Two months later, TCI came on her radar on Facebook and she said yes to a live event facilitated by Matt Lavars. “I thought, ‘this is just amazing’,” says Wendy, who took Matt aside: “I said, ‘I need you to help me with something. My cynicism.”
Wendy struggled to believe that “at my age, there is another chapter” and that she could have personal growth. Still, she signed up at Masters level then almost immediately upgraded to Pro Coach.
Three years later, Wendy —runner-up in last year’s ICG Australian Coach of the Year—has “done just about everything there is to do with TCI, now I’m going around a second time,” she says.
Her business is a roaring success, she lives her ideal daily life every day (including hands-on time with her six grandkids) and is fit, healthy and plans on never retiring.
After starting her coaching journey learning “how to help other people not do what my brother did” Wendy realised almost 40 years in retail meant her calling was business coaching.
She works with both small business and corporates, and is about to start working with a series of programs which will attract big business. “Yes, I earn money but it’s not about that,” says Wendy. “I am able to give back so much.”
You found TCI after you’d had big changes in your life.
Yes. My dad, my job and my brother. I’ve had three failed marriages, I left all of them, and my brother was the only male left in my life I could talk to about stuff that was very personal. We came together as a family to lay dad’s ashes and Greg … was down. We had a conversation on the balcony and back then I would have said he was a bit unhappy. I can see now he was depressed.
Why did you sign up to TCI?
I’d done an MBA in 2010 but work paid for that so I had never invested in my own education. I thought, ‘I can do this, I have the money’. It was very confronting, to do the deep personal stuff. But when I decide to so something I’m all in. And I have not looked back since.
How has TCI changed you?
I am a totally different person. I now know that anything is possible. I know a life of meaning and purpose is not just possible, it is our right. I used to shoot from the hip. Now I have very deliberate language. I know that if I was sitting on that balcony with my brother I would have a very different conversation with him.
Why do you love business coaching?
The clients I attract. What I love is, it’s goes down to, ‘You are a human being, let’s talk about that.’ They come to me with business, saying they are stuck, don’t know how to develop a strategy, and what I find out is they have all the traits we all have. We just explore trust. I help them be better people and that opens the floodgates to be better businesspeople.