How coaching can transform how you run your own business
Situation before coaching
As a copywriter, Sarah C felt unable to say no to unplanned work from long-term clients, leaving her at the whims of clients and with no time to develop her business to reflect her own professional identity. She didn’t have the freedom and confidence to look at prospective clients that match her business values more so that she could make the most out of her own business and gain back time for herself.
Through fortnightly coaching sessions over 3 months, Sarah focused on her time management style and what was stopping her from ‘owning’ her business: from clarity of who she wanted to work with to establishing a business day routine that suited her personality and values as well as gaining time for developing her business each week.
Being freed from ‘to do’ lists and managing her time to suit her personality has been transformational for Sarah C. Creating a process for copywriting projects that builds on how she wants to manage her time has freed her from some time-sucking projects and has allowed her to be much more professional and assertive in her approach when booking clients.
Feeling full ownership of her own business, Sarah now understands the nature of running a freelance business that brings her joy rather than being pulled in many different directions by clients. Knowing the value of her work, she’s now confident with self-promotion and blocking out the time for business development.
I was fortunate enough to receive coaching from Suse recently. I was at a point in my career where things were miserable and I had no idea how to fix them. I had a vague goal in mind but it was one I wasn’t sure how to go about achieving and my self-confidence had taken a hit too.
What I got from my sessions was a fantastic insight into myself, my strengths, and my values. Suse expertly guided me through conversation, discussion, short tasks and some reading so that I could move from a somewhat panicked state of “is this it?” to “I am confident and can achieve what I set my mind to”.
Suse’s style of coaching was spot on for me: gentle encouragement to work things out but not too gentle that she let me shy away from obstacles! This helped me to define my goals much more clearly and, most importantly, to really focus on the things that are most important to me. I came away feeling lighter, happier and with a renewed sense of purpose. And guess what, I achieved my biggest goal! I really do thank Susan for helping me do this and strongly recommend getting in touch with her if you’d like to benefit as I have.
I gained SO much from my sessions with Suse. I was blown away by how important and how transformational this process has been for me.
I can honestly say this process has contributed to my well-being. I feel so much happier in my role, I feel so much more equipped for dealing with difficulties in my team. My responses to recent situations as a result of this coaching experience have definintely benfited my team but they have empowered me. I am a stronger, happier leader who now includes myself in decisions at work.
I feel so positive about the changes I have made and can continue to make and really have to thank Susan for helping me to get to this point. She comes across as a very natural coach who is really able to pinpoint what someone might be struggling with and can also offer some very insightful comments about whatever that might be while guiding you to work out how you might deal with it. She is supportive, non-judgemental and very easy to talk to.
Susan is very talented in helping you to identify, talk about and make steps towards achieving your goals. I think she embodies exactly what a coach should offer: expert listening skills, gentle but directed encouragement, and helpful reflective practice.
I did a talk to 80 guests at a charity ball last week and did it without notes, just a couple of words on cards. People laughed in the right places, clapped at the end and said I was a ‘great and engaging speaker’. Hooray!! I couldn’t have done that three weeks ago so thank you again.
Susan’s workshop ‘Presenting for Scaredycats’ was a fantastic opportunity to get together with like-minds to explore and confess our views about nerves, body language and speaking ambitions. Susan’s infectious confidence and humour led the workshop, getting us all to examine our own presenting behaviour whilst learning useful tips that could be applied to everyday moments of being vocal and making sure you’re being heard. Great!
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