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07 Dec, 2011

Coach In The Spotlight – Anita Dhanjal

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Coach In The Spotlight - Anita Dhanjal

Anita Dhanjal qualified through The Coaching Academy programme and has enthusiastically agreed to share her coaching experience, so we have put her in the Coaching Hot Seat.

Here is Anita’s story:-

What brought you to coaching?

After working within the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry for 15 years I felt it was time to reflect and think about what I wanted to do in the future.

Although I enjoyed the industry I was working in, I knew it was time for a change and to do something a lot more fulfilling. I was interested in doing something where by I could help people and give them support in dealing with life’s challenges.

I started to search for counselling courses initially as I was working for a psychiatric hospital but was also trying to see if there was something that works with issues that are not always to do with psychiatry.

This is because I had come across some people that needed help but it wasn’t always psychological, more because they were lost in life.

As I researched, I came across The Coaching Academy. I wasn’t aware of Life coaching and I became intrigued to read more about it. I was impressed with the fact that coaching focused on present and future goals.

A few days later I was speaking with a friend and mentioned The Coaching Academy.

She told me that her sister trained with The Academy and was a coach. To me, it felt like a sign to pursue Coaching, so I enrolled on to the 2 day free course and have never looked back!

What were your original thoughts for applying the coaching?

I wanted to see how coaching sessions would provide support for people and what it entailed. What I found on the 2 day course was that I started to question myself with the techniques.

It was an eye opener for me in many ways and my intuition told me that this would be the right course to take to help others.

What was your profession before becoming a coach?

My background is in healthcare and pharmaceuticals. I worked as a pharmacy technician and as a medical sales representative within the private and NHS sector.

Both roles involved me to work with a range of medical professionals, with patient contact time to time.

What did you find most interesting to learn?

The most interesting aspect for me was learning all the modules and applying the exercises/tools on myself initially and then using them on my clients in sessions.

I kept a file of my own and tried all the exercises on myself which was extremely helpful. I found that I began to develop more as a person which was fantastic.

Also, by doing this I was able to understand a client’s perspective and how the exercises would benefit them.

I found ‘values and beliefs’ and the ‘wheel of life’ especially useful and often use these exercises on my clients.

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

I found the feedback from doing my practical assessments extremely rewarding and very encouraging.

This helped me to have far more belief in my self, in my style of coaching and also gave me extra confidence to try questioning more out of the box.

Ultimately, to have the certificate in my hands and be qualified was a great feeling.

Which bits did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed the accelerator days the most as I was able to put the work from the modules into practice as well as learning more skills from the trainers and coaches.

I found the accelerator days valuable in terms of meeting other coaches, sharing successes as well as challenges and indeed forming great friendships with coaches with whom I’m still in touch with.

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

I am currently coaching clients at a clinic in Ilford and also from therapy rooms in Central London. I work with a variety of clients that come to me with different challenges.

I am able to confidently use the tools I learnt from the personal development course and help clients to make the changes they feel they need to make in order to progress in life.

I have also been writing articles for Vanity magazine within the real life section which allows me to reach people on a larger scale.

I also feel that I am always coaching myself, especially if I am faced with any challenges.

What is your favourite coaching question?

My favourite group of questions are:

  • What would happen if you did this? (reached your goal)
  • What would happen if you didn’t?

I find that these questions encourage the client to think very deep about what it is they actually want and also creates a reality check.

What do you enjoy most about being a coach?

I like being able to inspire people to achieve what it is they want and support them to create solutions for themselves.

As a coach, I work with my clients through the high and low points of their coaching journey. The point where a client surprisingly reacts to a break through for example; self realisation or they have developed new strategies, really brings a great sense of satisfaction.

When clients reach their desired goals, it brings joy to both the client and I.

What are your top tips for:

- People who are looking at coaching?

I would certainly recommend the 2 day free course to anyone. It’s a great taster and insight into how coaching can change a person’s world.

The personal development course will not only support your client’s progression but also develop your own life skills.

- Those coaches currently in training?

I would certainly recommend coaches to attend all the accelerator days where possible to learn further more skills and also to create your own coaching circle.

I would suggest practicing the tools you learn on as many clients to build your confidence.

Also use the client and coach records as a mean of development and notice the progression you make from start to finish.

Finally keep focused and keep going!!

5 Responses to "Coach In The Spotlight – Anita Dhanjal"

1 | Carl

December 8th, 2011 at 1:56 pm


Thank you Anita it is always great and inspiring to hear about the success of other coaches.I started the personal performance diploma in july and I am taking my time with it so far i have done one accelorator day (values and beleafs)I do need to coach more clients tho and stay on top of the course work. if you can chat to me personally please send me an email.

kind regards


2 | Paul Grace

December 8th, 2011 at 10:17 pm


I like your enthusiasm and energy, Anita, as well as your very methodical thinking. I found it quite hard for a long time to structure my coaching sessions effectively but succeeded once I had had enough practice and received feedback from people more experienced than myself. All the best with your coaching career!


December 11th, 2011 at 5:25 pm


Thank you for sharing your journey Anita, your positivity shines through and your story is inspirational,
I wish you well,

4 | Sonia

December 12th, 2011 at 12:10 am


Great story, I’ve just begun my journey too….so excited to see where I reach too!

5 | Anita Dhanjal

December 20th, 2011 at 10:08 am


Thank you for all your great responses to my story and feel great that it has inspired you.
Im happy to network with coaches if they have any questions. Carl, my email address is:, please feel free to email me.

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