Meet the Coach: Tracey Taylor
What attracted you to become a coach?
My background is in leading business change programmes, but having spent some time in a confused state about what I wanted next out of my own life I applied some tried and tested coaching techniques to myself instead to understand how I could both be happy now and plan for future happiness. This paid off and from there my coaching business was born.
I now work with others to help them truly understand what is blocking them in their current life as well as helping them work out a plan for their future.
Where did you train?
Animas, which focuses on transformational coaching and is accredited by the International Coaching Federation. More in-depth than traditional life coaching training courses, the Accredited Diploma in Transformative Coaching teaches psychological and integrative perspectives to coaches.
What kind of coaching do you offer?
I offer life coaching and career coaching helping people to overcome overwhelm and confusion to get what they want out of their lives. I love bringing order out of chaos and setting people on the right path forward.
How does life and career coaching help people?
Coaching helps people find answers. It helps people take a fresh look at their lives and their future. It helps people overcome challenges and leaves them with the tools to be able to live their lives the way they want to.
What sort of coaching clients do you usually see?
Clients often come to me because they have hit a brick wall or become overwhelmed with their career or other aspect of their life. They want to understand the position they find themselves in and how to make proactive and confident steps forward, moving out of confusion and overwhelm.
Do you ever suggest books or other materials to clients?
What do you like about being a coach?
I LOVE coaching. I love untangling thoughts and ideas and working with my clients to understand themselves and their lives better. I love seeing results and clients leaving with a new zest for life and knowing I had a part to play in it.
What is less pleasant?
The coaching is great – it’s the people constantly trying to sell me the secret to becoming a 7-figure earner overnight I could do without!
What is one life lesson you try to live by?
If you really understood how your thoughts create your results in the world you would spend more time managing those thoughts instead of letting them manage you.
What do you wish people knew about coaching?
That it’s fun, that it can take you on unexpected journeys you will never regret!
Do you have a favourite client testimonial or particular success story?
Jim, Journalist and PR specialist:
'After becoming trapped mid-career in a job that hadn’t worked out, I signed up for six sessions with Tracey. As a somewhat sceptical journalist, I was initially sceptical about what coaching might involve. But within minutes of our first meeting I knew I’d made a very good decision in choosing to work with Tracey. She has great insight into the world of work and how individuals can maximise their strengths and move closer to where they want to be in their career. Tracey’s advice is practical and level-headed and she made me think about factors holding me back that I had never even considered before. By the end, I found myself making decisions independently of Tracey’s advice that I would never have reached were it not for the groundwork that we had laid in our sessions.'