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26 Jan, 2011

Coach In The Spotlight: Anita Mattu

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Coach In The Spotlight - Anita Mattu

Anita Mattu is a qualified coach through The Coaching Academy 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?

How my life has unfolded brought me to coaching. I left school without passing any exams. Following a family bereavement in my early 20s, I inherited three children overnight all under the age of 3 1/2 yrs old. While going on to raise the children I decided to re-sit my exams and successfully passed them despite discovering I am dyslexic. As you can see, I had a range of challenges that I needed to overcome.

This led to my curiosity to discover more about myself and my strengths. I went on to ask myself “What do I want to do? What am I good at? What’s my passion in life?” Life Coaching sprung to mind. “That’s it, I am going to be a Life Coach”. I’m passionate about people and love helping them succeed. I heard about The Coaching Academy free 2-day course, enrolled on this and have never looked back.

Before discovering coaching I was in the photography business. I was involved in the photo shoots, developing and printing the photos, so quite different vocations.

I knew it was going to be tough slotting the qualification requirements into my current life and in the beginning it was difficult due to my personal commitments and trying to balance the time to study. It was very important for me to make sure I still had quality time with my family it really was a matter of prioritising.

I planned carefully and made sure that the family came first followed by my studies I did make sacrifices when it came to my social life. Once I got into a routine and used my time more efficiently everything was manageable. Walking my talk here!!

I soon realised how powerful the process of coaching really is. Coaching really has turned my life around in such a positive way and given me the strength in all areas of my life.

What did you find most interesting to learn?

All about values and beliefs and the impact they have on our lives. How my own limiting beliefs seemed real and how I was living with these limitations when they’re not even true. Fascinating.

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

The most rewarding part of my journey was how I have grown as a person and continue to. I really enjoyed the accelerator days, really got to put the theory into practice and of course get to meet so many wonderful people.

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

I am a fully qualified coach and have successfully completed two Diplomas. The Personal Performance Diploma and the Youth Impact Diploma. I am working in schools with 15-19 yrs olds on confidence and motivation skills. I run workshops to this age group to support raising their awareness and helping them move forward. I also work with Youth At Risk Programmes which involves coaching 15-year-olds towards their GCSEs. Coaching adults one to one and parent workshops.

I am currently creating some online courses for teenagers/young people.

The online courses are for teenagers that find it difficult to deal with matters such as, confidence, motivation and low self-esteem in front of their friends as it’s not “cool”. Making these programmes/courses available on line in the comfort of their own home where no one else need know will be of huge benefit to the teenagers. Parents are willing to support them and encourage too.

The aims of the workshops are to give a understanding of the importance of setting goals and planning really is. Identifying goals and experiencing them for yourself by taking even the smallest of actions towards them can make all the difference in achieving them, having an incredible impact on your life. Encouraging and empowering you with the motivation to bring out the best in you to succeed in all you do.

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

My niche, if you haven’t figured this out already, is youth coaching predominantly 15 to 19-year-olds. After bringing my own children up and during their teenage years I realised I have a passion for teenagers. They can be so miss understood and I can see how my skill can be best applied in such a positive manner.

What is the best thing that could happen to your coaching business in the next 2 years?

The best thing that could happen to me in my coaching business is to be recognised for my work in and out of schools, bringing out the best in young people and helping them excel in their life. I would love to have a youth centre where I can offer free coaching and to continue making a difference to young peoples lives.

What is your favourite coaching question?

If you knew you could not fail, what would you do?

I love this question as it opens up so many possibilities. The creative side can go wild without any limits allowing anyone to really get engaged with their deepest desires and passions. The world really is yours for the taking with imagination and creation. This question works especially well with teenagers as they do Dream Big but don’t dare to speak it and this allows them to do just that.

What do you enjoy most about being a coach?

I enjoy seeing people grow and excel in their achievement its so fulfilling and rewarding.

What are your top tips for:

1. People who are looking at getting involved in coaching?
Do it, it’s the most rewarding thing you can do for yourself and to empower others.

2. Those coaches currently in training?
Keep at it and don’t lose sight of why you are doing it.

3. Coaches that are about to qualify?
Trust yourself, you do have all the resources and answers with you.

4. People that are in a similar situation to yourself?
Never give up even if you get many doors closing before you have even gone through them as they are only making room for the more important doors that will open up to better and brighter venture.

12 Responses to "Coach In The Spotlight: Anita Mattu"

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January 26th, 2011 at 2:41 pm


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2 | Dave Allen

January 26th, 2011 at 7:17 pm


I was lisening to a tape by Jim Rohn today and Anita’s story seems to confirm what he was saying, ” if you help enough people get what they want you will get everything you want”. Must be great to help young people grow and gain confidence.

3 | Ann Skidmore

January 27th, 2011 at 12:58 am


What a moving and inspirational life story which will certainly inspire other coaches.

Sendin you my best wishes for continued success Anita.

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5 | John Aspden

January 27th, 2011 at 12:00 pm


What a great story.

Just goes to show there is no limit to empowering beliefs! (Now that’s Ericksonian language).

My own teenagers went through difficult times and thank goodness some of the coaching indirectly rubbed off on them.

Get the kids when they’re young to start believing in themselves and it is a gift for life.

Well done Anita!

6 | Sandy Scott

January 28th, 2011 at 11:36 am


Amazing story Anita – having spent time with you I knew you were special but had no idea about your background. You deserve all the success in the world.
Look forward to seeing your next creations!

7 | Anji

January 28th, 2011 at 2:14 pm


Truely inspiring!!Congratulations Anita!!! All coaches must read this and understand that its never difficulties; its always challenges and its upto us how to frame that to success. I wish you a fabulous journey ahead Anita. Coaching no doubt will help you change many deserved lives. Having known you and met you in person you are indeed a go getter. Wishing you all the success and happiness.

Lots of love

8 | Kathryn

January 28th, 2011 at 2:45 pm


Congratulations Anita. I remember your energetic and enthusiastic participation in the YIC accelerator days I attended. Great to hear it is all moving forward with such success. Very inspiring. All the best for our futures and those of the young people you will work with.
All the best

9 | Ewan Wong

January 28th, 2011 at 7:10 pm


Very inspiring post Anita and well done for all that you have created and continue to create. Ewan

10 | Yvonne Douglas

January 28th, 2011 at 8:28 pm


I really enjoyed reading this. After meeting you last year June at WA1, its been enlightening to read this. I actually feel inspired by it especially as I have just decided to go it as a self employed coach and will be running my first workshop tomorrow. Thank you for your story and continue doing what you’re doing. Big hug.

11 | Gillian Fox

January 28th, 2011 at 10:52 pm


Anita, my friend, you are an inspiring lady and your story is very powerful and courageous. Congratulations on your coaching achievements and may you go on to inspire many young people in the years ahead.

To your success!


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