18 coaching conversations for Coachathon

CoachathonAs part of the WLA Coachathon in mid-November, I had a staggering 18 coaching conversations over 4 days!

Instead of feeling exhausted, I felt energised.

It was the first taste of coaching for most of my 18 – they were curious to experience how coaching works and what it felt like.

I wanted each to enjoy the experience and derive some direct benefit too.

All sessions were career focused, but the topics varied from post-redundancy options, promotion strategies, getting buy-in from others, longer term career plans and finding purpose.

We only had 45 minutes for each session, potentially a challenge without a previous relationship and understanding. Each session was very conversational in nature & I used various metaphors to build common understanding.

All 18 coachees left their session with greater clarity and feeling more motivated and hopeful. After one 45-minute session!

Once again this has validated the power of coaching – at its simplest, having a focused conversation with a neutral sounding board ?

I’m proud to say that by doing this I raised £450 for the MicroLoan Foundation, a women’s empowerment and poverty alleviation charity supporting women in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Thanks Sandra Pinnington (Green) for creating and running this amazing initiative ? I’ll definitely be taking part again next year!

If you’re curious about how coaching feels, with no-risk or cost to you, why not book in for one of my free career discussions.