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STUDENT INTERVIEWS

Meet 2 of Our
Recent Jay Shetty
Certified Coaches

Our students are the pride and backbone of the Jay Shetty Certification School. Without their dedication and enthusiasm, we would not be able to fulfill our vision to transform one billion lives. Meet some of our most recent graduates and find out what lights the fire inside them.

This month, we hear from Anthony Ikin and Kassandra Parker.

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If you could only use 1-3 words to describe your essence, what would they be?

Motivating. Uplifting. Dedicated. 


Tell us your story.

I was a gymnast, turned aerobics athlete, turned professional dancer from a youngster through to my late 20’s. I got to travel the world, perform in the most incredible shows, meet the most inspiring people and make a living doing it all! I lived a life I truly loved and I feel so blessed to have achieved my version of success.

When I turned 30, I had an unexpected personal transformation. I started to get so much more joy and satisfaction out of helping others in the pursuit of their own success than I did going after more of my own. This is when my life really started to soar!

I created a dance business in Australia where I train and mentor budding professional dancers, turning their passion of dance into professional careers.  And since graduating JSCS, driven by such huge inspiration from the course, I have been hard at work in launching my next business - Ikin Achieve. 

I’m from Australia but now live in LA with my husband, and we just embarked on a journey to start our own family through surrogacy. 

Marriage and a family were things I once thought would be impossible for me to have, but I am living proof that impossible is just a word, not your truth. 


Why did you choose the Jay Shetty Certification School?

I saw a JSCS Instagram post and I was enrolled within 24hrs! To be honest, I didn’t know too much about the coaching industry, but I had just done my own TEDx talk and started to get booked for more talks, so I thought this course would help me further develop my speaking skills.

Jay Shetty was the main driving force for me to do this particular course as I really connect with his messaging and just his overall vibe.

Within one week of starting JSCS, I was hooked and so excited about becoming a coach myself!

I love when life gives you unexpected surprises like that! Honestly, I was in lockdown in LA due to COVID-19 and I thought I’d do this course because, why not? And now, here I am launching my new coaching business. I’ve done a lot of things in my life, but nothing has ever excited me to my core the way this has.


How did Jay’s ABCs of Coaching help you personally with your first practice client during the program?

The ABCs are the structure I rely on for my Coach/Client journeys. The order makes perfect sense, and it allows for the most powerful development and results.

And boy did I get some personal gains by using them on myself!  My Ikin Achieve business was born from that framework. Thanks Jay!


Describe your first experience coaching a client during the program, and your most important takeaway from this experience?

I just gave advice for one hour, haha. When I look back, I cringe! I just wasn’t myself and I was thinking 5 questions ahead and not being present in the moment at all. But with the help of our spectacular supervisors I improved, and improved, and improved. I became a more curious and present coach (and person), and I’m so grateful for that.


What were your biggest challenges during the program and how did you overcome them?

I think just riding my emotional wave due to COVID-19 while doing the course.  I went from looking for the silver linings to it all, to feeling homesick and desperately missing my friends and family back home in Australia. So, I guess just focusing and pushing through the course on the difficult days was my biggest challenge.  

What really helped me through this was taking the tools that I learned and developed from the course that we apply to clients and using them on myself. 


How would you now describe your coaching style, or approach?

To be a great role model, inspiration and source of motivation to clients.

To provide warmth, energy, and positivity. To meet them where they are, and not have expectations of how or where they should be. To provide authenticity, sincerity, and intuition to connect with clients on a deeper level, allowing space for them to open up to. And lastly, to be their biggest cheerleader during their Coach/Client journey!


Tell us about your future plans. Where do you see yourself in 12 months from now?

I’m about 1 month away from the Ikin Achieve launch! I am going to market with 3 offerings: Success Coaching, Motivational Speaking, and a give back component which is free Coaching to kids and/or their families who deal with being bullied, or are coming to terms with their sexuality.

In 12 months, I will have added “Bodyfulness” retreats, positivity video courses, and e-commerce offerings to the Ikin Achieve business. I am so devoted to this journey and I’m feeling more inspired than I have been in a long time. 


What is your own definition of coaching at this stage?

I define coaching now as guiding and supporting others on their journey to success-with success as defined by them.  


Is there anything else you would like to add or tell us?

Thank you to Jay and the entire JSCS team and community. My experience has been life changing and I can’t thank you all enough!

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Anthony Ikin

Anthony Ikin

Find Anthony on the Jay Shetty Certification School 'Find a Coach' page

and on Linkedin

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If you could only use 1-3 words to describe your essence, what would they be?

Connected, empathetic, and authentic. Connection is very important to me: connection to the environment, connection to myself, connection to my kids and all those that are close to me. I have always been a very empathetic person. Sometimes having a lot of empathy can cause difficulty and pain, but usually it brings about more beauty and connection in my life and those around me. Authenticity is also really important to me. I am open and willing to be vulnerable in order to be authentic. I appreciate those that are authentic. I think this is something that is easily forgotten in our world and I wish to keep it alive in my circle and with those I cross paths with. Choosing to be authentic to your values, your love, your character, your connections, your strengths, and your struggles is a wonderful way to live.


Tell us your story.

I live on the Sunshine Coast BC. I am a grade 6/7 teacher and a life & success coach. I became very passionate about self-growth a little over 2 1/2 years ago when I separated from my partner of 19 years, friend of 26 years, and father of my kids.  I had let my physical and emotional health slide. Somewhere along the way, I thought that putting myself last, after my kids and my husband, was the right thing to do. I suffered physically, becoming overweight and having many health issues, a couple of which I was scheduled for surgery on. And, I suffered emotionally, feeling sad at times and less connected to myself and my intuition. This unhealthy life I was living was all due to my choices, no one else’s. When separating, I realized I needed to rediscover myself, and most of all, I needed to fall in love with myself again. I got myself a life coach, and quickly saw how much faster and more directly I could reach my goals with his help. I continued to feel more connected to myself, increased my energy and fitness, and fell back in love with who I was. I had more energy for my kids, my students that I teach, and for me.  This cycle of energy continued to radiate outwards, creating more energy to be put towards goals that aligned with my values.


Why did you choose the Jay Shetty Certification School?

In March, my kids and I got a Covid diagnosis over the phone. Thankfully, my kids had minimal symptoms, but I felt quite sick. It reminded me of how I felt two and a half years ago, when I was at my lowest emotionally and physically. I didn’t want to feel this way anymore, and I knew I could either feel sorry for myself, or I could find a way to use this low to grow. I had been following Jay for a year, and as I looked for a good podcast to uplift me, I found his free 6 day life coaching course. So I signed up and devoured that! I then quickly decided to sign up for the certification. I had thought about coaching for a few months.  Experiencing the amazing affects coaching can have first hand and having a few supportive friends suggest I would be a great fit for this, gave me the motivation and confidence to enroll.      


How did Jay’s ABCs of Coaching help you personally with your first practice client during the program?

I dived into Jay Shetty’s videos, watched his podcasts, as well asother podcasts, read several recommended books and did hours and hours of journaling and meditation. I loved the layout of his course and how it allowed me so much room to be authentic and contribute my own style while valuing each individual client. Going through Jay Shetty’s ABC’s of Coaching and applying it to my own life and my own growth was such an amazing experience for me. During the 3 months it took me to complete this certification, I watched all the videos at least twice each. The first time, taking notes and applying the knowledge to myself and the second time, applying the learned lessons to practice clients. I became incredibly aware of my own abilities to listen, learn, and connect. I realized that the days I meditated, journaled, and worked out before breakfast or even before looking at my phone, were days that I was much more connected to myself, nature, and my beautiful kids.

Describe your first experience coaching a client during the program, and your most important takeaway from this experience?

I feel comfort in being organized When coaching my first client, I felt I needed to have my questions written out, and I needed to move my client forward fast enough that they (and I) felt we were getting things accomplished. But I quickly learned that my clients direct the process, timing, and where it goes. My planning the next questions and wondering if my client is getting enough out of our session, was actually subtly hindering their process.  Realizing that the client directs the process, and that there can be so much learned through subtleties of conversation, body language, pauses, etc. can only be received by me when I am fully present. Realizing this has made me much more connected with my clients and has increased my enjoyment of the sessions.


What were your biggest challenges during the program and how did you overcome them?

As amazing as this process was, it wasn’t easy, butt nothing worth putting your time, energy, tears and hard work into is ever easy. There was a point in the program that I felt fear- fear that I wasn’t good enough, fear that I wouldn’t be able to help people. I had my life coach help me through this. I also had a session with a Jay Shetty life coach. In their questions and support, I acknowledged a long standing belief I have had since I was a child that was blocking my potential. I believed that I had limits to my success, limits that are way below my potential. Awareness of this limiting belief was key to unpacking it and working on it. This realization has helped me greatly, however, my work is not done. I am still working on the many areas of my life that have been blocked due to this negative belief system of, “only being able to accomplish so much.” 


How would you now describe your coaching style, or approach?

My coaching approach is very individualized to the person. I have faith in my ability to ask the right questions and to listen to the subtleties of my client. I can see the positives in my client’s work and growth and use that to motivate them and shift their mindset into a more positive one that can work to their strengths, facilitating an increase in their potential. I truly believe each of us has so much great potential to live in our power than we currently are not tapping into.


Tell us about your future plans. Where do you see yourself in 12 months from now?

I love my morning routine and am committed to living to my values the way I will be helping my clients to do. For this reason, and also because I plan to continue teaching, I see myself having a smaller group of one-on-one clients. A year from now, I see myself increasing my practice to having 6-10 regular clients that I help to achieve their goals for an extended period of time. I am podcasting, and I get great joy out of the possibility that it may be helping people through our stories. I love working with my two co-hosts. I am thinking about many other potential ways to get out there and reach more people, which excites me!


What is your own definition of coaching at this stage?

To me, coaching is empowering my client to live to their full potential- a potential that they didn’t even know they were capable of, a potential that I help facilitate them to tap into.

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Kassandra Parker

Kassandra Parker

coachingwithkass.com

email: info@coachingwithkass

Facebook: Coaching With Kass

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Our students are the pride and backbone of the Jay Shetty Certification School. Without their dedication and enthusiasm, we would not be able to fulfill our vision to transform one billion lives. Meet some of our most recent graduates and find out what lights the fire inside them.

This month, we hear from Anthony Ikin and Kassandra Parker.

STUDENT INTERVIEWS

Meet 2 of Our
Recent Jay Shetty
Certified Coaches

Anthony Ikin

If you could only use 1-3 words to describe your essence, what would they be?

Motivating. Uplifting. Dedicated. 


Tell us your story.

I was a gymnast, turned aerobics athlete, turned professional dancer from a youngster through to my late 20’s. I got to travel the world, perform in the most incredible shows, meet the most inspiring people and make a living doing it all! I lived a life I truly loved and I feel so blessed to have achieved my version of success.

When I turned 30, I had an unexpected personal transformation. I started to get so much more joy and satisfaction out of helping others in the pursuit of their own success than I did going after more of my own. This is when my life really started to soar!

I created a dance business in Australia where I train and mentor budding professional dancers, turning their passion of dance into professional careers.  And since graduating JSCS, driven by such huge inspiration from the course, I have been hard at work in launching my next business - Ikin Achieve. 

I’m from Australia but now live in LA with my husband, and we just embarked on a journey to start our own family through surrogacy. 

Marriage and a family were things I once thought would be impossible for me to have, but I am living proof that impossible is just a word, not your truth. 


Why did you choose the Jay Shetty Certification School?

I saw a JSCS Instagram post and I was enrolled within 24hrs! To be honest, I didn’t know too much about the coaching industry, but I had just done my own TEDx talk and started to get booked for more talks, so I thought this course would help me further develop my speaking skills.

Jay Shetty was the main driving force for me to do this particular course as I really connect with his messaging and just his overall vibe.

Within one week of starting JSCS, I was hooked and so excited about becoming a coach myself!

I love when life gives you unexpected surprises like that! Honestly, I was in lockdown in LA due to COVID-19 and I thought I’d do this course because, why not? And now, here I am launching my new coaching business. I’ve done a lot of things in my life, but nothing has ever excited me to my core the way this has.


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How did Jay’s ABCs of Coaching help you personally with your first practice client during the program?

The ABCs are the structure I rely on for my Coach/Client journeys. The order makes perfect sense, and it allows for the most powerful development and results.

And boy did I get some personal gains by using them on myself!  My Ikin Achieve business was born from that framework. Thanks Jay!


Describe your first experience coaching a client during the program, and your most important takeaway from this experience?

I just gave advice for one hour, haha. When I look back, I cringe! I just wasn’t myself and I was thinking 5 questions ahead and not being present in the moment at all. But with the help of our spectacular supervisors I improved, and improved, and improved. I became a more curious and present coach (and person), and I’m so grateful for that.


What were your biggest challenges during the program and how did you overcome them?

I think just riding my emotional wave due to COVID-19 while doing the course.  I went from looking for the silver linings to it all, to feeling homesick and desperately missing my friends and family back home in Australia. So, I guess just focusing and pushing through the course on the difficult days was my biggest challenge.  

What really helped me through this was taking the tools that I learned and developed from the course that we apply to clients and using them on myself. 


How would you now describe your coaching style, or approach?

To be a great role model, inspiration and source of motivation to clients.

To provide warmth, energy, and positivity. To meet them where they are, and not have expectations of how or where they should be. To provide authenticity, sincerity, and intuition to connect with clients on a deeper level, allowing space for them to open up to. And lastly, to be their biggest cheerleader during their Coach/Client journey!


Tell us about your future plans. Where do you see yourself in 12 months from now?

I’m about 1 month away from the Ikin Achieve launch! I am going to market with 3 offerings: Success Coaching, Motivational Speaking, and a give back component which is free Coaching to kids and/or their families who deal with being bullied, or are coming to terms with their sexuality.

In 12 months, I will have added “Bodyfulness” retreats, positivity video courses, and e-commerce offerings to the Ikin Achieve business. I am so devoted to this journey and I’m feeling more inspired than I have been in a long time. 


What is your own definition of coaching at this stage?

I define coaching now as guiding and supporting others on their journey to success-with success as defined by them.  


Is there anything else you would like to add or tell us?

Thank you to Jay and the entire JSCS team and community. My experience has been life changing and I can’t thank you all enough!

Anthony Ikin

Find Anthony on the Jay Shetty Certification School 'Find a Coach' page

and on Linkedin

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Kassandra Parker

If you could only use 1-3 words to describe your essence, what would they be?

Connected, empathetic, and authentic. Connection is very important to me: connection to the environment, connection to myself, connection to my kids and all those that are close to me. I have always been a very empathetic person. Sometimes having a lot of empathy can cause difficulty and pain, but usually it brings about more beauty and connection in my life and those around me. Authenticity is also really important to me. I am open and willing to be vulnerable in order to be authentic. I appreciate those that are authentic. I think this is something that is easily forgotten in our world and I wish to keep it alive in my circle and with those I cross paths with. Choosing to be authentic to your values, your love, your character, your connections, your strengths, and your struggles is a wonderful way to live.


Tell us your story.

I live on the Sunshine Coast BC. I am a grade 6/7 teacher and a life & success coach. I became very passionate about self-growth a little over 2 1/2 years ago when I separated from my partner of 19 years, friend of 26 years, and father of my kids.  I had let my physical and emotional health slide. Somewhere along the way, I thought that putting myself last, after my kids and my husband, was the right thing to do. I suffered physically, becoming overweight and having many health issues, a couple of which I was scheduled for surgery on. And, I suffered emotionally, feeling sad at times and less connected to myself and my intuition. This unhealthy life I was living was all due to my choices, no one else’s. When separating, I realized I needed to rediscover myself, and most of all, I needed to fall in love with myself again. I got myself a life coach, and quickly saw how much faster and more directly I could reach my goals with his help. I continued to feel more connected to myself, increased my energy and fitness, and fell back in love with who I was. I had more energy for my kids, my students that I teach, and for me.  This cycle of energy continued to radiate outwards, creating more energy to be put towards goals that aligned with my values.


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Why did you choose the Jay Shetty Certification School?

In March, my kids and I got a Covid diagnosis over the phone. Thankfully, my kids had minimal symptoms, but I felt quite sick. It reminded me of how I felt two and a half years ago, when I was at my lowest emotionally and physically. I didn’t want to feel this way anymore, and I knew I could either feel sorry for myself, or I could find a way to use this low to grow. I had been following Jay for a year, and as I looked for a good podcast to uplift me, I found his free 6 day life coaching course. So I signed up and devoured that! I then quickly decided to sign up for the certification. I had thought about coaching for a few months.  Experiencing the amazing affects coaching can have first hand and having a few supportive friends suggest I would be a great fit for this, gave me the motivation and confidence to enroll.      


How did Jay’s ABCs of Coaching help you personally with your first practice client during the program?

I dived into Jay Shetty’s videos, watched his podcasts, as well asother podcasts, read several recommended books and did hours and hours of journaling and meditation. I loved the layout of his course and how it allowed me so much room to be authentic and contribute my own style while valuing each individual client. Going through Jay Shetty’s ABC’s of Coaching and applying it to my own life and my own growth was such an amazing experience for me. During the 3 months it took me to complete this certification, I watched all the videos at least twice each. The first time, taking notes and applying the knowledge to myself and the second time, applying the learned lessons to practice clients. I became incredibly aware of my own abilities to listen, learn, and connect. I realized that the days I meditated, journaled, and worked out before breakfast or even before looking at my phone, were days that I was much more connected to myself, nature, and my beautiful kids.

Kassandra Parker

coachingwithkass.com

email: info@coachingwithkass

Facebook: Coaching With Kass

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Describe your first experience coaching a client during the program, and your most important takeaway from this experience?

I feel comfort in being organized When coaching my first client, I felt I needed to have my questions written out, and I needed to move my client forward fast enough that they (and I) felt we were getting things accomplished. But I quickly learned that my clients direct the process, timing, and where it goes. My planning the next questions and wondering if my client is getting enough out of our session, was actually subtly hindering their process.  Realizing that the client directs the process, and that there can be so much learned through subtleties of conversation, body language, pauses, etc. can only be received by me when I am fully present. Realizing this has made me much more connected with my clients and has increased my enjoyment of the sessions.


What were your biggest challenges during the program and how did you overcome them?

As amazing as this process was, it wasn’t easy, butt nothing worth putting your time, energy, tears and hard work into is ever easy. There was a point in the program that I felt fear- fear that I wasn’t good enough, fear that I wouldn’t be able to help people. I had my life coach help me through this. I also had a session with a Jay Shetty life coach. In their questions and support, I acknowledged a long standing belief I have had since I was a child that was blocking my potential. I believed that I had limits to my success, limits that are way below my potential. Awareness of this limiting belief was key to unpacking it and working on it. This realization has helped me greatly, however, my work is not done. I am still working on the many areas of my life that have been blocked due to this negative belief system of, “only being able to accomplish so much.” 


How would you now describe your coaching style, or approach?

My coaching approach is very individualized to the person. I have faith in my ability to ask the right questions and to listen to the subtleties of my client. I can see the positives in my client’s work and growth and use that to motivate them and shift their mindset into a more positive one that can work to their strengths, facilitating an increase in their potential. I truly believe each of us has so much great potential to live in our power than we currently are not tapping into.


Tell us about your future plans. Where do you see yourself in 12 months from now?

I love my morning routine and am committed to living to my values the way I will be helping my clients to do. For this reason, and also because I plan to continue teaching, I see myself having a smaller group of one-on-one clients. A year from now, I see myself increasing my practice to having 6-10 regular clients that I help to achieve their goals for an extended period of time. I am podcasting, and I get great joy out of the possibility that it may be helping people through our stories. I love working with my two co-hosts. I am thinking about many other potential ways to get out there and reach more people, which excites me!


What is your own definition of coaching at this stage?

To me, coaching is empowering my client to live to their full potential- a potential that they didn’t even know they were capable of, a potential that I help facilitate them to tap into.

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