I’m excited to introduce you to Karla Marie! Her Madison 52 interview is perfectly timed, given that we are in the beginning of a new year. A new year with so many opportunities to work on projects, practices, and other personal or professional topics. Karla gently supports her clients in their journey towards their goals. Read on to learn more about Karla Marie Coaching and then reach out to her. Tell her Stacy from Madison 52 sent you!
What products and services do you offer?
I offer a few different services and am looking to add a few more this year! Primarily, I work with clients in one-on-one coaching sessions for about six months at a time. I also have a goal to do at least one workshop in Madison a month – these are fun and informal ways to get to know more about coaching and what it’s like. Plus, you meet some pretty rad people at the events and have great conversation.
I’m also excited because I’ve launched my first group coaching program this year. The first one is all about growing confidence. The group coaching is a little different in that not all the attention is on just one person the entire time, and this is really great because there’s so much learning to be done from others who are in a similar situation to your own. I’m excited to continue offering other programs in the spring and summer.
What made you want to be a business owner, specifically in your area of expertise?
My early career was in the tech industry, and truthfully, I struggled with imposter syndrome and a big lack of confidence. Thinking back on those years, I was pretty miserable and constantly doubting myself – even though by all appearances things were going well and I was succeeding. Eventually I realized that I was putting all of this pressure on myself unnecessarily and didn’t have to. Realizing this was, wow, it was a big one for me. I also realized that management wasn’t what I was passionate about and that’s when I started exploring coaching.
Now as a coach, I’m incredibly motivated to help other women in tech realize the massive potential they have when they really believe in themselves. There’s so much innovation and forward movement in the industry, I want to help women be a bigger part of it.
What is your favorite thing about being a business owner in Madison?
Everyone in Madison is so supportive. It’s been the biggest and most heartwarming surprise. Madison has an awesome community of entrepreneurs who are more than willing to spend their time talking to you about what they’ve learned, offering to help, and providing introductions.
What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew?
That I actually use a lot of the tools and practices I give my clients for myself! I’m constantly growing and putting myself out of my comfort zone, and a lot of what I work on with my clients, I take to heart. It’s one of the best parts about being a coach. I’m always learning and my clients are always inspiring me.
What is your favorite quote?
This is a tough one. I really love quotes, and as my boyfriend will tell you, I’m notoriously bad at picking a favorite. I will say though that I read everything Morgan Harper Nichols posts on Instagram – she’s a beautiful writer and always reminds me to bring grace and compassion.
Tell me why you love Madison.
Madison is such an amazing city. I moved here thinking I’d only stay for a few years, and well, it’s been ten and I don’t see any reason to leave yet. And beyond the terrace, the arboretum, the incredible food, I really love Madison because of the people here.
What book are you currently reading?
I’m always reading a few books a time. I typically have a coaching book. Currently I’m reading a number of papers by David B. Peterson, the lead coach at Google, as I’m in a training program of his. I also always have a fun book to read in the fantasy genre and am deciding on my next book now. We’ll have to see what the library has. I just finished reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, which is non-fiction, and it was really incredible. I highly recommend it.
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