Why coaching?

Over the summer, I was interviewed by Lorrayn de Peyer on her Sid Valley radio show. This was a great opportunity to talk a bit more about writing and its benefits.

What is it you do. What services do you offer?

I’m an author, editor and writing coach. I also run workshops for writers.

How does what you do help people?

Writing is one of the ways we can express our creativity, like music and art. Sometimes people have writing ambitions but find it hard to make space to write in their busy life. Having a coach can help. Coaching can help you set goals and focus your energies. A coach can help you to see that it’s alright to make time for yourself.

What led you to become a writer?

I’d always wanted to write, or at least since I was 10 when I had a poem published in an Australian state newspaper. I dabbled a bit with writing in my twenties but as I got older I realised (like a lot of people) that if I didn’t follow my dreams now I never would. So I started writing for magazines and websites, then went on to novels and short stories. I just wish I’d had the discipline to start sooner – or maybe a coach!

What is your background?

I used to be a careers adviser, so I have a lot of experience interviewing people. (I also used to interview people for oral history research which was also fascinating in a different way). Then I did some coaching training and decided that I could use my experience to help people progress their writing. My coaching is about getting your work completed and out there, rather than about how to write – there are lots of people who can help with this also although, I’m a great advocate of try, try and try again.

How is what you do different from other people?

Coaching can help a person to see how they CAN make time even if it’s only five minutes a day to begin with. My workshops help re-inspire people so they can believe in their power to create again.

What is a typical session like?

Coaching is about listening to the client and raising questions so they can gain a clearer picture of what’s going on for them, think about the key issues and move forward. As the Coaching Academy says, ‘Coaching assists a client to bridge the gap between where they are now, to where they would like to be far more effectively than if they worked alone.’

My workshops are interactive and fun with practical activities to engage participants, and also full of information they can take away to move forward with their objective/s.

Are you able to give people any practical tips from your own experience that they can start using now?

There are many forms of self-expression, e.g. music, gardening, photography – find something you really enjoy and focus on that. When we’re focused on something that means something to us, the rest of the world and our concerns disappear temporarily and we’re totally in the moment. That’s a very special space. That’s also when we produce our best work.

Do you have an inspirational thought people might find useful?

Henry Ford, the US captain of industry is believed to have said, ‘whether you think you can or… can’t, you’re right.’

So believe you CAN.

I believe mindset plays a huge part in the way we live our lives, so why not give life a helping hand and think positively. Life will throw challenges at us, but it’s how we deal with them that makes the difference, and makes us different too.

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