“Working with Nayla has increased my confidence as a supervisor and given me great new ideas about how to approach difficult situations so that I can achieve better outcomes.
I’m now much more able to tackle difficult conversations head on instead of avoiding them. And I’m also more comfortable with advocating for myself to help ensure that I have the authority and clarity I need to succeed in my role.
Last but not least, I also really appreciated Nayla’s coaching style and sense of humour. She’s been great at helping me gain insights into myself and my approach to leadership.
I loved working with her and would highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their leadership, communication, or conflict resolution skills.”
Anna Wong, Senior Policy Associate, W. Haywood Burns Institute, Oakland, CA, USA
“When I first thought about hiring a coach, I was worried that they might not understand my goals or they type of help that I needed… but I’m so glad that I decided to take the plunge and work with Nayla.
She’s been great at helping me get rid of the negative thoughts that were running through my mind and undermining my confidence. I now have a much more realistic and positive mindset and this has enabled me to find the courage to put myself out there and run my business like a true leader.
Also, since I started working with Nayla, I’ve been able to focus more concretely on my goals and actually take the action steps needed to achieve them. I no longer let things that I cannot change stand in my way. The follow-ups that she did at every coaching session were great at helping me stay accountable and on track.
Best of all, I learned something new in every single session with Nayla… and better yet, it was always something that surprised me! She was great at zoning in on what was really important to me and this helped me to move forward in the places where I was feeling the most stuck.
Nayla has this wonderful ability to quickly get straight to the point and because of this, you progress much more rapidly than you would without her support.”
Rocio Fallas, M.Eng., Owner, Solmed Business Strategies, Heredia, Costa Rica
“I had a client disappear on me without paying her invoice. I thought I’d never see that money. When Nayla offered to coach me through my response, I figured it would be good learning for next time, even if this client was a lost cause.
Nayla helped me write emails which were very different from what I’d have sent on my own, but which felt really good. I finally reached out to the client in a way that didn’t leave me feeling like a pushover, but that also didn’t railroad her. I was pleased that even though I wasn’t getting the invoice paid, I’d handled it in a way I could be proud of.
Then the client appeared out of no where and paid her invoice! I now have a large chunk of money that I’m sure I would never have seen without Nayla’s help. Her coaching very literally paid off!
I felt good about the way I’d dealt with the client, I got paid, and the client seemed happy with how things went down too. Win-win-win!!“
Liz Green, Ghostwriter, Green Goose Ghostwriting, Kimberley, BC, Canada
“I was initially really nervous about practicing my coaching skills in the peer coaching circle. I was worried I would ask the wrong questions or talk too much. But I’m so glad that I participated – I loved the whole process.
Nayla set very clear parameters for the circle and made it a supportive learning experience – there was no “doing it wrong.” She turned each moment into an opportunity to learn without judgment. Her gentle energy combined with her crystal clear instructions made it feel so safe and even fun to try this new skill.
The coaching circle experience has helped me embody the feeling of slowing down and listening. I got so much out of reading the peer coaching circle resources, but reading and doing are not the same. Not only do I listen more deeply now, I also ask questions that help others clarify where they are and what they need to move forward. Having that “sense memory” from the coaching circle to refer back to is huge!
I also find I’m even speaking more slowly and with calmer energy now. Nayla modeled energy that is focused and engaged, but also really grounded. And I love having that as a new leadership paradigm for myself. In a recent interaction, I found myself listening more than I was talking and asking follow-up questions to dig deeper. As a result, the other person shifted from telling me about a “someday” project that she might want my help with to taking action right away. It felt amazing!
I would love to participate in more peer coaching circles! As a facilitator, Nayla is the perfect mix of kind and compassionate on one hand, and practical and goal-focused on the other. I’m so grateful I had the chance to experience her magic :)”
Megan Barnhard, Writing Coach, Grover Beach, California, USA
“I was hesitant to work with a coach because I wasn’t sure that I’d feel comfortable enough to open up. I tend to be very introverted and this is particularly challenging for me. But Nayla was so easy to talk to that our conversations always flowed very naturally and I felt completely at ease with her.
As a director, I have an extremely busy job. After working with Nayla, I feel more in control of myself and more organized. I have moved from a state of disconnection, where I felt that I was doing things in a very hurried manner, to a more structured place that I had always wanted to achieve. Nayla was great at helping me figure out what steps I needed to take to become more productive and at the same time feel calmer.
She’s an awesome person to work with. She’s very intuitive and I never felt judged by her. I’m a person who works through things by talking them out and being able to talk through issues with Nayla has been immensely helpful. She’s wonderful at helping you move forward if you’re feeling stuck.”
April Chavez, Director of Financial Aid, Clovis Community College, Clovis, NM, USA
“Working with Nayla has helped me find more effective ways to remain calm when I’m dealing with conflicting emotions. As a result, I now look at challenges from a broader perspective and with more insight. I’m better at listening intently, not jumping to conclusions, and approaching issues with an open heart and mind.
Nayla is an incredibly calm, supportive, and present coach. She’s compassionate and understanding, and it never feels superficial with her. I felt like I had a partner who was genuinely interested in helping me work through things. In a nutshell, she made me feel valued.
Nayla is deeply committed to helping the people she works with achieve the positive results they’re looking for. She’s very knowledgeable and is continuously learning new things to help her clients. I would absolutely recommend her services to anyone who is looking to deal with challenges with greater insight, awareness, and perspective.”
Robin Raff, Founder & CEO, Chief Strategist, Boomer Business & Beyond, Inc., Walnut Creek, CA, USA
“I was a little concerned before participating in Nayla’s coaching circle training, as I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. That said, I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to participate in this process! I’m now much more aware of when I’m asking questions that are closed or limiting. And I’ve experienced the positive impact of asking more open questions, which allows others greater space to explore their own thinking and, as a result, learn and grow more in the process.
Nayla is a very supportive and encouraging facilitator. She did an excellent job of course-correcting us during the coaching circle to help us stay on track and ensure that we integrated the coaching skills. She has a wonderful way of providing feedback that doesn’t make you feel judged and that actually inspires you to progress. If you’re looking for a learning experience that will help your leadership team bond and communicate more effectively, I highly recommend Nayla’s coaching circle program.”
Liz Green, Ghostwriter, Green Goose Ghostwriting, Kimberley, BC, Canada
“Nayla has a wonderful way of combining both depth and humour in her presentations. She makes sensitive topics relatable through the models and real-life anecdotes that she shares. But what I appreciated most was her warm and welcoming presence – it allowed everyone to relax and feel comfortable enough to participate in the session.”
Kimberley Day, Author, Speaker, and Coach, North Vancouver, B.C., Canada
“The coaching circle gave me a better understanding of the value of asking powerful questions and I’m also much more mindful of the types of questions I ask. I’m a high-achiever and I used to think that I had to overextend myself to get results. I’ve now realized that I was unnecessarily giving my energy away instead of helping others do the work that they need to do themselves to learn and grow.
My approach needed an upgrade and the coaching circle provided me with the right tools to do just this. I’m much less anxious about “fixing things” now because I’ve seen how taking more of a coach approach can actually lead to better outcomes. The skills that I learned have not only improved my interactions in the workplace, they’ve even improved the way that I communicate with my husband!
Nayla is a wonderful facilitator. She’s patient, encouraging, and generous and she intuitively knew when to give us space and when to intervene to help us learn and stay on track. The personalized feedback that she provided was also super helpful and appreciated. Her coaching circle program is awesome – you won’t regret signing up for it!”
Jackie Dominas, Yoga Teacher and Life Coach, Fort Mill, SC, USA