Meet ADHD Life Coach Dan Weigold and hear why he became a coach.
Interview with ADHD Life Coach Dan Weigold
My name is Corey Quinn and I am the founder of MyCoachMatch.com. We are a site that matches clients with coaches based on fit. I am here with Dan Weigold. He is an ADHD coach. Welcome Dan.
ADHD Life Coach Dan: Welcome Corey and thanks for allowing me to be on this program of yours.
Corey: I am very happy that you’re here with me. Tell me, why are you a coach?
ADHD Life Coach Dan: Well, one of the reasons that I am a coach is because we are experiencing this profound change in the world today. It is something that is so dramatic, so new, so different, and like many people have experienced it. In fact, we are in the midst of it, so we were sort of like being that frog in the water and coaching is a way to help people see that we got to make some fundamental changes in order to move ourselves forward in terms of our economy, in terms of to start a life in general. I mean, there are so many different stress factors that we are experiencing these days that many people don’t even realize that they are just boiling in this turmoil. Coaching is a process that creates change – transformational change, lasting change that really enables people to be all that they can be.
Corey: Wonderful. So, when should someone consider working with you as a coach?
ADHD Life Coach Dan: Well, just by a number of reasons and one is they recognize that they have to make the change and they’re going, “I’m tired of being right where I’m at in. I’m frustrated. I’m not getting where I want to be.” And they sense that there is something missing in their life and they’d go, “I want to make the change.” That’s really the point is, when you’re ready to make a change.
Corey: Okay. So then, who is your ideal client?
ADHD Life Coach Dan: Well right now, my ideal clients tend to be the people with ADHD and they are the ones that – Oh! They experience a lot more frustration and there are issues at work because of the way their brain functions and the differences in the way their brain functions, and they’re going, “It’s not working. I want something that works in my life.” And through some process changes and some realization, and [inaudible 00:02:10] knowing that there are other people out there that have ADHD, somebody that they can relate to and tell their story and go, “Okay, I’m not alone. Now, how do I make the process forward? How do I make my life a lot more rewarding and how do I engage in a place where my skills and abilities and passions fit into a world that this largely linear, sequential, and logistical?” It’s really, you know – ADHD is really about creativity and imagination, and if you look at how that is, how do you make those skills blossom in a world that is not really looking at those types of skills right now?
Corey: That’s interesting. It’s great. So, in your experience as a coach, how important is a match between a coach and a client?
ADHD Life Coach Dan: Well I think, you know, you really don’t start out with this idea of a match. You start out with an idea of what needs to change, and then as you are talking through it, is the coach the right person that’s going to help you make those changes? Since some people like a directive coach and since somebody is really going to be forceful in their face and go, what’s going to trigger that breakthrough that’s going to break [inaudible 00:03:21] it’s holding you back from being it, and then there’s other people that are going, “Let’s address your emotions. What are the core emotions that you’re dealing with? What are your beliefs? What are your values? And how do we intercept those and say, what’s holding you back? What are the fears that are holding you back from being that person that you really want to be?” So there is a different – there is a spectrum of coaches out there, and each coach has a style that matches the client, and part of the interview process is finding out where those matches happen.
ADHD Life Coach Dan: Where are those connections? Where is that synergy? That creates just a place, a [inaudible 00:03:59] for change perhaps. It is a melting point you go, now ideas can flow together and these “aha” moments bubble up and pretty soon, a transformation happens.
Corey: That’s where the magic is.
ADHD Life Coach Dan: The magic is there, yes.
Corey: That’s great. Can you share with me a success story please?
ADHD Life Coach Dan: Well, sure. I can share. When I was trying to think of just one success story, there’s really this combination of success stories. It’s not just one success story.
Corey: Great. Just go for it.
ADHD Life Coach Dan: What happens when somebody has that “aha” moment and they go, “Wow, that was amazing!” And those are the things that you are going, as a coach you are not really doing those things. You are allowing a person, a client to experience their own sense of identity and reality and finding out what their purpose is and where they want to go and a coach is really just a catalyst of asking questions that breaks through layers and layers and layers of [inaudible 00:05:00] that have built up over years and habits that have built up over years that have held people back. So each person that I coached is usually going to find an “aha” moment, a place that they’re going to go, “Wow! This is amazing!” And it can happen in just a couple of hours. It may happen over 10 hours. It all depends on where, and how far and how deep that [inaudible 00:05:21] is and as soon as it starts to dissolve and break through, it’s like they can see.
ADHD Life Coach Dan: Now there’s – I suppose there are some specific stories I can go in to, but part of it in coaching is maintaining the confidentiality of the client and their story. So bringing in and sweeping these
stories together, it’s really an amazing event when people get to that point of going, “I’ve made it. Now, I can move forward.”
Corey: Yes. I know that feeling. It is pretty amazing. So, thank you so much Dan for being with us today.
ADHD Life Coach Dan: You’re welcome. Thank you very much.
About ADHD Life Coach Dan Weigold:
Dan Weigold, has a MA in Leadership from Duquense University and obtained his coach training through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. Dan is a certified Keirsey Temperament Certified professional and a “Energy Leadership Index” Master Practitioner.
Dan worked as a software developer, IT Manager, and a R&D Test manager for over 20 years at Hewlett Packard/Agilent . Dan’s then served at Compassion International as a process manager and project manager. Dan is now working as a coach to help people improve their success and fulfillment in life and in work.
Dan is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), the Denver Coaching Federation (DCF) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Dan is an avid bicyclist with commuting, cross-country, and racing experience and he enjoys outdoor photography.
Dan writes the popular Coach with Heart blog, exploring the personal development and leadership issues.