Robert Brain Coaching

I am passionate about working with people wanting to improve their personal and professional skills.



Robert’s approach is shaped by over 30 years of corporate experience culminating in five years of executive management at Vodacom. He’s worked across diverse industries including IT, education, contact centres, telecommunications, oil refining, banking, broadcasting and life insurance.

Qualified in coaching, psychology and electrical engineering, Robert brings rare technical understanding to his coaching.

In 2009 he left corporate employment and trained as an Integral coach at The Coaching Centre in Bergvliet, Cape Town. He is registered with the International Coach Federation and is bound by their code of ethics.

Robert has coached at many organisations, including Datacash (Mastercard), Old Mutual, The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Foschini, Risk Flow, Potion Design, The Clothing Bank and a variety of NGOs.

He also works extensively with private individuals.

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Robert creates a safe, emotionally honest context for meaningful reflection, primarily using questions to facilitate change rather than just providing answers.

He’s passionate about working with people wanting to improve their personal and professional leadership skills.

Blog Articles

Effective workshops – plan well

What is an effective workshop? We can recognise one when we see it, but how can we ensure effective use of time and valuable people-resources? Effective workshops are planned. Who should attend? What is the desired result? How long do we need? How should delegates prepare? How can we encourage participation? How do we prevent any person or group from dominating the workshop? See this article from Mindtools: Contact me to facilitate your... read more

5 principles for great presentations

Forbes have published a great article on effective presentations: In summary: 1. It’s About You, Not the Slides 2. Let Your PowerPoint Slides Support Your Point, Not Make It 3. Incorporate Graphics Into Your PowerPoint Presentation to Evoke Emotion 4. Keep Your PowerPoint Slides Simple 5. Tell a Story with Your Presentation   By the way, if you are creating presentations on a Mac, have you tried Keynote? It’s powerful and easy to use. I have used both and find Keynote more intuitive with very powerful features.  ... read more

This being human is a guest house.

THE GUEST HOUSE This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice. meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. — Jelaluddin Rumi, translation by Coleman... read more