I had the pleasure of inviting Ms. D Nicole Williams to be our speaker for our Church School convention. She was Gracious enough to accept, even though at that time she was in Hawaii and there was a major Time difference. Our Convention was at 11am, but in Hawaii it was 5am. She is a true example of a servant! Most people would have declined just because of the time. Ms Williams Delivered an amazing message that touched everyone. It reached the oldest to the youngest person in attendance. She gave insight, wisdom , Knowledge, scriptural references and made us want to work even More in the kingdom. I would recommend Ms Williams to anyone who is truly looking for Change, the word of God and a Fresh perspective of God and his People.
I was recently promoted to Manager/Trainer of Student Coaching here in UCF Online, it hasn't been officially announced yet, but happy about the progression and ability to continue to operate in the space of coaching. 💙 I appreciate all [Coach D has] done on her end. [She] shows up on so many levels in our lives, both directly and indirectly.
Coach D understands the assignment at any and all times. I met her back in the early 2000s when I first moved to Jacksonville, she was managing Poppy Love Smoke which was a lounge and doing a few other things within the business community. I have always known her to be a woman who was taking care of business and was working to make sure people's businesses grew. I remember her moving to Atlanta and just watching her do her thing from afar every now and then catching up.
A few years later, we had a chance to actually work together and when I tell you the inspiration that she gave these students that we worked with was nothing short of amazing. Not only is she able to hold them accountable, without having to be harsh, but she's able to bring them the reality of their situations with thoughtfulness, consideration with tenderness and care but she holds no punches. To motivate students who were not making progress but we're capable and making bad choices, she would say "if you want to be better then you have to do better but when you don't want to do better you obviously don't want to be better".
Students would sit, think and then say to themselves “I either have to move or have to sit still”. Coach D doesn’t leave a student alone to figure out their next action to take, she would also offer solutions while walking them through a thorough thought process.
Ultimately Coach D’s approach to students, mentees, business partners and other colleagues comes down to a simple question: “how do I assist a person to achieve their goal as effectively as possible, for them to be successful in the long term. She's very thoughtful in her delivery and powerful when she speaks.
My relationship with Coach Williams and Sh'Shares Network has benefited me both personally and professionally beyond expectation. The process that Coach Williams led helped transform me from a comfortable, complacent place of going with the FLOW into a person who is living life in the FLOW.
Entering into this relationship with Coach Williams, I wasn’t sure how things would actually flow. I didn’t even create expectations until I was confronted with the task yet I was hoping for an experience that was worthwhile. To my surprise, I had my work cut out for me. Moreover, at the beginning of this process I was regularly frustrated with Coach Williams and her efforts to push me out of my comfort zone without reservation. Coach Williams gracefully made me aware of my expectations as her pupil through the process.
Over a course of time Coach Williams challenged me with various assignments. Many of those assignments were simple, yet life-changing. At the same time, completing those assignments at times didn’t make sense to me. Yet, as time progressed I begin to see the bigger picture of the assignments. I appreciate the interactive opportunities created during our sessions to allow me to blossom for my growth. I particularly enjoyed her efforts to provide and require recommended reading materials to and for me. Through-out the timing of our coaching session Coach Williams was always attentive and devoted. Even during moments when I wanted to give up, her dedication to our session showed me her sincerity to me and her work.
Much of the lessons learned throughout these sessions came as a result of her openness’, commitment and consistency to appear human, understanding and relatable to (me) the client. Coach Williams has a way of nurturing her clients through simply exercising the art of positively affirming, yet providing constructive feedback to help one reach their full potential. Most importantly, I appreciated the professionalism exemplified through Coach Williams at all times.
Over a course of a year I can truly say I am witnessing growth in my personal and professional life, as a result of having had Coach Williams as a vital player in my life. In closing I have always believed in the saying “ It takes a village to raise a child”, I’m glad Coach Williams is a part of my village.
Things I’ve learned…….
1. How Journaling changed my life- I devote a small amount of time to writing. This allows me to filter my mind of ideas, thoughts etc.
2. Planning and creating a Vision- creating a visual representation of short and long term goals.
3. Accountability- creating boundaries to help accomplish personal and professional goals.
4. Self-Affirmation- learning to affirm self which creates a positive will toward one’s vision.
Coach D is amazing at identifying potential in an individual and setting them up to walk in their gift. She minimizes the FEAR factor. The constant but small challenges land you smack dab in the middle of living your dream & thriving!! Thank you for the Set Up. ILY
The training process with Coach D was very rewarding. Coach D made the process all but seamless as she participated in the training weekly with enthusiasm to learn and share her thoughts, observations, and life experiences in a teachable spirit.