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15 Nov, 2011

Coach In The Spotlight – Swati Pradhan

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Coach In The Spotlight - Swati Pradhan

Swati Pradhan 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 Swati’s story:-

What brought you to coaching?

I have been managing a corporate training business for the past few years and had an opportunity to interact with a few coaches over the years. I am originally from India, where I first set up my business and later expanded to Dubai and the Middle East region. I relocated to the UK a couple of years back, and continue to be involved in my training business in India and Dubai.

Through my journey as a corporate trainer I felt I had some natural skills of connecting and building rapport with people on a one to one basis. I also realised that I had been indirectly coaching people for a while, and felt with some focus and learning specific coaching skills, I would be able to embark on a new career path.

What were your original thoughts for applying the coaching?

My initial thoughts on attending the 2-day certificate weekend were ‘Wow, this is what I should have done a long time back’ and got started right away!

What was your profession before becoming a coach?

I manage 2 businesses – a corporate training business, and a web and graphic design business. I have now set up my coaching business, however I enjoy doing multiple things and continue to operate the earlier two businesses.

What did you find most interesting to learn?

The GROW model. I have always believed in keeping things simple, and I was extremely intrigued at the simplicity of the GROW model and how it can be applied to almost all coaching scenarios. GROW to me is a very structured methodology of identifying a goal and enabling a client to move through different sequential thought processes to finally arriving at action steps and committing to them.

What was the most rewarding part of the training/journey?

Everything really, from attending the accelerator days, meeting potential coaches from extremely diverse backgrounds, doing all my practice coaching sessions as part of the qualification, practical coaching assessments, written assessments – and of course my learning and growth through the entire journey!

Which bits did you enjoy the most?

The live accelerator days and actual coaching sessions. And finally – I was thrilled on getting a distinction for both the Personal Performance Coaching Diploma and the Corporate & Executive Diploma.

How did the qualification slot in with your current life?

I really liked the flexibility of the entire program, where you could decide on the pace you wanted to go by. This allowed me to integrate it well with my existing priorities and travel schedule.

What else did you have to consider whilst qualifying?

Meeting coaches from diverse backgrounds at the accelerator days and also coaching clients with diverse background and across geographies helped me to really think about my niche. I was able to quickly identify which clients I enjoyed coaching, and ones I was happy to coach, but didn’t enjoy as much.

I also considered doing some further qualifications after I complete my coaching diplomas. I made a list of qualifications that I would like to do over a period of time, and the two priority ones for me are NLP and DISC certification. I believe those two will directly help me with my chosen niche and the clientele that I would like to work with.

Where are you now? How are you using your coaching skills?

I have recently set up my coaching business, and have started coaching a few clients and looking forward to expanding over a period of time

What is your coaching niche and why did you choose it?

My niche is leadership and performance coaching. I enjoy working with positive, ambitious people from all walks of life, and am passionate about playing the role of a catalyst by helping people excel at what they do, accelerate their performance and unleash the leader in them.

What is the best thing that could happen to your coaching business in the next 2 years?

Have an ongoing stream of coaching clients that I am working with, regular referrals from current clients, and some ongoing corporate clients.

What is your favorite coaching question?

If we were having this conversation 12 months from today, what has to have happened for you to feel proud about your progress?

What do you enjoy most about being a coach?

Experiencing the ‘A-ha’ moments with my clients! Often a simple question can suddenly shift the energy of the session and open up so many possibilities.

What are your top tips for:

- People who are looking at coaching?

Speak to other coaches and attend the two-day certificate weekend. This will help you identify weather coaching is or isn’t for you

- Those coaches currently in training?

Fill out your learning record sheets on a regular basis, instead of leaving them at the end. It’s a simple document and you will get a lot out of it if its done at the right time, and of course more accurately reflect your learning and development.

Invest in some good coaching books (refer to the recommended list given by The Coaching Academy) and read on a regular basis

Revisit earlier accelerator day modules, DVDs, notes, etc. You will always learn new things when you go back and read/listen to something that you have already gone through.

Start coaching clients as soon as possible, and wherever possible coach real clients from different backgrounds as this will help you to identify your niche.

And also be coached. Speak with a few coaches and find someone you are comfortable working with. It’s a great learning experience to be coached, in addition to coaching clients.

- Coaches that are about to qualify?

Congratulations! And all the very best for the journey ahead….the qualification is not an end, but a great beginning to possibly a new career path and some very exciting opportunities ahead.

- People that are in a similar situation to yourself?

Talk to other successful coaches, and get yourself a coach.

9 Responses to "Coach In The Spotlight – Swati Pradhan"

1 | Pragna

November 16th, 2011 at 11:12 am


Great interview, Swati. Nice to read this, first thing in the morning.
Wishing you well with your businesses :)

2 | Sirli Sillasoo

November 16th, 2011 at 11:39 am


Well done Swati! Really liked your favourite question. I will be adding this to my sessions! Very inspiring!! All the best in life and in business!

3 | Sandy Prasad

November 16th, 2011 at 12:55 pm


Great interview Swati, all the very best with the beginning of a new journey!

4 | Sam Waterfall

November 20th, 2011 at 11:51 am


Thank you Swati. I L-O-V-E that ‘favourite coaching question’ – what a way to be able to leverage pain / pleasure for taking action.

Wishing you every success!

5 | Bev James

November 20th, 2011 at 2:52 pm


Great interview Swati, A clients ‘A-ha’ moments are wonderful aren’t they, I always feel privileged to be part of the process. Thank you for sharing your Journey,
I wish you well,

6 | Shaline Manhertz

November 21st, 2011 at 12:31 am


This is really good inspiring interview! Thanks for sharing Swati.

7 | Kate Faragher

November 21st, 2011 at 12:25 pm



What a great interview. You have so much clarity about your goals, clients and ambitions. Inspiring.

All the very best with your journey.


8 | Swati Pradhan

November 22nd, 2011 at 5:27 pm


Thanks for all your wonderful comments!

9 | Sonia

November 25th, 2011 at 1:13 am


Inspiring, especially as I signed up for my own journey this week in doing peronal and executive coaching and excited about what lies ahead!

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