So, who am I? I’m Nigel Booth and, in my past, I’ve been homeless, misused drugs and suffered sexual abuse as a child. In my teens, I had a trilogy of a motorbike accident that lead to me spending several years in a wheelchair from where I continued to make schoolboy-error mistakes for quite some time…
My amazing mum gave birth to me on the 10th January 1964 in Stoke on Trent which is based in the middle of England from where I embarked on this journey as me.
I had a little bit of a wobbly start to say the least which started with my biological father disappearing off the scene before I was born. I had quite a few experiences in my early years that tainted my thoughts of who I was and what the world was like. I always knew I was different, for example I knew I couldn’t read and write like my friends at school and had this confirmed by my teacher Mr Machin with his profound statement of ‘Booth you’re thick’… and of course with my schoolboy mind-set, I believed it. I got involved with gang culture that was prevalent growing up on an estate where most of the dads worked underground in the coal mines and mums juggling work as well as looking after us kids and homes.
I very quickly found myself engaging with activities that had huge negative impact on my life and by the time I was 17 years old, I found myself in another hospital after my third motor cycle accident and been told the likeliness of me walking again was very unlikely.
This really was the turning point for me, it was a shock to hear those words ‘it was unlikely for me to walk again’
I never really believed Mr Dove, the orthopaedic surgeon who had explained his findings on my condition. I understood what he was saying and although I couldn’t feel a dam thing in my legs, it just never settled in with me… of course I was going to walk again. Don’t be mistaken Mr Dove was an incredible surgeon who I grew to have the highest of respect for and eventually a few years later he rebuilt the base of my spine with what looks like a huge paperclip which eventually got me back on my feet, literally.
Going back to the time he explained his prognosis and something inside of me that just didn’t resonating with his findings. I remember holding on to his words ‘its unlikely’ which translated to me that it was not definite, ‘it was possible’
I spent approximately two and a half years not been able to walk unaided or in a wheelchair a lot of the time and to top this off, I was homeless and living in a hostel. In 1984 and in the very capable hands of Mr Dove, I underwent surgery and amazingly within nine days I was able to stand up without having anyone holding me up and my legs appeared to be doing exactly what I wanted them to do… I was free at last. This was definitely a new chapter in my life and I have many fond memories of the adventures I had building my strength and confidence back up.
After a couple of years getting strong and with some great support, I managed to secure my own place to call home and life took a definite turn for the good. Being unskilled and no idea what I wanted to do with my life I started to volunteer with a charity that worked on the street supporting young people. The people I was working with on the street were all in similar situations to myself when I was only slightly younger than most of them. Over the next few years I began to realise that I had an ability to have a straightforward conversation with people and without telling them what to say or think or do, but help them find the right informed choices for themselves.
I also began to think about my education, or the lack of it to be more precise and enrolled on a course at the local college to better my chances of getting a better paid job, and it worked. Over the next few years and with experience of working with several different organisations, I was back in a homeless hostel, but this time it was different. I had been offered the opportunity to manage a hostel for homeless people. I couldn’t believe it; I really had found myself in the perfect job with perfect credentials and a passion that instantly saw all the possibilities.
I continued to challenge myself both within my learning as well as within my career and eventually the concept to support people going through ‘changes’ within life on a wider aspect became my passion, Beyond the Mask came to life.
So who is Nigel Booth… Change Management Consultant?
My very first official course was a two-day residential training program teaching effective communication to a group of volunteers who were working in a community that was supporting their local young people. From there Beyond the Mask embarked on its own journey and what an impact it has had…
Nigel Booth is the founder and creator of the cognitive change process Beyond the Mask. With over 30 years of experience within the change management industry, he has delivered change management programs and training with a wide and diverse range of change management requirements. He thrives on discovering latent potential and supporting the translation of ideas into practical actions that convert potential into achievement.
His style of work is to get ‘stuck in’ and is delivered with an approach that is energised, positive and promotes integrity. Recognising and accepting personal potential and what opportunities are available is the first stage of creating an action plan to achieve success and happiness. Providing a seamless approach to raising awareness, training and support, Nigel ensures people engage with their own personal and professional development in a manner that impacts positively on their goals and achievements in all aspects of life.
Delivering Beyond the Mask in both the corporate and social sectors Nigel has achieved some impressive levels of success. Delivering Beyond the Mask programmes have enabling thousands of people to address their perceived restrictions, flourish in their authentic self and find their natural levels of success happiness.
Working with individuals in roles from Managing Director through to Volunteers Nigel delivers Beyond the Mask to people on a one to one basis as well within group/team settings. He works with young people who are transitioning to adulthood right through to retiring business leaders and everyone in between who are intent on being the best they can be.
His straightforward, non-jargonised delivery enables clarity to be gained quickly on the measures of change required to succeed. He is passionate about the work he is involved with and is committed to making a difference to the way people are supported and empowered to succeed in life and live that life as best as it can be in both personal and professional areas of interest.
‘Nothing and no one will spoil my day today’