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27 Sep, 2010

Coach in the Spotlight: Merete Langler

Posted by: The Coaching Academy In: Coach Spotlight|In The Spotlight|Personal Success|Success Stories

Merete Langler, a Coaching Academy Protégé, is a fully qualified Master Coach and NLP Practitioner and we’ve put her on the coaching hotseat to answer your questions:-

If you want to attract more clients, I recommend getting yourself out there and showing people how fantastic you are. Sometimes the most unexpected places can be where you meet your best clients. My favourite two for me are: Euston station while waiting for a train to Birmingham; and after chatting with an old school friend who I hadn’t seen since we left school- he put me in touch with a friend of his who was ripe and ready for coaching! Be the best you can be and your current clients and associates will recommend you to others. And WALK YOUR TALK.

My best advice for marketing your coaching business is similar to the previous statement. I belong to a few networking groups and have honed my ’60 second pitch’ with a number of different options to get people to sit up and take note. One of the meetings is a breakfast meeting and I know that if I have made them look up from their breakfast then I will be getting enquiries and usually business as a result. People need to trust you before they will open up and invite you to see what is going on in their lives so make sure what you say reflects this. Then find those things that touch gently, but sufficiently, on their sensitive areas of life/business that make them say ‘I need you!’

People probably don’t know that my name is completely Scandinavian but my roots are firmly Midlands and my husband’s (the Langler bit) are equally firmly Yorkshire. I have been asked how long I have lived in this country, or been complimented on my excellent English accent!

My favourite self-development book is: ‘Fish’. It is so important for your clients and potential clients to feel like they are part of the great time you are having. It encourages them to want to join you.

The most inspiring speaker I have ever heard is Humphrey Walters, the motivational coach who worked with Clive Woodward and helped get the England rugby squad to the high point they reached a few years ago. Humphrey talked also about his own challenge to himself when he completed the Round the World Backwards Yacht Race. Walking his talk!

If I was alone on a desert island, I would need to have (three luxuries that don’t include family members, pets or friends) with me:

My favourite place in the world is… with my family, even on a desert island! Although there are many beautiful places in the world that I have loved visiting or living in.

The most unusual thing I have ever done is there are many (I like a challenge) but I guess the most recent and Stretchiest was shark diving with Great White sharks in South Africa. I was in Panic Zone right up to the point I put my wetsuit on- especially when we were reminded that they are surface feeders!

My definition of success is: living the life you dream of with the people who are important to you, while making a positive difference in as much of the world that you can.

The thing I most love about coaching is watching my client’s faces when they suddenly realise that what had seemed impossible or at least too difficult to think about is actually pretty simple. That ‘You got me’ moment! I love being able to say ‘I love my job’ and there be no ‘apart froms’ about it.

4 Responses to "Coach in the Spotlight: Merete Langler"

1 | Mike Blissett

September 28th, 2010 at 3:13 pm


Merete, you’re a star and a wonderful person to work with. Congratulations on the interview. You’re absolutely in the right place, walking your talk, and a total inspiration in what you do. Go, girl!

2 | Andrea Holley

September 28th, 2010 at 4:11 pm


Hello Merete, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your ‘Spot’ – your enthusiasm really comes through. As a coach just starting out I was interested to know if you specialise, and if so, how quickly you decided to specialise after qualifying? Thanks.

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4 | Sandra Hale

October 11th, 2010 at 4:44 pm


Hi Merete
You were the first person I spoke to when I attended my Certificate weekend in late April and you made a lasting impression with your warm and genuine enthusiasm and encouragement. I’m on my coaching journey and whilst the road sometimes feels very windy, and longer than it should, I know that if I keep walking I will get there. For me you remain in my memory as a symbol of whats possible if you really want it, and can walk the talk!

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