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18 May, 2011

Coach In The Spotlight – Edel O’Mahony

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Coach In The Spotlight - Edel O'Mahony

Edel O’Mahony qualified 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 Edel’s story:-

What brought you to coaching?

Ever since I was small I had always attracted people to me who needed my help, it happened at school and very much so in my previous career. In fact to the point, the Universe was slapping me in the face, showing me I wasn’t where I was meant to be!

I knew my passion was to communicate with people and after bringing up 4 children on my own I wanted to use my experiences to assist others in making changes in their lives.

At first I thought I could go into companies on a consulting basis, then holding their inductions for them but I could only get to a few people at a time, then I discovered I could qualify as a coach.

What were your original thoughts for applying the coaching?

I had not heard of it in the UK, thinking it was confined to the US and was surprised when I started to research the history of coaching just how long in its present form it had been around. Initially I had no idea what area of coaching I would be best in and started an online correspondence course which although informative, had no support or practical exercises, so I felt very much on my own.

What was your profession before becoming a coach?

I had been a full time mother for around 15 years and when I divorced had no qualifications except O levels! I went into Corporate Finance as a means of raising my salary quickly and went from being a Sales Clerk to Financial Controller in 8 years.

I had challenges though, not only as a single parent but had to handle 4 redundancies in 3 years! And adapted to working through contracts. For each contract I went into, always someone presented themselves that needed my help and advice, so much so as I entered a new contract I would say ‘I wonder who I am here for this time!’
Until I finally got the message and left Finance to embark on my coaching education.

What did you find most interesting to learn?

I am a complete nerd and proud of it! All the information I was given, although overwhelming at first, once I set a schedule for myself I then worked through it methodically. I loved that so much I was already doing was being back up and verified by what I was learning. Certainly learning all the psychology and profile evaluations was incredibly interesting to me.

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

I think being able to communicate and help others to make changes in their lives has been THE most rewarding part for me. Second to that is qualifying with distinction, coming from having lived through very controlling experiences and having had low self esteem, the recognition the diploma gave me personally was worth it’s weight in gold.

Which bits did you enjoy the most?

I think it had to be the weekend practical meet ups. Being in an environment of like minded people and having the continuous support of others was the best for me. I have made some lovely friends from these weekends that I am still on their journey with.

How did the qualification slot in with your current life?

It didn’t! My previous career had no openings for bringing my qualification to help others, it meant creating a business where I could use my training and expertise. The way the diplomas are set out though, in that it was home study and then practical experience at the weekends was the reason I did change from my previous online course, it gave me the flexibility I needed, while in the throws of finishing my Finance career.

What else did you have to consider whilst qualifying?

Through qualifying, the economy went into recession and the company I worked for went into administration, Finance shut its doors to recruitment and I found myself out of work. I realised I had to start my own business as quickly as possible and suddenly this amazing creative side in me emerged!

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

I have just recently had my Launch Day Event in London, having created a membership and mentoring programme, I have published 3 books and have a book launch planned for March 2011 for my hardback book.

I host my own radio show and regularly make videos to give people help and advice. I have been termed by a PR agency as the Facebook Phenomena, for attracting 5,000 followers in 5 months.

I realise I have always been a coach!

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

I am the UK’s Leading Law of Attraction Strategist, helping and teaching people to change their thinking and apply the correct strategies to attract wealth, success, love or well being into their lives fast! There was no choice, it is and was who I always have been, I just needed to read the sign correctly!

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

Could? There are no coulds! I will be speaking all over the UK and also all over the world, my Law of Attraction course will be fully accredited and I will have the backing I need to create my Foundation and start Sanctuaries in every city in the world. Oh in case you didn’t realize it, I only think BIG!

What is your favorite coaching question?

I think it has to be ‘When will you do this by?’, I am a firm believer in taking massive action.

What do you enjoy most about being a coach?

Communication and results.

What are your top tips for people who are looking at coaching?

Going from my own expertise, I can quiet confidently say, if you are drawn to coaching, then you have attract it to you because it aligns with your values.

What are your top tips for those coaches currently in training?

Ask questions! The more you ask, the more you will understand and the more confident you will become.

What are your top tips for coaches that are about to qualify?

Focus and persistence, this is the best decision you have ever made.

What are your top tips for people that are in a similar situation to yourself?

Never give up and never give in! You create your reality, you are in total control of your amazing journey.

10 Responses to "Coach In The Spotlight – Edel O’Mahony"

1 | Dionne Lewis-Reid

May 18th, 2011 at 11:35 am

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I loved being on my Accelerator days with you, you were such a positive spirit! I wish you every success for the future!

2 | Nancy Gibson

May 18th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

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Edel,
Your story is nothing short of inspiring. I am looking to take a similar path here in the middle of the US.

Having homeschooled my children over the past 12 years. I am ready to enter the professional work force for the very first time. I just completed my MBTI certification, but I am having a bit of difficulty getting my name out. Any suggestions?

3 | Edel O'Mahoney

May 19th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

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Hey Nancy,

Thank you for the lovely comments! I can certainly give you some tips and will email you with this. :)

Edel

4 | Lauren Fonseca

May 19th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

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The Coaching Academy was awesome! I had a fantastic time @ the course and enjoyed every moment.

5 | Anne Mulliner

May 19th, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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It was so lovely doing NLP together – you were a real inspiration. So glad to hear things have taken off for you. Take care xx

6 | Edel O'Mahony

May 20th, 2011 at 11:07 am

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Thank you Dionne! Our journey hasn’t finished that I’m sure :)

You are a shining light and look forward to seeing you again! :)

7 | Edel O'Mahony

May 20th, 2011 at 11:09 am

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Awesome Lauren! It is great to be around like minded people who believe in their success. :)

8 | Edel O'Mahony

May 20th, 2011 at 11:12 am

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Thank you Anne!

If you think it, you create it and I always think big! lol! I had a great time with you on the course, we are always connected. :)

9 | Denise Mulligan

May 20th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

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Hi Edel

I really enjoyed reading your story thus far. It brought to mind the saying ‘fate favours the prepared’.

Congratulations on your success.

10 | Edel O'Mahony

May 20th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

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Hey Denise,

Thank you for your lovely comments, It’s all about consciously creating your reality, knowing there is nothing you cannot be, do or have! :)

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