A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A COACH
ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. As a Coach my role is to create a safe container for my clients to be comfortable being uncomfortable and being vulnerable, and for me to do that effectively, I must be fully grounded.
1. What time do you start the day?
My day starts at 5am every day and the first three hours are my personal hours where I get to do my motherly endeavours of dropping my kids off at school, nourishing my spirit and doing my daily body practice. The order in which I do the spiritual nourishment and the body practice, is determined by how my day is, there are days I do my walk first thing in the morning and sometimes I do them in the evening.
When we get into coaching sessions, we sit closely together and we exchange energy, so if the energy I give out as a coach is unsettled, I would unsettle my clients as well, hence I do my daily rituals.Spiritual nourishment helps me to create capacity to be able to handle the clients, no matter what their issues are.
2. How do you plan for the day?
I have an Assistant who supports me and runs my calendar. She normally confirms the sessions the day before and even on the day, she stays in touch with me and make sure I am ready for the different sessions.
3. How do you deal with daily frustrations / setbacks?
I do a lot of sitting and breathing practices during the day to calm myself down and bring myself back to me. My Assistant helps me a lot by managing clients and absorbing some of the pressure. At times I get so overwhelmed, and I will honestly tell her to talk to the client and ask them to reschedule.
I value my clients and I don’t like having sessions to tick boxes, I want to be fully present in the sessions and maximise their value out of each session. I have a peer Coach whom I reach out whenever I feel overly drained and in need of support and this helps me a lot
4. What is the most fulfilling thing about what you do?
People come for coaching because they feel stuck, frustrated or they want to develop a new skill or competency. As a Coach I honour my clients as experts in their life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful, and whole. This therefore relieves me of the pressure to give clients answers but I walk with them to generate their solutions and strategies.
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential. Once the client gets there and you see their eyeballs popping out as they see their way out, the feeling is priceless & highly gratifying.