Wendy Skeen has a passion for helping people to ‘be the best they can be’. As such she is an experienced coach and training facilitator. She also has a private piano teaching studio and a growing Cognitive Hypnotherapy practice.
She is particularly interested in the topic of performance anxiety, especially as it applies to musicians, actors, athletes and anyone who gives presentations. Her focus is on helping people to find practical strategies that will work for them based on a tailored approach that takes account of each person’s specific ‘way of doing their performance anxiety’.
Wendy’s interest in performance anxiety was sparked many years ago when, during a festival event that she was managing, a well-known entertainer experienced severe performance nerves during the interval. Wendy listened to the performer’s concerns and eventually coaxed him to go back on stage for the second half which turned out to be a roaring success! Her interest has also been driven by experiences of dealing with her own performance nerves.
Wendy studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, graduating in 1986. She is a fully qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist. In addition, she is a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and also holds the CIPD Certificate in Training Practice and TAP Certificate in Learning Management.
During the early part of her career Wendy worked in arts administration – initially for the City Arts Trust (which managed the City of London Festival and two international music competitions) and subsequently for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. After that she spent a short while working in sports management. She then spent over twenty years working in adult education in a variety of learning & development and coaching roles, designing and facilitating development activities across a broad range of topics including management and leadership skills, presentation skills and interpersonal skills including assertiveness and influencing.
In her spare time Wendy is a keen amateur pianist, regularly participating in workshops, performing in meet-up groups and accompanying instrumentalists and singers whenever she can. She also develops and performs music for her village’s theatre club productions and plays in two amateur bands – one jazz, the other rock… sort of! And just to make sure she’s not sitting still for more than a few moments she looks after six hens, a cockerel, two cats and a husband!