Part of the great joy of training coaches is to see what happens to a client. Recently I asked some clients to think about what they get out of coaching. When you read their thoughts, it just might inspire to you to become a professional coach. I am so glad I did.
COACHING SERVES THE WHOLE PERSON: Barb Braden, Legacy Executive Director. I have had a personal coach for the past 6 years. While the original intent of getting a coach was for my Tupperware business and to help me be a better “Leader of Leaders”, the coaching experience has helped me in all aspects of my life. Having a coach that is truly interested in my success not only as a business owner/leader but as a person gives me permission to explore all areas in my life. This then leads me to a better understanding of how I work physically, mentally and emotionally allowing me to be much more proactive in my thinking and doing. My coach keeps me honest with myself.
COACHING HELPS KEEP THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING: Diane Nozik, Senior Executive Director. Coaching has not only transformed both my personal business but also my organization with some fantastic spillover into even my personal relationships. This year, I promoted more leaders then I ever had before, closed more shows and submitted higher sales. Beyond that, it helped me focus on the truly important areas of my business and I learned how to let go of so many of the distractions that seemed to pop up and keep me from being truly productive. Working with my coach helps me address some of the uncomfortable parts of being a top producing direct seller so I’m more confident and can help my team be more confident. Plus, I’m now working more efficiently in my business and that has spilled over into more quality time with my family plus I have more to give to my team. The work I do with her is really the most important part of my work week.
COACHING BRINGS ACCOUNTABILITY: Sally Michael, Senior Executive Managing Partner. Coaching has been an enormous step for me in my business. I have never run a large organization and coaching has helped keep me stay on track and keeps my business moving forward. I am a person who has a lot of energy and drive but can get sidetracked so much of the time. Coaching in three areas has been life changing for me:
- calendar blocking or time management
- accountability with my team and personal goals
- processing decisions and sticking with them
Because I have accountability, I tend to not procrastinate as much and I am always looking at the steps I need to take to make my goals happen. I have realized through coaching that I can work smarter and not harder. I need to plan my work and not let my work plan me. I have more balance in life, my business and in my head because of my investment in myself.
How can we encourage more people to consider becoming a coach?
Please. Take a moment and comment. How has coaching helped you?