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23 Dec, 2010

Coach In The Spotlight – Lisa Young

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Coach In The Spotlight - Lisa Young

Lisa Young is a qualified coach through The Coaching Academy and has enthusiastically agreed to share her coaching experience, so we have put her in the Coaching Hot Seat. Her journey so far:- Previously a teacher, I really used to get a buzz out of helping raise confidence and aspirations within the children I worked with. This observation began a quest to find a profession where I could work with people, helping them feel more positive about themselves, their lives and aspirations – I had a real desire to make a difference.My quest led me to a course in Careers Guidance and it was during work experience that I met a trainee coach who inspired me to investigate this profession and try a Coaching Academy certificate weekend.

The weekend fully held my attention, stopped me in my tracks and pretty much blew me away. The two days made me sit up in my chair and really take note. Everything that was said touched me somehow and made full sense to me. It was pretty instantaneous that I knew whole heartedly I relate to and connect with coaching and without doubt I wanted to become a coach.

Working through my wheel of life during the certificate weekend made me realise there was a lot I wanted to change on a personal level. I had begun to simply accept certain things whether I liked them or not, simply believing things like my confidence level, negativity or habits I did not like were impossible to change. My certificate weekend was largely refreshing as it was the first time I ever had the opportunity to challenge any of my attitudes or beliefs. From doing so in the space of only two days, I felt more uplifted and motivated than I had done for years and I knew there was potential to develop on a personal level as well as professionally by studying with The Coaching Academy. I was very ready to make changes.

During my journey the moments I recall as being the most rewarding and magical have been hearing clients come back and describe their successes and hearing their delight at what they achieved. Seeing them progress has proved the huge power in the coaching process not only to them but to me too.

It has been and is a total privilege and adventure to travel with clients along their journeys of change and growth and be the person they share and reflect with as they progress towards their special goals and dreams.

Another profound moment for me was during the feedback session of my first proper Practical Assessment. Hearing that I was doing a good job and that the work I was putting in was making a difference to my coaching and subsequently to the experience my clients are receiving was and still is hugely rewarding.

By working with a fantastic and inspirational coach, I have challenged myself time and time again and implemented so many good habits into my life as a result of looking at things in a new way. I am currently more positive, motivated, healthy and happy than I can ever remember and changes in my external self and outer attitude have been noticed and fed back to me so positively by family and friends, which is very humbling. As a result of all of the above, I feel my confidence grow a little more every day and it is truly fantastic to see what is possible. I passed my Personal Performance Diploma far quicker than I thought I would and was approached for paid coaching before I had even began to market myself!

My renewed attitude and approach to things means I find purpose and enjoyment in most if not all I do. If something does not go quite to plan I now aim to look upon it as a valuable learning opportunity or an important lesson.

Stopping to think about which topics and areas I feel most passionate about within coaching was really helpful in order to identify a niche area – the answer came really easily to me! Now I am clearer about where I wish to take my coaching and exactly how I want to help people. This enables me to talk more confidently and clearly about what I do.

Confidence coaching has become my niche area. Why? Simple – I really wish to help others turn things around for the better and really start to feel great about themselves and their lives – the way I have seen is possible on a personal level.The best thing that could happen to my coaching business in the next two years is that it gets solidly and steadily established with a growing client base. My wish is to attract clients who are ready to be coached and take action so that I can help empower them to create the best successes.  Above all else, continuing to provide the greatest coaching experience possible to clients through being the best coach I can be would be the very best thing that could happen in the next two years and beyond.

So onto my favourite coaching question; There are so many awesome questions but two that stand out for me as being very powerful, thought provoking and create great chance for reflection and change are;

‘What do you want instead?’ ‘What did / are you learning about yourself?’

My top tips for someone on their coaching journey would be to find a pace you work well at, enjoy the journey and be present, get excited about your future but value the now – it is the only moment we have.

If someone is putting off practical assessments feel the fear and do it anyway – it is an invaluable time to learn and improve as a coach. Commit to taking and implementing feedback.

Think about the coaching you have done so far and try to identify what topics you feel most passionate coaching around. From this ask yourself the potential in it being your niche area and when you are ready begin thinking about who and how you wish to market this to. Research what other coaches do and make good use of the support available from coaching communities and training days – bounce ideas off other coaches and trainers, and share yours.

Qualification does not mean the end of the line! Treat learning as a life-long and enjoyable project – focus on what you enjoy learning and how it can enhance your development or niche area, make being the best you can be a life-long and treasured journey.

Pace yourself! Enjoy the journey, take time over doing things well and learn from any challenges or little detours along the way! Set realistic time scales and goals that stretch you and approach them with full attention and the aim of enjoyment.Think your best thoughts, identify who or what inspires you and why, think about how you can do similar things yourself – be an inspiration too.

16 Responses to "Coach In The Spotlight – Lisa Young"

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2 | Ruth Evans

December 23rd, 2010 at 12:56 pm


Hi Lisa. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I too am qualified in guidance and coaching (guidance came first). I do a bit of both guidance (with 13-19 year olds) and coaching. There are some fascinating similarities I think.

Always encouraging and inspiring to hear from people like you – Great to hear about your work and interest in helping others develop.

Ruth :)

3 | Mike Blissett

December 23rd, 2010 at 1:34 pm


Lisa, you’re a star! Great to hear your story.
Wishing you every success and happiness in the New Year.

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5 | Nicola Lovell

December 23rd, 2010 at 9:32 pm


You are truly inspiring!

6 | Fritha Vincent

December 29th, 2010 at 12:38 pm


Great to hear your story Lisa. I am delighted that like me you found that having coaching skills enables you to make your difference. Good luck. Fritha Vincent

7 | Margaret Hazle

December 30th, 2010 at 12:21 pm


Hi Lisa – I too found that your ability to share your journey was in itself empowering to read. On a day when things could have been dowdy and dreary, your words of encouragement made the sun shine into my own thinking. I wish you a successful coaching journey and as you see others blossom and grow, may that inspire you further – I know you will always be ‘your’ best and this comes through in your writing. Well Done and thanks!

8 | Andy Mudzviti

December 31st, 2010 at 2:28 am


I have been encouraged by your article Lisa and I relate so well with what you said. I come from the same background of a former high School teacher. I am now more determined to train and start impacting people`s lives as you are doing. Remain blessed.

Andy Mudzviti

9 | Sarah Lacey

December 31st, 2010 at 11:21 am


I have just read your story Lisa – thank you. I am a teacher at present in adult education and have just recently start a home study course for Life Coaching and also new immediately after the two day course that it is exactly what i want to do.

I found it interesting when you mentioned about focusing on confidence and would be grateful if there is any other infomation you can pass on about this niche.

Many thanks and good luck. Sarah Lacey

10 | Wendy Prior

January 6th, 2011 at 3:07 pm


Thanks Lisa. Something that holds so many coaches back (myself included untill recently) is deciding how and where to niche. Your straightforward advice in this area is very valuable. I hope we get to meet at some stage and keep up the great work. wx

11 | Jan Brigden

January 10th, 2011 at 8:17 pm


Wow! What an inspiring post. I’ve been seriously considering applying to attend one of the weekend courses for some time and reading about your experience, Lisa, has further encouraged that thought. Thanks for sharing your story. And congratulations on your sucess. Best Wishes, Jan x

12 | Lisa Young

January 11th, 2011 at 2:18 pm


Thank you all for your most lovely comments on a blog I felt passionate about writing. I am so pleased that writing the blog has been of benefit to others; hopefully demonstrating how working in a wonderful profession like coaching, we empower others to improve their lives and through training to do this, get a chance to develop ourselves too.

Wishing everyone a magical 2011 full of happiness and realisation of the goals and dreams you wish for.

Warmest wishes, Lisa Young x

Ps – Sarah I am very happy to share the literature I have read and tools I have used within the area of confidence coaching, (perhaps we can find a way to contact one another electronically so we can share?)

13 | Chris Argent

January 12th, 2011 at 11:56 am


Well done Lisa, and see you soon!


14 | Anji

January 28th, 2011 at 2:16 pm


I just read this today…WOW!!!So proud of you Lisa:-) Well done. You will indeed rise and shine.

Lots of love

15 | Cheryl

January 28th, 2011 at 9:50 pm


I too only read this today. Lisa, I’m so pleased to be able to call you a friend. Well done on coming through this first phase of your incredible, life-changing journey. What thought-provoking and inspiring words. Keep up the great work as you enter the next phase, and continue to shine!

Love and best wishes


PS – hope to see you for coffee and cake on Monday!

16 | Jenn Farrell

February 23rd, 2011 at 5:02 pm


Lisa, you truly inspire me! Seeing the person you are today compared with the person I met 7 years ago, it’s really quite incredible to see how you have grown and “found” yourself! It’s hard to believe that you were once the biggest worrier I’d ever met and had practically zero self-confidence. I am blown away with how you have turned your life around on a personal level, and am so thrilled that you now have the confidence that you should always have had in yourself. You will make a Fantastic coach and Career Advisor – I may be in need of your services at some point!! You have a heart of gold and are genuine to the core and I know that you will be able to make a real difference for the people you work with. Not to sound patronising, but I am SO proud of you and wish you everything that is good for your bright future!
Hope to see you soon lovely lady :-) )
Lots of love
Jenn xx

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