NIKKI BUTLIN: MANAGING DIRECTOR, ATHENA BUSINESS SERVICES GROUP, REGIONAL DIRECTOR 4NETWORKING
WHAT BROUGHT ME INTO INTO COACHING
By coincidence I was thinking about finding a business coach when Jill came along to one of the 4N meetings I’m involved with. There were a few coaches already on the circuit but on meeting Jill, I knew she was going to be someone I could work with. I was almost a year into my new business and was doing well but I wanted to lift up to the next level. Previous business experiences, where I had tried to push my boundaries before had not ended well, so I was cautious of entering into this field again and getting it wrong.
WHAT HAVE THE OUTCOMES BEEN
Working with Jill over the last six months has been an amazing experience. The process is quite remarkable in that Jill never tells you what to do or how to do it, she listens to what you want to achieve and then guides you to your own answers to achieve it.
I am now entering a brand new and exciting phase of my business where I expect to earn more than I have ever done in my career to date. Having Jill working with me, keeping my focussed and making sure I’m accountable for my own decisions has been brilliant. I trust my instincts when working with people and I’m pleased to say I was right when I chose Jill as my Business Coach.
JAMES FULLER: AUTHOR AND COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT, BAY OF PLENTY, NEW ZEALAND
What I came into coaching for: The short answer is ‘to write a book’ but the more truthful one is that coaching, and Jill, found me.
What happened: I was a magazine features writer looking for interesting stories to write about. Jill was that story, and yes it was interesting, in ways I would never have imagined.
Dismissing the modern-day journalist’s scant regard for depth, Jill told me if I was going to write about life coaching then I would have to commit to it over the coming weeks. Jill is a hard woman to say no to and I was in, with a goal of writing my first book.
A year later I'd written that book, begun a second, started dating a girl and married her, become a freelance journalist, and emigrated to Trinidad and Tobago. Whilst there, I was asked to write the biography of cricket legend Brian Lara, which is now published. I have since emigrated once more to New Zealand.
That is a tremendously brief synopsis of what has been a time of terrific change. I could talk all day about the effect Jill’s coaching has had, not just on me but indirectly on my wife Farah - she actually credits the fact we’re still married to Jill. “God bless that woman,” is an oft-repeated phrase in our home.
Jill is tirelessly-enthusiastic, and not in an annoying American way, but in a practical let’s work-out-how-we’re-going-to-tackle-this way. She gets you to view issues from different perspectives and is superb at providing robust practical guidance.
Most of us walk around with a lot of self-limiting beliefs that we’re often not even aware of, it’s just who we’ve become or feel we have always been. Life coaching is about recognising those and dealing with them on the way to attaining that dreamed of personal or professional goal. In short, Jill helps you get out of your own way.
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