When you have your ICF accreditation​

A year ago today I was packing anti-bac gel as part of my kit to travel to London for three days as part of a new career adventure. 


At the time, I really didn’t know what my business would look like today, and had I known the full impact of the pandemic, I may have got into bed and hibernate for 12 months. 


The thing is, while I can’t believe where the last 365 days have gone, my time during COVID was actually well spent. 


While I lost pretty much all of my PR work in April as the world started to implode,

Signing up for the Kudzi Coach Academy: Coaching Diploma Certification Program was a positive development in my career and lead me to finally taking the plunge and retire from my client PR work on 31 December so I could channel my passion and energy to help women make powerful changes in their lives so they can thrive, and here I am today doing exactly that. 

Within the ICF framework I learned how to coach clients with confidence and impact and each one has seen clear results, and for me, this is hugely rewarding. Ruth offered a wide-ranging of theories from neuroscience, positive psychology, and transactional analysis as well as normative coaching methodologies but as an ex-teacher, and an excellent coach herself, the learning was fun, our knowledge was built up over the weeks and as we coached one another, we really got to put the academics into practice is a safe, supportive environment. 

We also had valuable mentoring sessions and these, as well as other value-added modules, meant that last week I was confident when I sat down to take my ICF accreditation exam. 

Yes, I had well over 100 hours of coaching hours under my belt, as well as completing the 110 hours of compulsory student contact time including weekly tutorials, mentoring, feedback sessions, and group support, and the additional 22 hours of self-directed study, and was flipping pleased to pass! 

I am not a fan of exams, so this was a great feeling and a real moment of pride when I sat down on the beach with a coffee and an almond croissant and celebrated becoming an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation.  This means as well as the training hours and experience, I also demonstrated knowledge and emerging proficiency in the application of the ICF Core Competencies, Code of Ethics, and definition of coaching. I didn’t have to do this, but I wanted to show a commitment to high ethical standards and to have demonstrated, professional competence in my work and to my clients. 

We never know what is around the corner, and let’s face it, that is probably a good thing, but I had no idea the journey my coaching would take me on. 

I got to coach myself and that is a truly wonderful gift. 

I had the support of a wonderful group of women, who are now friends. 

Thanks to peer to peer coaching, I had some amazing coaching myself during those turbulent early days of COVID and for that, I will be forever grateful. 

I have read some amazing books and listened to some fabulous podcasts. thanks to the suggestions of my cohort coaches, and even today I had a great conversation with the Coaching Association to further develop ideas and new connections. 

Today, I only do my PR, and the rest of the time I spend my time coaching women who are looking to make changes in their lives, big and small but are looking for support, accountability, the space to think and talk, the time to decide and the platform to explore their ideas and reach their potential, on their terms. 

My job is not to tell anyone what to do, unless you are looking for a mentor and that is a different job altogether, but instead to give you time and space to find your way. 

As well as group coaching, I offer one-off, one-to-one sessions as well as longer-term partnerships to create lasting changes and powerful transformations. 

This year, as well as writing my third book and embracing sea swimming after living by the beach for five years, I have grand plans for my coaching practice, so if you are curious about how I might be able to help you, why not get in touch and we can talk it over? 

Natalie  

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