We’re back with another of our monthly spotlights on our incredible tribe bosses. This month we’re taking a peek into what life is like for Tracy, who is the founder of Bright Yellow Coaching and Tribe Boss at our amazing Maidenhead & Windsor tribe.
We caught up with her to ask her about what life is like as a female business owner and her thoughts on life as part of Girl Tribe Gang…
1. What’s the name and nature of your business?
My business is called Bright Yellow Coaching. I am a personal life coach who helps people achieve the change and transformation they want in their life with my signature brave, quirky and bubbly fun style. I also develop bespoke team and leadership development programmes that help leaders get the most out of their people and create working environments that retain the best talent, mainly in tech and marketing.
2. Why did you decide to become a GTG Tribe Boss?
When I went full time with my business I was side-swiped by how much I missed connection with a team of like-minded, supportive people. I realised I needed people to help me think, to share with and learn from. People whom I could help and support to fill my cup and keep me sane on this roller coaster ride that is self-employment.
I couldn’t find a networking group that gave me real life connections with clients and collaborators and that didn’t take up so much time that I didn’t have a life outside networking. I quickly realised that I got the most out of networking in a comfortable environment when I was in flow – and I found this with Girl Tribe Gang.
I could also see how lucky I was to have free access to coaching throughout my journey and wanted to try and give back. So, I decided to set up my own Tribe and see if I could add a coaching twist to build on what was already an incredible vibe at GTG to help people network more comfortably.
3. What’s the best thing about being a Tribe Boss?
My favourite thing is the electric buzz that ignites in the room as soon as our #powerhour or panel session finishes. Suddenly everyone is up, the noise level explodes, and the giggles and authentic, meaningful conversations start. It’s just so lovely to watch so many women instantly connect in a way I haven’t experienced before. I love it.
4. What would you like to achieve for your Tribe?
We are only two meetups in and I am pleased with where we have got to and I have big plans.
I want to grow our Tribe significantly so that we have a large knowledge base and pool of connections available to us all. I want to get members more involved in each meetup, use more coaching techniques to help maximise what people gain from the sessions and really mix up the content of each session with stuff you can’t get anywhere else.
I would also like to showcase member products and events and really connect with the national network of GTG. Watch this space!
5. What’s your advice for someone thinking of joining Girl Tribe Gang?
Networking is the life blood of a small business. Finding the right networking group is critical to your success. I explored so many when I started out – everything from the very heavy referral based to the very supportive and everything in-between.
Make sure you are mindfully choosing which you go to, so as to focus your time and efforts where it will have most impact. Think about who you need to connect with to find collaborators, clients and suppliers with a similar mindset and most importantly value system. Authenticity is a huge value for me that I really needed to be satisfied.
Take time to try them out and notice how well you are showing up at each one. Having a mix is really important too so find a selection of event types that cater to all your requirements.
In my experience, GTG has been a good balance of meeting ambitious and serious business women who are willing to invest time, money and energy in bettering themselves and their business, but also want to enjoy the journey and keep it real.
6. Share a moment you’re most proud of in life or business
Completing my coaching training a few years ago. I studied with Barefoot Coaching which are in my view the most incredible and transformative coaching academy there is. The training really puts you through the ringer – so much of it is about you, making sure you show up as clean and useful as you can for your clients, without contaminating their sessions with your own stuff.
You are given so many different models to work with that open a whole new world of learning and experience that I just didn’t have before. It changed me and my life in ways I couldn’t have anticipated and has gifted me a job that I just adore, helping others in the same way. Every time I coach I still have to pinch myself to check that this is really my job.
I am so thankful for that – and to my long-suffering husband for supporting me through this epic journey.
7. What’s your favourite thing to do to relax when you’re not working?
I LOVE singing. I sing in New Maidenhead Choir and just adore it. The well-being effects of singing have been reported a lot recently and I definitely feel it. The endorphins, connecting with like-minded people, clearing my lungs, switching off my brain and doing something just for the love of it is so cleansing for someone with a full-on achievement driver like mine!
8. Name someone who inspires you and tell us why
Readers of my newsletter will know that I have a huge girl crush on Davina McCall. She has a prolific career, wicked sense of humour, an infectious naughty side and all the while is constantly working on herself physically and emotionally and being a dedicated mother to her children.
She has overcome a difficult childhood, addiction, marriage breakdowns and the cut throat show biz industry and uses this experience to help others with their well-being – she’s an absolute inspiration to women in my view.
She’s not perfect and prepared to be vulnerable – and I love that. In Davina’s words, I think she is “flaw-some”!
9. Share a big business goal with us
The common theme is that I want to eradicate the stigma associated with accessing support with your thinking and looking after your mind. Coaching can often be reserved for the execs or used as a remedial measure – I want coaching to be as accessible as getting a Personal Trainer or going to gym.
Everyone can benefit from it and I want to help make that possible.
So, I am a woman on a mission to live life, not just do life. I want to help my personal clients do the same – to help nurture “choiceful” people that take responsibility for their happiness, prioritise self-care and to achieve fulfilment in all areas of their lives.
On the team and leadership side I want to help leaders grow their businesses and achieve their targets more quickly through a more people led, and values driven approach to business. If we can change the way we think about our people, we can create more enriching and career developing environments that we all enjoy getting up for on a Monday morning – which is how it should be. Happy, enriched, well organised teams help businesses short circuit the time it takes to achieve their goals – so it’s a win win.
If you’re a woman running your own business, or who aspires to work for herself in the Maidenhead & Windsor area and would like to join Tracy at a Tribe meet up, check out all the information the TRIBE pages of the website.
We’d love to see you at our next Maidenhead & Windsor meet up!