The Tech Leader Foundation

The Geeks Guide to People Management - Creating IT Leaders who build and inspire!


Do you want to be a better manager? Are you patiently waiting for destiny to change the direction of your life for you? And let’s not get started with all that “manifesting your future self” nonsense!

When we first looked at delivering Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) training, we realised that the “picture it and it will happen” approach made absolutely no sense whatsoever. What we do understand, however, is that your nervous system receives over 11 million bits of information each and every second, yet your brain only registers around 128 bits every second. So wouldn’t you think that it makes far more sense to learn how to hone your focus on what’s important to you? Which is why, at The Tech Leader Academy, we have developed the various tools, techniques, strategies and processes that will allow you to do just that.

To decide if this course is for you, ask yourself the following questions…

  • Do you spend hours wondering how you can motivate others?
  • Do you want to build or add value to a high performing team?
  • Would you like to be more successful at negotiating, or be able to mediate a conflict?
  • Do you find dealing with others intimidating?
  • Do you often struggle to understand others, or do they struggle to understand you?
  • Would you like to have more confidence, be a better communicator and know that you can do whatever you set your mind to?
  • Do you often compare your emotional intelligence to that of a robot - non-existent?

If you answered ‘yes’ to even one of these questions, then The Tech Leader Academy Foundation Course has been created for you.


The Tech Leader Foundation Course will benefit directors, team leaders and managers, engineers, sysadmins, devs. In fact anyone who wants to improve their performance and communication skills, as well as their ability to create change, both for themselves and others.

During this training course, you will learn the tools, techniques and processes that will change your life. Come prepared for a stimulating and fun-filled course, at the end of which, you will take away far more than just a certificate*. You will leave knowing that you have taken the first step on a life-changing journey, on which you will create the most successful version of you!

Over the duration, you will learn the habits that will create a mindset for success, as well as techniques used by world leading business leaders and influencers, such as Bill Gates and Elon Musk.

You will be assessed for certification against the American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming standards and at the end of the course we will review your goals with you, to ensure that they have been fully met. We will then encourage you to set new and more challenging goals to take your development to the next level.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the most functional, outcome oriented process for detecting, understanding and controlling your conscious and unconscious thinking. The subjects taught will show you how to use this for yourself and others, for personal use and as an integral part of your professional growth.


  • How to improve your communication with absolutely anyone.
  • Successful goal setting and how to achieve the outcomes you desire.
  • How to coach, influence and inspire others effectively.
  • How to get feedback to ‘stick’.
  • How to easily identify what is really important to someone and what makes them tick.


The Tech Leader Academy Foundation Certificate*

* - Accredited by The American Board Of NLP

Michelle Coombs has over 20 years of experience within the IT sector. She has worked for both IT service providers and with small to multi-national businesses with IT at their core.

Despite a strong technical and process background, Michelle’s passion has always been people and how to get the very best from them. It was this desire and determination to bring about change and development in others, that led to the birth of The Geek Coach and The Tech Leader Academy Ltd.

Michelle is an experienced coach, mentor and NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer. She is focused on working closely with individuals, businesses and IT service providers, helping them to significantly improve their levels of communication, deliverability and performance. Her unique style of results-driven coaching continues to act as a catalyst for change in the IT industry, effecting positive personal development in people and improved commercial performance in IT centric businesses.

Quest Curriculum

  • 7 Levels
  • Coaching By Michelle
  • Community Support
  • iOS & Android
  • Level 01

    Introduction and Themes for the Training

    Meet your trainer and introduce yourself - and no, you don't have to stand up in front of a room to do this mission! We will also set the building blocks for your Training

  • Level 02


    "People like people like them!" Knowing how to get people to think you are like them is crucial in forms of communications - from managing your staff, to getting on with your boss... basically. how to be able to "get on" with anyone

  • Level 03

    Sensory Acuity

    Being able to pick up on the most minute changes in someone will give you a clue that you have said/done something which has sparked something off inside them

  • Level 04

    RepSystems, Predicates, and Eye Patterns

    Knowing whether someone is visual, auditory, kinaesthetic or Ad (Auditory Digital) will really help you get your message across. Eye patterns is a great way to understand how someone pulls their thoughts from their minds.... We will also be covering the linguistic form of discovering rep systems

  • Level 05


    A core skill for anyone with Line Management responsibilities, and I am sure this is one of the reasons you are here! Being able to get the best out of your staff and build highly performing teams is critical in any management role

  • Level 06

    Meta Programs

    This is all about how someones' brain is programmed and it's usually something I reserve for those on the Masters Programme, however this is a really useful tool when you are hiring someone and figuring out if they are going to be a good match for the role (*Note - this will be fairly high level)

  • Level 07

    Congrats and Next Steps

    CONGRATULATIONS ON GETTING HERE! This mission recaps on all we have learnt over the quest and looks to the future. Make sure you have completed the form in the welcome mission so your certificate can be sent.

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