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Coaching starts with listening

I provide career coaching to people who are ready to embrace change. We use a one-on-one dynamic to build a strong, trustworthy relationship in which change can occur. I do my part by listening in multiple ways, depending on the circumstance:

Focused listening

Paying attention to what is said and implied through words, tone of voice and body language; using the five senses, fact-based.

Intuitive listening

Gentle, responding to the emotion in any given moment, looking for the deeper meaning, heart-based.

what happens in a coaching session

What happens in a coaching session

Coaching is the enabling of transformation. Your transformation. In order to advance your goals and areas of focus, you decide the topic for each session. At the same time, we also use the topic to explore who you are becoming: how does today’s topic connect to the bigger picture? I connect you to the deeper meaning behind your topic, so you learn more about yourself and see yourself for the magnificent being you are. Through this push/pull of doing and being, you will find yourself gradually growing into your most authentic self.

Goal: Life fully loved™ aligned with your values

You have a job that you thought would give meaning and purpose…but it doesn’t. You feel restless and don’t know why. You know there’s something more for you, but don’t know what “it” is. Ultimately, you are dissatisfied with your current state and recognize the need for change.

I understand your yearning. I have climbed the staircase of success and would tell my 25-year-old self a lot of things I know now that I wish I knew then. Things like:

  • “Success” doesn’t necessarily mean “happiness.”
  • Happiness comes from within, not without.
  • Don’t confuse success with significance.

What my 25-year-old self needed to know is that who you are shapes what you do – not vice versa. Significance comes less from external recognition and more from leading from within. External forces do not create happiness – internal focus does.

Talking to a client

 

Coaching works. Its excellence is why so many professionals have turned to it in recent years. As a coach, I give YOU the tools to take charge of your life. To fulfill your goals while living a meaningful life.

I coach because I want you to experience a life fully lived – a life fully loved – with purpose and choice. As you tap into what fulfils you, you align your inner and outer self. From that place, you make better, more insightful choices, about what you want – professionally and otherwise.

Goal: Self-awareness – who am I and what do I like?

I have three teenaged children all figuring out who they are and what they want. Do these questions sound familiar?

  • What education do I need to get a great job doing “x”?
  • What school provides the best program in “x”?
  • Which job will allow me to make the most money so I can do/be whatever I want?

Laura talking to youth

I want to shift the focus from schooling to career. Schooling is important, no question, but it’s the questions around “Who am I?” and “What do I want?” that matter most. Once those questions get answered, finding the best schooling path becomes much easier.

Career coaching for young adults involves exploring many similar things as with mid-career professionals. The difference lies in (lack of) life experience. To fill that gap, I use my extensive work experience in human resources to connect thoughts and actions. Who and what inspires you? What makes you excited or drained when you get up in the morning? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? We explore which values are important to you, because they greatly impact the type of work you choose.

Coaching is life changing. It pushes you outside your comfort zone and challenges your perspectives.  It is highly motivating and the exercises and techniques used are both fun and informative.  I think the main benefits of coaching are to see yourself, others and the world more clearly.  I think coaching is valuable to anyone regardless of where you are in your life or career.

LE

You have to be open minded in order to grow. The coaching that Laura gave me opened my eyes to what and how I was doing things and allowed me to see the bigger picture. I am not done yet but I already see the changes in my everyday life.

MM