Jaki is a Life Coach based in Kenya.
What motivated you to become a coach?
I wanted to use a gift I had discovered after doing an exercise to find out what my unique qualities are. It turned out that people felt that when they had a conversation with them they ended up feeling transformed. I did some research to find out what I could do with this, and discovered what coaches do.
What was one of your biggest learnings while training to become a coach?
The most amazing thing for me as I was training to become a coach was discovering that there is a science to it, the rigour of the process, and the fact that I was growing through deep self-discovery myself.
What do you typically talk about with a prospective client during a free discovery session?
I try to understand why the prospective client believes that they need coaching, and I also talk about what coaching is and what it is not. I also ask the client to ask me anything they feel they need to know before they can commit to coaching.
What do you think prevents more professionals from seeking out their own coach?
Generally, I think it’s a question of awareness of what coaching is, and how it works. I also think it’s a matter of having the courage to be coached – this applies to everyone, not just professionals. I think people can be scared of the introspection that is necessary for successful coaching, because they don’t know what they will discover, or perhaps they know but they are not ready to go there.
What has surprised you about working with clients across several different countries?
It’s amazing how people across borders have the same challenges that bring them to coaching. In this sense, there are no borders!