Coach FEATURE: Yvonne Rosney

Yvonne Rosney CoachIn these "Meet the Coach" features, we meet our fellow coaches to get inspired and build coach community. This month we meet Yvonne Rosney BA(Hons), DipPP, DipCBT, DipPC.

About Yvonne

Lives In: Manchester, England

Company: YMR Coaching & Development

Type of Coach: Life and Transitions Coach

Describe your coaching business in one sentence: I help your mind manage change more effectively so you feel in control of life—whether that's relocating to the other side of the world, starting a new career, new life situation or trying to cope with the huge changes and effects on you and your family due to the pandemic.

Meet Yvonne

QUESTION 1. What one book should every coach read - and why?

Only one?!? There are so many... but if you're forcing me to pick one, I would have to say Mindset by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

It brilliantly explains the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. It also explains how we have aspects of both but if the balance isn't right it can be more harmful than helpful in positively moving forward with our life decisions.

What we have between our ears is super powerful but we need not fear it, simply understand it.

QUESTION 2. Which website do you visit the most?

I know, no surprises: LinkedIn! By far my most utilised hang out space. I find it constantly interesting and inviting and the connections you make can be quite profound.

So, LinkedIn aside (because I know lots of people say this), my other hang out is Psychology Today because it is an ever-evolving and constant place of learning—you can never know too much.

QUESTION 3. Whom do you admire most and why?

Me!! No, I'm not being egotistical (I'm actually far from it) but if you don’t admire, love and trust yourself first then you are already on the back foot and I find this time and again with clients I work with.

I spent too much of my past life looking up to others, wishing I was them, where they are at and comparing myself to them = destructive.

So being content with who you are as a person, in the here and now, is the most profound and exciting place to be = constructive.

QUESTION 4. What's your vision for your life? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

My vision is to be a household name—a person who people will know because of something I have said, done or imparted that really resonated and helped them in their particular need or moment.

5 years time? Wow... so much can happen in that time. I guess I’m aiming to be content with where my business is at and where my life is at too. I want to ensure that both are in alignment and that I am not feeling I am sacrificing one for the other.

I see myself living in the UK and New Zealand equally, eternal summers—now what's not to like about that right?!

QUESTION 5. What is your "big project" at the moment?

As hinted above—I have connections with both hemispheres so my BIG project is to be in a position where I work effectively in both—fluid work that allows me to locate where I want to personally.

A difficult balance but if I know it, then that is half the battle won.

QUESTION 6. What has been your favourite coaching moment so far?

For me, it is with each client. When they first meet me, they're uncertain, anxious and their body language screams tightness, sadness and the feeling of not being in control.

So I simply love it when they spend time with me and the look on their faces and the instant relaxedness to their bodies when they can see and hear that I "get" them; that I understand where they are at and that they aren't lost; that we can walk together to find a better outcome than the one they're currently sitting with.

Even writing about it gives me goosebumps! I love it. Every. Single. Time.

QUESTION 7. What are your Top 3 favourite coaching tools and/or resources?

  1. The Wheel of Life. It's such an underrated tool. It's brilliant at creating a snapshot of how clients feel about themselves versus what they have just spent the previous 15minutes or so telling me. I often find the two don't marry yet the wheel is always the most truthful.
  2. The NSight Success Assessment is a brilliant tool in creating a holistic and well-rounded picture of a client's skills and temperament, showing both aptitude and personality success factors and helps both in client/coaching situations as well as talent management in the corporate space.
  3. Another tool and resource is the What About Me? (WAM) programme by Expressions Partnership. This is a membership in proactive positive mental health wellbeing and is dedicated to companies that want to actively ensure their employees have access to tools to help them with this. To me this is a game-changer in helping to keep people well mentally and a lot of the resources within this tool are similar to what I use myself in my 1:1 sessions.

QUESTION 8. What do you love most about being a coach?

I absolutely love "being there" for my clients. Being their support, being their go-to person, being their reality and being their cheerleader.

Everyone has the answers within them but when your brain and heart are not in sync, well sometimes you just can't see the way through.

I love being that person for them and I get to do that with my coaching.

QUESTION 9. Tell us a secret about you...

Well... I have been in a film. Yes, yes, I know—crazy. I was an extra in an NZ film "Until Proven Innocent" based on true events. You have to look really really hard but I'm in it!

I'm open to any other casting opportunities... haha!!

QUESTION 10. If you could change one thing in our world, what would it be? And how would you go about it?

If I could wave a magic wand, I would create the opportunity for positive psychology and proactive mental wellbeing to be taught in the national school curriculum from the beginning of a child's school attendance.

Young children portray aspects of these elements already but as we grow older, we lose a lot of those concepts and they are then replaced with negative and fearful elements instead which do not serve us well.

As adults, we feel we are tackling internal conflict on a daily basis because we have lost the positive outlook we had on life when we were little. So teaching these aspects at a young age will also add to the drive of society being more kind as a whole. If everyone did one more kind thing a day, how much happier would we all be?

This would be epic.

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