amaranatho at (playfulmonk.net) Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about AmaranathoAs a mindfulness-based executive, agile mindset coach, scrum master; Amaranatho supports executives, leaders and teams to stay calm and connected in complex situations using the PlayfulMonk approach he developed. He was a Buddhist monk for 15 years, has a degree in AI and is an accredited coaching supervisor and coaches at the senior practitioner level of the EMCC. ( (
Kasey Corsello (life coach)
20-07-2021
Kasey Corsello (life coach)
This week, Kasey Corsello, an integrative life and entrepreneur coach, tells us: How a book and a 5 year old stopped her being like a scared cat looking out of a window in Rome The importance of vulnerabilities, courage and vision (and living our dreams) What makes her cry and might make her dad combust why kids these days don’t know how lucky they are! Who trumps the Obamas to be her companion of choice ... because they are more compassionate! how a drummer crushed her dream (but it’s not over yet) ... and much more. Find out more about Kasey at (kaseycorsello.com) Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about KaseyKasey Corsello is an integrative life and entrepreneur coach. She is a catalyst for passion and purpose focusing on the human side of entrepreneurship so that her clients shift their businesses and lives from surviving to thriving. She is owner of (Kasey Corsello, Integrative Coaching) and co-Owner and founder (with her spouse extraordinaire, Vincent) of (Corsello Butcheria), a whole-animal, Italian-style butcher shop in Easthampton, Massachusetts, USA. She is also an economic development program coordinator. When not running her businesses, coaching clients, and supporting small businesses, she is mom to two amazing children, two dogs, two cats and nine chickens.
Madeleine Lankston (grief coach)
13-07-2021
Madeleine Lankston (grief coach)
This week, Madeleine Lankston, a grief coach, tells us: Whether you can truly understand grief until you've experienced it yourself How you can work with grief without it affecting you Different types of grief one might have to coach The concept of a heart with ears Why she will always wear headphones when coaching people online How laughter might be used in grief coaching ... and much more. Find out more about Madeleine on (LinkedIn) or (Twitter). Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about MadeleineMadeleine is using Coaching to help people with Grief, Loss & Change. Many people still only associate grief with bereavement, however we can experience the feelings of grief from many other losses and changes in life such as divorce, redundancy, changes to career, work, business, our health and from many other life experiences.  Grief and how we feel with loss and change is unique to us and Madeleine is creating and holding a space that enables people to open up and talk honestly about what has happened and how they are feeling. Within coaching we all know the power of truly feeling listened to and heard! Madeleine works with people to help them move forward with their loss in a way that is right for them. She also helps with grief in the work space as loss, grief and change is felt in all areas of our life and not just experienced at home.  You can connect with Madeleine on (LinkedIn) or (Twitter). She is updating and frequently creating changes on her (website) and invites you to regularly check it for help with grief, loss and change. You can also connect with Madeleine in (The C Hub), an online meeting and community for people interested in coaching, wellbeing, learning and development.
Belinda Griffin (book coach)
06-07-2021
Belinda Griffin (book coach)
This week, Belinda Griffin, a book coach from Smart Authors Lab, tells us: How to implement her 5Cs approach to selling books Whether the Foo Fighters can help you sell your first 1,000 copies Why Dexter would go in her backpack What attitude kills success ... and much more. Download your free guide  (7 Steps To Grow Your Author Platform) and  (follow Belinda on YouTube).  For clarity, in January 2021 Eddie Izzard ran 31 Marathons on a treadmill at Riverside Studios in London and performed 31 Live Shows in 31 days. All to raise money for charity. What a legend! Belinda's top 3 Eddie sketches are: Covered in bees  ( or Death?  ( you have a flag?  ( the one David mentioned is Death Star Canteen:  ( more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about Belinda GriffinBelinda K Griffin is a Book Marketing Coach and Author Publicity Expert. Belinda helps authors of all kinds launch and market their books with impact, so they can grow a thriving community of engaged readers and sell more books. Growing a loyal readership and securing publicity through authentic relationship building and outreach is at the heart of everything she teaches.
Mark Asquith (podcast coach)
29-06-2021
Mark Asquith (podcast coach)
This week, Mark Asquith, podcast coach from Captivate, tells us: Why it’s good to be like Leia and the droids at the end of Empire Strikes Back How to keep energised and fuel your willpower The first steps podcasters should take Why perfection shouldn’t be our goal ... and much more. Find out more about Mark at (RebelBaseMedia.io), (MarkAsquith.com), (Twitter.com/MrAsquith), (Facebook.com/MrAsquith) and (Instagram.com/MrAsquith). Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about MarkMark Asquith is a serial entrepreneur who has built several globally successful businesses since he quit his real job in 2005. Billed as the U.K. podcast expert, Mark is CEO & co-founder of Rebel Base Media, a podcast tech and strategy company that owns Captivate.fm, Poductivity, Podcast Websites, Podcast Success Academy & Rebel Base Studios and is well known as an insightful, thought-provoking and actionable podcast industry keynote speaker. He's a wildly approachable Brit, Star Wars/DC Comics geek and believes that good business starts with being good to people.
Berit Elizabeth (emotion coach)
22-06-2021
Berit Elizabeth (emotion coach)
This week, Berit Elizabeth, an emotion coach from Emotive Agility Training, tells us: Why an ancient Indian theatre concept can help us feel another’s emotional energy How to increase your emotional fitness and become an "athlete of emotion" What’s in the periodic table for emotions Some warm up exercises to bring out authentic emotion ... and much more. Find out more about Berit at ( and on (Linkedin). Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about BeritBerit Elizabeth is the creator & founder of Emotive Agility Training. As an Emotive Agility Coach, Berit trains super-driven professionals to become Athletes of Emotion during the difficult conversations and presentations that shape the direction of their lives. Challenges that her clients face include social anxiety, being labeled as "too emotional," or a fear of public speaking. Emotive Agility Training is a technique that converts physical theater exercises into body language strategies that professionals can use to break free from anxiety and increase confidence. Her 5 part framework teaches clients to access, express, and manage emotions during situations such as interviewing, investor pitches, asking for a raise, and setting boundaries. Berit believes that emotional health should be included in a routine wellness practice, akin to fitness training. To learn more about how to apply Emotive Agility Training in your everyday life, you can download an intro guide at  (
Ruth McCarthy (Time to Think)
15-06-2021
Ruth McCarthy (Time to Think)
This week, Ruth McCarthy, a Time to Think coach, tells us: How making the brain still and at ease can improve your coaching What generative attention can do for your clients How to set up a listening environment What happens to your brain when you are interrupted ... and much more. Find out more about Ruth at (thinkitthrough.co.uk) or (timetothink.com). Connect with Ruth on (LinkedIn), (Instagram) and (Twitter). Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about RuthExtreme Listener, Thought Provoker and Time to Think Global Faculty. Learning from Nancy Kline how to ‘listen to ignite’ in 2008 continues to drive Ruth's exploration of what listening without interruption will do to stimulate our untapped capacity to think for ourselves, identify and transform our assumptions and create life-enhancing new possibilities.   On a mission ‘to move every meeting from dull to dynamic’ Ruth leads Thinking Environment® open and qualifying courses from her own consultancy Think It Through, welcoming an extraordinary range of clients and thinkers united by their passion for creating the best possible conditions for great thinking. And she remains a recovering interrupter…
David Clutterbuck (Coaching and Mentoring)
08-06-2021
David Clutterbuck (Coaching and Mentoring)
This week, David Clutterbuck, pioneer of developmental coaching and mentoring and co-founder of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, tells us: Why improv is a useful skill for coaches and helps them along the road of maturity Why some coaches should just shut up instead of asking their next killer question Why a French cleric (or Greek Goddess) would be a good choice of coaching companion Why Mongolia would be a good coaching destination ... and much more. Find out more at (David Clutterbuck Partnership). Want more? (Subscribe to our mailing list) for advance notice of upcoming episodes, free goodies, special editions (and out-takes!) and much more. Check out previous episodes at (thecoachsbackpack.com) More about David ClutterbuckDavid Clutterbuck is one of the early pioneers of developmental coaching and mentoring and co-founder of the (European Mentoring & Coaching Council). Author of more than 70 books, including the first evidence-based titles on coaching culture and team coaching, he is visiting professor at four business schools. He leads a global network of specialist mentoring and coaching training consultants, Coaching and Mentoring International.
Jo Jones (parenting coach)
01-06-2021
Jo Jones (parenting coach)
Jo Jones (PCC) is In-House Coach and Tutor at Barefoot Coaching – specialising in Family Life and Parent Coaching, Women’s Development and Self Esteem and Confidence. Jo is an innovative, professional transformational change coach, who is passionate about coaching people to find their superpower! The Victoria Wood sketch mentioned is officially called "The Ballad of Barry and Freda (Let's Do It)" (Subscribe to our mailing list) for updates and added bonuses.
Jiten Vara (fitness coach)
25-05-2021
Jiten Vara (fitness coach)
Jiten Vara is a fitness coach with a difference: he not only helps you to get in shape physically, but uses his extensive professional coaching experience to get your mind in shape. (Carol Dweck's TED talk) (Subscribe to our mailing list) for updates and added bonuses.