I am happy to introduce you to a fabulous woman, writer, and life coach, Lisa Zahn. Lisa is a Co-Active Life Coach trained by the world-renowned Coaches Training Institute. She is passionate about living her dreams, and helping others create a life full of clarity and joy. You can sign up for her e-Newsletter, get free goodies, and schedule a free consultation at www.lisazahn.com.
I’m excited to share my interview with Lisa, and be sure to enter the amazing giveaway below!
Welcome, Lisa! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m 43 and have lived in Minnesota all my life, with the exception of one school semester in Washington, D.C. and four years in Iowa when I was first married.
I’m married to George, a music teacher, and have two teen-agers, Eli and Rose. With both of them we do a mix of unschooling and classes at the high school where George teaches. I always seek balance and love walking the line between ‘normal’ like high school and ‘radical’ like unschooling.
I have a degree in English literature and writing and 3/4 of a Masters of Divinity degree. This past year I almost went back and finished that just to have the degree but then I found coach training and since I am no longer very ‘church-y’ I found coaching to be a much better fit for me.
I love reading, camping and being outdoors, hiking, yoga and life. My family always comes first for me and I’m absolutely ignited by my new coaching business as well.
How did you first become interested in life coaching?
I’m in this mid-life transition stage where my kids are growing up and I wanted to create a business that worked for me and would be sustainable. I knew I wanted to work one-on-one and in small groups, perhaps in counseling or spiritual direction. Then a friend mentioned coaching and a year ago I honestly knew little or nothing about it. She invited me to a one-night coaching workshop last spring and I loved it. From there I signed up for a coaching fundamentals weekend class and then I fell in love with it. I knew in my first 12-minute coaching practice session that this is what I wanted to do.
People kept telling me, “Lisa, you’re a natural at this”, which is exactly what I needed to hear and at the same time I know I need to keep learning and honing my skills so I can be a better and better coach for my clients.
Tell us more about the co-active model of coaching. What makes it unique?
Great question! Models mean little to me unless I’m living with them and using them regularly, which is exactly what I got to do in my 100 hours of training through the Coaches Training Institute this summer. And now of course, I use the co-active coaching style with my clients.
Basically, it means I coach people and not their topics or problems. For example, say a client comes to me because they want to lose 10 pounds or start a new career. We can and do set goals and work toward that but what we really work on is the ‘bigger picture’ like looking at your values, what’s been holding you back, how you can get in touch with your inner wisdom and gifts, etc. A truly fulfilled life happens when you put your own values into action, take a stand for who you are and do what comes from your heart. One of the cornerstones of our model is that our clients are naturally creative, resourceful and whole which makes them their own best experts. Together we work to draw that out and put it into action.
You have quite a wide variety of interests, from herbalism to urban homesteading. What are some currently brewing interests and what are you doing to pursue them?
I’m a huge student of life! I never want to stop learning and the piles of books around my house attest to that.
Currently, my time is mostly spent learning how to do my business better and I’m loving that! I’ve had other businesses before (herbalist, yarn shop owner, even selling Mary Kay and Tupperware) but I’ve never been so consumed by wanting to do well and make my work sustainable until I found this one. I’m at the perfect time of my life to devote myself to this work and I really believe I’ve finally found what I’m supposed to do. I really enjoy one-on-one coaching sessions and writing for my website and coming up with new offerings for that.
Where do you see your Life Coaching business going in the New Year? What are you most excited about bringing into the world to help your clients?
I envision continuing a cottage-type business, small and sustainable. Because of the wonders of technology and my service-oriented business, I coach people all over the world and yet I’m interested in maintaining a balance of work and family and homemaking.
That said, I am constantly working on new ideas and new ways to reach people who would benefit from coaching and new perspectives. This spring, I’m offering both a local retreat and an online one. Right now, both are called “Joy.Delight.Ease Day-treats” and I will use the three themes to help participants look at and appreciate their gifts and talents and what they bring to the world.
And, this week I have a new free offering on my blog at lisazahn.com. It’s a Daily Planner, specifically geared toward winter and the holidays and it features the artwork of Lisa DeYoung of Mountain Mermaid Studios. I love being able to use my business to support other small businesses like yours and Lisa’s! It’s a goal of mine to continue to do that as I grow my business.
For the giveaway, Lisa is offering one month of life coaching–that’s three powerful 30-45 minute phone or Skype sessions –and she will also send the winner a copy of what she is currently reading: Lynne Twist’s book The Soul of Money. Lisa will provide coaching on whatever topics the winner brings to the sessions, and if it fits she’d like to use a technique from Lynne’s book called Appreciative Inquiry.
The giveaway will end on Monday, December 9th at 12am.