From the President

by Vicki Zanini


This month as I adjust to life as an “empty nester”, I’ve been reflecting on the impact coaching has had on my relationship with my children. Our son was 2 years old and I was seven months pregnant with our daughter when my husband and I attended our first personal development workshop in 1991. Both my children were pre-teens when I enrolled in Coachville’s Graduate School of Coaching in 2001.
Our children have grown into confident, independent people. The nest is now empty except for our two fur babies, a cat and a dog who often remind me of my children the way they cuddle together one minute and argue the next.

I immersed myself in a culture of coaching just as I was beginning my journey as a new mom, and it had a profound impact on my life. I believe most coaches have similar stories of how coaching provided a framework for their own inner journey. This month I took a few minutes to look at my relationships through the language of the IAC Masteries, which turned out to be a powerful assignment. I invite you to join me and review the IAC Masteries below while thinking of one significant relationship in your life. Sit quietly with each one for a few moments and note any thoughts, feelings or sensations that bubble up:

  1. Establishing and maintaining a relationship of trust.
  2. Perceiving, affirming and expanding the client’s (child’s, parent’s, employee’s, person’s) potential.
  3. Engaged listening.
  4. Processing in the present.
  5. Expressing.
  6. Clarifying.
  7. Helping the client (child, parent, employee, person) set and keep clear intentions.
  8. Inviting possibility.
  9. Helping the client (child, parent, employee, person) create and use supportive systems and structures.

What I immediately noticed was how intuitive the IAC Masteries are. Although I did not have access to this particular language 20 years ago, the values I stood for in my relationships are reflected in the IAC Masteries: Trust, acceptance, presence and love. What did you notice in your relationships?

I believe coaching is a transformational process that improves communication and impacts relationships both personally and professionally. My intention as a parent has always been to create a safe environment for self-discovery, authentic expression and unconditional love for every member of our family, and the IAC Masteries support this beautifully! My husband and I have relished every moment as parents, and will continue to do so, and we are prepared for the rest of the journey.

With gratitude,
Vicki Zanini, President

Vicki Zanini  
Vicki Zanini is founder of Vicki Zanini Coaching & Training. As a certified holistic life coach, she works with individuals and groups who are ready to create new possibilities, boost personal effectiveness, and experience a deeper sense of meaning and inner peace. She has been leading coaching groups and workshops for over 15 years in personal development, self-care, creativity, and intuition. Visit her website at

3 thoughts on “From the President”

  1. Thanks for sharing. I was just on an IAC licencees call on which we were discussing Mastery 5, Expressing, and had a similar thought. The IAC Masteries work brilliantly, well beyond our lives as coaches. They provide a system or framework for interaction with others in any context.

  2. I have had similar experiences with the IAC masteries. A service the masteries have provided to me, is to bridge between principle and application. The approaches and tools that practice of the masteries provides empowers me to put to action the principles that I believe in.

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