Today was a big day. It was the start of my pro-bono coaching work at Carewell, a local Cancer Resource and Wellness Community. If you remember back, I found Carewell in the midst of a personal crisis. Or maybe I should be cliche and say that Carewell found me. Well, no matter who found who, it seemed fortuitous that we had been united.
Consequently, I had been anticipating the start of our work together for quite some time and I was afraid that this would be one of those instances that got marred by what I term “The Prom Effect”. Per my definition, “The Prom Effect” is when you build something up in your head to be larger than life; magical; or earth-shattering. Let’s just say that this has been a frequent pattern in my life and that I was somewhat scared that Carewell would fall victim to it as well. Yet I remained cautiously optimistic…
And amazingly, it came through. There was excitement…and energy…and instant connections…and dare I say it, even MAGIC. It was grand. I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
So what was this magical affair, you ask? Nothing more than an information session about the basics of coaching. Surprisingly, it managed to pack in quite a crowd, with only a few seats open in the very back of the room. It was a wonderful mix of cancer patients (Carewell’s members), doctors, caregivers and members of the local community that support Carewell.
And what a crowd they were! The questions came fast and furious and I found myself delighted to have such an interested audience. Maybe I do like this public speaking thing!? All I can say for certain is that it felt wonderful to welcome all these curious souls into my beloved world of coaching. Let the fun begin!