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Business, Training Edition LEAP – The Coaching Movie


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How did you come up with the idea of the coaching movie?

We were are invited to be coaches on a film set for a documentary many years ago and on that film set we were coaching one of the actors for that film. That’s where we got the idea to make an entire film just about coaching that shows the actual transformation and shifts that people go through and get all the greatest coaches in the world involved to show the tangible proof of they are skills that and then we just started reaching out to the best coaches in the world.

 What was your first step?

We started by reaching out to the best coaches in the world and researching who would be the best fits the showcase and represent the coaching profession on the big screen.

We set up the criteria for selecting the right coaching clients. We got thousands of applications from coaches and thousands of applications from coaching clients through our website and our networks.

Lots of coaches got on board to support the movie and lots of coaching organizations support the movie and spread the word to their members.

What would you do differently?

We would have an even more detailed screening process for both the clients and coaches. We started making other movies, like our movie Impact about communication and body language. For Impact, we set up a much more detailed and severe selection process. The success of the film totally depends on who you selected to participate in it. On the way we discovered that there are lots of criteria that you need to get rides to create the perfect match between a client that is open for success and coaches who are a great match to create a transformation. Just putting and coaches together is not enough for success. It’s a very delicate process and it takes a lot of discipline, work and attention to detail to get everything right.

How did you select your coaches?

We set up a system to select the best coaches in the world. This included a lot of criteria that they should match to be able to participate in the film. We also went for the coaches that seemed to have the best successes and the most impressive testimonials.

How did you find your clients and were you looking for specific issues?

We found the clients through our network who reached out to their clients and asked if they want to participate in the film. We also defined four areas of focus for the film.

Business coaching, executive coaching, life coaching and relationship coaching.

What did you take away from the experience?

You can achieve anything you want that you set your mind to and where you have the right mentoring and coaching support. It took three years to make this film and hundreds of people to co-create it with us.

What do you hope that people will take away from the movie?

We’re on a mission to inspire over 10 million lives to be more successful in life and business and this can happen by watching the movie and following the journey of the four clients that go through a total transformation.

Once people want to movie, I’d love them to reach out to a coach through our website and start changing their lives.

What would you like to see for the future of coaching?

I think it an important evolution to the coaching profession to have a tangible way to measure the results of coaching. That is one of the aims of the films, to show the tangible results of the greatest coaches on earth.

I hope that in the near future, there will be a way to select the right coach for you and a system that helps do you to decide whether the coach is a good coach or just one that can market themselves well.

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Julie Starr

How did you get involved in the project?

I was approached by Patryk who had heard about my work and writing in the UK Coaching field.

Who do you think this movie will appeal to?

Masses of people! Anyone remotely involved or interested in the field of coaching, or personal development and success, or life generally. Coaching is such a fascinating human experience, and whilst people have a broad idea about what’s involved, there is little available material of what a real-life coaching assignment looks like over time. The movie contains live footage of real sessions, plus life stories and dramas and then ultimately how situations can be shaped by coaching.

What do you hope people will take away from the movie?

That coaching is a broad and varied activity and never ‘one size fits all’ that there are as many different styles of coaching as there are coaches and all can be valid, according to the client and the situation. I’d also like people to imagine for themselves the possibility of coaching, as a way to support their own personal goals, dreams and aspirations.

When watching the movie, did you get any new insights?

I was amazed how different the approach and conversations of other coaches were to my own. For me it was like I’d been existing in a little bit of a self-created bubble, e.g. assuming that other coaches employed similar methods and principles – they certainly did not!

What would you like to see for the future of coaching in the UK?

The UK already has a thriving coaching profession, with new talent coming on board each year. We have wonderful training organisations and educational support generally. Now I’d like my profession to step-up to our next logical level, both as individuals and as a community. We create so much positive impact which is rich and diverse, e.g. inside and outside of organisations, and yet still we have so much possibility, in terms of what can be done.

Chérie Carter-Scott, Ph.D., MCC

How did you find the filming process?

Really interesting. Mostly I filmed in Malibu and New Orleans. We also had some filming in LA and New York. I’m a native of New York and have lived in LA, so it was a new experience in known locations.

What did you take away from the experience?

I have been coaching since 1974 and this opened my mind to new ideas. We always held coaching as private and confidential. Not exactly a secret but certainly sacred and always confidential.

The idea of putting 4 people on the screen with all the ups, downs and breakdowns was really a revolution.

What do you hope people will take away from the movie?

I have personally sponsored 15 different previews. People are moved, touched, inspired and consider their lives enriched by watching the film. In one screening in Canada, people stayed until 3 am to discuss the film with many moved to tears.

It’s a ground-breaking film, being able to see the real insides of stretching way out of your comfort zones and going for your dreams.

Would you be involved in the process again?

At this moment I am preparing to have my musical premiered in Bangkok. THE WORKSHOP – A DRESS REHEARSAL FOR LIFE will premier in October 2019.

This will be my first musical co-written with my sister.

What would you like to see for the future of coaching?

Having been coaching for 44 years, I’d like to see it embraced by more people everywhere.

Recently I have been coaching people on Facebook. The film opened that particular door for me, showing that people might be open to public coaching. So far, I have done about 12 sessions on Facebook.

Christy Whitman

How did you get involved in the project?

I enjoyed the process of coaching while being filmed. However, it was very short and I only had one opportunity to coach Rob, which is unrealistic in the field of coaching.

I believe that I can really help him at a deeper level but with so many coaches coaching him with different strategies and ways of coaching, I’m not sure it was as effective as it could’ve been if he was just coaching with me consistently throughout the time.

What did you take away from the experience?

I walked away feeling very grateful for the profession that I am in. I’m very proud of what I do, the results that my clients receive, and the fact that I do something I love and make a great living at it.

What did you do to prepare for the shoot?

Besides hair and makeup? Nothing really. I just showed up and asked the questions and allowed him to guide the session as I do with all my clients.

What do you hope people will take away from the movie?

I hope other people will see this movie and see how effective coaching can be. I hope it illuminates for them what coaching is, and that they are encouraged to get a coach themselves. I truly believe in the art of coaching and what it has done in my life. I believe everybody needs a coach.

Is there anything in the coaching industry you’d like to see change?

Yes, I would love to see only people that have gone through an actual training program coach. And I would love for people to only be able to call themselves a life coach if they have been certified. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of people that call themselves a life coach and they don’t make a living at it, nor have they been trained in the business of coaching.

Gemma Sala

How did you find the filming process?

I flew from Barcelona, where I live, to Malaga to join the directors and some of the cast. The crew had been filming for several months, so it didn´t take much time to shoot the session in the set. We had a lot of fun since it was summer, we were near the beach and in the house was a swimming pool to hang out while waiting

What do you hope people will take away from the movie?

The mission of this movie is to inspire people to overcome challenges by taking action, transform their lives with the help of a coach.

As coaches, we can work with a wide variety of personal and professional issues. I also hope that leaders can see how much coaching can help them to reduce the “Loneliness of Leadership”. Leaders can take a lot from the coaching process and then positively influence their teams and organizations.

How do you think the movie will do in Spain?

“Leap” is a documentary film made under American standards and 3 out of the 4 coachees that appear, are Americans. I think some people in Spain might find it more difficult to identify from a superficial level because on a deeper level, most client´s difficulties and challenges are quite common in all the western countries.

What would you like to see for the future of coaching in Europe?

I would love to see more people inspired in taking responsibility of their own lives and increase their awareness to become a better person and to contribute in making this a better world. I believe this is the purpose of Coaching.

Coaching has a great future and potential, and I would like to see more people wanting to do coaching to overcome their challenges. I believe it is essential for leaders and would to see more people doing research. I am particularly interested in bringing a stronger neuroscience focus into coaching.

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