Tara Punter is an amazing PR expert and coach. By using her Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnotherapy & Coaching qualifications, alongside her PR and marketing skills, she helps businesses level up and reach their goals!

I sat down (virtually, of course!) with Tara to talk all things motivation, the top signs to show you should invest in a coach and, the all important question, if you could be stuck on an island with anyone who would it be and why…

Continue reading to find out!

WHAT IS YOUR NUMBER ONE GOAL WHEN IT COMES TO COACHING?

Helping clients smash through their glass ceiling, believe in themselves with unrivalled passion, change their lives and make more money. I don’t ask for much!! 

DO YOU REMEMBER THE MOMENT YOU REALISED THAT YOU WERE LIVING WITH AN UNHEALTHY MINDSET?

I don’t know if I realised at the time I had an unhealthy mindset, as I’ve always been confident, fairly positive and believed in myself. However, I knew something had to change! It was April 2017 and I hit rock bottom in my business. I lost two clients in one day, was owed thousands and had letters from the bank telling me I was overdrawn with no overdraft. That was a real wakeup call and the point I knew I had to invest in my first coach, even though I didn’t have the money to do so. It was the best thing I ever did but I wish I hadn’t waited until it was nearly too late. But, life is too short for regrets, so I look back on that time with fondness as it was a massive learning curve and helps me see just how far I’ve come.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

You can have anything you put your mind to! Dream big, it takes no more energy to dream big than it does small. Know that every step of life is helping you become the strong, independent woman you desire to be.

WHAT IS THE HARDEST HURDLE YOU FACE WHEN YOU START WORKING WITH COACHING CLIENTS? 

Helping them see in themselves what I see in them. It’s like a superpower – I see potential and passion in so many women way before they see it or believe it in themselves. As soon as we get their mindset on side, remove any limiting beliefs and rewire their mind for their greatest impact, mega shifts happen. It’s just amazing to see!

WHAT DID YOU MISS THE MOST DURING LOCKDOWN?

Going to the pub! I love going out for lunch at some of the gorgeous Cotswold’s pubs nearby with my Jack Russell Kiwi. It’s time away from my office or tech, when I plan or map things out and just enjoy good food and good wine.

Si, my husband and I go out for dinner once or twice a week too, where we talk about our exciting growth plans in business. He’s also an entrepreneur so our dinner chats are very success-driven! I just love them!

WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE SIGN THAT INDICATES IT IS TIME TO INVEST IN A COACH?

It varies for every single person and to be honest, every business can benefit from a coach (when you find the right one for your goals, desires, values and mission). But, I think it’s the point when you’re either not getting the results you desire, or at a point where you don’t know what you want, where you’re going, how to get there or that what you’re doing isn’t working.

There really is only so much you can do online, and only so much you can grow when you rely on social content, free downloads and being on someone’s mailing list. That will get you so far (as long as you implement what you learn) but the shift really happens when you invest.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR IN LIFE?

Spiders! Hah, they do terrify me, but seriously it’s not living my full impact. Life is too short for regrets! It’s too short to not say yes to things that terrify you (apart from spiders!) and push you outside your comfort zone.

I want to get to the end of my life knowing I’ve impacted millions of women, done the things I wanted to, travelled lots and enjoyed every second, while changing lives. Not achieving that is my biggest fear (although I’m so committed, I won’t let it not happen!)

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DID WHEN LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS LIFTED?

Pub! I’m super grateful and happy that they’ve started to lift and that pub beer gardens were allowed to open on 12th April, my birthday!!! I adore my birthday and always have a party and see friends, so having a lockdown birthday in 2020 was hard. This year I booked a delicious pub, The Angel in Burford, for lunch in their gorgeous beer garden with Si and Kiwi.

The weather wasn’t so favourable, but I had warm clothes from some great British brands such as Eton Taylor to keep me warm!!

DID YOU SEE AN INCREASE IN COACHING CLIENTS THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC?

Yes, I did – I think people really wanted to either take control of their life and realised they have one shot at it. Or they recognised the importance of a strong, unshakable mindset and an online presence.

2020 was another record year in terms of sales, impact and launches. 2021 has already started to outshine that! It’s just so incredible that business owners recognise the importance of investing in themselves, their business and their future.

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT TO DATE?

I think it’s a cumulative growth over the past few years. From rock bottom in 2017, to 6 figures organically in a 10-month window, to multi-6-figures in a pandemic. I am now on to massive goals and working towards a 7-figure company! That is what makes me so proud.

Knowing that I’m truly helping women change their lives and providing work for my team and projects for freelancers. Knowing I used to be SO bad with money and money management is a massive win for me. Looking back to see how far you’ve come is such an underrated task and something we really all should more often.

WHO IS YOUR INDUSTRY INSPIRATION?

In the coaching space, it’s a coach called Emma Van Heusen. She started out roughly the same time as me and soon started scaling her group programme, training her clients in Facebook Ads.

She has a marketing background and went on to create a 7-figure business very quickly – she inspires me!

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO DO WHAT YOU DO?

Helping women change their entire lives.

It’s so much more than helping them sell out their products or services. It’s helping them put food on the table, pay their mortgage, take their family away on vacation, buy better quality or organic food, buy from their local farm shop and for the impact they’ll then have on their own clients and followers.

Helping women is my mission statement, my why, my everything. It’s why I continue to improve myself, my mindset and my companies. It’s why I’m always thinking outside the box and thinking of ways to make my teachings, support and advice even more accessible. There is no better feeling than receiving a DM from someone who says my podcast, Tara Talks, or one of my social posts has had a positive impact on them. The more that can trickle down the better. By 2025, my ten-year anniversary since going self-employed, I hope to have helped one million women in business in one way or another. Whether that’s through my online content, my podcast, my upcoming book or my programmes and speaking events.

WOULD YOU RATHER GO INTO THE PAST AND MEET YOUR ANCESTORS OR GO INTO THE FUTURE AND MEET YOUR GREAT-GREAT GRANDCHILDREN? 

Neither! Sorry – I’m so focused on the now and working towards my next few years of goals!

FINALLY, IF YOU COULD BE STUCK ON AN ISLAND WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

How is this the hardest question?! Real life – my husband!

Celeb life – Richard Branson. I’m sure there is SO much I could learn from him, plus lets hope the island is how own private island, Necker Island, it’s on the vision board!

Is it time to invest in a coach and smash your business goals? Get in touch with Tara today by emailing: tara@tarapunterpr.co.uk

Elizabeth Price

Elizabeth Price

Marketing Communications Manager

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