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"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

Maya Angelou


Linda Witchell/ Speaker/ Workshops/ Training/ Seminars


"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."

Mahatma Gandhi


Linda Witchell MA BSc (Hons) RGN Hyp Dip.


Welcome. If you are looking for an experienced speaker and trainer you have come to the right place!

Public Speaking

  • Generally 45 mins to 1 hour in length but shorter talks also available.
  • Speaking on a range of subjects including building confidence, challenging limited beliefs, motivation, communication skills, emigrating to Australia and more.
  • Talks adapted to your needs and audience.
  • Free talks possible to charities in the Bournemouth area.

FREE Seminar – Creative writing techniques with a difference

"At last a way to get out of that writing rut!"

"A talk which builds on your strengths."

Please email me for further information about this seminar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Linda if you would like to book her to speak to your group on 01202 248468, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Seminars & Training Workshops

Stress Management

  • Define stress and list the possible impact of excess stress on health and lifestyle
  • Identify your stressors
  • Experience a taster of mindfulness relaxation
  • Use a simple self- massage technique
  • Practice Progressive Muscular relaxation
  • Try a quick and simple meditation technique
  • Discuss and plan ways that you will reduce unnecessary stress in the future

This workshop will help anyone who feels that they need to relax. It’s really great for businesses as staff will experience different ways of relaxing that they can incorporate into their daily routines. As a bonus research shows that this will help productivity and decrease staff sickness and boredom. But it’s a very adaptable workshop so it can be used for many different groups. The key benefit of this workshop is that it provides fun activities and discussions that can lead to learning and stress reduction. Handouts are provided to participants. A Certificate of Attendance is provided for CPD purposes.

Dealing with ‘Difficult People’

  • Discuss reasons why people display difficult behaviours
  • Learn about stress reactions
  • Find out techniques to be safe
  • Discover how to defuse difficult situations
  • Reflect on the things you should and should not say to people who are behaving badly
  • Understand the importance of debriefing and looking after yourself in stressful encounters
  • Practice a relaxation technique

We all need to deal with difficult people sometimes. It might be on the telephone, or face to face.  ‘Difficult people’ can make us all feel stressed, or uncomfortable. This workshop will help anyone who wants to feel better when other people’s behaviour gets difficult. The content will be adapted to meet specific needs, and will give you a toolkit of proven techniques to take away and use throughout your life.

Good customer care is at the heart of good organisations. During Linda’s career she was a Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) Manager. This involved helping people who had problems, or wanted to complain. Linda believes that the key to handling situations involving ‘difficult people’ is to focus on three things, 1) to listen while detaching yourself emotionally, 2) to understand what is being said and what isn’t being said and, 3) to communicate to the person clearly that you want to help. Linda’s success in this field was rewarded when in 2009 she won a Customer Service Award. This workshop is an introductory session, and is packed with practical ways and information to take away. A Certificate of Attendance is provided for CPD purposes.

Perfect Presentations

  • Banish negative thoughts – Think, I can do it!
  • Discover how to de-stress and prepare yourself for giving a presentation
  • Learn how to structure your presentation
  • Find out the common mistakes people make with PowerPoint presentations
  • Learn the secrets of keeping people interested in what you are saying
  • Develop positive body language
  • Visualise your success

Perfect Presentations is a different way of learning how to give presentations, as Linda helps you to understand why you have difficulties giving presentations and how to tackle these issues.

Linda is an experienced presenter. She has been teaching and presenting to healthcare professionals for many years. In 2013, she presented at the International Council of Nurses (ICN) in Melbourne, Australia. She gives speeches to charities and is a member of Toastmasters International, (this organisation is known as a world leader in communication and leadership development). A Certificate of Attendance is provided for CPD purposes.

Creative Coaching Workshop for Coaches

  • Learn about a variety of different creative coaching techniques
  • Understand the use of metaphor in coaching
  • Help your clients to discover new ways of relaxing and getting to their goals

This workshop is all about creativity so it’s very practical as well as providing underpinning knowledge on coaching. It will appeal to new life coaches and experienced coaches who want to do something different. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded for CPD purposes.

Please contact me for the next available dates on 01202 248468, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

First Aid Eye Care

  • Learn basic anatomy and physiology of the eye
  • Know what is an eye emergency and what isn’t an eye emergency
  • Discover essential first aid skills in managing eye problems
  • Feel confident about when and where to refer people who have eye problems

First Aid Eye Care is a unique presentation for people who have little or no knowledge of emergency eye care. This session is tailored to your needs, but will be ideal for hospital staff, people working in care homes, GP practices etc.

Linda has been a qualified Ophthalmic Nurse for many years. During her career she was an Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner, and also a Founder Director and Editor of ‘Ophthalmic Nursing’, the international ophthalmic nursing journal for 10 years.  More recently she developed and led a post graduate ophthalmic nursing certificate programme, and taught nurses in Sydney, Australia. Linda is passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills on eye care to enable others to learn this important subject. A Certificate of Attendance is provided for CPD purposes.

Other workshops related to eye care are also available on request.

Practical Leadership for Nurses

  • Learn the differences between your leadership and management styles and others
  • Discover your inner strengths that will make you a better leader
  • Explore ways of feeling happier at work and reducing excess stress
  • Reflect on how you can become a better leader

This is a 4 x 1 hour short course based on positive psychology. It’s aimed at new or developing nurse managers to develop themselves and their teams in order to improve care. Sessions will include fun exercises and techniques to de-stress and enjoy the leadership role. Participants will also learn how to integrate their objectives with organisational objectives. A useful workbook is provided for each participant to take away and link their new knowledge to practice. A Certificate of Attendance is awarded as evidence of CPD.

Coaching for Nurses

  • Learn the differences between coaching, supervision and mentoring
  • Find out how coaching can be used in nursing
  • Discover an easy coaching model to use in practice
  • Practice basic coaching skills that will help you and your staff

This workshop will provide nurses of all grades with additional knowledge and skills in coaching that can be applied to many areas of practice. Linda, being a nurse herself, and having additional qualifications and practice in coaching is ideally placed to bring her knowledge, practice and experience together for a unique workshop. Be amazed as Linda was when she discovered coaching.

What do you think are the 3 main training requirements for nurses that you would like me to provide?

Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   with your thoughts, so I can develop better training with healthcare providers.

Weight Management Small Groups

Sometimes reducing your weight can be much easier if you have the support and understanding of friends and relatives.  I offer small group workshops at your place. These are usually five sessions in which I help you to rid yourself of habits and use the power of your mind to help you to reduce weight. The sessions are fun and interactive, but most of all working in a group gives you that added support at a reduced price.

So what have you got to lose besides weight? Find out how hypnotherapy and talking therapies in a group setting can help you to achieve your goals. Call Linda NOW on 01202 246468 to discuss your specific needs.