Allison Cowan is one of the coaches we found and we did a little interview with her. She impressed us with her extremely client oriented approach. And when we say “extremely” we mean in the most positive way. Here is what she said.
Meet Life Coach Allison Cowan:
Name: Allison Cowan
Pillar: The Spirit
Who is this coach for: Anyone who needs support to get to their desired results, anyone who needs someone to believe in them and help them unleash their endless creative potential.
How they can help: By using a unique and customized approach to each person’s requirements.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these Pandemic times?
The Pandemic has been difficult, not only for me but especially for my family.
Both of my parents have been undergoing cancer treatments.
While I work from home and am not out and about very much, I still have a lot of concern for them, not being able to visit with them.
With their immune systems being so extensively vulnerable, I am extremely cautious.
This saddens me as we are close and I feel like I haven’t been there to support them as much as I would like.
How does the coronavirus pandemic affect your clients? Did it affect you at all?
This is heartbreaking.
So many of my clients have lost a friend, loved one or immediate family member. Young fathers dying. Clients blaming themselves believing that they were the source of transmission. So much grief.
While I have been fortunate in not losing anyone, I’ve been affected by the bereavement of those whom I coach.
I have had to learn to coach around and through this issue without breaking the ethical boundaries that life coaches are held to.
What are the biggest lessons that you learned in this pandemic?
Even if it’s over the phone or other technology, stay close to those you love.
Reach out to those you care about and check in on them because they matter. I’ve had many friendship rekindled because of this.
Having more time in “isolation” has allowed for deeper thinking about meaning in my life and those who hold meaning in my life. Life is so precious.
You can replace things, but you can’t replace people.
Tell us about you, your career, how you started with your coaching career?
In many ways, I’ve been coaching throughout my life through different groups and positions that I led.
I also worked as an educator for over 20 years, where truly believing in the potential of every student brought about greater results.
I taught elementary school music and would see between 500 to 600 students a week. That’s a lot of believing!
I ended up resigning from my teaching career after becoming extremely ill from working in an environment filled with mold. This was such a difficult choice for me but I had to choose my health and have since recovered.
However, because of this decision, I spiraled down into devastation. What do I do? Who am I now? Where do I turn?
I turned to a life coach.
When I experienced not only personal growth and transformation but saw the beauty and art of coaching, I knew that I wanted to coach.
From the core of my being, I knew that this is what I was born to do. The devastation of my resignation became my biggest silver lining.
So, I jumped in head first and started my business. Got training. Got clients.
I can’t wait to wake up every day knowing that the coaching process is transforming others.
What was your biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in your life that made you who you are today?
How to choose when there are so many obstacles in life and each of them is an opportunity to learn!
If I had to choose my biggest, I will venture to say that it has been overcoming lack of confidence and self worth.
It’s actually through being coached that this has been allowed to develop. To have someone believe in me and my potential has allowed for me to blossom.
The Coaching Style:
How do you innovate with coaching your clients?
Well, the coaching process in itself is innovative, isn’t it?
I also believe that individuals are creative and have the ability to be the artist of their lives.
By awakening the creator within each unique person, possibilities for their desired outcomes are both endless and attainable.
I suppose that is more of a philosophical way of looking at things.
What’s unique about your coaching approach?
I offer value.. endless value.
Because I value my clients they receive value.
How can I serve you? I suppose what I’m saying is that my coaching approach is completely client centered. I believe in them and their endless possibilities.
What benefits do your clients get after working with you?
My clients get results. They transform to magnificence.
Do you use any specific tools to be efficient with your clients?
With Zoom, there is an app that you can add called Notejoy for notetaking.
It also creates notebooks so that everything is in one place.
I can take session notes with the notes being on the side of the screen without having to share my screen.
These notes can easily be saved and then sent on to the client.
If you had a super megaphone that, when you speak into, the whole world will hear your message, what would you say?
Everyone needs a life coach!
What is the greatest lesson you have learned in your life?
There is always something that you don’t know about another person so best not judge.
Your final thoughts?
It is such an honor being a life coach. To have others trust me to such a level that we can dig deep into challenges that they are experiencing is very humbling.
To witness their experience of growth and transformation is exciting. To celebrate their successful outcomes is thrilling.
How fortunate am I.
Where Can You Find Allison Cowan?
If you liked this interview than feel free to check her website at www.openyourpathway.com where you can find everything you want to learn about her coaching.
You can find more of the value that she offers on her Facebook page, there you can also find more ways to contact her directly if you have any burning questions that you want answered. It was an honor having this interview with her.