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02 Feb, 2011

Coach In The Spotlight – Andrew Pain

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Coach In The Spotlight - Andrew Pain

I considered a career in coaching because my international headhunting practice, which I had run for 5 years was slowing down in the recession. Alongside this I had just completed a divorce so all round, I was thirsting for a change of direction.

I actually trained as a coach because I was keen to specialise in the area of weight loss as I’m very passionate about health, fitness, and helping people to lose weight in a dignified way.

I pursued my foundation coaching training through another coaching school before signing up to the Coaching Academy’s Youth Impact Coaching Diploma, a fantastic course, utilising the skills of some of the countries best trainers and giving participants an excellent source of material for both work with youth and also adults.

In comparison with my first coaching school with whom I completed my foundation training, the Coaching Academy is far ahead in terms of the quality of its course, its material and the people it uses to deliver its course and I have since recommended The Coaching Academy as THE coaching school to use, both to friends and acquaintances who are interested in coaching.

Since starting my journey in coaching, I have rebuilt my confidence, self belief and optimism which were badly damaged as a result of my divorce and the slow down of my headhunting business, and perhaps even more importantly, for my two daughters aged 9 and 6, I have become a much better father since training to be a coach!

Whilst I felt very sure that I would specialise in the area of weight loss, my business has actually opened out in several directions:

  • I now have a growing workload with individuals and small businesses in the Midlands dealing with a variety of topics including self-esteem, career development, business development, leadership, relationships and weight loss.
  • I have designed my own weight loss programme (A.C.E) which is being trialled by the Weight Management Team at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, the largest NHS weight management team in the UK.
  • I have designed my own employability programme called Snakes and Ladders, which I’ve started delivering to schools and colleges.
  • I have just finished writing a programme on discovering and pursuing dreams and have received interest from one of the UK’s major banks and one of the UK’s leading car manufacturers.

Developing a career in coaching in the current economic climate has been a very tough journey.

The best advice I could give to new trainees is to be prepared for a long period of high quality marketing if they want to succeed in building a viable coaching business. They will need to show as much initiative, innovation and creativity in their marketing, as they do when they are in session with their clients.

I’ve met some excellent coaches on the networking scenes in Birmingham, but the ones who really succeed are those who are also passionate, pro active and talented when it comes to marketing themselves.

7 Responses to "Coach In The Spotlight – Andrew Pain"

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February 2nd, 2011 at 7:15 pm

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2 | Lisa Young

February 3rd, 2011 at 12:16 pm

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Andrew, I recognised your name! What an inspirational read. You sound as if you have worked really hard to move your business on and your words of advice make good practical sense.
I wish you all the best and many years of success and enjoyment as a coach and I hope you are on round two of NLP.
All the best to you and kind wishes,
Lisa Young

3 | Helen Turier

February 3rd, 2011 at 12:43 pm

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I have had the pleasure of being coached by Andrew and I can thoroughly recommend him.
Way to go Andrew!! Brilliant to hear that you are going from strength to strength.

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February 3rd, 2011 at 4:18 pm

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5 | Abi Holgate

February 4th, 2011 at 8:28 am

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Hi Andrew, Well done – this all sounds great. You’ve done so well. I hope I can emulate your success! I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch, but I look forward to catching up with you next week. And congratulations again on your successes.

6 | Barry Turner

February 4th, 2011 at 9:52 pm

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Hi Andrew, I attended the same NLP first 3 day course, along with Abi. Good to meet you, I look forward to chatting next weekend, on the NLP 2nd part of the course.

7 | Roksana Para

February 6th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

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Hi Andy!
Thank you for sharing your inspirational story! You have done so well so far and I am convinced there is more to come. Your story only proves your determination and passion and if you have those two ingredients, success is inevitable. I wish you all the best and I hope to see you on Friday.
Warm regards,
Roxy

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