Ever thought about hiring a life coach to help sort you out? While some might turn up their nose at the idea of a stranger helping to organise their life and provide motivation over a Skype call, there is something to be said for someone looking at your life objectively, identifying your desires and providing strategies that will help you achieve them. This week Desk Life Project chatted to Toini Halle, whose business is dedicated to delivering value in a transformational life coaching experience. If you’ve been considering a career in coaching, or hiring a coach to help get clear on your goals, then keep reading.
Hi Toini! You deliver transformational life coaching experiences for your clients. How did you get started coaching?
I’m passionate about understanding human beings, how the mind and body function, and how we can understand our behaviours and choices. I have been reading about the human being for as long as I can remember, and have always been searching for answers. I was also especially interested in neuroscience and intuition, and how the combination of both works in coaching.
When I started my first business at 23 , I had over 20 employees, and they told me that I should pursue the coaching industry instead of the clothing industry that I was in. I realised that my passion was in motivating, inspiring and building people to be the best they could be. I actually had a big breakdown shortly after that and did a lot of soul searching in the form of yoga, mindfulness and coaching, and I started working within stress management in the corporate world. Then I moved into corporate life coaching, and some years on I followed this with 1:1 life coaching with people in very difficult situations.
How did you go about setting up your business, and did you have any struggles doing this in the beginning?
Fortunately I had already been a business owner and had honed some skills in sales and marketing. Since I had only been coaching offline, and only had a few clients online through Skype, I actually hired a coach to get me started in the online sphere. I had the certifications, experience and skills in both coaching and sales, but I needed to learn more about transitioning my coaching business to the online space, for example, how to set up sales funnels, etc. So I hired a coach for three months to teach me the online skills. It was so much fun and a very good investment.
For those who have never experienced any form of life coaching before, what is it and who can it benefit?
Generally speaking, coaching has so much potential; it can bring clarity, either to something that has happened, a current situation or in finding direction. It can help you overcome obstacles, for example fear or overwhelm. Coaching can help you build a bridge and strategy to get you from where you are to where you want to be in life. Also, in my opinion one of the best things about coaching is encouraging self-discovery, and having someone who doesn’t know you well to help you see the bigger picture, someone who has life experience and has walked those paths before you. It’s also really valuable to have someone dedicate time for you, providing enthusiastic support, insights and useful new perspectives. Someone who holds you accountable and committed to your desired outcome or goal. It really depends on what you wish to use it for, but some want life coaching to build a business, some need new direction, and some need to enhance their performance.
More specifically, how can life coaching help those who are starting a business?
Oh, so much! Your business will always be a reflection of you; where you are in your personal development, your ability to commit, have the necessary routines, overcome fear, judgement, overwhelm, goal-setting and so on. Your habits, routines and mindset in your personal life will reveal themselves pretty quickly in your business.
I also work a lot with people to understand their money story, because this is often connected to self-love, and self-love is connected to our ability to provide good service. We have something called a “Reticular Activation System”, which is a system in the brain that filters out all the information we don’t need. We take in a massive amount of information and impressions every day, so our brain has to pick out some things from the environment to process. Here is where focus is important. Depending on the focus you hold, your RAS system will search for things in the environment to match your focus. If you say you are always late, your focus is on the fact that you will be. If your focus is on believing that you never have any opportunities, you won’t.
Getting life coaching to de-clutter what’s inside your brain is super important, because the clutter will reflect in your business.
Tell us about the pillars of your coaching. What journey can your clients expect to go on?
My 12-week transformational coaching program is designed for you to gain new understanding and practically implement powerful knowledge so you can thrive. The program is built on 4 pillars: growing self-love, the biology of beliefs, the universal laws of attraction, and the entrepreneurial mindset. You can read more about each of these pillars and the steps my clients will take, here.
How do you primarily work with your clients – in person, over Skype, or another way?
I work with my clients over the phone, using Skype or Zoom. The weekly modules in the coaching program are released in an exclusive membership area on my site. In my 1:1 program I do weekly calls and email support to make sure we are on track. I also create for my 1:1 clients special binaural meditations for the energy work.
For anyone who aspires to coach others like you do, what is the best piece of advice you would give them?
I always believe in following your passion and excitement, so if coaching does this for you then yes, GO FOR IT! I would also say not to be scared or compare yourself with others out there. Don’t choose the coaching certification or training to prove yourself or just to get the papers, follow this path for your own growth. You have, as we all do, a unique life experience and if you feel a pull deep inside that you have a message to share, I believe 100% that there are people out there just waiting to hear it.
The life we live is just too short to hesitate in stepping into our purpose. Jack Nicholson said: “No one is getting out of here alive”! It’s so true, if you want to do coaching and you find purpose in helping other people, then what are you waiting for?
There is one factor in the whole world that transcends all countries and cultures, there is one thing that is the number one factor in making people take massive action in their life and that is PURPOSE. So my best advise is to get clear on whether this is your purpose or not, and if it is then go for it 100% and trust your own life experience more than anything else.
What can your coaching do to help people and where can everyone get in touch with you?
Even though my heart is in life coaching, I also have entrepreneurship in every cell of my body. We are all somehow architects or entrepreneurs within our own life so this always plays a part in my coaching. I am very focused on speaking the truth and living authentically, because this is the only true path to grow and find purpose. This is also very connected to self-love, which is the foundation of a great life.
I’m also really passionate about bridging science and the meta-physical, which means you will gain new understanding of your habits and obstacles from a biological perspective, and the quantum physical understanding of your nature (the Law of Attraction). This is so much fun and easy to understand, and it will raise your self-awareness tremendously, helping you to be more of a conscious creator.
I always bring in the wisdom of yoga and meditation to connect you to a place of trusting the intelligence of your nature, and that you are supported by the universe, to ground you in this life experience.
To summarise, self-love, commitment, entrepreneurship, the LOA, customised audio meditations, motivation and a whole lot of humour and fun are just some of what makes my coaching package unique. My main focus is to help you connect back to self-love and a life filled with abundance, to further your business, personal life, relationships, emotions and finances. You are meant to thrive!
You can reach out to Toini on toinihalle.com or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toini also runs a FREE community for entrepreneurs on Facebook that you can join here – The Chic Soul Society