blog by Elisabeth
Holistic Therapist and Coach - Teacher and Entrepreneur
How does it work and how can I take advantage of my skills?
The other day I was asked by Susanne if I want to blog on this page about coaching and how you can use it as a therapist, self-employed and with clients.
I am so happy and grateful to share my experiences!
My name is Elisabeth Olger with a CV that scares most employers and recruiters. I have always followed my heart when it comes to what I want to work with, and it has turned out to be quite a few jobs.
I started my professional life as an engineer in the quarrying and mining industry to continue with advertising, media and sales. I’ve been self-employed for twenty years in Sales, Styling, Consultant Management, Holistic Therapy, Coach, Educator and Interior Decorator.
My life's greatest change came in August 2004 when I attended my first spiritual training and it was Reiki healing for Susanne. I had long had a feeling that there was something more but did not know what it was or where I could find more knowledge. I had no idea that there were books to read…
One course led to the other and my senses began to open up more and more, and all I longed for was more.
When I discovered how much I enjoyed working with people, I decided, 2005, to attend a course in coaching to get more skills and tools to be able to help people develop and reach their full potential, and also being able to give them treatments and increase their energy felt like a gift. And vice versa, to be able to ask powerful coaching questions prior to treatment to get the client to reflect on his/her life.
Universe takes care
As usual, Universe takes care when you are affirming yourself and at the same time both Susanne and CTI, the Coaches Training Institute (the training school I attended) asked me if I want to become a teacher and leader. Obvious! So today I train Holistic healers and travel around Europe leading workshops in coaching skills. I receive clients, both in healing and coaching. And I also help people to decorate their homes, just because it gives me joy, and guess if I need a coaching approach sometimes when couples can not decide which style they would like to have!
What is the most important coaching tool?
I would say that it is listening. And I mean really listening. Not just hearing what somebody says but really listening to your client, partner, customer, child, colleague, etc.
In coaching, we talk about listening in three levels.
Level 1 - Inner listening. You listen to yourself and the thoughts inside of you.
Level 2 - Focused listening. You listen only to the other person.
Level 3 - Global listening. You listen at 360 ° to what is said, to what is not said, what the other person is sending out.
If you let go of being in Level 1 and really are in Level 2 and Level 3 while listening to the other person, it creates presence and confidence, and when people feel really seen, they become more willing to open up and talk about their deepest thoughts and feelings.
Good luck with listening, really listening, to people!