1.  What advice would you have for someone going into Coach Training and/or Leaders Rising?

Early on in Coach Training or Leaders Rising, I recommend digging into and completing several of the IGC Coach Training “Sign Up Bonuses” and “Additional Resources” in the portal including 1) The Get Hired Now Guide, 2) the Market Research 3-Part Training, 3) the Soul Signature Glowbook Exercise, and 4) the Sales Script Template (I also went through the Six Figure Sales Course). These were key toward helping me define, early on, my values, my ideal client, my coaching packages/offers, and how to run an effective sales call.

2. How have you grown personally as a Graduate Student from Inner Glow Circle?

I have come to realize that the “feeling” side of me is just as important as the “thinking” side of me (I’m very good at THINKING about and describing my feelings, but I’ve been learning to tap into how I want to FEEL and to help my clients do the same). I’ve also come to realize that I attract clients that are a reflection of me and my own journey in some way and to lean into my own story as an important the way to narrate the story of my coaching practice.

3. Share something that you are currently working on personally or professionally…

My current coaching offers consist entirely of 1:1 coaching and I’m in the process of diversifying the ways my clients can work with me. I’m about to launch a “5-day challenge” opt-in with the goal of building a mailing list, running my first workshop, and ultimately developing a membership or a digital course offering.

4. What is something you loved about Coach Training and/or Leaders Rising?

The RETREAT! Wow, what an experience to be together with women from across the country and around the world who are all working towards a common goal of coaching others to become the best version of themselves. I’ve rarely been in such a generative environment and certainly couldn’t have imagined finding it at this midway point in my career (or after the pandemic and all of the associated isolation).

5. What’s one lesson that you’ve learned in Leaders Rising that you’ve already applied?

That your contracts are one of the first things you share with your clients; as such, they need to be in alignment with you, your values, your brand, and how you expect you and your client to show up in partnership with one another.

6. What strategies have you taken to create visibility for yourself and your business?

TikTok is my friend! I started building my content in January of 2023, focusing on elevating the key themes I heard across my (at the time) college student career coaching sessions. My initial “You Mean It’s Not Just Me?” video series connected well with my small (but growing!) subset of followers on TikTok. I’ve continued to use that strategy over the past ten months, leaning into the specific words my clients use to describe their career challenges and experiences to help others feel like they aren’t alone. I cross-post these same TikTok videos on Instagram, Facebook, and even on LinkedIn (though with more introductory text).

7. How has IGC continued to support you as a graduate student?

Surrounded by the support of other high-level coaches, it’s pushing me to dig even deeper into the foundation of my business that I laid in coach training and to explore where I might become more provocative, more aligned, more present, more in integrity, and more trusting of myself and my clients in my coaching practice.

8. How has Coach Training/Leaders Rising benefited your business?

Leaders Rising has given me ongoing support, camaraderie, and a team of like-minded women who I can turn to, work with, and learn from as I grow my business so that I always feel like I’m “working for myself, not by myself.” I was worried about leaving my job and launching my own coaching business for fear that I would feel lonely and alone. I can safely say that because of Coach Training and, subsequently, Leaders Rising, I’ve never felt either of those feelings.

9. What is something you wish more people knew about you?

I have my doctoral degree in education and was trained as a qualitative researcher. What this means for my coaching practice is that I’m essentially doing a mini-research study in every coaching session: I ask questions to elicit my client’s story, pull out the key themes, identify trends in what they say, connect those themes to the broader literature when possible, and help them weave together the story of themselves and their greater career and life purpose.

10. What’s next for you?

Getting my “5-Day Challenge” opt-in completed within FloDesk and sent out into the world!