Nina, a communications professional based in Switzerland came to a point where she was looking to move on to a new job but low self-esteem had been holding her back in job interviews, as well as in certain work situations. She had been invited to a number of interviews but never ended up being the chosen candidate because she was not able to convince interviewers of my skills.
Aspects that we covered together included:
character strengths, using the VIA survey and report
measurement of wellbeing, using the PERMA assessment, both before and after coaching
personal branding, including key messaging
identification and accountability of new daily wellbeing practices
In Nina’s words….
How often/long did you work with Kelly?
I have been working with Kelly for 4 months, doing a session every 2-3 weeks.
What do you think would have been the implications of not dealing with your challenges? And how would you be in 2 -5 years if you had not invested in coaching to deal with those challenges?
If I had not decided to find a solution to the problem, I would likely just remain in the same position and be there in the next 5 years as well. Overall, this would impact my wellbeing negatively, since changing jobs is something that I really would like to achieve. Not finding a new role that suits me would just lead to frustration.
What (if anything) had you previously been doing to address those challenges? What (if any) alternative options did you try before working with Kelly and how did that work out for you?
This is the first time that I really tried to address the challenge with concrete solutions. Before deciding to reach out to Kelly, I was ‘window dressing’ – that is just finding quick fixes like improving the format of my CV.
What has/have been the result(s)? How would you describe the outcome?
It has been an excellent experience for me because I have been able to really see the whole processes as a holistic one, that involves many factors, including doing some self-reflection and understanding the balance between my professional and private self. I was recently in a job interview where I was able to see how far I had come with the exercises – throughout the interview, I felt like I was being myself and received positive feedback for being just that!
What specific techniques / strategies did Kelly use that helped you the most? (eg. positive psychology interventions, assessments, other exercises, useful resources, her personality, her accountability check-ins, etc…)?
For me, Kelly’s whole approach really helped me. This was a combination of positive psychology interventions, learning meditative techniques, finding routines to boost overall wellbeing as well accountability check-ins. Her positivity throughout has also been wonderful.
How would you describe the impact that coaching has had on your life?
The coaching has helped me create space for addressing challenges that I normally don’t have time to think about in everyday life. It also helps to have an outside perspective to really try and find the best solutions.
How did you discover Kelly and what made you sign up with her?
I started googling coaches in my region and came across her website. The reason that I reached out to her was a combination of her positive psychology approach to coaching as well as her background in communications.
What (if anything) was different about Kelly compared to other coaches you had considered (if any)?
There is a strong focus on authenticity in Kelly’s approach and also a very holistic approach which is not always the case with other coaches.
Is there anything else you would like to say about working with Kelly?
It is a pleasure to work with Kelly. She is always looking to find the right exercise and approaches to topics that come up during discussion! This type of flexibility is really valuable in exploring things that I need to work on.
What would you say to someone who’s unsure about whether to work with Kelly?
It is definitely worth exploring whether Kelly’s approach can help.
Would you like to know more?
Kelly is a certified coach with over 20 years of experience, holds the PCC credential from the International Coach Federation and has completed a MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology with distinction. She offers bespoke positive psychology based coaching packages to help ambitious professionals to develop their authentic leadership identity, create more fulfilling careers and implement personalised strategies for optimal wellbeing at work.