Life Coach Interview: Janet Daughtry
A1.) In many ways I have been coaching most of my life, but didn’t realize that I was coaching. I have a background in ministry and have done a lot of work with ministries, non-profits and para church organizations. Through the years, people have typically sought me out and given me their life story or sought my input etc. It has been a rather natural occurrence.
I guess you could say coaching found me. My husband, Daryl actually discovered coaching and believed it was a good fit for how God gifted us and wired us. He was correct. It has been a wonderful career!
Q2.) What’s your favorite part about being a life coach?
A2.) I love partnering with my clients for change and transformation. I am a motivator and encourager at heart. I love it when the “lights go on” and that an “ah-ha” moment happens with a client. I believe coaching is one of the most powerful paradigms for change that exists. People need to be heard. They need to be given a voice. They need a safe place to dream and explore.
I believe coaching allows people the opportunity to explore what is in their heart and do some dreaming. For me personally, when my client accomplishes a dream or life long goal or even changes the way they think and develops new habits, it is not only transformational for them, it is exciting for me as their coach.
Q3.) What are the biggest misconceptions about Life Coaching?
A3.) I believe there are several misconceptions about coaching. Coaches often get placed into either the consulting, counseling or mentoring camp and coaching in it’s purest form is none of these. Also, clients can believe that a coach is going to somehow solve their problem or “fix” them. If I am staying true to coaching, I am helping that other people find their voice, become resourceful and in many ways solve their own problem. ..
Q4.) How do you incorporate God or biblical principles into your life coaching?
A4.) The spiritual is a vital part of every person’s life whether they acknowledge it or not; however, I remind myself that I am not in the coaching relationship to disciple or preach to my clients. This even applies to my Christian clients. Discipleship and mentoring is quite different than coaching.
In the coaching relationship, I use the same techniques and skills that other coaches use and we will talk about things that other coaches discuss such as goals, dreams, mindset etc. However, my source of truth and how life works is a Biblical one. I believe that should impact the way I coach and relate to my client. Do they experience the grace and love of God by spending time with me? I also certainly pray for my sessions before I coach.
I am also aware that the spiritual side of life affects everything and when our spiritual life is out of line so is everything else. Working with other Christians is important to me because I have the freedom to explore spiritual matters and ask questions about about how their faith impacts their values and life choices.
Q5.) What is the biggest benefit that your clients rave about after working with you?
A5.) Here are a few of the comments I have received….
“Janet is an inspiration. She walks the talk and lives out her values. Every time I work with her I am called up higher.”
“Janet listened to me, pointed out my strengths, and believed that I had the ability to succeed when I doubted myself.”
“I felt inspired after our call. Feel like I have more clarity as what I can offer as a coach and the possibility of developing a coaching program/package that can help others as well as bring in financial resources for me.”
“I can always count on you to help me see things clearly and find a way to get results.”
.Q6.) In order to get the most from life coaching, what advice would you give to someone looking to become a coaching client?
A6.) I would suggest that a person interested in coaching do some research about the type of coach they think might be helpful for them. The more specific a person can be about the kind of benefits or results they would like to receive from coaching, the more helpful it will be for them to narrow down the right coach for them. Also, make sure that the coach offers a free consult or session so that you can get to know the coach and their style of coaching etc.
It also may be important for the client to understand coaching and their “coach-ability.” How motivated and committed are they to the change process? Are they willing to do the work it may require and be held accountable? Are they willing to be stretched at times by their coach? Are they the kind of person that will be honest and transparent with their coach? In answering some of these questions, I believe a potential client will have better results from their coaching experience.
Q7.) What current project(s) are you working on?
A7.) My husband and I are co-authoring a book, “Your Next Breakthrough”. I also just completed my 30-Day Breakthrough Coaching Program for women that I am very excited about!
Q8.) Any final thoughts about sharing your life coaching with my blog readers?
A8.) I would encourage anyone who wants significant change in their life, or to accomplish goals and get to the next level in life to find a coach. Many successful people will tell you that they were able to achieve great success in their life because of a coaching relationship.. It really is a powerful process for change, transformation and results!
Janet Daughtry is a Life and Leadership Breakthrough Coach, motivational speaker and author.
She holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, she is a trained and certified Biblical Life Coach and certified Life Breakthrough Coach.
Her heart beat and is to help people overcome limiting thinking and to discover their God sized destiny and purpose in life.
In addition to coaching clients internationally, Janet is the co-director of Life Breakthrough Coach Training Academy and the co-founder of the Biblical Coaching Alliance. She is a frequent motivational speaker for women’s events as well as the Job Start Program through the Raleigh Correctional Center.
She recently produced a 30 day Breakthrough Coaching program to help people achieve significant breakthroughs in their life purpose and destiny.
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