I am a trainer who asks a lot of questions. Always challenging participants, asking them for best solutions and plans for change. Some people called this style motivational and others considered it “Irritational”…
Looking back, I guess I was pushed into coaching clients, highly energized by small or important achievements accomplished during coaching engagements, professional advancements, quitting smoking, and pursuing personal dreams or (re)activating personal hobbies. In my bravest dreams I dare to hope that coaches create a better world, improving the quality of life, thoughts and actions, moving further one by one. Unveiling new perspectives, contributing to clients’ progress and transformation was so meaningful, so much satisfaction for being helpful.
I liked it more and more after deciding to get certified, to treat it as a serious project, going to ICF accredited schools and dedicate serious time to study and practice; it helped me grow as a professional coach and eventually as a person. Coaching profession also brings a new lifestyle, working hard but in a different way. Remote sessions on Skype and coaching individuals by the fire on the beach were a lending hand supporting my hobbies, running marathon races and teaching scuba diving in some of the most beautiful marine paradises. In fact, the “PCC congratulations” message, one of the top personal professional achievements, reached me on the boat, just between two exciting dives.
It took me some time to understand the difference between learning how to coach and being a coach. It’s mostly about the openness to accept responsibility, curiosity, living life with passion and real listening, in everything you do, in what you are.