Mirel Duta, our wonderful Personal Performance Diploma graduate explains how his personal development process led him to coaching. Mirel shares his top coaching tips and lends some amazing insights about challenging your limiting beliefs to seize your dream and shoot for success. We hope you enjoy…

What inspired you to enrol with The Coaching Academy?

I made the decision to become a coach as a step forward in my personal development process. I started this process in 2008, when I made another decision: to trust in myself and to always follow my full potential. In January 2017, I attended The Coaching Academy’s Free 2 Days course and it was a confirmation for me that I could and really wanted to become a professional personal performance coach. I was inspired by the TCA trainers and I really enjoyed the practical coaching activities. I am currently doing my second diploma with TCA - Coaching within Education as I felt that in the future I would like to work with children.

What was your profession before becoming a coach?

I have had many job titles until now from theatre worker and a police officer in Romania to security and traffic controller for the Crown Estate in London and a couple of other jobs. I always hoped and persevered towards discovering who I really was and what I wanted to do as a profession.

What was the most rewarding part of your training/journey?

The most rewarding part of my coaching journey with TCA was the chance to meet likeminded people and find out their life stories. I also enjoyed the reciprocal coaching as it helped me to learn how to set clear goals and take action. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the Live Training Days where I was able to, through practical activities, work on myself.

How did you fit coach training into your busy life?

I explored my weekly schedule and wrote down the amount of time I was ready to invest each week to get the qualification before undertaking the training.

Where are you now? How are you using your coaching skills?

I am trying to implement some of the ideas that came during my study. I am using the coaching skills I learned in my daily life. However, I also realised that my main focus is to do as many coaching sessions as possible to polish these skills. Therefore, this is a clear focus of mine at the moment.

What is your coaching niche and why did you choose it?

My coaching niche focuses on professional and personal performance. I like to work with motivated people and enjoy working with people who would like to start a business. As there are a lot of people who are unhappy in the wrong career path or feel that they can do more.

I am building my coaching business that I’m passionate about – a dream I’ve had for so many years. Through coaching, I came to realise that I have to work a lot on myself to change my beliefs, as moving on from being an employee to being self-employed or a business owner is a shift in the way of doing things.

In October, my coaching partner and I are launching a webinar using coaching skills and tools to inspire and support people who want to change their lives and live their dreams. Apart from this, I run as many coaching sessions as possible. In this sense, I am promoting my service on different coaching directories and also speaking with people about what I'm doing.

Your top tips for …

For someone who is looking to become a qualified coach:

I would suggest being very clear about why you want to become and maybe try TCA 2-Days workshop.

For those currently training with TCA:

My advice is to set a deadline and just finish the diploma even if is not perfect.

For the nearly qualified coaches:

My top tip is to continue to practise coaching after qualifying even for free.


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