Newroad Coaching is a boutique coaching firm designed to provide intensive one-on-one personal and business coaching services.
Caird Urquhart is the Founder of Newroad Coaching. She is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute of Los Angeles and is an accredited member of the International Coaches Federation.
BusinessInterviews.com: What are some of the most common issues you see when it comes to people getting in the way of their own success?
Caird: The most common thing that gets in the way of people hitting the mark when it comes to their own success is self esteem. At some point our goals outreach our belief in our ability to achieve them. Self doubt takes over; am I able, am I educated enough, am I worthy of the title, salary or opportunity? It may show up in different ways but it always boils down to the same thing. My job is to help people overcome their fear threshold, increase their self esteem and hit their target with confidence and certainty.
BusinessInterviews.com: What did you learn during your 18 years in the film and television industry that you’ve been able to apply to your coaching business and approach?
Caird: The entertainment business is the grand daddy of all networking industries. I learned early on that there is nothing more valuable than a handshake and building a relationship. In the world of social media this is becoming a lost art. I work with all my clients on strengthening their skills to create long lasting, valuable relationships that improve not only their success but also their lives.
The other key component from the film and television industry that I bring into my coaching is the capability of turning no’s into yes’s. We can make it raIn on a sunny day if the script says so. I want all my clients to learn how to take the “ya, but” out of their sentence and to get creative about problem solving. The magic of the entertainment industry is that anything is possible. That should be the magic of life as well. I truly believe that and that is why I became a coach.
BusinessInterviews.com: Do you think that self-awareness is an essential ingredient for success?
Caird: The obvious answer is yes. I wouldn’t have a job if that were not the case. The deeper we understand ourselves, the more empowered and better at decision making we become. When we are sure about what makes us tick we are firm footed and hard to push over.
That is not to say that the learning ends. The best leaders are always open to learn. My mother used to say “the day I stop learning is the day I die”. Wise words. Self-awareness is an endless education that should be nurtured and welcomed.
BusinessInterviews.com: Can you share a success story of a client that holds special meaning for you?
Caird: There are many that I have been proud to play a small role in.
One that comes to mind is a young girl, mid 20’s, who wanted to work for one of the biggest real estate companies in her city. She had been in the business for a few years but working for a smaller firm. I asked her to research who the ‘big boys’ were and to read up on the key players. Once she had that information I challenged her to call them personally and see if they would meet her for coffee. Contrary to her belief each one of them met with her and one of them offered her a job. That was a fun day for me as a coach. To not only see my client achieve her goal but to also have her taste the magic of ‘anything is possible’. You just need a well thought out plan and the chops to execute it.
BusinessInterviews.com: What personal experience inspired you to write, “30 Ways to Better Days: How to Rally After You’ve Been Dumped”? What are some basic tips for someone who is going through a breakup or suffering from a loss?
Caird: The book is based on my personal experience, married with my coaching expertise. I had been ’dumped’ on more than one occasion and I realized I had a pattern in the way that I recovered. I decided to write it down as I was going through it with the hope that it may help other people bounce back easier from heartache.
1) Give yourself a year to process what has happened. Too often we react after a breakup and make foolish choices because of it.
2) Get yourself a ‘Grief Team’. By that I mean seven different people that you can talk to when you need to. One person for each day of the week. That way you can discuss your situation and feelings every day, if need be, without wearing out one poor friend or relative.
3) Find something new to do. A fresh environment will change your perspective. A new activity will distract you. You will also meet different people who don’t know your story. They won’t bring up the subject of your ‘ex’ because they don’t know about that person. That will give you a break from your old life and give you a chance to start a new one.
BusinessInterviews.com: How would you help an executive who is bored and in need of change but isn’t sure what they should be doing next?
Caird: Every person is different so I can’t be too specific.
I can say that I would work with them to find out what fires them up. What gets them out of bed in the morning? What makes them tingle with enthusiasm? Once we have a very clear understanding of that we can get specific about what to look for as the next move.
I would also work with them on understanding what their fear threshold is. In other words, what is preventing them from making a decision? There is usually an underlying fear that makes people feel stuck. As a coach I look at every client’s whole life, from financial to health to see where the weak links are. Somewhere, often where we least expect it, is the reason we get stalled from moving forward. A lack of motion can lead to boredom, frustration, sadness and lethargy. Not the place to be making a decision from.
When we have uncovered these two behavioural aspects, what fires you up, what is your fear threshold, then we can plot a succinct course to get that executive into a job or career that is going to be fulfilling and exciting for them.
BusinessInterviews.com: What’s the most exciting thing on the horizon for 2015?
Caird: This year my team at Newroad and I are designing a fantastic online coaching platform. “30 Ways to Better Days” will be a series of coaching programs designed to allow everyone top quality, affordable coaching. They will be educational, inspirational and interactive and will involve a wonderful selection of guest advisors. The first program will be launched in November. Prior to that, the team will be very active, creating innovative, engaging online activities for people to get involved in.
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