By Vasudevan Thrikkazhippurath (India)

After 13 years, I met one of my ex-colleagues in July last year in an alumni meet. Back in 2000, we both were working as IT service engineers in a small company in Bangalore. Today, my ex-colleague is one of the Senior VPs of a large investment bank in the US. I was amased to see his growth and when I was very inquisitive about it, he unfolded his story and introduced me to the amazing world of professional coaching.

He attributed much of his success to the Leadership & Life coach he hired 2 years ago. That coach turned around his life completely. Although my request for the contact details of that coach was turned down due to a contract between them, he encouraged me to hire a coach for myself. I found a lot of coaches listed on the ICF website and I reached out to few of them. Unfortunately, I could not find a personal synergy with any of them and the whole experience was not very good. I continued my search on few other sites which list coach profiles, but there too the experience was not pleasant.

Source: iCN Issue 8 (Career Coaching); pages 36-37

About Vasudevan Thrikkazhippurath

Founder & CEO of – the world’s first online marketplace for professional & personal coaching.

Vasudevan started Coatom to make people’s lives happy and successful through personal and professional coaching. After interacting with 100’s of coaches and their clients around the world, he realised how coaching can help us in our lives. In his 15 years of professional career, Vasudevan spent last 2 years in a leadership role driving product & marketing strategy for a fastest growing online education start-up based in Bangalore.