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26 Apr, 2011

Coach In The Spotlight – Karen Conway

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Coach In The Spotlight - Karen Conway

Karen Conway 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 Karen’s story:-

What brought you to coaching?
When I was at school I thought I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. During my classroom experiences, when I wasn’t being the pupil, I found that I got a lot of pleasure playing a part in another person’s learning. I loved that look of wonder and the enthusiasm of grasping new concepts. In the end though, I decided teaching wasn’t quite right for me, and in 2002 I found myself working in a coaching environment, where I was introduced to this relatively new thing at the time called Coaching. I was surrounded by people passionate about bringing out the best in people, helping them to help others lead more fulfilling lives. I was hooked!

What were your original thoughts for applying the coaching?
I wasn’t sure how I wanted to apply my coaching skills initially. I just knew that I enjoyed the feeling of helping to make a real difference to people and their lives, and wanted to keep doing that in some way. I thought I would figure out those details along the way – and just enjoy the process and self development.

What was your profession before becoming a coach?
I was PA to Head of the Nutritional Sciences Division at King’s College London University.

What did you find most interesting to learn?
So much! I loved learning how to build rapport with my clients so that I could help to empower them and give them confidence to take action. How to ensure clients are aligning goals to values and how to overcome limiting beliefs to achieve real breakthroughs – powerful stuff!

What was the most rewarding part of the training/journey?
Finding out how I can motivate myself to achieve something that I am passionate about! The journey of self discovery has had a profound and lasting impact. I now know what I am capable of and how to overcome my own challenges – to be proud of myself and be a role model for my clients.

Which bits did you enjoy the most?
Meeting other coaches at Latimer, making friends and getting feedback on the practical assessments, which was so valuable.

How did the qualification slot in with your current life?
It fitted in fine as you can choose what order you attend the days and how long it takes you to qualify.

Where are you now? How are you using your coaching skills?
I am now part of the internal King’s Coaching Service coaching providing on-demand coaching support for managers.
I am designing and running coaching style workshops at King’s for students and graduates on career direction.
I am building my private coaching practice and coaching clients on a 1:1 basis, which is growing all the time.

What is your coaching niche and why did you choose it?
At the moment I am not aiming my coaching services at a particular niche – but over the next 12 months I think this may evolve as I widen my experiences and pay attention to where my strengths and passions lie. Keeping a very open mind at the moment!

What is the best thing that could happen to your coaching business in the next 2 years?
It is thriving, dynamic and in demand!

What is your favourite coaching question?
What would move you just one step closer?

What do you enjoy most about being a coach?
Those light bulb moments when the client can see a way forward and starts to get excited about taking action – then hearing about the results of them taking the action and the difference it is making to their lives. Generally inspiring people to reach their goals and show them that things can be different when they believe in themselves and are capable of more than they thought they were!

What are your top tips for people who are looking at coaching?
Just do it – if you are genuinely passionate about it! Give it a go and I am sure you wont be disappointed. But as with anything – you only get out what you put in – where there is willing there is a way!

What are your top tips for those coaches currently in training?
Enjoy it and get yourself a great coach to help you feel the fear and do it anyway and challenge yourself to keep growing!

What are your top tips for coaches that are about to qualify?
Keep the momentum and enthusiasm going to set up your business – surround yourself with likeminded people and use all the support. Believe in yourself!

What are your top tips for people that are in a similar situation to yourself?
Go seeking and creating opportunities – be proactive and think about and focus on abundance rather than what isn’t happening. Be confident in your services as you share the benefits of investing in your business!

If you would like to link up with me, feel free to find me within The Coaching Academy LinkedIn group. Look forward to seeing you there.

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