Jo Small (Lightbulb Lady)
Jo founded Optima Training (UK) Ltd in 2003 and has enjoyed a varied career, which has seen her deliver coaching and training to a diverse range of businesses and colleges. Throughout it all, her passion for people, learning and development has been a key theme, as has her ambition to help all of her clients achieve those ‘light bulb’ moments. Jo’s work as a facilitator and coach over the past 13 years has seen her working at a senior management level, facilitating and leading strategy development, creating joint ventures and leading several government funded learning and development initiatives. She worked on the GrowthAccelerator Service as a trainer to develop and deliver Leadership and Management workshops to growing businesses all over the UK.
Jo currently coaches a range of supervisors, managers and directors to support their development journeys. Her coaching ethos is that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ and she adapts her style and use of frameworks to not just support her coachees but challenge them on their learning development journey.
She is a member of the Institute of Linguists and, as a Business Language Champion, has a strong commitment to the promotion of language learning in the UK.