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  • Writer's pictureElfreda Manahan-Vaughan

We Need Your Help. Are You Up for A Challenge?

Recently I posted a survey on Facebook, and my blog, asking questions about Coaching. One of the responses surprised and saddened me and that was that 100% of respondents said they did not think there was enough information about coaching out there. They also said they had a reasonable idea of what it was about but didn’t know as much as they’d like to. I am lucky to know hundreds of coaches from all over the world from incredibly diverse backgrounds and with some extraordinary skill sets. I would love if more people knew about what we as coaches do, and I am asking for your help.

As a coach, I specialise in helping people with their confidence but this really only describes a small aspect of what I do, as the majority of clients who come to me are there because of stress, anxiety and major life events. The reason I focus on confidence is because that is where my expertise lies. I’ve spent over twenty years working in the field of Personal Development, Communications and Confidence Building. Often, a client will come because of the ending of a relationship, returning to work after a career break, or because they struggle to communicate with their child and want to help them become more confident. I work with teenagers and adults and I work a lot with young adults just starting in college or navigating the world of work. I also work with business clients and employers helping them communicate more effectively.

I believe that most of us understand what counselling and therapy does but what if you don’t fall into the category of someone with a metal health problem or perhaps you don’t feel that it is the right type support for you. It doesn’t stop the fact that many of you feel completely overwhelmed by the stresses of life. Maybe you struggle to get out of bed in the morning, or have sleepless nights. Perhaps your time never seems to be your own because you are always focused on others. In most cases when you struggle it is a definite sign that you have issues of self-worth, self-esteem or confidence. It doesn’t have to be like that. There are people out there to help, Coaches, and asking for that help could be the difference between a life of stress or a life of happiness. For the cost of less than a hairdressers’ appointment, a new pair of shoes or a night out, you could transform your life permanently and for the better. And what is even better, it might only take one session, especially if you go to an NLP Mind Coach. Are you worth it?

I believe that like hairdressers we need to find the right one so I am happy to recommend any of my fellow coaches if you think I am not the right fit for you, or if you are looking for something in particular. I know Shamanic coaches. Holotropic Breathwork coaches. Happiness coaches, coaches who specialise in mediation, trauma, depression, domestic violence, repatriation, sports psychology and much more. I know coaches, like me, who work with teachers, others who work with new mums, parents and children. Whatever the flavour I know there is one to your taste, but we need your help to help people find out about us.

I know I regularly post blog posts to Facebook and I am very grateful that lots of you respond by liking my posts. What would be even better is if you shared the post and commented as others are more likely to read it based on the comments. I understand that this can be a lot if you follow lots of coaches so perhaps select a few that you feel a connection with and just share their posts. If it’s a post from a website perhaps you could share a link to the website too. If you know people who need a coach’s help then pass on their information, word of mouth is one of the main ways I get clients. Rather than just supporting your family or friends through their problems, maybe give them the encouragement to get impartial help that will help them take control of their own life, their own wellbeing and their own happiness. Remember you don’t have to do it alone and asking for help is a sign of strength.

I am eternally grateful to all of you who already help me and I know the ones reading this are the ones who already share and like my posts, thank you, you are doing a fantastic job. I want everyone in Ireland to know that there are people out there to help them. I think we are little behind other countries where having a coach is a normal part of life. I know I’d be lost without the support of all the coaches I’ve had help from over the years. Can you help us, we need you?

Thanks for reading, Elfreda

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