What does it mean to be a Professional Certified Coach?

When I got to my emails this afternoon, there was a solstice present which had been sitting there from the night before (apparently the solstice was a day late this year… should we worry?): The ICF have awarded me my PCC!

ICF PCC LogoThis came through much quicker than I expected, so thank you whoever was doing the review and assessment, and thanks also to Jan and Kate and Linda for lovely references, and to all my clients for working with me, and enabling me to clock up enough hours.

Almost inevitably this leads to a moment of reflection.  What does it mean to be a PCC?  It implies a competence which I feel click into place after I’ve been listening to a client for a few minutes; it implies a commitment to the process and ethics of coaching which I am very proud to own.  I think (for me) it implies imagination, and fearlessness and a willingness to go out on a limb and do what’s interesting and challenging and demanding and joyful; to not settle for safe.  With help from my own coach I’m learning to reign in my personal expectations just a little and set a limit on the quantity if not the quality of the outcomes I attribute to my goals, and to learn that good enough for now is sometimes sufficient (Thank you JM).

So I’ve just been editing my profile on the ICF site (can’t work out how to make it say ‘I’m a PCC now!’ but maybe someone else has to do that bit) and decided to go public – I want to be coaching people who are creative – writers, artists, musicians… I ask my clients often enough, what do you really want to do?  It seems like the right time to answer that for myself, pull all my writing and coaching and NLP skills together and make my coaching even more engaging and exciting.

As a starting point I’m running a workshop, which I hope will be the first of many, using NLP as a tool for writers.  The first one will look at (or should that be listen to?) auditory language and is calledWriting With Your Ears. Held at the Blackheath Halls on 29th January 2012 , it is also a collaboration with the Blackheath Orchestra and will use music as a stimulus for writing.

I’m also in the early stages of planning a writing weekend looking at all the senses, and how they can inspire and influence writing, which will be held at Sussex Prairies (a garden I helped plant) in the summer.

I hope to find more eclectic and inspiring venues to run workshops, that reflect my approach to writing … and coaching!  There will be changes and additions to this site over the next month that reflect this shift of focus…

As I said to J.E. about a week ago, I’m off to plant a garden full of metaphors…

© Cherry Potts 2011

Allium, Sussex Prairies © Cherry Potts 2010

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About Cherry Potts

Cherry Potts is a published fiction writer, publisher, event organiser, photographer, cardmaker, NLP master practitioner, life coach and trainer. She is an enthusiastic singer. Through Arachne Press she publishes fiction and non fiction and runs spoken word events and cross-arts workshops for writers at interesting venues. Always interested in new opportunites to perform, write or explore writing.
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