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What is your favorite thing about being a Christian Coach?
I get to live out my calling to be a listener and create safe spaces for people to share their hearts! I’ve always been told that I ask good questions and am easy to talk to – and in being a coach, I get to do that, PLUS help people become more of who they were created to be. It feels like being the best possible version of myself – in order to do some of the most important work I can do in the world.
Who is your ideal client?
I coach parents – mostly moms – who just need a break. They’re overwhelmed and secretly feel guilty for not enjoying every moment. I help them make time for themselves, do things they love, and handle hard situations with confidence so they can become the kind of parent (and person) they’ve always wanted to be.
What inspired you to become a Christian Coach?
I’d known for a long time that I’m a great friend and relationship builder. But being a great friend isn’t a job (at least I never found a job opening on LinkedIn!), and I felt incredibly angsty about not knowing what my purpose was beyond being a mom. When I heard about coaching, I realized that it’s exactly what I love doing: listening well to people, building relationships with them, and asking them powerful questions to help them uncover what growth they’re being invited into. A light bulb went off! I had everything it took, with the gifts I’d been exercising since kindergarten, to learn to be a great coach.
What led you to choose to study through the Christian Coaching School?
My dear friend, Ellen Hoffman, trained with Christian Coaching School, and recommended the program to me. Being able to visit a class after speaking with Jennie after a consult helped me to feel like it was a kind of place where I could be at ease being myself, being vulnerable, and learning and growing alongside others.
What was your favorite part about the program and why?
I loved getting to see Jennie coach us, live. I was amazed at how it only took a few minutes for her to get to the heart of the matter with people that she was just getting to know. It helped me to see how a skilled coach can serve others in such a meaningful way by helping them go places they might otherwise be afraid to explore, and drawing out ideas that left them feeling excited, freer, and more confident.
How did you change as a person as a result of going through coach training with CCS?
As a natural listener and question-asker, it was SO humbling to get specific feedback and gentle corrections in these two areas. It was greatly freeing to realize it was okay to make mistakes, and that I was strong enough to receive correction and be teachable.
What do you find yourself holding on to from your training with CCS all these months/years later?
One of the things I hold onto is really believing in my clients, seeing the best of them, and encouraging them to see themselves with gentle care.
What would you tell an individual who is thinking of training with CCS but isn’t sure if they are ready to take the plunge?
If you’re on the fence, I’d encourage you to observe a class if you can and see if you can picture yourself there! I’m also happy to answer questions about my experience if it would help you: firstname.lastname@example.org