Yield to change, says life coach

2017-05-24 06:02
Tau OliphantPhoto: Boipelo Mere

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Express Northern Cape views it as important to formally introduce the motivational columnist Tau Oliphant. Oliphant is an author and a life coach, who is well-known for making presentations at various events.

Who is Tau Oliphant?

An international speaker, author and life coach who was born in Kimberley.

What do you do?

I inspire people and help them to find and become themselves through coaching and motivational speaking engagements. I also enrich and empower lives through literature and audio-visual pro-ducts.

What motivated you to become an author and a life coach?

As a young man, I enjoyed doing research, speaking and helping people with sound principles.

My passion and talent inhe-rently transformed me into beco-ming a writer and a coach.

When did you start publishing your own work?

After more than 25 years of consistent research, and implementing my life experience, I managed to package content and publish three audio books in 2016.

What does being a life coach entail?

My clientele cut across various sectors, ranging from individuals to groups, corporate and government institutions, academic institutions and non-governmental organisations.

How has the journey of being an author and life coach been so far?

The demand for developing a consistent passion for what I do and the tenacity to acquire know-ledge and a love for people is the driving force for my achievements.

What is the interesting part of being a life coach?

It is the challenge of practising what you preach and the ability to lead yourself first and then lead others. You cannot point the direction if you are lost.

Therefore, coaching demands visionary leadership for ultimate success.

How do you grapple with the two titles?

The distinction between the two is the fact that they are interrela­ted. I write, speak and coach, and that is my life. The common factor between these is applying acquired knowledge principles into effect through an integrated approach.

What are the highlights of what you do?

I developed the 360° Leadership and Coaching Model to develop people’s lives. The value proposition envisage to identify, recruit, train, develop and release potential. I am also humbled to have a footprint on the African continent.

Which of the two do you find the most interesting?

To be quite honest, I enjoy and love doing both – it is quite difficult to separate the two.

When should we expect you to launch another book?

I am planning with my publisher and stakeholders to be publishing my book Unlocking the leader within, hidden in the follower you in a couple of weeks.

The book will be published in the 11 official languages and also in Braille and Sign Language.

Is there any message that you would like to send to the readers out there as a motivation towards growth?

The key to your greatness and fulfilment in life is adhering to the following principles:

  • Discover your true identity and become authentic.
  • Understand the source of your heritage.
  • Know your purpose and assignment in life.
  • Understand and maximise your true potential.
  • Have a clear vision that goes beyond your grave.

In order for you to grow, you must yield to change, because change inspires innovation and allows growth to take place in your life.

Go ahead and impact lives with the dream in your heart.

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