I am often asked about my time studying with Beautiful You, and today I want to share with you my review of the course and the experience I had in the hopes to give you the clarity you’re looking for.
I’m so grateful to be a part of the Beautiful You community, and to have such an abundant support system in my BYCA (Beautiful You Coaching Academy) sisters (alumni), and the BYCA staff.
After completing my studies in October 2015, I have gone on to work fulltime in my coaching business, launch sold out group coaching programs and in person workshops. I’ve filled my 1:1 coaching books with the type of women I serve best, and I also won the Emerging Coach of the Year Award in the Beautiful You Coaching Awards in March 2017.
I have no doubt that the success I have experienced has been due to the mixture of skills I learned while studying, and my own desire to show up for my business every single day.
On learning to coach
I found the content in the course to be incredibly thorough, with a big focus on self-growth. At the time I didn’t realise just how important it was for me to be coachable, even when I am the one doing the coaching.
Every time I see my clients, I show up with compassion and understanding, because I am empathetic to their situation. It’s from this place that I can ask them the questions that open them up to their own clarity and growth.
Excellent coaches do the internal work.
The practical steps and BYCA coaching model, is incredible, and I still use it, with a couple of tweaks to suit my coaching style. I always come back to it, because it works so well. The structure is clear and concise, meaning that we are able to get so much out of our time with our clients, when we follow this model.
I also love the way that Julie and the BYCA trainers clearly explain exactly what a coach is there to do, and I am forever coming back to this.
It is not our job to fix everyone, rather to show up, hold space, ask questions and listen.
If you’re not down with that, coaching is not for you.
A portion of the BYCA course is purely focussed on helping you build a successful coaching business. This is where I feel like BYCA is set apart from other courses that I looked into.
There is a strong focus on creating an online presence, which is so important at this time in particular.
I really felt equipped with the knowledge I needed to launch my business when I came to the end of the course, knowing that the most important thing was for me to serve the people I wanted to serve, from a place of love. Having the business skills to do this is so valuable!
Communication and Support
A few weeks before starting I received a parcel in the post with my manuals and some other goodies inside. This totally sparked my excitement, and reminded me of the magnitude of embarking on a coaching qualification.
This is not an airy-fairy, float your way through, type of course. This is actual study, and you need to be prepared to commit to that.
I found the Facebook group for my cohort to be incredibly supportive both from my peers and my trainers. And whenever I had a question or was stuck, I was able to show up there and receive incredible support within a really short space of time. This coupled with the regular live calls, I didn’t feel like I was on my own in the course.
On reflection I think this is a big part of why I was able to apply myself so fully to my study. I felt a part of something, not just alone in my home doing the work.
We had the option to work with a coaching buddy while we were studying, to practice our new found skills with, and I decided after much deliberation that I would take this on.
My only hesitation was the time commitment and whether I would be able to fully give to my buddy while also being able to complete my study.
I’m glad I decided to take up this opportunity.
The experience helped me to develop my coaching skills in a safe space, and I developed the most incredible friendship with my buddy Ainslie.
My suggestion would be to take this opportunity on only if you feel 100% into it. If not, you will hinder your partners study, and that’s just not okay!
What I didn’t expect
The work load.
When I was studying I was working 4 days a week, and I really had to be committed in order to get all of my work done.
I wasn’t expecting the workload to be as intense as it was in the beginning and in hindsight I would have cleared my schedule for the first two months when I found it most intense.
I feel that the biggest struggle for me was that I loved the content so much, and it’s all I wanted to do, but I had to show up to my day job as well! The frustration came from not being able to give quite as much as I had wanted to.
But with some shuffling, and completely reducing my social commitments, I made it work.
Hot tip * Clear your schedule as much as possible for the first 6-8 weeks. You’ll be so glad you did!
If you decide to go ahead with BYCA, and you have the opportunity, I highly recommend getting yourself to one of the inspiration days. They are so beautifully supportive, loads of fun and filled with the good vibes!
Plus who wouldn’t want to hug Julie Parker in person??!!
(FYI You will fall in love with this woman. She’s incredible.)
I have been to one inspiration day as a guest, and got to meet lots of my peers, as well as the incredible Lisa Messenger. I recently went to a second inspiration day where I was invited to speak on the panel alongside Naomi Arnold. My friends Amanda Rootsey and Angela Simson were keynote speakers too.
Both were incredible experiences, and I highly recommend doing all you can to attend one.
I opted to go for certification because I wanted to have that extra little credit, plus I didn’t want to part ways with BYCA! I wanted to still have support, and connection, as much as possible.
Plus, I knew it was a great business choice to be affiliated with such a well-respected brand.
The requirements to become certified have changed since I studied, but I did as much as I could while I was within the 6 months of study, and then worked with a certified coach after I had graduated.
As I said earlier, this was purely because the workload was so intense for me, and I really wanted to make sure I was getting the most out of each experience.
There’s no rush, for as long as we look to other people in the industry, we will feel we are behind. When we focus on our own lane, and the work we’re doing, that’s when we’re truly able to make a difference.
My gift to you
As I’m sure you can now tell, if you’re in the right place, and Beautiful You Coaching Academy feels good for you, I believe you should totally go for it!
It’s my passion for this course, and the coaching industry that drove me to become an affiliate for BYCA.
If you sign up for BYCA through my unique link, you will receive a 3 month coaching series totally free! This can be used as certification coaching, if that is something you want to peruse, or just purely to experience coaching for yourself.
If you have any other questions about Beautiful You Coaching Academy, share them in the comments section below or send me an email via the contact page.
I’m more than happy to help however I can!