Undressed Episode 021: Michelle Ward, The “When I Grow Up” Coach

Undressed Episode 021: Michelle Ward, The “When I Grow Up” Coach

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By Megan Collins | Last Updated: Jun 26 2022 | 2 min read

If you’ve ever heard the term “career coach” or “life coach” and thought…maybe?, today’s episode of “Undressed” is for you.

I love love LOVE today’s podcast guest. Michelle Ward is the “When I Grow Up” career coach, and the miracle worker responsible (among a few others) for getting me out of advertising – a career I hated but felt locked into – and into writing – a vocation I was secretly in love with but terrified to try. (Want the full story? Read it here).

While in her work she focuses on a female clientele with creative ambitions, the advice she shares in this episode of “Undressed” cuts across lines of gender and profession. I’m a big believer in raising your hand when you need help, and paying to work with a career coach like Michelle was one of the best investments I’ve ever made (the other one? this purse).

The way I see it: you hire a trainer to help get you faster fitness results; you whip out Seamless to get food in your belly faster, and you work with a career coach when you want to move your career forward…you guessed it, faster. There’s no shame in this kind of occupational outsourcing; in fact, I think it takes extraordinary courage to say, “I’m not happy in my job (or anything else) but I want to be.” I know I was scared as hell when Michelle and I first started working together…which is exactly how I knew it was right where I needed to be.

Whether you’ve idly wondered if coaching might be right for you, or if you’ve literally never heard the term, listen to this episode, and let me know what you think in the comments.

Listen here (and check out the highlights below!) to hear my convo with  Michelle Ward:

  • 2:27 – Is life coaching mainly for women?
  • 5:13  – What can you expect if you’re considering career coaching
  • 11:30 – Life coach vs. career coach
  • 15:40 – Situations that make you chose career coaching
  • 19:33 – The different paths people take after coaching
  • 23:23 – Megan’s life coaching success story
  • 24:00 – How guys can find the right coach
  • 29:27 – Michelle’s first Million Bucks Moment


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