And we are back again on our mission to create a platform for professional coaches in the PSG community to find a place where they can introduce themselves and their work. Where they can share their experiences and enable success for others. We value real life experience, road tested solutions and real human connection.
We are proud of our coaching community at PSG and it is our pleasure every month to introduce another person from the community who works actively as a coach. Our Featured Coach in October is Tomas O’Connor. Tomas answered our 3 questions about purpose, his approach and a view of coaching as a profession.
Here is our Coach of the Month – October Coaching Q & A
PSG: Since qualifying, what are the top 3 lessons you have learnt that support your growth as a coach:
Lesson 1 for me just after qualifying was very definitely to find my own personal style of coaching. When you’re training you’re really in “pure” coaching mode, learning the tools, techniques and approaches. Then you qualify and its like you’re let loose on the world and with that comes the finding of your own feet and getting clear on what kind of a coach you really are or want to be. I remember consuming coaching manuals, doing online trainings and eating, sleeping and drinking all things coaching. I coached anyone and everyone who was up for it for a few weeks and then in the middle of that spree came the emergence of my own personal style. It took a little while to grow into that role but once I did, it enhanced my confidence. Holding truthful to my top 3 values of Honesty, Courage and Fun has guided me in every area of my growth not only as a coach but as a person. My style grew arms and legs over time and my personal coaching mantra “Be Your Brilliant Self” has become such a big part of what I do that it’s even become my business name and inspired my own range of coaching programmes.
Lesson 2 would have to be getting my own coach for the few weeks and months after qualifying. As soon as you have your Diploma, yes you’re ready and set and good to go. However, to get real clarity and confidence about the way forward I definitely found having my own coach invaluable. There are a number of ways that it benefitted. Getting regular coaching for yourself also puts you in the client position every now and then which I have found invaluable for appreciating your own clientele and the fears and challenges they face. The main benefit though was to have a sounding board and a support for starting out. I was advised to be my own best client and get a coach for myself and that really was a game changer for me.
Lesson 3 – Always be learning and improving. You can’t sit on your laurels in this business. Besides getting cramp you’ll get stale and stagnant and your clients will spot it a mile off. If you want to be bringing your best self to the table then you need to be proactive and deliberate in growing yourself as a person and resilient in reading, researching, upskilling and gathering all the really good information that enhances your skillset and mindset. From a business perspective you also need to be doing the same – constantly learning and improving your business model and how you can best promote, engage and deliver to your clients. Keep moving forward so that the ground underneath your feet doesn’t get a chance to harden. Keep looking forward and planning the next steps. When you engage in constant growth you’re keeping it all interesting, dynamic and adventurous and that’s a major plus and advantage for both you as a coach and most definitely for your clients.
PSG: To – date, as a coach, what has brought you the most fulfillment?
On a personal front it’s probably using my coaching skills and mindset to create better relationships with the most important people in my life. There is nothing more fulfilling than getting a result for yourself on that front. That’s what clients come for, right? So it’s really fulfilling when you create that feeling for yourself. I think it makes you a greater prospect as a coach. You’re walking the walk as much as talking the talk. After that, the greatest fulfilment I repeatedly get is when a client gets a light bulb moment with a challenge and breaks through a previously limiting set up. The palpable energy and enthusiasm that the client brings in that scenario is a real High 5 moment for yourself and your client alike. It builds serious trust, momentum and rapport and brings your professional relationship to another level of engagement.
PSG: What do you foresee as the main reasons for clients to look for coaching in the last quarter of 2015?
Summer has passed and autumn is here and clients are definitely re evaluating how much progress they’ve made this year in their personal lives and in their careers and businesses. Those that haven’t maybe realized the results they had projected are now taking stock and looking for strategies and plans to make 2016 a better year and to finish strong in late 2015.. The days of people waiting till January to get down to the business of the new year are well and truly over and clients now more than ever before are putting their strategies in place for next year so that they can hit the ground running when January comes. People are looking for better value in their lives and they are now realizing that having a coach is a sure-fire way to take stock, get clear and make those changes to do that.
Website: Be Your Brilliant Self
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