Today’s featured Artist In Action is Caitlin Kunkel, who is here to share about her path as a writer and how private coaching has supported her along the way, especially as she published her first book last month!! This is a great insider’s view to how personalized the private coaching experience can be, and we hope you enjoy learning more about coaching from Caitlin’s perspective. Oh, and do yourself a favor and get her new book asap – it’s the perfect holiday gift for your feminist friends.
1) YOU’LL GET TOOLS FOR LIVING BETTER.
Plain and simple, you will get tools from your coach on how to bring more of the "Real You" into your life and career. We're talking about tools that include how to:
• Break through to the next level of your career
• Have a difficult conversation
• Prepare for a huge audition
• Get you in the right mindset for the big job interview
• Transition out of a current field or...
• Transition back into the business if you have been out for a while.
I was in a coaching session the other day and something came up that, immediately afterward, I thought, "This is something I have to share." My client, a writer, was frustrated because he was showing up every day to commit to his writing, but he wasn't feeling it. Something was missing and he couldn't quite put his finger on it. This is actually something that I uncover all too often in coaching sessions — people doing the right things, making progress toward their goals (or not), but somehow feeling "off" about the entirety of it all. A lot of times, it turns out that they're lacking perhaps the most important part of the process, and that, my friends, is ENTHUSIASM.
So, it seems that this autumn is turning out to have a theme: Fierce Courage. For those of you who are wondering what I mean by that, think of Fierce Courage as a bit like jumping out of an airplane. It’s in that exact moment when you’re about to do the very thing you think you can’t do that fierce courage is called upon. It’s the moment where you dig deep and face your fears...the moment you go against the grain...the moment you take up the struggle when there’s an easier way out. I recently gave a keynote speech to the students at Southeast Missouri State University on this very topic, and it just popped up again in a session with a client of mine — Ela Thier, who happens to be a very talented filmmaker and a wonderful teacher (you can visit her filmmaking school website here). Ela is gearing up to shoot her next feature film and she was having trouble finding the enthusiasm and motivation to engage the project in the way she knew she needed to, which is why she came to me for a coaching session. From my end, the session was a good one — we got to the core of Ela's tentativeness and identified steps she could take to overcome it. More important, she came out of the session feeling excited and proactive; as a coach, you can't ask for much more than that.
“Talent is only half the equation.” That’s been our slogan for a while now and it speaks to our belief that you can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t know how to use it then you’re only going to get halfway there. The other half is what we’ve built a company on — coaching people how to dictate the course of their future by giving them knowledge, tools, and support to turn a craft into a career. So when I came upon Dr. Atul Gawande’s New Yorker article exploring the benefits of coaching in the professional realm, I was intrigued to say the least.