My Story - The fabulously intriguing story of how Yoursignpost was created

David M. Skipp, my story

Hi, I am David M. Skipp. Thank you for visiting my site. 

I am the Founder and Principal coach at Ysp.life  (Yoursignpost).  We provide Leadership Development & Life Performance Solutions . 

I have always had a great interest in people. A curiosity about how people perceive their world – why they do what they do – what makes them tick.

“One cannot hope to solve the problem with the same mind that created it”

– Albert Einstein

Background

People are the cornerstone of my approach. Whilst working in the IT Service Management field for over 17 years, I became aware of my ability to develop and nurture team members.

A desire for personal development led me to complete an NLP Practitioner certification in 2010. Which accelerated my journey through the ranks of IT, empowering me to make better decisions which resulted in consecutive promotions.

It doesn't matter how you ended up here, I'm just delighted you did!

Why the name YourSignpost?

Back in 2013 on a solo trip around the world people referred to me as the signpost, giving them direction(s), pointing out routes to take or simply just a suggestion of something (deep and mind expanding) to read on their journey.

I believe that if three or more people said the same thing, then it was a message from the universe, to take note, a synchronicity as it were. The number of people were countless and so on this trip the name Yoursignpost was born!

My Journey

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Change

As a lifelong learner with a growth mindset, I've continued to pursue my interests in personal development and completed my first introduction to NLP in 2009, NLP Practitioner certification in 2010. The NLP Master Practitioner certification followed in June 2018, Complementary Therapy training in 2019 and mBIT (Multiple Brain Integration Techniques) Master Coach in 2021. Using these skills, I started formally coaching and holding workshops on the powerful benefits of NLP and Coaching to a range of people, including IT professionals, specialist schools and people affected by birth defects.

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Transform

In 2019, I took a 1 year pilot programme of work to coach the Leadership Team at Redgates School. An engagement that is continuing. This coaching provided invaluable support and solutions for Leadership Team members. On the basis of excellent and noticeable results, the Head Teacher renewed the contract for another year and included this life changing work in her Master's dissertation.Whilst at DLG, I provided several coaching workshops across the spectrum of IT functions. These proved extremely valuable to staff and helped them understand themselves better, remove paralysing limiting behaviour, address work/life balance conflicts and empowering confidence, which led to an immediate increase in productivity and self-awareness.

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Evolve

Now, I am lucky to be living my passion of helping people to discover and accepting who they are meant to be. I feel deeply blessed to be able to offer my services to people who want to be the best version of themselves - Guiding them on their journey with Yoursignpost. I appreciate that this journey can be tough, but having trodden that path myself, I feel uniquely positioned to support you on your journey. So that you truly change, transform and evolve.

“Leadership Development & Life Performance coaching is something that everyone should have. It gives us our certainty and control back, a determinism and knowing that we hold the keys to the way we feel about anything….”

Other Passions

Travelling

As a passionate traveler, I've travelled all over the world.  I love the diverse cultures, unusual foods and stunning landscapes the world has to offer, visiting over 30 countries I've made many lasting friendships. I can't wait to get back out there and make new friendships.Maybe I've travelled to where you live, or the country you are from?The blue highlighted areas on the map below are where I have been:

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Super Power

Being born partially deaf I have developed the ability to lip read and notice tiny physiological changes, a skill that has served me very well over the years and particularly useful as a coach.

Golf

I combine my love of nature and being outside with an interest in golf.  I find chasing a little white ball around some of the most beautiful countryside in the world to be a challenging delight.

Gardening Yogi

There is nothing I enjoy more than getting my hands in the soil. It's fabulously good for ones mental health. I grow vegetables and herbs every year. Talking to the plants is a must!

Photography

As an enthusiastic photographer, I've taken over 20,000 pictures on my travels. You will see some of these below and displayed on the website. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did taking them. If you are interested in my other work, visit http://500px.com/theskippman.

Self-reflection

As a blogger, I've always kept a diary/blog of thoughts and ideas 💡 I find this so cathartic when my head gets all busy. I highly recommend this form of self-therapy. Getting out of our heads and into our body is where peace lies. Adding breathing and yoga techniques to the pot can enhance the change in state and help to accomplish anything you desire.Please check out my breathing series for more on this in the resource section when you become a client.