Life Coaching has been a long and rewarding experience. From the time I was old enough to begin exploring the community around my home, I was coaching. I didnít know that then, but I was reaching out, listening, helping and caring about the people I encountered. When I found a person in need, I would bring them home, sit them on the back porch of our house, go inside and ask mom if she would make them a sandwich? Iíd take them something to drink; sometimes just the garden hose to quench a thirst. When I entered grade school, I brought home classmates and playground friends who seem to have it worse off at home, or no one at home to go to after school. All the time I was talking with my friends about choices, making life better, helping them discover healthy options for life. 

I became a leader in school, looking for answers, change and working to make school and the community a better place for each of us. As early as 1969, I helped lead a school district wide group Breaking the Barriers comprised of students, educators and administrators on a journey to improve communications between each group to build a stronger, healthier educational environment. 

As a leader in high school I was part of organizations that set goals to build better community through open, meaningful discussions. We may have thought we were avant-garde and new age thinkers, yet we were actively coaching for life. 

In 1972 setting of for college, I moved into a very new and exciting, first of itís kind Residential Community. Other colleges and universities had dormitories; we had a village that became a community, owned by students and run by students. Students of the community were the landscapers, facilities engineers, nutritional planners, chefs and food service engineers, housing management. I earned a position on the Community Development team. 

As a Community Development team member I coached fellow students with life challenges, succeeding in college, work and personal relationships. Working with mentors I participated in and facilitated personal encounter groups and sessions for Leader and Self. I worked with youth, peers and adults in business to become more successful, empowering growth and sustainability for life. 

I entered the teaching profession and throughout that career, while teaching, athletic coaching and student leadership programs I was coaching for life. When I was not working as a teacher I was involved with friends and acquaintances coaching through personal challenges and relationships. 

I spent several years working and managing a scout camp. One year with special funding and man power from the sheriffs I helped develop the first Ropes ĖChallenging Outdoor Experience Course in California. Through Ropes, youth and adult participants learned to overcome personal and business challenges. Before and after Ropes Challenges I lead coaching sessions, again coaching for life. 

During the late 1980ís I worked with Junior Achievement building economic education curriculum and programs in school classrooms. I developed hundreds of business volunteers who delivered weekly lessons and life experiences to young people in grades kindergarten through high school seniors. Not only did I train business people to work in classrooms, I often was coaching them to be stronger more productive individuals in their business and life. 

In the 1990ís I worked with a virtual business team, contracted to go into a business, discover work flow and communication needs and strengths. Together we built strategic business plans and organization helping and coaching to be more productive and successful. 

Additionally I was actively involved in the leadership, training and development of community individuals who wanted to go into business for themselves. The Intensive Entrepreneurial Training Program and later QuckStart curriculum has coached hundreds of successful individuals to wonderful and sustaining life goals and businesses. 

Wherever I have worked I have been actively involved in Life Coaching. When I was working I was Life Coaching friends, family and acquaintances.  I realized that the time had come to stop giving away my skills, wisdom and knowledge. The time had come to receive the financial rewards for my skills, wisdom and knowledge that are benefiting others, not just the intrinsic warm fuzzies I get. 

I am here to be your Life Coach and the Life Coach of your friends, family, acquaintances and business partners. The successes you realize from having me as your Life Coach are testimony to others to seek out and use me as their Life Coach.

Michael Reher

 

lifecoach@mehntor.com