Episode 18

Published on:

10th Aug 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

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More about Mat

Mat 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.

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An insight into what coaches consider the most important tools of their trade
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.

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David Lowe

David Lowe is a business coach, mentor, trainer and author.

He has worked with a wide range of clients across many industries, including Ford, Novartis, Ministry of Justice, NET-A-PORTER, NHS, John Lewis, GDS, Naked Wines and Shelter.

David has a post-graduate in Business & Personal Coaching from University of Chester and is currently researching how humour can be used effectively in coaching.

He has written a number of books, including 'The Innovation Revelation: A story about how to satisfy customer needs' and 'The Lemonade Stall: How to test and validate ideas -- a story and workbook'.