ActionCOACH Rhiannon Rees on Shortlist for Franchise Award

Business Coach Rhiannon Rees has been shortlisted for the Franchise Woman of the Year by the Franchise Council of Australia

Sydney, Australia, September 11, 2010 --( Sydney-based ActionCOACH Business Coach Rhiannon Rees has been shortlisted for the Franchise Woman of the Year by the Franchise Council of Australia.

Rees is no stranger to loss. She has owned five businesses over the years which she built from the ground up. Sadly the last of these - a health retreat - went under and she lost absolutely everything, along with her marriage and even her home.

Although she was incredibly fearful of failing again, she met a woman four years earlier who was a successful ActionCOACH Business Coach. She toyed with the idea of becoming one herself, but rejected it because it meant taking out a loan and another possible failed venture.

Without the security of permanent address and a full time job it made the possibility of a loan a virtually insurmountable. She tried to find work anywhere and everywhere. As a single mother she felt she needed a job but didn't want to spend time away from her son.

Uncannily, in the end, everything pointed her in the direction of ActionCOACH.

Rees started training in January 2009, believing she had the right advisory and business skills.

"It felt right but demanded a huge leap of faith," she says.

She had "zero confidence" and had incurred AU$25,000 worth of debt. After training, she signed her first client, she quickly she went from AU$25,000 per month to AU$125,000 per month and Rees was elated with their success. Since then, he has opened a second outlet and is now looking at his first overseas location.

Today, Rhiannon's clients are enormously diverse - she works with a chiropractor, model, film producer, retail outlet, interior designer, mortgage broker and an entrepreneur/inventor, amongst others.

She readily admits she has a low signing rate but this is intentional: She only signs a certain type of person. The reason for this is that she "specializes in the psychology of the person."

In the end, she says, "It comes down to how much guts the client has, How willing they are to change the shape of their life."

Rees says she also enjoys her new job because she uses business to change people's lives.

One of her clients was seeing great financial results. The client's wife approached Rees and said, "What you've done for my husband's confidence far exceeds the financial rewards that we are experiencing."

That journey is reflective of Rees' own experience, having gone from being fearful, homeless and down just 18 months ago to being shortlisted Franchise Woman of the Year, truly amongst "the best of the best."

ActionCOACH is the world's number one business coaching and executive coaching firm, with more than 1,000 offices in 32 countries.



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