I've been around a while so I bring to my coaching with you a wealth of career and life's experience.
My career background includes being a secretary (in the days before they were called PA’s) - journalism (feature writing not news) - book writing and publishing - broadcasting - small business ownership - video, production - voice over work, teaching (secretarial studies) - life coaching, training and certification and professional speaking.
In 1998 I formally trained with the leading international coaching school CoachU, I graduated as a certified coach in 2000. I also served as a tele-class leader in their training program. (This was before Skype and Zoom:)
I was also accredited by Results Coaching Systems and completed several of their add-on courses including small business coaching and team coaching.
I mentored many new Results Coaches through those early days of coaching after they completed their training - something I still really enjoy doing. My Life Coaching Professionally website is about providing independent information and coaching tools for new life coaches.
I've attended many other business, team and personal growth trainings and workshops over the years – far too many to mention but they all add to the issues I can help my clients with.
I was also one of the original members of the International Coach Federation in Australia founded in 2001.
I believe that our highest purpose and challenge is simply to discover the wonder of who we really are and be the best we can be at whatever we choose to do.
Life has been my greatest teacher in coming to realise that it is better to run and stumble and hurt yourself, than to regret never having tried to run at all.
My stumbling has included “learning” marriages until I met Paul in 1988. We've been married since 1990 and between us we have four terrific daughters and a pod of grandchildren.
Highlights in my personal life have included coming to Australia from London, living on a Kibbutz in Israel and trekking five days in the Sinai with a Bedouin guide, camels, but no tent and publishing my books.
To celebrate a milestone birthday I finally turned my “someday” dream of trekking the high altitude trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, into an exhausting if exhilarating 'achieved goal'.
Amongst my other highlights has been six months working and travelling in the UK and Italy with Paul and achieving my goal of drinking coffee at a cafe in the Piazza San Marco in Venice. Another is living in Thailand for six months and having a real experience of that country and its culture.
I do my coaching by phone or Skype or Zoom so I'm able to work with you wherever I am or you are anywhere in the world.
I believe in giving back to the community and have really enjoyed worked pro bono with recovering drug addicts and disadvantaged teenagers to help to give them the confidence and life-skills to get back on their feet again.
I also support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. My niece Julia Goodwin (who has CF) was a finalist in the 2008 Miss Australia Quest and won the talent section singing "Fever".
She is now an amazing 31 year old woman, and a maths whiz at university, who lives cheerfully (mostly) with this condition which entails spending around 4 hours a day on medical processes to clear her lungs.
Working with my clients (and myself) over many years, I discovered that guiding anyone to set powerful authentic goals and outcomes was just part of the coaching story.
The real key to a successful, happier, less stress and more fulfilled life was helping them to identify and handle the "stuff" or obstacles, real and perceived, that were blocking their path.
My goal planning and life-skills handbook Ready Set Goal published by Pearson Education (now Penguin). is now updated and self-published as Be Your Own Goals Coach.
I don't really believe you can successfully coach yourself, but my book gets people on the right track and is like having me as mentor on the bookshelf. I give a digital copy to all my new clients.
Now you've read all about me, I'm looking forward to hearing from you and maybe learning about you. So, if you like what you have read on this site and are considering life coaching, please take a moment to arrange a time for a free discovery session.