How I Became a Professional Coach

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I went through many different branches within my career, but until I became a coach, I wanted something more. After discovering the GROW Coaching Model and finishing the courses, I knew I was where I needed to be. Coaching has changed everything for me, and I love the services that I can provide.

In 2011, I was asked to identify training programs that would help leaders become better coaches. At the time, I had not explored the possibility of becoming a coach myself. But, after experiencing the GROW Coaching Model developed by InsideOut Development it completely changed my life. I loved how easy the process was for the leaders I worked with. The model taught us to walk employees through a series of questions and generate ideas for actions to take place. One thing that was most surprising to me and the leaders that we trained was that they didn’t walk out of the room with a list of action items and a need to solve the problem for the employee but the questions allowed the employee the opportunity for self-discovery.

Something I think is surprising to individuals learning about coaching is that you do not have to have the answers. A coach must be able to ask great questions and listen. Trust me, it is not easy, but when you are able to be present, ask questions and hold space for the other person, individuals discover that they have the answers. They just need help to get it out.

As I completed the training certification and delivered GROW Coaching sessions, I wanted to expand my knowledge as a coach and be able to make a difference in the lives of the people. This led me to enroll in iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching) training where I spent the next 10-months learning how to become a certified professional coach.

I admit when I walked into the room, I was expecting this to be easy. I was teaching others the GROW process with success; how hard could this be? Well, I am here to tell you I did not expect it to work on myself as much as I did, but I am so grateful I did. I gained insights and had the opportunity to be coached by some amazing people. In fact, I am still friends with and have hired some to be my coach throughout my career.

As I started Talent Activators, a large part of my business is helping leaders successfully transition into new roles. A key component of that transition is coaching them through that new role. It is so rewarding to be that trusted advisor to these executives as they navigate the new role. They feel UNCERTAIN, UNCLEAR and ALONE. They discover quickly that their past successes that got them there may not carry them into the next role. They are not sure where to turn. I am grateful for the opportunity to play a small part in their lives and help coach them through the process.

In celebrating International Coaching week I hope that if you have had a coach in your past, you will reach out to them and let them know the impact they have had on your life. If you’ve never experienced coaching, please reach out! I would be happy to set up a call with you and tackle a current situation that you are struggling with.

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