Vanessa Jane Smith

Phone Number

(0031) (0)64 659 83 28




Den Haag



What do others say about me and my coaching?

“Vanessa is a deeply resourceful person. She listens intensely to people telling their story. She uses her art to draw out the underlying images and understandings in the individual or group she is working with. The quality of her listening is so profound that people hear themselves in a different way and access parts of themselves that they may have been lost or forgotten. She also has an infectious sense of humour, and a lightness of being that can turn any work into fun.”

Who is my ideal client?

Changemakers/Visionaries, Communities/Society, Education, For profit, Government, Individuals, NGO, Organizations

What is my vision for my coaching practice?

To support people to expand into, and utilise, their human capacity of creative imagination, in order that we begin to create new default behaviours based on putting the BEing right at the centre of our DOing.

Life experiences I bring to my coaching

New Zealand born I began my international “perspective” at 10 living in the last 35 years in NZ, Mexico, Spain and the UK. I am an artist fascinated by the nature of things, and over the years of working in language development and education, and documentary making in NZ and Mexico, I finally combined my artwork into Visual Facilitation (2004) and Leadership Coaching (2007) to support transformation world-wide. A colourful career-path which has shown me how we have it fully in our grasp to re-work the unworkable.

My Speciality

Life Coach, Leadership Coach, Organizational Coach, Career Coach, Team Coach

Geographic scope of my practice


Anything else about Me

I am passionate about creating from what has become unworkable. It’s all about learning and re-learning, creating and re-creating. My own business is called Crafting Connection.

What inspires me most about the HP approach?

Human Potential work inspires me because it gives hope to the future. It is all about bringing out the best in us and putting it to immediate use in very real, human situations. Each time I do this work it surprises me and confirms that having the courage to BE first is rewarded by the hugely creative solutions that appear from this approach.

What unique talents and gifts do I bring to the community?

I like to think that my creative/artistic gifts inspire others into their own creative flow and that by being vulnerable, in spite of the obvious challenge there, it supports the others to be able to break into their own creativity.

What do I hope to get out of the community?

Like all of us, I have longed for connection and acceptance from the world that I encounter. This is something that existed in this community as soon as I got involved. But more than that I constantly receive affirmation for the way I am in the world which is priceless. What I want I am already receiving.

In what ways would I like to collaborate with other coaches in the community? (select all that apply)

Co-creating proposals, Building partnerships, Sharing knowledge, Practice coaching, Writing articles, Organizing events