How did you get into coaching?
In 2003, a Director of the company I was working for proposed to me a short coaching path to “accompany me” in my imminent expatriation to France.
Once in France, I started investigating the coaching, firstly through books and then through training courses. Already in 2004 I started coaching colleagues and assistants.
In 2009 I attended a Corporate Coaching programme accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and in 20120 I got my ICF credentials as Associate Certified Coach (ACC).
I was forced to take a sabbatical in 2003. I was just too sick to work
and could barely function for a long time. It was quite depressing. I
took lots of walks around the neighbourhood and on one particular
day I was pondering, “God, where do I go from here? How can I more
eﬀectively help people?” I ran through several conversations in my
head, imagining meeting people and running through a number of
titles, people helping kind of roles ... and nothing quite ﬁt. The phrase
“I’m a coach” popped into my head and the lights went on, angels
started singing, ﬁreworks were going oﬀ. That was it! Although it
sounded completely new to me, as though the idea had just fallen from
Heaven ‒ it was a perfect ﬁt! My next question was “what is it?” Soon
after, Google came to the rescue and answered my questions. Results
Coaching Systems, the leading Australian Coach trainer I found used
words on their web pages that could have been borrowed from my
personal journal. Again, a perfect ﬁt.
(Excerpt from my book Lifting The Lid on Quiet Achievers)
I thought that coaching was a new idea to me that day, so I was stunned, several months after beginning the coaching journey (as a client and a trainee) to find a journal I'd written in 3 years earlier, and across the top of a page, in my own handwriting I read "BECOME A COACH"!
After my own career change more than 15 years ago, I realized I could save people a lot of time in their career change, so I started offering classes. Classes led to a book. The book and classes and conference keynotes led to requests for personal coaching. The creative part of the work connects with all of the work I've ever done.
I started out consulting start up technology businesses and soon realized Inwas coaching the founders and leadership teams to get out of their own which was standing in their own way of success. Becoming certified was a logical next step.
I have always had a passion for helping others, yesterday I helped a client with stress. Her stress what at such a level that she would grind her teeth at night, waking up with an aching jaw. When I met her I could see from looking at her face the stress she was putting herself under. After a session that lasted around an hour and half, she came out and looked like a new person, as soon as she woke from the hypnotic trance she said she felt so light - like a weight had been removed! And that's it I love the feeling of making a difference in other peoples lives.
I found out that I am good at it, took a few years to train and practice.
I have great listening skills and have been always good at helping others with their issues. Studied psychology and learned to tune in into my inner wisdom.
I was skinny my whole life. One night I was watching a late-night infomercial and it was Tony Horton talking about the Beachbody program. I figured, "I'll give it a try". I really wanted to change the way I looked and felt about myself.
I went from weighing 105 pounds to 135 pounds in my first 3 months, so after that I was hooked and just kept going. I later heard about the opportunity to start coaching others. That was in 2007.
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