Why coaching?

Since launching my Individual Coaching programmes earlier this month, I have been asked the same question a number of times… what makes you a good coach?

My professional career before having our daughters was in Human Resources, where I worked in regional leadership positions in New Zealand and Hong Kong. A significant part of my role was coaching managers to become better coaches themselves. In addition, due to the nature of HR, I ended up doing a lot of career coaching. Helping managers and team members identify what they wanted from their career and where to take their career next.

Once we arrived in Mumbai, literally weeks later I had Miss J, and I simultaneously became a relocation consultant with Going There an outsource provider to many of the big relocation companies. With a small baby in tow, this was perfect in terms of flexibility and allowed me to keep my mind active.

In Delhi, not long after having Madam S, I ran into a colleague from New Zealand presenting me with another opportunity. I joined Ron and the WIAL India team as they focused on growing the India business. I undertook more training to become a Senior Action Learning Coach for WIAL, and I won Coach of the Year in 2015 (a global award) for the work I did with STOP a Delhi based NGO. Essentially,  being a Senior Action Learning Coach enabled me to train other coaches and certify them in the WIAL method. Parallel to this, I did a lot of executive coaching and organisational consulting, supporting organisations through change processes.

While in Delhi I volunteered with Delhi Network an expat support network, and was Vice President alongside the amazing Hazel! I also lead Delhi Tots, a playgroup for mums with under 5s, which I developed to become a broader support group rather than only offering playgroups.

My husband was subsequently moved to Chongqing, China and I developed the Parent Organisation at the International School. A key part of this was launching the Check Out Chongqing annual event, a showcase with vendors from all aspects of CQ life. Not long after arriving in Chongqing, I also started CQ Explorers, a support and activity group for expat mums in Chongqing.

Presently based in Taipei, I am serving on the school council and I invest a lot of time supporting other parents, both social connections and now with my business.

So why am I telling you all this? Well, I’m not trying to blow my own trumpet, but I want to demonstrate the years of experience I have doing what I am doing now in the capacity of Expat Parenting Abroad. I have taken all the issues that the mums discuss with me, all the topics that people unload at the school gate, all the experiences I’ve had moving cities and countries, and I have developed these topics into four discrete coaching packages.

Yes I am fully certified with WIAL, and yes I have professional coaching experience. More importantly, I am an expat mum and I have been providing this support to other mums for a long time.

But the biggest why? Why do I want to coach you? Because I am passionate about improving the lives of expat mums. When I started my research this time last year, I asked ex colleagues and friends what do they see as my key strength? The common theme, when people bring a problem or a concern to me, I provide clarity and I always find a path to move forward.

So, what now? I have offered a 20% discount on all my Individual Coaching packages over the past month. But now that you know a little more about me, I would like to extend this offer to 15 May. That’s right, you have two weeks to reflect and, if you are interested, please complete the registration form to receive your discount. You are under no obligation to actually work with me, but let’s have a conversation and explore further if Individual Coaching is right for you.

I am super excited to announce that Thursday 9th May 9pm and Friday 10th May 9am (Taipei times) I will be co-hosting a FREE 30 minute webinar with Marielle, Keeping It Real Me – “When your move impacts on your kid”.  For more information and to register your interest in this webinar, click here.

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