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07 Dec, 2010

Coach In The Spotlight – Fritha Vincent

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Coach In The Spotlight - Fritha Vincent

Fritha Vincent is a Coaching Academy qualified coach. We’ve put her on the coaching hotseat to answer your questions:-

What was your profession before becoming a coach?

I was a professional fundraiser working with major donors at Save the Children.

What brought you to coaching?

I had received some very successful coaching myself which really helped my career. I have always dreamed of a flexible life running my own business. I knew that my greatest strengths are to motivate others and leave people with a feeling that anything is possible. During a coaching session these realisations crashed together and my vision for a coaching practice for those dreaming of making their difference was created.

I knew that by making my dream come true, it would make me confront a number of things in my life and that would result in my life having to change dramatically. That was a scary but also appealing thought!

What did you find most interesting to learn?

I learnt with great excitement that The Coaching Academy taught you pure coaching skills, which once learnt, you could then use to adapt your own style and language. I had finally found somewhere to make my exceptional creativity and ability to think differently work very hard to make a difference to our world. Eureka!

I loved The Coaching Academy’s learning environment. I found working with so many different people with different backgrounds and jobs was very empowering. Everyone was equal and everyone’s opinion, skill and knowledge base was as valid as the next person’s.

How did the qualification slot in with your current life?

I had to consider the fact that I was not really walking my talk. I had to ask myself “what legacy will Fritha Vincent have on our beautiful world and all it’s fantastic people?” I realised to make the biggest impact I could with my unique skills and abilities I would have to dramatically change my life.

Organising myself to do all the required coaching hours meant I had to rethink my current schedule and my attitude to all areas of my life. I became a lot more organised and found saying no much easier.

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

I now work for myself and have set up a coaching practice. I have used my coaching skills to create new things – I speed coach fundraisers about their career from their desks over conference call facility. It is great fun and helps professional fundraisers to work out how they can perform to the max. That then has a direct impact on their organisations ability to carry out its mission.

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

I coach people who by realising their dreams will leave the world a better place. I think of these people in three audiences, Professional Fundraisers, Explorers – individuals who are considering how to make their difference for the first time and Successful Givers, individuals who have been making their difference for some time, including social entrepreneurs or ethical business leaders.

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

The best thing that could happen with my coaching business within the next 2 years is to be recognised as the place to be for those who want to make our world a better place.

What is your favourite coaching question?

If you could be remembered for making the world better in one way, what would it be?

What do you enjoy most about being a coach?

I love being a coach as I enjoy working with incredible people with mind blowing dreams.

What is your top tip for those who are considering coaching?

Experience coaching – get yourself a coach.

9 Responses to "Coach In The Spotlight – Fritha Vincent"

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December 7th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

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2 | Amanda Doyle

December 8th, 2010 at 8:48 am

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Wow Fritha,
I love the thought of your clients being the people who have already decided to make a difference to the world! It must be very rewarding to work with these people.
I think it must be so motivating to work with these people as they must have a wonderful amount of “do good” attitude.
Thank you for this, it has inspired me to recognise that your clients qualities and values are the kind of people that I would love to work with, it has made me realise that coaching is not just for people with every day problems, and even if they have everyday problems, some of your “success stories” would be really interesting to tell. It may add a “do good” goal to peoples lists!!
Thanks!
Amanda

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4 | Jan

December 8th, 2010 at 10:45 am

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What an interesting area for coaching and I love your idea of speed coaching! I may have to join in one day and see how that works for you.

5 | Simon Smith

December 8th, 2010 at 11:13 am

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Fantastic article keep up the great work

6 | Zanni Arnot

December 8th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

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Very inspiring Fritha! I would love to do coaching too someday. Looking forward to hearing more about your business!

7 | Andrea Holley

December 8th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

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Hello Fritha, I thought this was a good, and thought-provoking article, thank you. I am interested to know how soon you decided on your particular niche please? I am at the graduating stage and enjoy the variety of clients needs currently; however, I know I must choose a niche to successfully market myself and actually earn enough to make a living. Does anyone have any advice on how soon, or how they achieved this and successfully found sufficient clients?
Thanks, Andrea

8 | Jenny Cross

December 8th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

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Hi Fritha

Thanks very much for this – I found it really reassuring to hear that coaching can be applied to philanthropic work as that area is more congruent with my background and what puts fire in my belly. I am a psychologist about to do the introductory weekend so this has started me really thinking. Do you have a workgroup of like minded coaches and which area do you live in? Thanks again Jenny, Brighton

9 | Fritha Vincent

December 13th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

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Thanks for all your encouraging comments. Since setting up my practice I have had such a positive response from so many different people. I love some of your questions and welcome you all onto a speed coach. Get in touch with me directly by joining The Coaching Academy discussion group on LinkedIn. I would love to take up some of the conversations started.

Thanks again for your support
Fritha

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