Point of View 2

You may be wondering what coaching is all about. You might also have questions about my coaching style. In the words of a client: “As I was deciding whether or not to start a solo design practice, I hit the trail with Amy. I was struggling with issues of risk, confidence, and business focus. Amy listened actively and fully. Then, without trying to solve problems for me, she guided me to a place where I had greater clarity and peace of mind.”

This says a lot about coaches. We listen well and we don’t solve problems for clients. Rather, we work with them to achieve clarity, shift in perspective, confidence, and fulfillment. Cycle Forward offers personal coaching services to those committed to living their best lives. The coaching is often held outside on trails because nature takes us outside of ourselves and can also provide a setting that allows us to see ourselves more clearly. It’s great to be in a state of motion, and yet to slow down enough to be in a place of discovery (and in an inspiring setting). Here’s more on why I coach outside on trails.

Cycle Forward Professional Coaching Services

  • Individual nature-based coaching held outside on trails (biking or walking)
  • Coaching by phone or Skype
  • Workshops and brown bag lunches

Clients who aren’t able to meet in person are encouraged to make trails and time spent outside a part of the process. Getting outside to walk or bike (or just to “smell the roses”) boosts creativity and can give you the space to reflect and plan as you prepare for sessions.

My “Trailblazer” package includes six, one-hour sessions, with most clients choosing to meet with me every 4-8 weeks.

Interested in more information on how Cycle Forward can help you with professional coaching? Contact me for pricing and a complimentary session. 

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 What Others are Saying

“Amy’s ability to walk with me as a client – both literally and figuratively –  is truly an art form. She draws from nature’s powerful serenity to guide me on a path of self enlightenment, all while being mindful of trail conditions, timing, and the playful puppy charging right at us.”

“Amy is one of those people who is truly present.”

“She is adept at asking questions, sharing resources, and creating space for staff to learn more about their talents and strengths.”

“Amy’s technique encourages self discovery and through this I was able to come to very important realizations about my strengths and abilities. The lessons I learned stuck with me and really helped my self-efficacy.”

“Working with Amy was always a balance of her asking thoughtful questions that would challenge me and push me into that “good uncomfortable,” while her accepting and peaceful personality encouraged me through difficult questions. Several questions she asked me during coaching continue to guide me in my personal and professional life, and her support has pushed me to take some big steps in my career!”

Full testimonials:

“Amy’s ability to walk with me as a client – both literally and figuratively –  is truly an art form. She draws from nature’s powerful serenity to guide me on a path of self enlightenment, all while being mindful of trail conditions, timing, and the playful puppy charging right at us. Coaching with Amy is fun, deeply rewarding, and a nice exercise all in one!”

–Katie Hale, Pittsburgh

 

“Amy provides rich and meaningful growth opportunities for staff. She is adept at asking questions, sharing resources, and creating space for staff to learn more about their talents and strengths. My staff gained helpful ideas and tools to assist them in thinking about the future direction of their work and careers.”

–Karen Dreyer of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (I’ve coached a number of stellar food bank employees)

 

“Amy is one of those people who is truly present – she’s such a great listener. She takes her time when she speaks and is thoughtful. It’s so refreshing to chat with her.”

–Kate Stoltzfus of Yinzpiration (She kindly wrote about me in 2013 as part of her fantastic project.)

 

“As I was deciding whether or not to start a solo design practice, I hit the trail with Amy. I was struggling with issues of risk, confidence, and business focus. Amy listened actively and fully. Then, without trying to solve problems for me, she guided me to a place where I had greater clarity and peace of mind. Before coaching me, Amy was my client with The Progress Fund. I have a lot of respect for the way Amy engaged with me and others to get trail-related projects done! She was a responsive, organized, and thoughtful client!”
–Greg Rose, Owner of Greg Rose Design, Pittsburgh

 

“Amy’s technique encourages self discovery and through this I was able to come to very important realizations about my strengths and abilities. This strategy is so effective because the lessons I learned stuck with me and really helped my self-efficacy. I cannot thank Amy enough for the time and support she provided.”

–Amber B., a Pittsburgh client with big plans for the future

 

“I don’t have that feeling of being stuck anymore because I know that we’re working toward something.”

–Thomas, a New Jersey business development manager

 

“For me, being coached by Amy meant being challenged on my motivations and goals in a way I would never have had the courage to examine on my own. Working with Amy was always a balance of her asking thoughtful questions that would challenge me and push me into that “good uncomfortable,” while her accepting and peaceful personality encouraged me through difficult questions. Several questions she asked me during coaching continue to guide me in my personal and professional life, and her support has pushed me to take some big steps in my career! I’m so thankful for the opportunity I had to be coached by Amy.”

–An anonymous and inspiring client coached through the Coro Pittsburgh Women in Leadership program

 

“I’ve gained so much perspective from our coaching, especially about choosing my emotions and choosing to focus on listening, one of my main purposes in life. I’ve definitely felt a difference in choosing my emotions just by choosing to be aware of them. Professionally, our reflections have helped me be more intentional about what I choose for my next steps.”

–An anonymous, trailblazing client who is poised to make a difference

Relevant Training

Duquesne University Professional Coach Certificate Program

Venture Outdoors Outdoor Leadership Training

First Aid, CPR, and AED certification (American Heart Association)

More About Coaching

International Coach Federation – Benefits of Using a Coach

International Coach Federation Coaching FAQs

Well Coaches video – How Coaching Works

Top 5 Personal Coaching Myths – Chicago Tribune

Coaching on Your Feet