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The Academies is pleased to introduce you to an alumni of our Level 1 Leadership Program, Tristan Thornburgh. Tristan completed the Certified Executive Leadership Development Coach (CELDC) and Certified Leadership Engagement & Impact Coach (CLEIC) Courses in order to qualify for his ACC. Please keep reading to learn more about his coaching journey and his experience with The Academies!

The Academies coaching alumni, Tristan Thornburgh in color

Tell Us About Your Experience With The Academies Coaching Program

My experience with The Academies was fantastic. I enjoyed the smaller classes and felt that my instruction from Carissa Gay and Susan Britton really prepared me well for the ICF certification process. I’m keeping in touch with a number of people from my classes and am excited to pursue coaching further.

To think of where I was at the beginning of my courses versus now is a huge jump — I learned a tremendous amount about patience, active listening, and what the dance of working with a client one-on-one entails.

How Has Coaching Influenced You?

I started my own coaching business, which meant a huge shift in my life. I’m currently back to working a 9-5 job in addition to the coaching, but the experience was invaluable. I wouldn’t have gotten my other job without my coaching experience. 

How Does Neuroscience Influence Your Coaching Style?

I incorporate a lot of the neuroscience training that The Academies taught me into my regular coaching sessions. I’ve found clients are really receptive to learning the science behind a lot of their decision-making skills and it certainly has influence over the line of questioning I use.

Can You Share Any Memorable Coaching Moments and/or Wins?

Aside from actually getting my certification, I’ll always remember the first class and just how bad I was at coaching, compared to the last class and to see how far I’d come.

Would You Recommend Our Coaching Programs to Others?

I learned a ton and met some interesting and fun people along the way. It was overall a life-changing experience, so yes! Absolutely.

Thank You For Sharing Your Coaching Journey, Tristan!

Tristan, we appreciate you sharing your story with us and your passion for coaching others! We look forward to hearing more about your ongoing successes in the future and we wish you all the best in your endeavors. 

You can connect with Tristan on his coaching website and on LinkedIn, and if you are an alumni of The Academies and wish to share your story, please feel free to reach out to rebecca@theacademies.com and we’ll walk you through the process.