Anne has been a Sales & Marketing expert in the IT industry for over 25 years. She is also an advocate of personal and leadership transformation in the workplace. After completing her Professional Coach Development (PCD) Program and obtaining her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF), she was invited to be on IBM’s global coaching panel which supports their executives from around the world.
So much has happened in the past 5 years or so. Upon reflection, I would say the entire journey has been a great gift. I see all my passions that I practise coming into alignment. From my sales & marketing position, to my role as the mindfulness lead for the Singapore office to the invitation to be on the global coaching panel – I am just extremely amazed and grateful for all that has happened in my life thus far.
I am a big believer in synchronicity – that everything happens at the right time for the right reasons in our lives. Looking back at my journey, I would say I have been through quite a dark period of my life. Mindfulness and coaching have helped me to increase my personal self-awareness and uncover what really gives me excitement, passion and fulfilment in my life. I now see my life purpose as a continuous journey of constantly peeling back the layers I have within myself and I endeavour to help others do the same.
I think the challenges I face are very similar to what a lot of people face – managing personal finances, working on family and partner relationships and constantly aligning to my life’s purpose. It’s a constant balancing and management of physical time constraints and my personal mental and emotional well-being. I would say that I am getting better at this every single day, because of the support I give myself through what I have learned from mindfulness and coaching.
If you are looking to be trained in coaching skills, I would advise that you choose a program that gives you experiential learning. I would say PCD was more than just a learning program for me. The different channels of learning and the opportunity to practise in the form of multiple coaching sessions with my peers was actually an opportunity to work on myself. There is a lot of personal growth to be had if one truly dives deep.
I would also recommend to seek out coaching schools with experienced coaches who have PCC and MCC certification and offer mentor sessions as they would determine the quality and intensity of the program. Another important factor is the heart-felt desire from the trainers to share and empower, as this creates a safe community space to learn and grow.
Right now, I am working on how to rebrand myself from 2020 – what would a more comprehensive Anne look like? That’s the question I am trying to answer. I have also taken on the Advanced Coach Development Program to continue my personal journey of learning.