Invenio: Coaching and Mentoring May 2016 IIC&M - Page 75

David Miskimin AFC 1. Can you tell us who you are and what you do? I’m David Miskimin, of The Directors Coach. I align individuals’ talents with who they are, making it easier to deliver at higher performance levels and with reduced stress. 2. What is your elevator pitch? 
 You have talents, I have talents – often much of it is wasted. My desire is in transforming talent into performance; for you, your team, and your organisation. 3. What is the one thing that makes you unique in this profession? My head and heart are constantly striving to serve others, by stretching and growing them in all aspects of their lives, not just professionally. 4. What makes you stand out from the crowd? 
 Statistically my surname occurs ‘7 in a million’. A client may consider other coaches, so sometimes I might say “I’m almost 1 in a million!”. 5. What inspired you to become a coach? 
 Achieving the goal of meeting with the late Lou Tice, Founder of The Pacific Institute. His principles enabled me to realise how personal and organisational goals could be brought together. 6. What has been the most powerful moment in your career? When a former client – MD of a global call corporate, introduced me to his boss saying “This is David; He changed my life". 7. Have you ever been coached yourself? Yes and it's a great reminder that each coach brings their own style, energies, and abilities. 8. What is the most powerful coaching lesson you have ever learned? Two powerful lessons actually – 1. ‘Getting out of your own way' is likely to always be difficult! 2. I help others to help others. 9. What is your favourite coaching question? It not about me – it about context, rapport and deep listening. That's the environment for a question to emerge as the favourite because it's perfect for that client in that moment. 10. Who has been the biggest influence on you? 
 When thinking of coaching; Brian Tracy, Nancy Kline, Lou Tice and Marshall Goldsmith. 11. What message do you have for anyone who aspires to have you as their role model? 
 I remain a work‐in‐ progress. I have flaws plus talents in achieving breakthroughs for others. Faith or none, look to the greatest servant leader ‐ Jesus. 12. What important question didn't we ask you, and why? ‘How do you manage the high probability of some low importance event distracting you?’ Adapted from, and with acknowledgements to, the genius of Marshall Goldsmith! 13. Would you like to be interviewed? If that would help others, yes. 14. What is your favourite quote? 
 These change over time; currently I favour “Behind every great achievement is a dreamer of great dreams”. Robert K Greenleaf. CLICK HERE to contact David