Carey Davis-Munro and Julian Roberts are interviewing coaches, to understand their story of why they became a coach and the journey that got them to here today. We want to get behind the coach and reveal the person in the coach.
Back in the summer of 2019, a chance meeting at a training event run by the Coaching Academy, found us both eating lunch on a table together.
It’s one of the best things to come out of days like this. A bonus on top of the event itself! Finding like-minded people with whom you immediately form a connection and with whom there is a very obvious synergy.
Since that event, we have kept in contact, followed one another’s progress and observed that there is more than just casual congruence between Leadership and Well-being. In fact in discussions about our individual approach and ethos, we have found much common ground.
So much so that we started to observe areas of interest that we would like to pass on; to both open up the conversations on coaching, and to validate the concept itself.
Coaching is often misinterpreted and indeed, with the market swamped by those both unqualified and qualified, it can get some bad press which lowers the reputation of the invaluable work we do.
Excited by our own exploration in to who we are and why we do what we do, we both wanted to offer a platform for other fellow coaches for whom we both have immense personal respect, to do the same.
The result….Coaching Conversations.
Episode 47 with Paul Bulos who is a Executive, Leadership & Wellbeing Coach
Listen to Paul who shares his story from a background in publishing, where he talks on how he has had a coaching approach within all his leadership positions throughout his career, although he didn't realise this. And it was a moment (not a midlife crisis) where he decided to reflect and look up from the desk, and being inspired by the book The Restless Executive by Jo Simpson - which started the journey of cementing him becoming a coach. So Paul pursued training through the ILM, and now coaches leaders in a holistic way.
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Episode 46 with Teresa Quinlan who is an Executive coach and founder of IQ + EQ = TQ
Listen to Teresa who shares her story how on reflection saw the signals to why she became a coach. One of them was that she always wanted to go first in any situation whether school or sport or work, now she is competitive but it came from a deeper level. She explains that she didn't like to have other people's examples as a deterrent from what she would try to do. She would like to go and get that immediate feedback from the teacher, the coach, the parent, the whomever was the one in charge of whatever they were doing and that theme has followed her entire life. This is really insightful and shows her deep level of self-awareness, such an important aspect of being a coach.
She builds Emotionally Intelligent Organisations because she is an advocate for emotionally intelligent leadership that paves the way for organisations that are human first, human centered, human focused. It is only when we can manage the whole of our humanity that we can tap into the excellence that exists within each of us.
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Episode 45 with Nisanka Wickramarachchi who is a life coach and founder of Coaching with Nisanka.
Listen to Nisanka explain how she took trauma and anxiety in her life to propel herself forward to not only to deal with it in a positive way but also the driver to becoming a coach and to help others. She shares in a very transparent and authentic way that really inspires.
Nisanka has a background in education for nearly 20 years working across Early Years and Secondary school before becoming a coach. Helping people has not only been my passion, it's been a way of life for me. I predominantly work with women.
She runs a 60 day program to transform your life from everyday anxiety to feeling calm, confident and resilient.
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Episode 44 with Jeff Harry who is a Positive Psychology Play Coach.
Listen to Jeff who is international speaker, Top 100 Engagedly HR Influencers In Org Dev. and Helps teams address toxicity in the workplace through play.
It was a wonderful and energising conversation with Jeff, who shares his story of how be became inspired by the movie Big with Tom Hanks and wanted to be in the world of toys. Little did he know that this would lead him to becoming a PLAY coach, using his passion to help organisations address toxicity in the workplace.
Jeff Harry shows individuals and companies how to tap into their true selves, to feel their happiest and most fulfilled — all by playing.
Jeff has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon, and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day.
Jeff is an international speaker who has presented at conferences such as INBOUND, SXSW, and Australia’s Pausefest, showing audiences how major issues in the workplace can be solved using play.
Connect with Jeff:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffharryplays/
Episode 43 with Ayesha Murray who coaches working parents to be the best they can be at work and at home.
Listen to Ayesha tell her story of how she decided to take an opportunity to go from a marketing career to a executive coach and in fact her passion all her life was with helping people unlock their potential anyway.
She has a passion for working parents, those trying to be the best they can be at work and home, but feeling like they never get the balance right? Her story is that she felt like that for years, and still does as I don't think parental guilt ever goes away! I had a successful career, but was always spinning plates, and smashing a few along the way. I believed I couldn't take a leap of faith and try something different in case I failed. Then I decided to roll my sleeves up, face up to those fears and push aside the beliefs that were holding me back. Yes, it was scary, but I can now proudly say that I was true to myself, true to my passions, and I'm more fulfilled and happy as a result.
Connect with Ayesha:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ayeshamurray75/
Episode 42 with Tracy Ward who is a NLP coach and trainer.
Listen to Tracy as she shares her story of how she became a coach, and in fact had been using a lot of the skills for most of her life as an accountant. She moved into project management, certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and was known as a Finance Change Expert running large-scale transformations. These included changing processes and systems but I was more intrigued by the human aspect and always aimed to balance the project delivery with what I valued; the development, personal growth and well-being of others.
Her vision now is to inspire professionals to create a culture of coaching and my mission is to motivate and empower others to discover their potential and inspire them to pass it on to others.
And her purpose is to be a catalyst for change, something she has been doing all her life.
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