For the first time in the ten years I’ve been in business, I recently indulged myself in two voice-over coaching sessions in one week. My decision to have Marc Cashman as my coach was a long-time decision and deliberate plan upon my arrival to California.
Being coached exposes my vulnerabilities. I can’t deny that being open to feedback can be excruciating, despite my ironic love for it. As I open myself to constructive criticism, I invite comments that even my most critical self has not already commented on. To be honest, it felt painful.
I thought I would roll up my sleeves and get to work, rising to delicious challenges that Marc threw my way…
Instead, I felt A LOT of resistance… Stubborn thoughts that filled my mind?.. “I can’t do that.” “It’s not possible for me to change.” “How will I ever integrate this coaching information into my long-standing habitual patterns of speech?”…
I haven’t quite changed my mind about those statements and questions yet, but I do know that my coach is extremely supportive, encouraging, and reassuring. I believe I took all his advice to heart and managed to change some patterns quickly, even if ever-so-slightly.
What I DO know is that I have a penchant for improvement. Always have. I look forward to stretching and strengthening next year, on all levels. I have big plans for 2016. I’m movin’ on up!*(click for a blast from the past!)
If you are considering a coach of any kind, here are some great reasons to go for it: