Tanya J. King, Canada
Launching Purpose-Driven Healed Entrepreneurs
Author, Blogger and Entrepreneurship Coach! It all started at the young age of 17, when I was offered the opportunity to teach self-improvement classes at a local performing arts studio. I went on to teach for the next six years. That early experience gave me the opportunity to build young people’s self-esteem and confidence. That’s when I became a coach!
Over the course of two decades, my experience has encompassed diverse roles, including working in education, the corporate world, and various aspects of Christian ministry. My gift for recognizing people’s God-given strengths has now developed into seeing their potential to create purposeful streams of income and guiding them to launch “calling”-type business endeavors.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve continued to spread my expertise, from writing for a well-respected entrepreneurial blog to self-publishing as an author, and inspiring people through my newsletter, blog posts and other forms of content.
Today, my superpower lies in my prophetic insight, healing grace and creative edge. I look forward to raising up purpose-driven healed entrepreneurs into their destiny!
What is your niche (coaching focus) and how did you choose it?
Faith-Based Entrepreneurship Coaching! I can’t say I chose it, I think it chose me!
Who is your ideal client?
My ideal client is someone who recognizes that entrepreneurship is their true calling. They are driven by a strong sense of purpose. They might have a background in traditional Christian ministry, or have dedicated their skills in professional settings building someone else’s vision or dream. However, they now know it’s their turn and their time! They are also humble, teachable, they exercise flexible thinking and are ready to do the work!
What inspired you to become a life coach?
It’s something I’ve been doing naturally all of my life. However, I recently chose to take the “Entrepreneurship and Business Coaching” certification to benefit from the formal training and its advantages.
How long have you been coaching?
Since high school!
How did you get your first client?
I have been coaching my peers and friends informally for some time and have been coaching others from a distance through my written articles, newsletters, digital resources and other content. However, I will be introducing more personalized coaching options in the near future.
How has your coaching journey changed your life?
Because of my faith background and my lengthy experience in Christian ministry, originally I thought I would primarily be coaching other Christians in spiritual matters, Christian living and biblical truths. But I’m highly creative, entrepreneurial-minded and have a strong interest in innovation and technology.
My journey has made a sharp turn this past year towards purpose-driven entrepreneurship. A few years ago, I was writing for a well-respected entrepreneurial blog in mostly entrepreneurial motivation and wisdom. I loved it, and my articles were well received. However, I had to stop due to my full-time career schedule at the time and my own writing projects. It felt like everything had come to a pause.
But more recently, the compass has been reorienting in this direction again. Some doors had to
close because of it, but this has been necessary.
What is the most challenging part of being a life coach?
The most challenging part for me has been to completely stop giving unsolicited advice to people who are not asking for it, not looking for it, or who wouldn’t value it anyway.
What is the most fulfilling part of being a life coach?
Watching people overcome challenges and make progress. Also watching people recognize divine intervention when it comes!
What has been your most inspirational coaching moment, with a client?
Some of the most inspirational moments have been watching people experience breakthroughs after following my recommendations. It’s been inspiring to watch others step into their purpose.
What is your favorite coaching activity or exercise to do with clients?
Visualization. Sometimes, pictures speak louder than words. I’ve prayed with people asking God to show them a meaningful image for encouragement. For some, it has immediately transformed their outlook from hopelessness to encouragement. I also have some training in biblical dream interpretation, and have prayed with people to receive dreams that would either confirm, guide or reveal a missing piece of the puzzle that they need to move forward. Often they report back saying they indeed had a significant dream!
What has been the most effective strategy for finding clients and/or growing your business?
From what I have seen and know, I strongly believe that word of mouth, reviews, testimonials and creating organic outreach content that speaks to a target audience are powerful tools.
I’m a firm believer in putting in the effort, positioning yourself to be discovered, and allowing opportunities to come to you. It’s also important to pay attention and be open to opportunities that come in the form of invitations, such as guesting on blogs, podcasts or forming other types of partnerships. These invitations often open doors to more opportunities and more visibility.
I also believe God can intervene with algorithms and bring attention to you when the time is right. This spiritual principle should not be overlooked. Sometimes more “inner work” is needed, and not marketing. You can have the best marketing, but if you’re not ready on the inside and you’re launched too soon, it could become disastrous and at the very least simply fail. None of that feels good.
When doors don’t open, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not meant to be. It could just be for your benefit. Sometimes, people are “too soon” or premature, which is a “dress rehearsal.” It’s not wasted effort, but it simply means it’s not showtime yet!
Timing is EVERYTHING!
What advice would you give YOURSELF back when you first dreamed of becoming a coach?
“It’s going to be a while before your life’s purpose aligns. Your training is going to be lengthy, diverse and at times difficult. Any door that closes should not be cried over. Don’t be discouraged, there is an appointed time.”
What is the impact you want to make in this world?
To bring hope to the discouraged, and to help resurrect their dead and dormant dreams into life. To empower purpose-driven, healed entrepreneurs to achieve greatness and to have a wide-reaching impact through resources, books, courses, podcast and other means.