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From Courtroom to Coaching – The Evolutionary Path of Sharon Baker-Boykin


From Courtroom to Coaching – The Evolutionary Path of Sharon Baker-Boykin

In a world where change is the only constant, Sharon Baker-Boykin stands out as a beacon of wisdom and guidance in the information industry as a coach. With an illustrious career spanning over four decades, Sharon has years of experience and a unique perspective to her coaching practice. Her journey, marked by roles as varied as an attorney, magistrate court judge, and probate court administrator, has endowed her with a deep understanding of the legal nuances and personal challenges her clients face. In this exclusive interview, Sharon shares invaluable insights into staying abreast of the latest industry trends, the transformative power of her coaching programs, and the profound impact her work has had on the lives of her clients.

From detailing the continuous learning process that keeps her strategies fresh and effective, to recounting success stories that underscore the life-changing assistance she provides, Sharon’s narrative is both inspiring and enlightening. She addresses the skepticism some hold towards coaching, offering a compelling argument for its value in achieving personal and professional goals. Furthermore, Sharon discusses the essential qualities that define a successful coach and how her experiences as an author have enriched her coaching techniques.

Looking towards the future, Sharon envisions continued growth for her coaching business, driven by a commitment to help more people and speak on even larger stages. Her focus on universal topics like estate planning reveals a deep-seated desire to make a tangible difference in the lives of many, transcending mere business success. As we delve into the motivations behind her coaching practice and the specific areas she specializes in, it becomes clear that Sharon Baker-Boykin is not just a coach but a transformative force in the lives of those she touches.

How do you stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the coaching industry to ensure your clients receive the best guidance possible?

You must stay in learning mode too. Things are constantly changing, growing, and improving. You have to stay current and keep sharpening your tools. The learning and growing do not stop. As you learn new tools and techniques, you can now implement them in your business. Stay in learning mode, from student to teacher.

Could you share a few success stories of clients who have achieved remarkable transformations through your coaching program?

I help business professionals to get life stuff in order with a legal estate plan that protects their loved ones, religious, and charitable organizations, determining who gets the stuff they have acquired during their lifetime. I have a book entitled “Help Me Get My Stuff In Order,” a workbook for you to inventory your stuff and decide who you want to have it when you transition. We can’t take any of our stuff with us. I had a session with a young lady and her mother. Her father had passed several years earlier, and she had been trying to get her mother to get her estate plan in order. She kept telling me it was a difficult conversation with her mother. Her mother did not even want to have the conversation. She eventually got her mother to meet with me. I explained what happens when you do have your stuff in order and when you do not. I answered her and her mother’s questions in everyday language, not in legalese. They told me they loved that I explained things in a way that they could really understand their options. Later, the young lady told me her mom was actually filling out the inventory in the book and thanked me. I had another session with a father and his two daughters. The wife had just died, and the father thought he knew who would get the house he and the wife had. I explained the legal ramifications when a husband and wife own a house with their names on the title but neither has a Last Will. If one dies, there are two options that will occur in GA regarding who now owns the house. Once I explained that issue to them, they understood they could not just assume they knew the outcome without getting the legal answers to their questions. They thanked me as well. They got a copy of their deed from the courthouse to see how it was written and took powerful affirmative steps to ensure the outcome they wanted, not what their state would do if there is no plan in place.

Many people are hesitant to seek coaching. What would you say to those who are skeptical about its benefits and the investment required?

  • Number one – Do you know what you want to have, be, and do with your life?
  • Number two – Are you currently doing what you said in number one?
  • Number three – Are you ready to make a change if the answer to number two is no?
  • Number four – Do you need help to get to your number one life? If yes, then there are coaches who can help you get there faster than slowly.
  • Number five – Are you ready to get started with a coach?

In your opinion, what are the essential qualities or characteristics that make a successful coach, and how do you nurture these traits in yourself and your clients?

Coaches work with clients – do you like helping people? Are you a good listener? Everyone is different, and you need to be able to really hear their unique issues so that they get the transformation they want. The coach should always sharpen their tools to stay relevant in the area you are coaching in for the transformation your target audience is looking for.

How has your experience as an author influenced your coaching techniques and strategies?

Being an author is a way to teach what I have learned as a tool for my target audience. They have the book to follow and reinforce the strategies we implement in our sessions.

How do you see your coaching business growing in the future, and what strategies do you have in place to adapt to the evolving needs of the market?

I see my coaching business continuing to grow and help more people. I am speaking on bigger and bigger stages to reach those that I can help. The topic of estate planning is a universal topic. The statistics show that a significant percentage of people die without a Will or estate plan in place. When I speak about this topic, I touch many who have either experienced what happened to their family when someone died without an estate plan, and it is reinforcement for them to connect with me to get the legal information and get started on getting their stuff in order.

What inspired you to start your coaching business, and what specific areas do you focus on in your coaching practice?

I am an attorney with 40 years of experience (as of June 2024). I have been in private practice, Special Assistant Attorney General, Magistrate Court Judge, Assistant District Attorney, Probate Court Administrator, Unemployment Insurance Tax Chief, Disability Adjudication Director, Life Insurance and Mortgage Business Staffer. In all of these areas, I was sometimes the first person of color in those roles. I saw how lack of information hurt my target clients because they did not know the actual laws and rules in those areas. While I could not be their coach while I was working in those roles, I have learned things that I use to help them understand the legal options available for them to clearly define what they would like to see happen in their lives. I love helping people and I use what I know to do just that – if they want to be helped.

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