Work Experience

2004 : Coach - Consultant - Mentor
at Paris III Sorbonne
and Paris XI Orsay University.
Freelance Coach since 2006.


Professional coach specialized in students orientation without influencing them.
Association Française du coaching scolaire et étudiant.


- Master Ergonomic and Occupational Psychology.
- Psychoanalysis teachings (4 ans). (Paris VIII University)

- DESU "Human resources - coaching" (1 year training) (Paris VIII University)

Academic Coachings

  • Career : Choose a profession, define a career plan over 3 to 6 sessions.
  • Organization : Structure and planning over 2 to 3 sessions.
  • Methodology : Work efficiently, quickly and well with the right learning techniques over 2 to 4 sessions.
  • Public Speaking : Preparation techniques, identifying areas for improvement and knowing how to work on them.


- From monday to friday - 9h to 16h30.
Available by skype
- Tel.: +33 (0)6 73 17 66 67
- Email: (please use the contact form)

- 90 euros per session
No fixed price to pay in advance, no file fees

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A unique guidance program.

A unique guidance program.

Avoiding influence in guidance has always been of paramount importance to me and even more so in recent years when everyone has a theory or advice to give you and many ways to spread it.

17 years of experience in a guidance program that does not influence you, with personal development, where each personality can express itself autonomously in search of meaning and at a price accessible to all.

It was essential to create it.

More about the program

Make sure you choose a REAL professional coach!

The profession is not regulated, and some people call themselves coaches of anything and everything. You can't fail to be vigilant, especially for teenagers or young adults who are easily influenced and sometimes lack lucidity and critical thinking.

Here is a humorist who has better understood and defined the problem than many journalists even specialized, I invite you to laugh (If you understand French, unless there is subtitles):



You want to choose a REAL professional coach?

You must, in a rigorous and thorough way, verify what you are told. It is not because it is a firm with many coaches or an organization with a certain notoriety that you will have the quality and the expected service.

From one day to the next, sites appear presenting coaches with years of experience, an activity as a teacher, trainer or coach in dozens of different schools... above all, look for tangible elements.

2 quick tips for independent coaches:

- Check the SIRET via company information sites to find out when the activity was created. (You will find my SIRET in the footer of my website)

- Check the WHOIS for the date of creation of the website of the coach or the service, if you do not find the SIRET it can enlighten you.

Beyond the story that is told to you :

- check the coaching training followed and its content, the diplomas of the coach and their date of obtaining (some coaching trainings deliver a diploma after only a few hours)

- Check the coach's membership to an association, the only guarantee of control of his professionalism, deontology and ethics (because at the time of his admission, a file is required verifying many prerequisites).

Unfortunately, some coaches claim to belong to an association, but it is not true! Only a quick search in the directory of coaches of these associations via their website will allow you to be sure.)

Be vigilant, don't be fooled by the image/marketing/speech and the statements and slogans of all kinds. If you can't really verify what you are told...

Be careful, do not choose an individual coach or an organization, even a recognized one, offering academic or student coaching, in a hurry, the stakes are high so I insist once again, take the time to check.

To go further, notably by having more elements on the necessary verifications when it is about a big firm or an organization and to have an example of dangerous usurpation having deceived the vigilance of the journalists of the program Forbidden zone on M6, I invite you to read my dedicated article : How to choose a professional Academic coach ?


Method, applications and effectiveness of academic and student coaching

Academic and student coaching is a problem-solving method based on questioning, rephrasing and projection, and is based on the student's own resources.
  • It is a method that brings concrete and measurable/verifiable results,
  • Coaching is a short, productive, efficient, empowering and focused action,
  • It makes the student active and responsible,
  • The work is based on the specific situation of the student, it is a personalized approach,
  • The field of intervention of coaching extends to a large number of problems.

It is truly a student-centered problem-solving method and a process of reflection and introspection, aimed at finding solutions or making choices. This method makes the student ACTIVE by pushing them to reflect on themselves, what they are doing and what they need to do and this helps them to overcome their difficulties, find their way or reach a specific goal.

Coaching is a type of "à la carte" support, which is based on the student's specific problem and which aims to mobilize his resources, to apply his solutions and to make him autonomous with regard to his problem AND the coach.

In the majority of school or university problems, coaching unblocks the reflection or the problems, in 3 to 6 sessions on average.

Coaching can be proposed for all problems related to the following dimensions, for example:

  • Orientation,
  • Professional project,
  • Reorientation,
  • Preparation for exams, competitive exams, oral exams,
  • Work and writing of thesis,
  • Motivation,
  • Organization,
  • Methodology,
  • Self-confidence,
  • Preparation for job search or internship,
  • Preparation for job interviews.

The above names of the different types of coaching and their main purpose are somewhat artificial and are only framed in this way for the sake of a presentation that is intended to be as "meaningful" as possible. In most cases, in a concrete case, we may have to combine several actions to take into account the student's problems as a whole and to reach the set objective.

Moreover, when the student is asked to identify his or her problems and define his or her need for support at the first meeting, it is not uncommon for the problems to be multiple.

The effectiveness of coaching is based on a targeted and relevant reflection between the coach and his client, on a situation, to define potential solutions, to make choices and to implement them in order to progress towards the objective. Coaching is based on concreteness and tries to bring concrete solutions to be implemented between sessions to validate them. It is quite simple:

diagnosis > search for the best solution > test > validation

and if it doesn't work, we start again.

The personal investment of the student is really the key.

Therefore, when the student is forced to follow a coaching program and does not invest himself, it is common that the coaching is ineffective.

Again, coaching is a short, productive, effective, empowering, focused and concrete action that can occur at any time of the year.

The number of sessions is limited in time and depends on the issue.
It varies from 3/6 sessions to a maximum of ten sessions.
The duration of the sessions I propose is one hour, but can vary if needed between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes.


Stop plagiarism in all its forms

As you can see by doing a search for the creation of the domain name of this site "", it is online since 2007, three years after the creation of my activity, you can check it here : WHO IS data for

The texts of the original site were transferred to this site in 2012, during the redesign. Being part of the pioneer sites on the web, I observe with regret that many freelancers or large groups or their partners are inspired to present their services and to confuse the issue they modify the text but the idea and the way of presenting it remains. Sometimes some coaches do not hesitate to make simple copy / paste.

I hope you've looked at the link above, as it provides definitions from the Intellectual Property Code and from Geneviève Koubi, professor and author of books on plagiarism.

The Wikipedia definition traduced, "Plagiat" in French, (accessed on 05/10/2021) seems to me particularly relevant: "Plagiarism is a moral, civil or commercial fault, which can be penalized. It consists in copying an author or monopolizing the work of a creator in the field of arts without quoting him or her, as well as in being strongly inspired by a model that one omits, deliberately or by negligence, to designate. It is often equated with intangible theft. Some make a distinction between plagiarism, which is crude borrowing, and "markdown," where the text undergoes various modifications to confuse the issue."


To you, dear colleague, I ask you not to base your articles on my texts or more precisely to quote me and remind you that all the content of this site is protected by copyright.

I therefore suggest you to use the "Harvard reference system" for all your quotations! I intend to start using it too. Of course, they are done for all electronic sources and therefore for website or blog articles.

There are generators that you can find through your favorite search engine, that said you should at least indicate: Last name, initials, (year of publication), "Title of the article", Available on: full url (date of access).

Here's an example of what this might look like for one of my blog posts:

Vivier, P.V , (2021), "Critical review of Simon Sinek Start With Why book and concept", Available at:, (Accessed 02/11/2021)

Last Blog Articles

  • The difference between influence and manipulation and the reasons for these behaviors

    Publié le 12 October 2021 par Philippe Vivier dans Reflections on Influence - Manipulation

    I am often astonished by the way these terms are used, whether in articles by bloggers or vloggers of varying quality, or in the literature and research in social psychology and clinical psychology, particularly the very trendy one on narcissism, whether it be the question of narcissistic personality or narcissistic perversion disorder.

    This misunderstanding in the use of these terms led me to wonder.

    Of course, there is an etymological difference between the two terms, but that is not the subject here.

    In my opinion, we must focus on the meaning of these words, since they are used as a qualifier for an action.

    For the Larousse dictionary, influence is the fact of an “Action, generally continuous, that something exerts on something or someone” and manipulation would be the “Action of directing the conduct of someone, of a group in the direction that one wishes and without them realizing it”.

    This would imply that the fundamental difference between influence and manipulation is that the victim be or become aware of it.

    Context would therefore also seem to play a role in being able to identify influence or manipulation through the examples offered: an example of political manipulation in one case, and television influencing youth in another.

    Concepts that are intermingled in the collection of expressions using the term influence, we find; “subjected to a manipulation of ideological, psychological order.” Moreover, the use of the term “ideological” also refers to politics,

  • Being comfortable with your Coach is not that important!

    Publié le 11 September 2021 par Philippe Vivier dans Academic and Career Guidance

    All coaches and therapists are subject to the vagaries of their clients' lives and to the fact that they sometimes drop out because of discomfort, whatever term is used. In the context of coaching, this is much less important, in my opinion, than the general discourse based on the principles of therapy, as taught to all apprentice coaches in training schools, and which consists in indicating that it is essential, which logically leads to the emergence of discourse suggesting that one should not take on coaching when one does not "feel" able to do so with regard to one's own shadow areas, etc. This implies that the coach would know his shadow areas that he would have explored in therapy beforehand, which is generally not the case. This can also be explained simply by the diversity of profiles that register for coaching training without any prior knowledge of psychology or therapy methods. It is a question of making this public conceptualize the commercial relationship particularity that unites a practitioner with his client, which is quite different from the one that a salesman at the wallmart might have with his client.
    It is thus a question here of discussing the principle that I myself have put forward from the beginning in the introductory texts present on my website, without very detailed explanation, aiming at explaining that it was important to have a good "feeling" with one's coach. I have decided for this article to focus on what is necessary without being

  • How to know if an influence is good or bad?

    Publié le 31 July 2021 par Philippe Vivier dans Reflections on Influence - Manipulation

    Influence could be good or bad, positive or negative? A notion that is more a matter of common conception than of scientific reality, even if social psychology has taken an interest in it.

    It is not necessary to question whether it is fair to consider that there can be negative influences when referring to trauma, alienation or indoctrination, to mention only some of its most telling forms. The whole point of this article is to see if we could, by argumentation, manage to define whether influence can be beneficial in a general way, according to the context, in all honesty and intellectual vigilance.

    More simply, can we talk about good influence? Does a good influence exist? If a good influence exists, to what extent is it identifiable and what makes it possible to define that it is universally and unmistakably good in all its effects?

    Can all these questions be answered a priori? Let’s try.

    The question of whether some influences are less harmful than others in their effects is not one, that is quite clear. Whether it is in a similar context or not.

    We can use as an example the case of a friend’s advice in a similar context of buying a car and the case of two subjects with different contexts.

    The context of buying a car, where you tell a friend, assuming that you would be likely to follow the advice given and thus be influenced:

    You have two children aged 12 and 14, your spouse’s car is a city car, your family’s outdoor activities are surfing and mountain biking, and the

  • 5 simple steps to protect yourself from influence

    Publié le 25 July 2021 par Philippe Vivier dans Reflections on Influence - Manipulation

    What is influence?

    A vast subject whose spider’s web that can represent it is terribly fine, often imperceptible and complex to correctly identify and map in order to define it, but also to explain it and try to thwart it.

    This article does not aim at detailing the influence in its smallest aspects and effects, that would be too long and tedious. It has two main functions:

    • The first one is to give you a list of what you can do to limit its effects,
    • The second one is to explain to you how to do it concretely by giving you some explanations and examples.

    So for those who are in a hurry or who need a structure before a presentation, here are the 5 key steps to help you protect yourself globally from influence. It is a general process that cannot necessarily correspond to all types of influences, but it seeks to combat beliefs, norms and the acquisition of new knowledge, among others.


    5 steps in 2 parts, adaptable according to the subject:

    I) Question the source’s expertise 

    1. Who is speaking? What is their training and background?
    2. What element makes it possible to determine if he knows what he is talking about?

    II) Questioning the discourse 

    1. Does he cites his sources or the origin of his statements or reasoning?
    2. You must deconstruct and analyze the speech and the level of justification and precision of the statements.
    3. You have to check the possible
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I am currently offering to work remotely for distancing reasons.
My time is divided according to my missions between Bordeaux, Paris and Biarritz.

Currently in Bordeaux.

Bordeaux :
16 Allée de la Chêneraie
33160 Saint-Aubin-De-Médoc
Paris :
254 rue lecourbe
75015 Paris
Biarritz :
23 Avenue de Coulaoun
64200 Biarritz

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