Whether it’s expressing your ideas at work, engaging in important conversations with loved ones, or presenting your thoughts to an audience, being able to communicate with confidence and clarity has value in all areas of your life. In the communication and confidence work I do, I’ve had people ask me why I help my clients through personalized, 1-on-1 coaching, instead of running workshops or courses.

Below are the real-life experiences of my clients and I, when it comes to communication workshops vs 1-on-1 coaching.

⚠️ Which Is Suitable for You?
A Communication Workshop, or 1-On-1 Coaching?

Fixed curriculum. Flexibility for topics of work.
Catered to mass public. Customized to your specific needs.
Trainer’s attention is divided across many students. Coach gives 100% attention to you.
Learning tends to be front-loaded & delivered within a few days. Learning unfolds over time, adjusting to the real situations & needs of your life.
Little or limited time to practice under the guidance of trainer. Most of the time spent on practicing, closely supported by coach.
Knowledge is the main product. Progress is the main product.

The above characteristics are the classic differences between most ‘teaching’ modalities (workshops, trainings and courses) and 1-on-1 coaching. You will see this in 90% of cases. There could be variations, depending on the style of the professionals, as well as the business models they operate on. If you are looking to work on communication and/or confidence challenges, consider which of these modalities are suitable for you.

A Realistic Consideration

Realistically, communication workshops and courses often cater to the largest group of people possible, with the teacher or trainer dividing their attention among all the students. The curriculum is decided by the teacher / trainer, and you will adhere to their content and pacing.

For you to achieve breakthrough results in communication workshops, they need to closely match what you wish to learn, and take in a small (enough) group size.

communication workshops & courses require you to follow their content & pacing

1-on-1 communication coaching, however, provides you with super-customized learning and undivided attention. This way, you can focus exclusively on your strengths, weaknesses, and individual goals. This individualized approach allows for tailored strategies that address your specific challenges, ensuring maximum growth and progress.

This is why I often have clients who wish to work with me even though they have attended communication workshops or training programs.

You Are Unique; So Are Your Solutions

a coach is your partner to help you find your way forward

What do you prefer:
Someone to tell you what they think is the way, or a partner who supports you to find a way that’s best suited to you?

Unlike traditional teaching or training methods that offer predefined solutions, I place the emphasis on helping you to uncover your own blindspots and raise your self-awareness. In doing so, you will discover your own possibilities… what are the ways of moving forward that are best for you (instead of for the masses).

This empowers you to uncover your strengths and experiment with new ways of conveying your thoughts. By taking ownership of your learning journey, you not only become a more effective communicator but also develop a heightened sense of confidence in your abilities.

How I Help You: Not Teaching, Advising or Directing

To access deep and impactful change, I don’t operate as a teacher or even an adviser. I operate more like a facilitator of your growth journey. Adopting a mostly dialogic and somatic coaching approach, I guide you through thought-provoking conversations and processes that stimulate self-awareness and discovery.

Instead of being a passive recipient of information (like a student in a workshop), you actively engage with me in a dynamic and highly-thoughtful exchange. This fosters a deeper understanding of your communication patterns, preferences, and barriers, enabling you to identify and overcome obstacles in a way that resonates with your unique personality.

In a course or workshop that tries to serve as many people (customers) as possible, you pay attention to the trainer – you follow where they bring you. When you coach 1-on-1 with me, I pay attention to you. I support you to where you need to go.

This allows you to customize your learning closely to your needs, which means you can get the most out of your time and money.

Why 1-on-1 Coaching Brings You More Sustainable Change Than Communication Workshops

Here are the top 5 reasons that my clients and I identify most strongly with:

1. ⌛️ Tailored Strategies for Lasting Change

In one-to-one coaching, the strategies and techniques provided are customized to your unique communication challenges and goals. This personalized approach means you’re more likely to stick with the methods and integrate them into your daily life, leading to long-term change. In contrast, communication workshops often offer general advice that may not resonate with everyone in the group.

2. 📊 Individual Progress Tracking

With a dedicated coach, your progress is continually monitored and adjusted – if you desire this level of discipline. This ongoing assessment ensures that your growth remains on track and any hindrances are swiftly addressed. Communication workshops, on the other hand, lack this personalized follow-up, making it harder to gauge your improvement and adapt accordingly.

3. 🤝 Personal Connection and Trust

Through one-to-one coaching, you build a strong rapport and trust with your coach, which encourages open communication about your challenges and setbacks. This supportive relationship plays a pivotal role in boosting your confidence and aiding your development, because you have the safety to experiment and practice. Workshops, due to their larger group setting, often struggle to foster such a deep sense of safety and connection.

4. 🏃🏻‍♀️ Flexible Learning Pace

Personalized coaching allows you to progress at a pace that is appropriate for you. If a particular topic requires more time and attention, you and I can revisit or unpack it more thoroughly. As a practitioner of effective communicator, I can also adapt my language in a way that is quick for you to understand. Workshops, in contrast, follow a fixed schedule and curriculum, potentially leaving some participants behind or rushing others through topics.

5. ✅ Immediate and Constructive Feedback

During one-to-one coaching sessions, you receive real-time feedback on your communication efforts. This immediate feedback loop helps you identify areas of improvement promptly, enhancing your learning experience. In workshops, feedback might be limited or delayed due to the group dynamic. Feedback is one of the quickest and most effective ways to uncover our blindspots, but much of the world has used ‘feedback’ as a disguise for criticism, or even reprimand. When you coach with me, I create a safe space for you to request and receive feedback, so that you can make use of it in constructive ways.

real coaching is not about telling you what to do but instead supporting you to find your own best solutions

In a nutshell, when it comes to enhancing your communication skills and boosting your confidence, personalized coaching offers an unparalleled advantage over generic workshops. By receiving 1-on-1 attention, every minute of your time is spent only on your true needs. And because of my facilitative stance, what you learn is not just more relatable, but also highly-applicable. This approach ensures that your becoming a more effective and confident communicator is sustainable and long-term.

How personalized, 1-on-1 coaching can help you achieve confident communication

Sherilyn Tan

“Ellery helped me to realize that I can change the tone of communication… I could definitely see the results after a few months of coaching. Now, I am able to regulate myself better as well as handle tough sitations with a clearer mind.

Vannessa Toh

My friend told me I have changed alot – from negative, defensive communication to positive, and are able to look things at different perspectives. This also helps in my work when communicating with clients and colleagues.”

Marlene Gonçlaves

“I actually felt a difference in my posture & its positive consequences, either in myself or in the communication with others.”

Meena Kumaree

I discovered how to say ‘No’, in a way that felt powerful yet safe to express. It was quite an emotional breakthrough for me. I understood that I have a voice & I can use it… If you want to greatly improve your communication, relationships and confidence, Ellery is your coach.”

Vivien Tai

“My topic was on authentic communication, and he provided experiments for me to speak from a grounded and authentic space. I knew about the importance of our bodies in shifting our emotional state, but never received such individualised coaching and guidance in how to leverage this.”

Aaron Mossadeg

“I feel a lot more at peace with myself; I’m more confident in myself, I know that I’ll figure things out even when things get messy.”

Andy Yeo

I gained more value than I expected. They have manifested in my business, my relationship with my loved ones & in the relationship with myself.”

Rachel Wan

“Working with Ellery was highly worth the investment as I gained so many tools I can use for a lifetime & I have been freed in many ways.”

Daniel Whisby

Ellery is a master of his craft. It is clear that he is able to help people from all walks of life… After, I was able to use my body to control my moods & emotions.”

Simran Kaur Sidhu

“Extremely insightful. By talking through some of my own self doubts, why i felt a certain way and practicing a simple exercise, i was able to gain a better understanding of how i was my own barrier and take away concrete next steps.”

Felicia Andes

“I can see the improvement in my communication & relationship with my loved ones & I am closer to them again.”

Michelle Trisno

“El has helped me figure out these blind spots… I’m able to make my needs known to others, thus making my communication a lot better. I am able to give better clarity to those around me as well, both in work and personal relationships. That opens up a lot of potential and confidence in myself.”

Vikram Ramankutty

“I’m able to be more assertive in my requests to my colleagues & managers. And I’ve been able to adopt a more relaxed stance to issues at work.”

Through personal coaching, you can improve your communication and reclaim your confidence in your professional interactions. Coaching on interpersonal & work communication is familiar territory I’ve visited with clients on over the years, as a full-time life coach, specializing in communication and confidence.

Every coaching engagement is unique, because each client has different needs, weaknesses and strengths. However, there are processes that unfold every single time:

  • Through open exploration and in-depth reflection, we will uncover your blindspots.
  • Once you can see the cause or nature of your issue, you might also be able to see how you can do things differently so you get different result.
  • I can also guide you to try new ways of saying or doing things, that are effective and feel authentic for you.
  • Together, we will co-create practices that you can adopt, to assimilate what you learn into your regular way of being.
  • I will provide you with honest feedback which you can use to calibrate and fine-tune your new skills.

If you can see how targeted and customized this is, you would understand why coaching on interpersonal & work communication can give you that extra edge in your career progression.

What coaching is

Coaching is a form of super-customised learning, focused solely on your needs. It is one of the most dignified forms of professional help, because you choose the topic, direction and depth of what you wish to work on.

In fact, my clients are NOT ‘broken’ in any way. They are capable, creative and self-initiated individuals who want to live out their full potential. Many of them are high-performers at their workplace, who want coaching on interpersonal & work communication to round out their already impressive skillsets.

They welcome more support to help them hit their objectives more quickly and with less pain.

If taking ownership of your growth appeals to you, coaching is might be suitable for you.

WhatsApp me now, to find out how you and I can work together on your communication and confidence.

"A good coach can change the game. A great coach can change a life."

~ John R. Wooden