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Coach In The Spotlight - Eva Hill

Eva Hill 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 Eva’s story:-

The reason I chose to do a degree in Human Resources was because I wanted to become a career coach. At that time I felt I needed to do some work and grow up a bit first before I could become a good personal performance coach. And growing up I had to do as in my personal life some serious events happened. I went through life numb for a number of years although not a lot of people noticed I felt I could not focus on work until I had my personal life sorted.

During that time we moved from Holland to Aberdeen where I learnt to deal with a complete different culture in the workplace. In Holland people called me direct and honest in Aberdeen they were a bit wary if not afraid of my direct approach. To support people in an HR role you need good rapport so I needed to adjust. When I left 5 years later to move down to Shropshire my clients were loath to see me go which I felt was proof of me adjusting to their ways. When we moved I decided I was going to enjoy a couple of years at home with my daughter before she’d go to school. Also at that time I started to think about what I wanted to do when she would go to school. People I met throughout the years had commented on my enthusiasm and how I helped them see things differently and how we have choices in this world so I decided it was time and I was ready to start coaching.

I investigated different coaching courses to give myself tools and techniques and I went to the free weekend The Coaching Academy offers. I loved their practical approach and their support. The weekend made me feel so much better about myself. I felt at that time that I had been drifting in my life but actually going to the weekend I thought…’no, I might not have taken the path that I previously had set out for my self, but I am still going to get to the goal I set myself so it does not matter. And let’s face it that is what coaching is all about… it does not matter how you get there but that you get there!

During my qualification I found my pro-bono clients relatively easy and it was really fantastic to see that I was helping them getting for instance a new job and I had not even qualified. On my journey I learned that I do enjoy career coaching most, anything from helping people to start up their own business, to getting people back into the workplace, a better job or a leader to manage better. Work is a big part of our lives and I have always been convinced that you should do what you do with a smile and I think a lot can be improved in the workplace. I like to help people being themselves/taking their personal life into work, not necessarily sharing it but knowing that they can’t leave it at the door of the company when they go to work and more importantly that it’s not a weakness.

With my experience in HR, knowing open questions are best, how to build rapport, listening skills etc so for me the biggest lesson has been that the client decides what is best for them. Putting my own agenda completely on hold and being there completely for the client; that is when you help the client the most. I absolutely loved the acceleration days, meeting peers and I got such a buzz from them, they motivated me enormously getting through the course and to qualify.

My practical assessments gave me a boost of confidence and I got fantastic feedback. It helped me to further improve and confirmed my own thoughts about my coaching. During my qualification I had three 6 hours days during the week in which I could do my work and set up my business so I had to be organized. So here I am I have my own business set up. Early January I did a presentation for a group of women about New Years Resolutions and how to keep them. Oh what a good session that was, so exciting, they were all so grateful to me for opening their eyes on how to keep them. For us so ‘simple’ now as you know you need to take yourself through the GROW model to make sure you get where you want to be.

The best thing that could happen to my coaching business in the next two years would be that my business has a regular income through clients who have heard of the success of clients I have coached and would like my help getting success for themselves.

What is my favourite coaching question? Oh dear… apart from basically all questions… I think a wisdom accessing question will have to be my favourite. A question like ‘What outcome do you want from doing this?’ always seem to make clients think about their answer and excited when they give their answer.

What I enjoy most about being a coach is that you can really help people make their lives better. I also like the continual personal and professional development to give the best to my clients so that they will get the best of me.

For people who are looking at coaching, if you like learn from your past and look to the future go for it. For people who are studying, go to your accelerator days so that you keep motivated to make it through to the end. Also keep track of your learning record sheets as they really help you look at yourself and your way of coaching.

Coaches that are about to qualify, think about how it will make you feel when you are qualified… And people in the same position as me…. Network….network….network…

I have a head for business but absolutely love people and therefore I have the perfect job!

2 Responses to "Coach In The Spotlight – Eva Hill"

1 | Denise Mulligan

June 15th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

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I always enjoy reading ‘Coach In The Spotlight’ and hearing of other coach’s experiences. Being part of the coaching community, both for support and continuous professional development is essential. Ideas and best practice are shared generously for the benefit of all coaches and coaching practice.
Thank You

2 | Jan Lonnen

June 16th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

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I agree with you Denise. It is great reading all the different journeys that have been taken and the sharing is a great part of the Academy culture. Why don’t you tell us your story Denise?

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