23 Feb, 2012
Coach In The Spotlight – Martina Blazkova
Martina Blazkova 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 Martina’s story:-
I have always liked helping people, doing something for them, however, my professional life took me to a different direction – I completed a degree in corporate economics and management, later on in strategic marketing and moved to London where I worked as a consultant in the market research field.
After a few years within various roles I started to feel that this cannot be all.
A friend of mine invited me to a seminar that was based on coaching and I really liked that. I checked the Internet and found the weekend course of The Coaching Academy so I went there. That time I just wanted to find out more about coaching and realized that I really liked that. It was in 2009. I did another course and started to coach voluntarily next to my full time job.
In 2010 I moved to Barcelona, Spain and decided that it was time to change my career to become a professional coach.
The voluntary coaching opened my eyes and I saw that this was more rewarding for me and it had more meaning than market research (later on I realized though that both disciplines have something in common – asking questions, being curious and trying to find out what is going on).
That was the moment when I decided to do the coaching diploma with The Coaching Academy.
I was very busy last year but I was very determined to complete the Diploma within a year. So I spent every free weekend and evening with watching DVDs, I found practice clients via the coaching e-community (which was very useful for other things too) and was coaching every week, at least the first 4-5 months.
When I started to read the first modules, I realised that there is always something to learn. I really enjoyed reading about values and beliefs, but also the set-up and marketing of a coaching business were very useful.
I enjoyed the coaching very much because I could see how I and of course my clients were progressing.
The practical assessments were very very useful, especially the first one. I was a bit nervous at the first one but I got a very positive feedback which gave me the confidence in myself and the desire to continue and do my best for my clients.
I currently coach and organize conferences and events because I enjoy both activities. I use my coaching skills with my clients, but also in my life – I apply some skills to myself and sometimes to people around me, especially when they complain or procrastinate.
My coaching niche is coaching event planners and organizers because I have been organizing events for many years and know that it can be very stressful. I also coach people who decide to change their career or move to a new country. I have chosen these because I went through these changes and have a first-hand experience.
I’d like to encourage people to pursue their dreams because it is worth it. I changed everything but I am very happy now.
We asked Martina the following questions:
What is the best thing that could happen to your coaching business in the next 2 years?
To have constantly at least 3 paying coaching clients.
What is your favorite coaching question?
“What would need to happen in order for you to ….”
What do you enjoy most about being a coach?
Seeing my client’s progress and their happy faces. The possibility to contribute and empower someone else who may have not been empowered otherwise.
What are your top tips for:
- People who are looking at coaching?
Coaching needs to be experienced to really get the feel of it and see the rewards it brings. Try it first and then decide whether it is for you or not.
- Those coaches currently in training?
Have a plan what you want to do, when and set your own deadline for finishing the training because it is easy to forget, postpone it and time flies very quickly. Have different type of practice clients so that you can practice various styles and techniques suitable for each practice client. Write the record sheets immediately after finishing a module or a coaching session, it will help you later on. And have the practical pre-assessment as soon as you can because it will give you confidence and you will learn a lot.
- Coaches that are about to qualify?
At the beginning it looked like we don’t need to do much but when I was going through all record sheets and papers, I realized it was like a thesis. So allow enough time and enjoy the process of reading your forms from the beginning and seeing your own progress.
- People that are in a similar situation to yourself?
People need to know about you so talking to people about coaching and you doing coaching is essential. What is also important is believing in you and seeing the reason why you want to coach rather than being afraid of selling, promoting or whatever is stopping you from getting out there and getting new clients.
Thank you for this opportunity to share my coaching journey.