It’s always about the passion and the journey. Marcia Ore is a woman who asked the question “Who am I” and then answered it with her life. From police officer to life/motivational coach. What an interesting transition. She shares with Women Move the Soul.
What is http://www.more-2-life.com/ with Marcia Ore all about?
M’ORE 2 LIFE is the name of my company and is made from my name and also my philosophy that there is more to life than we sometimes see or experience. I started my company as a Reiki Therapist and Master Teacher and then progressed as I became qualified in coaching and mentoring.
I have now developed the services I currently offer which includes coaching, mentoring, training, workshop facilitation, teaching English as a Foreign Language and recently as a DiSC certified trainer.
How does a police officer decide to become a motivational coach? What led you to your decision?
I have for many years coached and mentored colleagues, however my first experience of what I term ‘real coaching’ was when a senior officer asked me some open but challenging questions about where I saw my career in 5 years time. That conversation changed my life and the way I approached my personal and professional development. However, it was not until the breakdown of my third marriage that I re-evaluated my life, taking into account that I would reach pensionable police retirement age and asked myself “What are you going to do when you retire, because the chances are you’ll be on your own?
Also, in my role as a Police Officer I started to question how much of a difference I was actually making to peoples lives, and felt that supporting individuals development was another way of making a tangible difference which meant people took responsibility for their lives and do not become reliant on others.
Are the individuals who come to you for help motivated to help themselves or is that something you help them to develop?
I believe the first step to self motivation is when individuals contact me, recognizing that they either want to or need to change their lives, however they usually are not sure what they want and how to go about getting what they want.Though some clients cannot keep up their motivational levels, and whilst i can support and encourage them, I cannot do it for them.
We all have ups and downs. How do you stay motivated or “up” yourself?
I relish challenges and I have had many in my life. I am quite stubborn and if I am told I cannot do something, not capable, under estimated or not valued that tends to drive my engine. Also my two children Matthew (24) and Lucianne (17) and my partner Donna support me with my motivational levels when they start to flag. I may be a coach but I’m human and I have my moments when I need support and encouragement.
I have a professional relationship with a fellow coach and we peer coach and supervisor each other.
You also do public speaking. How do you come to be invited to speak in various places?
I get invited to events to speak at which are concerned with personal and professional development, particularly from the perspective of minority groups such as women and black and ethnic minorities.
If you do speak publicly, do the people that hire you give you the subject matter, or do you have your own topics and agenda?
The events I have spoken at have been primarily within the context of Policing and the UK Criminal Justice System. As my specialty is personal and professional development for minorities then that’s what I talk about sharing my personal experience and providing practical suggestions which will help individuals with their development.
How are you able to help anyone with any subject? For instance, if someone wants to be a fashion designer and they are currently a school bus driver, how would you help them?
That’s an interesting question as I am currently a mentor with the Princes Trust and my menthe’s business is online fashion. The process is the same regardless, you help the individual re-evaluate their personal and professional lives as the two are inextricably linked, if change one it will impact on the other and vice versa. Identify what they want and what they don’t want and then devise a strategy, the journey and the route, to get them from where they are to where they want to be.
The strategy should build in flexibility as sometimes, and its happened on my journey, I’ve had to take detours to get where I want to be provided they were enabled and were not barriers or massive hurdles.
I would also advocate they research their chosen professional/career and I would also do some
research so I had some understanding when we discussed the journey.
I believe everyone has ability to realize their potential and be successful. The questions they should ask themselves is what does success look like, feel like, sound like for them NOT anyone else, and what are they prepared or not prepared to do to achieve?
Many of us live our lives for others or through others, but how many of us are happy, content or feel fulfilled living like that, or existing live that. There is M’ORE 2 LIFE!!