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To Become a Highly Successful Coach
Posted 880 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Thanks to community leader Lisa Read for sharing the key information about the Sheffield Coaching Exchange group that she runs.
Posted 887 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Many thanks to Claire Cahill for sharing the key information about the Derbyshire coaching group and what it is that makes them unique.
Posted 894 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Coaching Articles
Thanks to community leader Deepti Goyal for sharing the key information about the group that she runs.
Posted 901 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Chris Grady shares with us his story of the highs and lows of becoming a professional coach.
Posted 908 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Coaching Articles
Strengthening your Awareness, Engagement and Performance. Jasper Walshe shares with us his niche of being a strengths coach and some areas where this can be applied.
Posted 915 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Marcus Barber shares with us his story of discovering coaching and then becoming a professional coach.
Posted 957 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Thanks to community leader David Wise for sharing the key information about the group that he runs in Bristol.
Posted 985 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Claire Griffin shares with us her story of becoming a professional coach.
Posted 999 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
I came to coaching at a time when I was very disillusioned with my career. Read how coaching helped Maria Kelly and now how she is helping others.
Posted 1006 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
I have been a Managing Director for a Medical Company for 9 years and it became very apparent that management styles were changing.
Posted 1013 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Matthew has kindly shared his story of how he discovered coaching and his journey to qualifying.
Posted 1076 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
We love to share the success stories of our coaches and the journey they have taken. Isabel has taken time out of her business diary to share her story: My Path to the Future - How I Created My Coaching Business.
Posted 1090 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
We do like shining the spotlight on our coaches here at The Coaching Academy and nothing pleases us more than hearing about all of your success stories and sharing this with our networks. Victoria Hockley has taken time out of her busy schedule to share her story with us.
Posted 1132 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Ever wondered how long it takes to complete every single one of The Coaching Academy's training programmes? That's over 40 days of live training, over 70 coaching sessions, 6 Practical Assessments, 5 Final Assessment Papers, and an NLP Viva.
Posted 1181 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
We love to celebrate the success of our qualified coaches here at The Coaching Academy and share your stories with our networks. Today we are celebrating the success of Christopher Catt, who is making a real difference in his niche by combining his expertise and experience and coaching practices in his coaching business!
Posted 1188 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
We do like shining the spotlight on our coaches here at The Coaching Academy and nothing pleases us more than hearing about all of your success stories and sharing this with our networks. Not just a successful executive coach, Julie Hickton is director of her own limited company, and has successfully published her first book "The Tree of Resilience".
Posted 1209 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Katy Coulson shares her success story, where she is now and her top tips for fellow Coaching Academy students and qualified coaches moving forward.
Posted 1215 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Deciding to go ahead with the programme was a big decision both in terms of the money and also pushing myself outside of my comfort zone but at the same time, I wasn't happy with my situation and I knew I wanted to make big changes. So, I relied on my instinct and the gut feeling that it was the right thing to do.
Posted 1223 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
In late 2012, I decide to take a break from my previous career but wasn't quite sure where I wanted to end up. After a few months of just enjoying freedom from the 9 - 5 (or the 7:30 - 6 in my case) I needed to make some decisions.
Posted 1230 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
2013 was my year of jubilee I celebrated by becoming a personal performance coach and NLP practitioner, doing a zip wire over the river Wear, scuba diving, starting a new business and speaking at an international conference in Delhi. I have enjoyed every minute of my 50th year and I have gone from redundancy to abundance with the help of The Coaching Academy and my fellow coaches.
Posted 1251 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Ann Carver is a Wealth and Personal Success Coach with a story well worth reading. Ann came to coaching and found her niche following an accumilation of debt, family loss and emotional spending. Read her story here...
Posted 1258 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Coaching Academy News, Success Stories
This is a Coach In The Spotlight Special as we are very excited to be welcoming a new member of our Qualifications Team to The Coaching Academy. Meet Nikki Streatfield who joined us last month as a Coach Assessor. Read on to find out more and if you're lucky enough you'll get to speak to Nikki soon on your next practical assessment.
Posted 1314 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight
Following my father's death a friend suggested that I speak with her mum who is a life coach. My first reaction was "gosh I must appear unstable" and my second was of excitement and enthusiasm as I have always looked upon life coaching as an LA celebrity's commodity.
Posted 1342 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight
As the end of another year approaches, so begins my reflection on all of the amazing things that have happened in 2013. Who would have thought that a decision taken on July 6th 2012 to enroll would be a game-changer of a step towards where I am today!
Posted 1348 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight
Our latest Coach In The Spotlight is drummer Boyd Hayward. His first experience of coaching was when he hired one for himself and loved the experience. After attending our 2 day certificate course he knew that coaching was a career avenue to be explored!
Posted 1356 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Coaching Articles, Success Stories
I came to coaching at a time of major change in my life. I worked in social housing for over 20 years... In March 2011, I suffered a stroke which left me without feeling on my entire left side and it took me three months to learn to walk unaided again.
Posted 1370 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
From a medical background as a therapy radiographer to the buzz and busyness of working through her coaching diplomas; Andrea Chapman shares her journey to becoming a coach and has a very interesting niche! As a single mum of twin boys, here's how Andrea handled the experience.
Posted 1377 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight
Nicky Raby shares her coaching journey with us and discusses exactly how the power of goal setting has helped to keep her on track and in line for success! Read her story here...
Posted 1384 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight
Our latest Coach In The Spotlight is Anne Lewis, who shares her journey towards living the life she has always wanted. In Anne's own words she had been "hiding away" from life until she embarked on her coaching journey and things started to change for her.
Posted 1391 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Coaching Articles, In The Spotlight
This is a very touching Coach In The Spotlight from Jennie Lockley. Having been a registered nurse since 1980, she always had a passion for encouraging and building confidence in people. Having joined The Coaching Academy with a master plan to qualify quickly Jennie really did have to face some challenges head on. What a journey, thank you for sharing!
Posted 1419 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Success Stories
It's time to shine our spotlight on another coach success story! Nothing pleases us more than when our coaches get in touch to share their news. So, when graduate from 2002, Annie Ashdown contacted us to let us know about her 2nd book, we were keen to find out what else she's been up to for the past decade...
Posted 1426 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Success Stories
It seems a little odd to be writing something about success when I feel like I'm only at the beginning of my coaching life - but perhaps there's something in there about celebrating the small steps forward towards our dreams... hmmm, those sound like coaching words to me!
Posted 1440 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Hi, my name is Simone Vincenzi and I can finally say that I am a qualified Coach with The Coaching Academy. I received my diploma in Personal Performance Coaching a couple of weeks ago. What a relief and in particular... What a journey!! Here's my story...
Posted 1447 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
What brings our coaches to the world of coaching and what becomes of them after they've officially graduated and become a professional qualified coach? These are some of the questions answered in our regular Coach In The Spotlight story and here's Christene Burgess for you.
Posted 1453 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Coaching Articles
If you've ever wondered what it is like to be a student of The Coaching Academy, training to be a Professional Coach, then this blog post is for you! We do love a trainee coach with gusto so when student Claudia Brown, Coach in Training, proposed an article providing a first-hand account for what it's like to be a Coach in training we jumped at the chance.
Posted 1489 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight
We do like shining the spotlight on our coaches here at The Coaching Academy and nothing pleases us more than hearing about all of your success stories and sharing this with our networks. Not just a successful coach but also a trainer for The Coaching Academy, Lorraine Thomas has been making waves in the parent coaching arena and was featured in this month's Prima Baby.
Posted 1496 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Recently back from Russia having provided some corporate and individual coaching in Novosibirsk, we caught up with Marina Kogan to find out a bit more about her life as a Coach and feature her as our next Coach in the Spotlight. To find out more, read on...
Posted 1503 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Success Stories
We are delighted to feature not just one coach in the spotlight but two highly experienced coaches, Karen Jones and Joanne Spencer. Together they run two highly successful businesses, work as a job share and still manage to find time to create a great work-life balance. To find out how they do it, read their Spotlight feature here...
Posted 1508 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Success Stories, Trainer in the Spotlight
Merete will hopefully be a familiar face and voice to a lot of you. She's done an incredible amount for us here at The Coaching Academy and has worn many hats during her years with us. As a qualified Coach and NLP Practitioner with her own business she works with small business owners and young people who are making major life choices. Find out more about Merete here.
Posted 1517 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Success Stories
Paul Knee is our latest Coach in the Spotlight with a very interesting story. Paul says, "for me the most interesting development since becoming a coach was how much 'un-learning' I had to do and then how much re-learning i had to do around self-awareness". Read his story here...
Posted 1524 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
My first contact with coaching goes back to 2002 during my first working experience in UK. At the time I was too young and I was advised to gain further life experience to get the most of the training and this is what I did for the next 10 years.
Posted 1531 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Trainer in the Spotlight
Dawn Harvey has been involved in coaching since 2005 when she started her own coaching and training business. She specialises in leadership, communication and commercial awareness and is involved in developing coaching cultures within the NHS. It is time to shine the spotlight on our energetic trainer and mentor.
Posted 1538 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Coaching Articles, In The Spotlight
I have wanted to become a coach for years, ever since I first heard of life coaching. I am passionate about helping people to live their lives to their full potential. I have a range of people management experience having worked in all sorts of different areas of the NHS. There were several reasons why I decided the time was right for me to follow my dream of becoming a coach and apply for redundancy...
Posted 1559 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Success Stories
As I progressed higher within the organisation for which I previously worked, I realised that I was more interested in people than in businesses and processes. I had not heard of coaching at this stage, but when a colleague mentioned it to me, I realised that I had been coaching people naturally all along.
Posted 1587 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Coaching Articles, Success Stories
After taking maternity leave from the police I went back to my old role in 2008 but was less than inspired so had some coaching to help me work out what I wanted to do. I was on a conference for women in policing when I first realised that it was possible to re-train to do something much more inspirational. An ex-police officer was working as a coach at the conference and that was when I knew coaching was for me!
Posted 1594 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Coaching Articles, Success Stories
I've had a successful career delivering projects in organisations where I've been fortunate to manage and lead teams and deliver training. Choosing a new career direction, I decided to deepen my knowledge of people. I'm proud to say that I've always used a coaching style - it just took the fabulous and free Coaching Academy weekend for me to know it was right for me to take coaching further as a vocation.
Posted 1615 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Coaching Articles
I'm a life-long student of personal development and have read great books on how to create high performance accomplishments. When I found the opportunity to attend The Coaching Academy's 2 day event in London, I seized it without question. What's really fascinating to me is recognising and tapping into the enormous power which every human has, focus.
Posted 1629 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight
Prior to coaching I worked in sales in the FMCG industry managing Tesco & Sainsburys. Throughout the positions I held, the bit that I loved the most was dealing with people; whether it was line management, customers or colleagues, it simply made me tick.
Posted 1643 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight
Life is a dynamic dialogue between me and the external world and I have had this animated relationship with 'Change' ever since I entered adulthood. While certain big changes in my earlier life, like moving to live independently in a big city to start my banking career with Citibank. More recently in 2009, I experienced certain unexpected changes which were negative on the outset, however in retrospect triggered the best out of me!
Posted 1650 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Success Stories
My coaching niche is health and well being. I chose it because as a result of my experience at the Coaching Academy’s Certificate in Coaching – 2 day event. I went on to set myself goals around my health and well being and as a result I lost 8 stone and became a personal trainer.
Posted 1657 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight
Before I started the course, I decided that I wanted to use coaching to set up a separate business alongside my “day job”. Having worked in marketing, I was looking for something to complement this and give me a sense of contribution.
Posted 1678 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Personal Success
I qualified with the Coaching Academy in 2011 (Personal Performance Coaching Diploma). I would like to share my journey to encourage you to continue in your own journey and to demonstrate that starting the course is only the beginning.
Posted 1706 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Success Stories
I’ve always known that I wanted my own business, the only problem…..deciding what my product or service should be?
Posted 1734 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Success Stories
I am a continuous learner which I regard as a good thing. I am highly reflective with a tendency for over-thinking – not such a good thing! I can be opinionated and openly share my opinions if I consider them relevant to a discussion! Although I can be highly energetic and pro active, my natural default setting is one of sluggishness and daydreaming. So why’s this relevant?
Posted 1741 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Success Stories
I was signed up for the Personal Performance Diploma with The Coaching Academy (TCA)! So what happened? Well I saw the free 2 day course advertised and I thought it looked really interesting and a lot of fun and I had heard a bit about this ‘magic’ called coaching so I thought I would go along.
Posted 1748 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Personal Success
I booked onto the free 2-day course at the end of February and went along to day 1 slightly uncertain of what I was going to encounter, but very definite in the knowledge that I wanted to learn as much as possible about myself and others. I’m pleased to say that I enjoyed it immensely and found it an inspiring 2 days, and knew I wanted to pursue coaching.
Posted 1783 Days Ago in: Coach Plus Articles, Coach Spotlight, Life Coaching Articles, Questions & Answers
Posted 1839 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Life Coaching Articles, Personal Success
I went along to the 2 day Coaching Academy course as I had been offered voluntary redundancy and hoped the course would help me in my personal decision making. In the event it did much more than that. I saw that here was an opportunity to develop my coaching skills and turn my passion into a new career.
Posted 1846 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Personal Success
Posted 1852 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Personal Success
For once I followed my heart. Initially this meant relocating from South Africa to England to set up home with my soon to be husband. However the experience of building a very new and different life, at a time when most people are comfortably settled into a rhythm of life heading towards retirement, soon became a journey that changed more than my marital status. My South African career had been tough but rewarding.
Posted 1860 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Personal Success
I discovered executive and personal coaching as a profession quite by accident. I worked in an investment company in London - in the grey zone with no room for professional development, and felt ready to experience a change. Someone left a Protégé Programme Leaflet in a block of apartments where I lived.
Posted 1888 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
The Coaching Academy struck me as a respectable organisation and the 2 day free certificate course seemed too good to miss. Following my two days in London I realised that coaching was the career I wanted to follow and within days had signed my measly redundancy payout to the Coaching Academy and signed up to the Personal Performance Diploma. From that day in February 2011 I haven’t looked back and forged ahead with the course which I thought was exceptional.
Posted 1901 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight
My name is Piotr Jankiewicz and I qualified with The Coaching Academy in Corporate and Executive Coaching Diploma. I have always been interested in learning and development. The drive for improvement has been present in a number of areas in my life – as an athlete, a secondary school teacher, an in-company communication trainer, an entrepreneur and a coach. When I was a teenager I was very much into sports and hoped to make it to the Olympics.
Posted 1916 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Success Stories
Posted 1909 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Success Stories
The truth was that I realised I needed coaching as much as I wanted to be a coach, and with hindsight I think that is what my friend meant when she signposted me in this direction. I have always given 100% to my employer so I went into the qualification with gusto, thinking that it was time to do something for myself.
Posted 1881 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, Coaching Articles, In The Spotlight, Personal Success, Success Stories
As far back as the year 2004, my work as a Marketing Manager at the multinational was overcoming me. I was completely overwhelmed even though everyday I was leaving the office late in the evening and working long hours. I never had the time to delegate, I spent the days running from meeting to meeting, and I could seldom be with my children. For my birthday, my wife gave me a very special present: coaching sessions.
Posted 1937 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight, In The Spotlight, Success Stories
My academic background is in Psychology and prior to becoming a coach I had always worked in support roles within caring organizations. I decided to do my personal performance coaching diploma in October 2010; at that time I was working two jobs and was also running my own dance fitness business in the evenings and weekends. Doing both was tiring- I knew something was going to have to give but I felt a constant conflict between two arenas which I loved: dance fitness and psychology & support work.