There are a lot of ‘coaches’ out there who have never had formal coach training. That doesn’t mean they are not good at what they do, but to me it does make me ask the question ‘what are they actually teaching me, where are they getting their information?’. I know to some people it doesn’t matter if their coach is qualified or certified or not, but to me it is very important. If I can use the analogy of hiring a plumber to fit a new boiler, would I hire someone who is certified as a plumber, has his/her Gas Safe qualifications, has the necessary examination passes or would I hire the man down the road who has a slight knowledge of how a boiler works but no formal qualifications. To me there is no contest, it has to be the qualified and certified plumber.
And so it is for me when hiring a coach. They have to be qualified, good at what they do and keen to help me get to where I want to go. And I want my clients to know that I am qualified, certified, experienced and keen to get them to where they want to go.
There are many coaches out there who claim they have so many years experience of coaching and therefore consider themselves to be qualified in some way. Unless they have gone through formal coach training and been certified by the organisation they have trained with, then to me they are not qualified.
I have been working as a life coach since 2004 and can honestly say that I am highly qualified and experienced. I have listed below all my coaching qualifications and the institutions I gained these qualifications with:
- Life Coach (Newcastle College)
- Corporate & Executive Coach (The Coaching Academy)
- Advanced Confidence Coach/Group Trainer (Dawn Breslin Training)
- Licensed YOU University Coach (YOU University)
- Licensed NLP Practitioner (INLPTA)
I trained with all those organisations, passed all the coursework, the coaching assignments, attended lectures, had hours of coaching conversations on the phone with colleagues in the USA, Australia and South Africa. I am proud of the time, effort and commitment I have put in to becoming one of the top 10% of coaches in the UK.
Additionally I have worked hard with my clients who come from all walks of life. I have worked with cleaners, authors, coaches, undertakers, secretaries, administrators and celebrities. Each person is different, and each is fascinating. I have so many success stories, and I will share some of the wonderful testimonials I have received at the end of this blog.
My experiences over the last ten years have allowed to me achieve the following:
- Author of ‘What You Believe Creates Your Reality’ – published September 2010
- Author of ‘7 Stepping Stones to Rebuilding Confidence in Yourself’ – published December 2011
- Co-Author ‘One Page Wisdom’ – published September 2009
- Life Coach at Community Action Isle of Wight
- Advanced Confidence Coach
- Corporate Coach
- Personal Life Coach
- Divorce coach
- Tutor at The Blackford Centre
- Expert at BBC Radio Solent, Vectis Radio, Radio Coaching and BlogTalk Radio
- Resident Life Coach on Calder’s Confessions radio programme
- Business Mentor at The Prince’s Trust
- Business Mentor at Mentor-Net
- Speaker/Expert at Island Business Network
- Speaker/Expert at Women in Business Network
- Mentor at The Horse’s Mouth
I absolutely love my work and enjoy getting up in the morning knowing that I am going to be helping someone create a better life for themselves. That is so rewarding in itself. And I have worked with some tremendous people and keep in touch with them to find out how they are doing, and supporting them as they grow and become the very best versions of themselves.
People who work with me as their coach can be assured that I am not only qualified and certified, I have vast experience and knowledge and I only have their best interests at heart. Each and every client is aware of my confidentiality policy, I never identify my clients without their express permission.
Here are a few of the testimonials I have received from some of my wonderful clients:
“Maggie helped me to make one big decision that led to another, and another, and another – and that’s how my life changed for the better!”
“Maggie assisted me through a challenging time in my life. She is able to combine a no nonsense approach with genuine empathy to her coaching work and shares her knowledge generously. She holds you accountable for outcomes in a warm and caring manner. Training together and being coached by Maggie was such a pleasure. I always looked forward to those sessions with anticipation. Maggie is able to hold your space in a non-judgemental manner which gives you the confidence to move forward. I certainly recommend her as a coach.”
“Things are really good. There is very much a difference in my homelife now, very rarely do I even think about work, which is great. Even my daughter has noticed a difference. I don’t seem to get stressed like I used to. I really can’t thank you enough for your help!”
“The ride has been awesome…the support you gave me while I was driving at the wheel of my life, and you were sitting in the passenger seat guiding, encouraging, and supporting me was fantastic and I so appreciate that.”
‘Maggie, I am good thanks. Have made some significant changes to what I do and how I behave. Change is always difficult, but you just have to have confidence, back yourself and go for it don’t you!! Your book was the first step I took to set me on the way for this latest, and final, journey. I have picked up a few other things on the way, and there is no turning back now!!’
“Maggie is a wonderful coach who, I guarantee will have a positive effect on your life. A great person to know and have on your side.”
“Maggie has great experience of dealing with life situations in a positive way. I have seen people grow within themselves during several of her presentations and seminars. She deals with people in a non-judgemental and constructive way, whilst challenging them to look at their view of them selves and to re-evaluate their own self-worth.”
I measure my success by the successes of my clients. Making a difference to their lives gives me goosebumps every time, as it never ceases to amaze me how great people can become and to know that I have helped them is such a great feeling.
All my clients, past, present and future can rest assured that I am highly qualified, certified and experienced. They can also be assured that I am passionate about my work and love every minute of it.
I am helping people to become the very best version of themselves and would love to work with you. Contact me today.