About Wendy Weiss Personal Transformation Coach ~ Circle Guide ~ Luminary
I love words and stories. How people express themselves and use language to create their understanding of the world is endlessly fascinating to me. Having studied writing and literature, I practice using a keen sense of observation and being in a perpetual state of beginner’s mind. I love discovering what’s hidden in plain sight.
Coaching is truly a natural extension of my authentic way of being. I love listening to people’s stories and the narratives they use to describe themselves and their lives. I delight in metaphors, turns of phrase, and personal lexicons that crop up in conversation. In coaching, these feel like sacred offerings that fill me with awe and genuinecuriosity.
When someone opens up to reveal a truly personal and magical insight about herself, I am compelled to wonder if she just heard her own magnificence in her spoken words. In my experience, it takes a skilled listener with an ability and willingness to reflect the speaker’s words back to her to achieve that. In daily conversation, we just don’t normally get to experience that level of being heard.
When was the last time you felt truly heard
that everything you said was the most important matter in that moment
Listening is the heart of coaching for me. I get the opportunity to be in a deeper level of communicating, while exploring what’s truly important and of value to my client. I revel in being that presence to others, in service to those who seek to discover a truer sense of themselves, who find dynamic healing and unbounded creativity as ways to fuel their personal growth. I am especially inspired by and drawn to work with those who are willing to embrace transformation in response to life's challenges and changes.
Life coaching is often seen as something a person seeks out when he needs advice or wants to be taught how to do something better. The coach is seen as an expert at something they have achieved for themselves. In this model, people hire coaches to learn the secrets of their success.
Personal transformation coaching is entirely different. The orientation of wisdom is you. You already possess the skills and have full capacity to know what's best for you. Everything you need already exists within you. Personal transformation coaching gives you the space and the reflection to strengthen that connection to your own knowing, your own way of being.
Sure, I can use different tools to help you in your discovery, but you already know what you need. So my role is to listen--with intuitive and transcendent listening that leads to powerful inquiry and deep dive exploration. What meaning does what you've just revealed really have? Are there any belief systems in those words that you'd like to look at more closely? Do you feel connected to what's most important to you when you hear your words or ideas reflected back to you? Who would you be if you were in full alignment with your values and actions, in your being and your doing, in your inner world and the outer world?
If these are questions that you feel drawn to, stir up curiosity, and energize you, let's go exploring!
Certified Leadership & Life Coach (CLC) through Coach for Life
Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through International Coach Federation (ICF)
I completed Parts I, II, & III with Peter Reding of Coach for Life, which required mentor-coach review and feedback of several recorded coaching sessions in addition to advanced coursework at the Professional Certified Coach level (125 hours of training). I have logged 100+ hours of professional coaching, completed appropriate level of training, and passed the Coaching Knowledge Assessment exam through ICF. I have been fortunate to work with dozens of clients from all over the country with inspiring, unique dreams and goals.
Yoga Nidra, 30 hour training certificate from Shivashakti School of Yoga.
As an evolution of my own Yoga Nidra practice, I am pursuing further training in guiding Yoga Nidra for individuals and groups. I am also studying Biodynamic Cranial Touch. As a lifelong learner of energy work, I love deepening my experience in these modalities.
My other professional work is in education and non-profit management. I completed a Master's program in Secondary Education, Language Arts at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls in 1997 and taught writing courses at the Community College level for several years. I am a freelance writer and have written for organizations including HGTV and the University of Tennessee. Currently I am the Director of Religious Exploration at Westside Unitarian Universalist Church where I oversee the children and youth educational programming and get to share stories with people of all ages on a regular basis.