A people person who is always looking for the edge in all areas of life.
Mike Sweet – Coach, Therapist, Entrepreneurial Enabler, Engineer, Writer, Podcaster, Dad and Husband!
More stuff too I’m sure!
My working life began as an engineer. The first role out of school was an engineering apprenticeship for a multinational Can production company. That didn’t last. Working 12-hour shift with ear defenders on was not really my thing and a family relocation ensured I was able to leave that role, at least thinking I had tried. Lesson learned! I need to be with people and be challenged!
6 weeks after that I found myself working for a small air conditioning company on the coast in Kent. Finally, people I could talk to and who I could hear. Over the course of 2 1/2 years, I really grasped the engineering aspect of this job and I found myself to be a natural lateral thinker. I found solutions where others could only see the same old problems!
Another relocation meant I was now working for a national refrigeration company. At the ripe old age of 21, I was running teams of engineers installing refrigeration equipment for national supermarket chains. My communication skills were definitely tested and this is where I found my passion. Talking and People!
The strange twist of fate
A heated row with an ex-girlfriend and her Mum about families and relationships soon turned into a coaching session. Me coaching them! Quickly followed by something I wasn’t quite ready for “have you ever thought of studying NLP?” Not sure at this point what my response should be, because I didn’t understand the question for a start. It turns out after another long discussion that NLP is the study of humans, excellence, behaviours, and interactions. This could be the missing piece, I thought!
I went into the study of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy along with other practices such as Cold Reading, Emotional Intelligence, and Psychology. 5 Years on and I started a business, Absolute Mind (Now run by my wife). I ran this full-time coaching practice and became consumed by 1-2-1 sessions, group coaching, sales training and executive coaching. My weeks were filled with over 35+ clients and this quickly became all-consuming. Even though I was helping hundreds of people per month I was not content with what I had created. I couldn’t scale this past me.
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” These are the words of wisdom from my loving Nan. She saw I had created a monster and now I needed to have a re-think! I hadn’t created the business I had set out to. It was a massive workload that I wasn’t able to expand any further other than allowing it to consume even more of my time as the recommendations came pouring in.
Within 3 months of deciding this could be my future, I had formed an Air Conditioning company and was on the path to creating a business that would allow me to be more selective with my time. 3 years of hard work then allowed me and my business partner to sell this on to a national company and again free up some of my time. My business partner emigrated to Australia. I stayed on with the new company to assist with the integration. After staying in that role for 2 1/2 years, it was time to do what I wanted to once more and find my passion for people and growing businesses.
April 2016 and it was time for me to do what I love once more, but this time, I would have the correct business model for my passion, this would ensure I wouldn’t just sell my time as a consultant.
That feeling came again, I decided it was a good time to leave and started to look for mentoring positions in Milton Keynes. This would be my first step back into the world of executive coaching, this time as Mike Sweet and not feeling the need to be under the banner of a company. After a bit of Googling, I came across Entrepreneurial Spark. They were looking for business mentors in Milton Keynes to help with the new business hub opening in August. Perfect,……. But then an opportunity arose. Entrepreneurial Spark was also looking for an Entrepreneurial Enabler for the Milton Keynes office. A role which required a person to have a good business acumen, coaching skills, the ability to deal with whatever arises at any given moment. As a people accelerator, we focus on building the entrepreneurial mindsets within the entrepreneurs and no 2 days are alike.
What else can I fit in?
As well as full-time work, Exec-coaching and mentoring, I also write and Podcast. My podcasts are all on iTunes and you can see more about them on my podcast page.
How I work?
When you contact me we discuss by phone:
Explain the therapy approaches and how we will work together
Clarify your issue/s
Identify your goal/s
Indicate the number of sessions involved in the process
Answer any questions you may have
D.HYP / D.NLP / Cert SM / HPD
Mike Sweet – Coach, Speaker and Mentor
Coaching and Mentorship
I’m based in Milton Keynes and Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire, UK. However I hold Skype sessions for those who can not travel. Alternatively you can call me on my mobile, the details are below.
Address: City Office, Margaret Powell House, 403 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3BN and Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 0FG Phone: 07860 275083 Skype ID: MikeCSweet