My journey begins in September 2013 with a phone call that was answered by Fiona Ellis, she took me through the programs and answered all my questions. I went onto complete my Foundations Coaching weekend in Sydney and I distinctly remember the end of the first day, I left thinking these people get me, they understand my language, I am not alone.
Prior to commencing my coaching journey I was employed in the retail banking sector in a senior management role where I was leading a team of 25 people. In this role I was responsible for building a strong focussed team and I was the voice of the team in Executive Management meetings. On many occasions this saw me torn between what the organisation wanted and what my team was able to provide. In turn I would react on occasion in an inappropriate manner to get my message heard.
I wanted more for my team, so I went in search of different ways that I could become a better leader and a greater voice for the team.
This lead me to The Coaching Institute.
Once I had committed to my studies I advised my employer and provided them with a summary of the studies I was undertaking. They were shocked initially and wanted to fund the studies, this is where I truly stood firm and expressed that this is my journey and I had it all organised. Thursday 14 November 2013, 2 weeks after my Foundations coaching weekend I was given the opportunity to take up coaching full time. I took the opportunity with both hands and have been moving forward ever since.
I registered my business - Stairway 2 Dreams on the 21 November 2013. I was immersed in webinars, triads and listening to CD’s. Sharon was in my head, I listened intently to her every word and went about learning about myself and how my standards and beliefs were contributing to my results. I started taking steps to change then person I was, I wanted more for my family, to be a better role model for my sons and a better partner to my husband. A university student was my first paying client on the 19 March 2014 for 6 sessions. I approached my first paid session with a sense of calmness and curiosity not really knowing what was going to unfold. As I drove to the session I remember listening to the “My Success Principles” and thinking I only need to be one step ahead of my client. Our first session was awesome and my client walked away with a spring in her step and a smile on her face, a new direction she was happy to pursue. Our sessions continued for the next 8 weeks and in this time my client commenced a full time role in the city and set goals for her future. The learnings from these sessions are invaluable.
Building rapport and maintaining it, everything is bread, listening for what is not being said, validating your client and getting out of my own road is only just a few that I now step forward with everyday. To develop my coaching skills and give me the opportunity to practise what I was learning I took part in a coaching program for high school students. This enabled me to coach 2 students for an hour each week for 22 weeks through their mid year exams and through a community service project.
This has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had, to see these two young people grow the way they did was amazing. I truly stepped out into the coaching world on Tuesday 29th April 2014 launching my business with a 2 hour workshop presenting the 10 Success Principles. I listened to this CD collection constantly for 2 weeks prior to the event, at the gym, in the car and I was reading the book at the same time. I transcribed every CD and I live with these principles everyday.
I signed my first business client in May 2014 on a 6 month retainer and have been coaching the business owners and their managers. This client has seen me grow as a coach, after completing EDisc, Advanced Skills, Meta 1 & Meta II and How to Run a Workshop. I have been grateful for the opportunity to use all of these skills with this business client.