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Answers from Collette Bryson,
August Coach of the Month
PSG: How do you keep up the level of courage and energy necessary to meet your stretch goals?
Collette: Reflection and self-care are my go-to tools. I always loved the reflection practice taught by PSG and I have carried this forward into different aspects of life. I journal – not all the time, but if I need to reflect or give particular consideration to a decision, or even vent! This gives me the space to create courage for myself to take a little step further. Lately, after some reflection, I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave a talk to about 60 people. So, I have banked that success whilst also reflecting on what I could improve upon the next time. Exercise, such as a long walk, preferably in nature and gratitude practice are also important tools in my armoury.
PSG: What have been your best ‘support systems’ in terms of keeping you motivated to continually learn and grow?
Collette: Connection is the best support system for me. Connection to friends, family and all the wonderful coaches and others I have met along the way. I like to attend QCC events when I can, and when I can’t I will always try to catch the online broadcast and take advantage of the online resources. I also know that I have support from a small group of colleagues if I need a steer or an opinion on something. Although social media gets bad press, it is an important tool in keeping up to date. I read articles online and this helps me to consider new points of view. Social media can be a source of connection too. I should also say that I have wonderful support from my husband!
PSG: What can we do as coaches to honour our true selves in our coaching practice?
Collette: Never stop working on yourself! It’s important for coaches to keep connecting with other coaches and to get coaching themselves. Once you stop reflecting and working on yourself, complacency can seep in and you are then not fully serving your clients’ interests. I guess this can lead to a disconnection and dissatisfaction in yourself. In order to keep that energy up – keep reflecting, keep getting coached and keep connecting!
Bio: Collette Bryson
Collette holds a Diploma in Life and Executive Coaching from PSG and a Certificate in Career Coaching and came to coaching following a career in general legal practice spanning 20 years. She is also a qualified Mediator. Collette established Engage Life Coaching a year ago and has a particular interest in career coaching. She volunteers as a career coach at Jobcare, coaching unemployed people, has also facilitated their Jobnet course and recently was a guest speaker on the topic of “Effective CV Production”. She has also volunteered at Intreo Job Fair and Future Sparks Festival for the last 2 years.
Collette lives in North Dublin with her husband and 2 children.
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