We had the pleasure to be a podcast guest Severin Sorensen on Arete Coach on Aug 19th, 2022.
In the podcast, we explore Larraine's love of Jazz music, and its parallels to improv and great coaching. We cross-walk through her coaching journey from a recruiter, to consultant, to coach. We explore powerful questions she has used in past coaching sessions. Larraine also comments on the difference in mindsets between 'faking it till you make it,' vs 'work it till you make it.' Larraine describes how 'coaching is helping the person face themselves so that they can find their own solutions.'
Listen to the full podcast interview here as we dive into Larraine’s background, certifications, and insights gained from her high-impact coaching career.
Reaching “Peak Performance” & “Working It Till You Make It”
She shared powerful stories of transformation from her coaching practice and her personal mantra of “work it till you make it.” Larraine gives a powerful definition of the role of a coach and shares great insight from her journey as a lifetime learner.
Key highlights (courtesy from Arete Coach.io)
The role of a coach & achieving peak performance
In a discussion of Larraine’s journey to coaching, Larraine gives a powerful definition of the role of a coach. She shares that “coaching is not just about fixing people… it’s also about getting people to become even better at where they are and maintain their highest level of peak performance.” She does this in her coaching through various certifications and by using a strengths-based approach. Larraine shares a powerful insight from her coaching client, where they shared that she “gave them the self-confidence” they needed to excel in their career. She works with her coaching clients from the perspective of “what can I do today to make your life become better?”—ultimately helping them achieve their highest level of performance.
Finding your voice
When asked about the mentors that have impacted her career journey, Larraine shares insight from her first mentor Vivian. This mentor told Larraine that she had “[her] own voice” that was different from other students in University. This compliment and insight gave Larraine the confidence and affirmation needed to excel in her career. Larraine shares that this encouragement and reminder from her mentor that she was “different from others” and that her “perspective is not a regular perspective,” gave her the “push” that was needed to move forward in her career.
“Work it till you make it”
Larraine’s personal mantra is “work it till you make it.” She explains that you shouldn’t “fake it till you make it because that would give you imposter syndrome” but instead everyone should “work it till [they] make it.” Larraine states that “you keep on working on something ‘till you make the progress that you like” by “fine-tuning” and “pivoting” until you find what works for you and your goal. In her coaching, she helps her clients do this by helping them “face themselves so that they can find their own solutions.”
“What can’t stop you?”
One of Larraine’s favorite questions to ask is “what is the one thing that cannot stop you?” She asks this question to give her clients “that injection of courage” and help them in “affirming” themselves by understanding “this is actually what I can do, nothing can stop me, I can go forward.” Severin responds by sharing that “sometimes it’s the words themselves that are most powerful… a question can be very powerful.”
A tool from Larraine’s coaching toolkit is what she calls “reflexive questioning.” This type of questioning acknowledges the emotional response of self from outside influence. In using reflexive questioning, she encourages her clients to be “more self-aware,” “to be more accepting,” and to realize “because the other people are behaving like this, that’s why I’m like this.” These questions empower clients to acknowledge their emotions and make more effective decisions.