What drew me to coaching ?

//What drew me to coaching ?

Even thought coaching came to me as a big surprise, when I look at it right now, I can see the path and I know that this is what I am meant to do. I feel so Alive.

When I was a teenager I started to think about what career I wanted to have..

I knew that I wanted to work with people. I almost went to a psychotherapy school but I was not energised by the medical side of it and the idea of dealing with past “problems”. I wanted something concrete with lots of action so I decided to go for Human Resources. After getting a Master in HR combined with a BS in Sociology, I started my career in HR in France and was successfully going up the corporate ladder, until I decided to move to the US with my husband in June 2000. For the first 2 years, I had no working visa. I was lucky to have the time to blossom as a new mother.

After a while my creative energy was pushing to find my new path. I wanted to go back to work but something in the HR field was not right for me. I Loved the management and the legal part of the position but I didn’t like all the administrative tasks. I was also resisting going back to the corporate world with my new reality ( 2 kids at that time and planning for more..). With a working visa, I followed different ideas. I started a business resaling gently used french labeled clothing for kids, then I wanted to distribute a line of bags for kids. Until the day when I realized that no matter how great was the product, I didn’t care. All I really wanted was to work with people. I stayed in that space for a few month. Waiting, wondering, asking what I should do ? I was very open to get an answer from the Univers.

I had no idea about the coaching profession. I had never heard of it except for fitness coaching.

Until one summer on vacation in the South of France with my brother and his wife. She had a job interview for an amazing position the following week. The Dream position for her. With my HR background I helped her getting ready for the interview. I helped her trusting her qualities and talents and we worked on how to present those in a 20mn interview. We did a lot of exercices and role play.
She got the job and was thrilled !!!! She could’nt thank me enough. She felt that she couldn’t have done it without me.

I remember the day like it was yesterday. In the living room while we were drinking a glass of champagne to celebrate her new job. She hugged me and thanked me and said ” you should be a life coach”.Even-though I had never heard of that profession, I knew right away that it was the perfect job for me. It sounded so right: ” Life coach”.

My whole body was shivering.

Then everything went really fast. I met a very experienced coach at my daughter’s school and did a 12 weeks training with her and then hired her to become my mentor/Coach.

My sister in Law hired me to coach her in her new challenging position and my mentor helped me get 3 paying clients. The next summer I found ICA on the web and decided to get certified.

I am now a the mother of 3 girls ( 6, 4 and 3 months), planning on becoming certified by the end of this year. I am building my practice and blossoming in the field !

By | 2007-01-25T06:15:58+00:00 25 janvier 2007|Categories: O Coaching|0 commentaire

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  1. Sonia Fiedler 19 mars 2007 à 9 h 35 min

    Chère Christine,

    J’ai bien aimé la facon dont tu as relu et décrit ton cheminement, passionnant.
    Bon succès pour ton nouveau boulot, je vais prendre un peu plus de temps pour m’en informer davantage.
    Bien affectueusement
    Sonia

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