Behind The Mask

by Andree Funnell

Behind the mask is an interactive book, designed to help you discover the secrets of authenticity and unveil the real you behind the mask. Living authentically will provide you with greater fulfillment and allow you to live the life you truly desire, both at home and at work.

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“There is more to most than meets the eye”

We come into this world with nothing and go out of it leaving behind a legacy which is often not a true reflection of what or who we truly were.

At the heart of our true spiritual being we are constantly searching for joy, happiness and fulfilment and in some cases financial freedom and security.  Throughout my life, I have met so many people who have spent years being someone who they truly aren’t and feeling unhappy in their own skin.  These people often live their lives by someone else’s ideals and rules or an organisation’s values, without receiving either the accolades they deserve or the ability to influence others effectively.

How many people do you come across in life who you feel are not being authentic but ‘transparent’, so you can see right through them? Would you put your trust in these people? The answer is probably not.

I recognised that I was one of those people living out my life under someone else’s expectations or ideals, back in the days when I worked in a pressurised commercial environment, and probably long before that. This lack of authenticity is often derived from the pressure of society, culture, family, relations, school or employers.

I thought that ‘being professional’ was what was expected of me, but I didn’t realise that I was not being the true me or getting the results and achievements I desired, leaving me miserable and unfulfilled on two fronts.


My first realisation that I was not being authentic was when I was working in the corporate world and had some appraisal feedback.  It said that I could develop my ability to influence senior executives and peers to a greater degree by acting more like my true self rather than putting on the façade of a ‘professional woman’. The second realisation was when I finally left that organisation to work for myself and realised that I had not been happy and had been living a lie, trying to be something and someone I was not.

Over the past 16 years, I have been working as a coach and trainer, helping other people to discover their true self, identifying their values and what others’ perception of them is.

Take this invitation to explore who you truly are – not what you have come to believe you are – and discover what you can achieve by being authentic and the true you.

What have you got to lose? Don’t waste any more time hiding behind your mask. Discover who you really are and how you would like to present yourself in order to be fulfilled, happy and able to achieve great things.

This book is designed to be a thought provoking and interactive tool for self-reflection, enabling you to identify the true you and live the life you desire.

To find out more about the the courses and coaching programmes that are associated with the book click here.

Bonus Content

Book Buyers can get access to the amazing bonus content which includes: The wheel of life exercise, Emotional Intelligence questionnaire, Action planning toolkit, and more. Access to a 30-minute break through discovery session with Andree to identify whether you are living authentically or need to change your life, (value £200). Click and register now!

About the Author

Andree has spent over 20 years working as an HR and training manager in large corporate organisations. In 2002, she left full-time employment to start her own business consultancy, Aspiring Future Competence (AFC). AFC are a multi-award winning learning, development and coaching consultancy created to help others aspire to reach their full potential.


Authenticity is all about the moment. It's about now. It's about presence. It's not only seeing beyond the mask but taking off the mask and living your true self in alignment with your values.
It's what is left over when the mind steps out of the way and lets the soul shine through. Authenticity is when you are being you, from the core.

Behind the Mask book

The Journey of Self Discovery

Authenticity – Being Your True Self

Authentic means ‘from the source or origin’. It is the raw, naked, unhindered expression of beingness of the soul. That’s why we say, ‘being authentic’, not ‘doing authentic’.

Observing Authenticity in Others

One of the easiest ways to observe authenticity is to notice creatures in nature: a squirrel, a bird or a butterfly. They have no agenda other than to be who they truly are. They have an advantage over many humans, without the hindrance of an ego, showing us a great example of what it means to be authentic.

Do you remember when you were a child and you were free to simply be? You were uninhibited, saying and doing what you truly wanted. Children are real, liberated and authentic – for a while at least. As we grow up we become conditioned to act and respond in a certain way in order to conform to society or culture. We are also conditioned to be fearful.

We see authenticity in people from all walks of life – people who are just really comfortable in their own skin. They feel real and natural. They ‘say it how it is’, yet with compassion and awareness. These are the people we tend to trust in life – because they are real.

You can’t ‘try’ to be authentic. You can’t train yourself or follow a technique to learn. You can, however, allow your layers of baggage to fall away. In doing so, authenticity will surface more and more as an expression of your being.

Reading this book will take you on a journey of self-discovery and help you to develop yourself by understanding what authenticity is and is not. It will also help you to improve the quality of your life and increase your chances of being fulfilled, happy and successful in both your work and personal lives.

Behind the Mask book will help you discover

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  • Who you are
  • What makes you unique
  • Why you are not totally fulfilled and perhaps feeling dissatisfied and unhappy with the life you lead
  • What stops you being your authentic self and what to do about it
  • What your core values are and whether you are living them
  • The impact you have on those around you and how this affects your relationships
  • What people really think of you but aren’t saying
  • Your strengths and vulnerabilities and how to optimise these to your best advantage
  • What your map of the world looks like that – your future self
  • Greater confidence and presence



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How is being authentic linked to Health and Wellbeing?

I am excited to announce that my article about authenticity in the workplace has just been published in the Wellbeing World Magazine - Spring Edition. I have just received some copies of the printed magazine.

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Behind the Mask – Audible Book

It’s been a momentous few years for award winning author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Andree Funnell. July 2019 saw Andree make her literary debut with her ground-breaking new book, ‘Behind the Mask’. It’s so much more than just another self-help book. Put quite simply, it is an essential step by step guide to turning your life around and achieving the kind of life you deserve. Andree embarked on a marketing campaign which has involved radio shows, magazine articles, social media, book launches and book signing events and has been pleasantly surprised how the book has been received, and the positive feedback that has been provided. One of the most prolific suggestions she received was to transform it into an audible book.

Buy Behind the Mask audiobook for a promotional price until 15th June 2020.

Accelerator programme

This is a one-to-one,  three to six month life-changing coaching programme that will take you through the entire ‘Behind the Mask’ process as described in the book. You will get to work with me personally and share experiences, concerns, fears, innermost secrets and insecurities, all in a supportive and confidential environment.

Visualise yourself living your future life without your mask and being your authentic self. WOW! Imagine how it would feel to be living your true values, feeling free, comfortable and fulfilled – it’s so exciting and empowering.

The programme will help you in both your work and personal life. By the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • Step into the world with more confidence
  • Be more assertive and self-assured
  • Influence others more naturally and easily
  • Feel comfortable in your own shoes
  • Be in control of your life and destiny

Are you ready to get started?

To learn more about the accelerator programme sign up below, and I will get back to you, or call me on (44) 0845 6182879 or (44) 07702 818665.

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