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30 Aug, 2011

Coach In The Spotlight – Julie Talbot-Dunn

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Coach In The Spotlight - Julie Talbot-Dunn

Julie Talbot-Dunn 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 Julie’s story:-

For the last three and a half years I had been working as a secretary – typing, filing, answering the phone and finding it extremely boring and dissatisfying. I was playing support to other people who were doing what they really wanted to do. But I wasn’t doing what I wanted to do and I felt angry and frustrated half the time, and useless and sad the other half!

I looked back to my early training as an artist and designer and wondered why I had never made anything of my career, what had happened to my romantic dreams of being a designer, illustrator, artist and a seriously interesting woman?

Here I was in 2009 in the usual boring black office clothes, getting backache from sitting all day and wrist ache from chasing a mouse around the desk. They would ask me to take minutes at meetings and I would include all of my own comments and notes pretending they were from other participants – they never knew, and even followed up on some of my ideas! The incongruence was growing on me and I felt as if I was pretending to be a secretary and everyone could see through my terrible acting. I’m sure my bosses could see how fed up I was, which no doubt help them decide to add me to their list of redundancies in the recent credit crunch downsizing.

Luckily for me, two years earlier, a friend had recommended I try The Coaching Academy weekend free taster and I went along and felt very inspired. I saw how all my skills, even the secretarial skills, could combine to provide me with a much more fulfilling career.

And so here I am, two years later having qualified as a Personal Performance Coach and miracle of miracles I have just successfully completed my first workshop taster session at the City Business Library near St Pauls Cathedral in London (there will be another workshop at CBL at the end of July and hopefully more in August).

Since qualifying I have been drawn to including an element of design in my coaching, both in the materials I produce and the content itself, and I am currently specialising in Creating Your Vision Board workshops. How exciting to see everyone turn up with their magazines, glue, scissors and card, ready for an afternoon of image selection, goal clarification and creativity. What a good feeling it is to see people responding so positively to these workshops – everyone left with a smile and a greater understanding of what they want or where they are headed. I’m sure that my art background will play a part in my coaching career as I have plans to run coaching workshops that focus on unlocking creativity for artists, designers and authors. My workshops are also extremely good for coaches themselves as they highlight how use of images can help in understanding values and beliefs, set good homework tasks and provide inspirational and colourful artwork for the home.

Julie kindly answered a couple of specific questions that you may find interesting to read:

What is your favourite coaching question?

“If all the obstacles were removed, how would you spend the next 10 years of your life?” I find this such a positive question for people, they can’t but be uplifted when they answer it.

What do you enjoy most about being a coach?

The excitement on a clients face as they begin to see opportunities which had previously been hidden from them.

What are your top tips for:

People who are looking at coaching? Don’t just read websites, talk to as many different coaches as possible – a personal recommendation is more valuable than a written testimonial.

Those coaches currently in training? Practice coaching on people in different life situations, ages, occupations.

Coaches that are about to qualify? Use the support offered by The Coaching Academy as much as possible and join or start a local coaches group such as Coach Club which I started in Central London amd have been running since 2009.

People that are in a similar situation to yourself? Take time to acknowledge each step taken, no matter how small, towards your business goal. It all counts as valuable experiences and you are laying the foundation for a successful future enterprise, personal networking and giving talks and presentations is, in my own experience, the most powerful way to generate clients.

I’m really pleased that I followed my instinct to train with The Coaching Academy, and although for me it is a slow process toward creating a fully functioning, income earning coaching business, I know I’m on the way, with a very good ‘starter workshop’ and plenty of ideas for the future.

Thank You Coaching Academy!

3 Responses to "Coach In The Spotlight – Julie Talbot-Dunn"

1 | Tracy Parker

September 2nd, 2011 at 5:37 pm


Great to hear that Julie has come from a secretarial background and is making a success as a coach!

2 | Simon

September 8th, 2011 at 10:26 am


Fantastic story, sounds like you are on your way, enjoy the journey! Simon

3 | Jacqui Campbell

September 8th, 2011 at 11:03 am


Hi Julie

Great to hear more about your successes. It is really good to know how you are integrating your creative self into workshops and helping others to visualize. I love the idea of using visual storyboards. Thank you for your help in the past.

Jacqui Campbell

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