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How to Foster a Coaching Career from Corporate Communications Roots Featuring Alan Heymann

Alan Heymann excels at coaching fellow introverts, helping them discover their superpowers in an extroverted world. He has coached leaders from 32 countries across four continents. His diverse clientele includes individuals from Fortune 50 corporations, nonprofit organizations, public utilities, and various levels of government—federal, county, and municipal.

Alan is the author of “Don’t Just Have the Soup: 52 Analogies for Leadership, Coaching, and Life.” His extensive experience spans over two decades in public, government, and nonprofit communications, where he has led teams of sizes ranging from two to over 100 people. Motivated by his own career transformation, which was facilitated by an executive coach, Alan established Peaceful Direction in April 2019.

In today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, you will learn about Alan’s journey from a communications expert to a respected executive coach and successful business owner. 

Alan and I discuss:

  • His career transformation inspired by executive coaching [00:44]
  • Navigating complexities in his most challenging role [02:29]
  • The unforeseen benefits of coaching for career development [03:00]
  • Serving a diverse range of clients across the economy [03:40]
  • Adapting coaching methodologies to suit client needs [04:28]
  • Transitioning from corporate employment to entrepreneurship [05:39]
  • The practicalities and psychology of running your own business [07:00]
  • The importance of cash flow and financial management [09:16]
  • Alan’s approach to growing his business and client base [10:06]
  • Balancing personal preferences with market demand [11:01]
  • The business development aspect of coaching [13:31]
  • Building a coaching business and the challenges faced [14:26]
  • Utilizing community and networks for business growth [23:22]

Learn more about Alan at https://www.peacefuldirection.com

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About the author, David Shriner-Cahn

David is the podcast host and community builder behind Smashing the Plateau, an online platform offering resources, accountability, and camaraderie to high-performing professionals who are making the leap from the corporate career track to entrepreneurial business ownership.

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