I started life coaching earlier this year. Before that I’d been working as a business manager but I realised that my passion was elsewhere. I love coaching people – it’s different to sports coaching, I never tell anyone what to do. Life coaching is about digging away and asking questions helping people to get a different perspective on their lives. Helping them make their own decisions about what to do.
Sometimes people are slightly wary – they see the need for coaching as a weakness but actually it’s more of a strength, helping you to recognise and reach your goals.
I like to be quite organised and plan ahead. So I have appointments scheduled in my diary for the week – that’s when I meet people face to face. My clients usually have a few sessions. There’s often a lot of reflection for them after a session so people need time between those to think about things.
I also call up anyone who has enquired about coaching to have a chat with them and see if I can help them. On Wednesdays I usually go to the local BNI business networking group.
Social media also figures in my day – I love it. I have a personal Facebook page and one for my business and I usually put a ‘thought of the day’ up there in the morning. I’m a big fan of Skype too – it’s a fantastic tool and I often use it with my clients.
For me to feel balanced I also need to fit some physical activity into my day. I’m very fortunate working for myself that I can usually do that during the day. I’ve run marathons and also done some competitive rowing. My daughter, who is now studying in the States, got into rowing and inspired me to give it a go – I love it.
I think it’s important to recognise what you’re passionate about and make time for that.
Find out more about life coaching at Adrian’s website.