Magdalena Gabriah(BA) Personal and Executive Excellence Coach
Founder and Owner of Forte Training Company
Magdalena Gabriah is an accredited and experienced coach, Trainer, Facilitator, Motivational Speaker, Learning and Development Specialist,
Organisational Development Subject Matter Expert, Member of the British Psychological Society,
Member of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations, A Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner and a NLP Practitioner.
“I am passionate about coaching because I have had my life changed as a result of great coaching and opportunities that
I had been entrusted with. It has instilled in me the practice of developing a growth mindset, self reflection and flexing my personality
traits depending on the situation at hand. I love working with people who have a drive and a desire to succeed whether at work or in their
personal lives. I am an avid advocate of continuous professional development and lifelong learning.’’
My very humble beginnings in the UK
I was 19 years old when I arrived in the UK in 2003 with £50 and all my life packed in a suitcase. I came to be an au-pair and look after children.
I had left Poland without a degree as a suffered with a lack of vision as to what my life should look like and just felt too overwhelmed to decide who
I wanted to be in the future…
After 1.5 years of working with children, I knew that I wanted to have my own home, my own career and my own family in the future.
I knew I had to change my career. I left au-pairing and went to college to study Music. At the time, Music was the only thing I felt passionate about.
I later went to University, where I obtained a BA degree in Music. I was classified as a mature student; I was 26 years old.
First interest in Mindset Development
I started playing piano at the age of 6 and was required to practice daily, undertaking regular exams and performances. As much as I enjoyed playing, I would often find myself paralysed with fear when it came to performing.
I felt guilty. I didn’t know how to deal with my emotions effectively. My teachers used to say that my performances in class were great but, my fear of public performance always jeopardised my stage performances.
The phenomenon widely known as stage fright was one of the contributing factors for me not pursuing a music career professionally. At the age of 15,
I didn’t know how to deal with nerves and my mental state when performing publicly. Because of this, I decided to focus on going to a regular college.
Ironically, when I came to England this changed. I wanted to go to college and Music became the automatic choice. By then, I must’ve forgotten all the stress and fear that came with Music when I was a child! I started a 2 year college course, with my teachers encouraging me to later study Music at University.
Encouraged by the support and belief in me, I went on to study Music at University and I loved it! I was required to undertake regular performances and exams, but by then, I had learnt to cope with my emotions and just accepted that fear was a part of performing. When I had to select a topic for my dissertation, stage fright was the obvious choice. In 2008, I wrote a dissertation titled:
“It has been revealed that 47% of musicians suffer from performance anxiety. What are the reasons for the occurrence of this phenomenon, commonly known as ‘stage fright’ and what solutions can be offered?”
My conclusion: having looked at how the nervous system influences our performance behaviour, I discovered that what happens with us when we are feeling nervous and anxious (shaky hands, dryness in our throat) is nothing but a natural and normal reaction to the signals sent to our brain.
Although we cannot numb our feelings naturally, we can learn to minimise
the effects the anxiety has on our bodies.
Having looked at extensive research, I discovered that although we cannot control the situations we are dealt with, we can control our responses to them. The best and effective way to do this, is by developing and cultivating a growth mindset.
It is thanks to our brain’s amazing ability to re-wire itself (scientifically called neuroplasticity) that we can move from having a fixed mindset to a growth mindset, which leads to increased motivation and achievement…
Forte is Born
Just before setting up Forte Training Company, I worked for a global outsourcing organisation, managing the Learning and Development Team. With only 4 trainers, we supported 5 sites in the UK and trained over 1400 staff each year. In my last year there we delivered over 7500 learning and development interventions alone. Sounds busy? I loved it!
After having a baby, it became harder for my new-self to slot into my old job; something had to give. Coaching and training people by then had become
the priority. I wanted to give back all the development and trust that had once been invested in me over the years. That’s when Forte Training Company came into existence.
At Forte, we work with people who want a better balance in their life, who want success but not at all cost, and those who want to work on things that give them and those close to them meaning, joy and fulfilment.
Forte means “something which one excels in” and it is true to how we work with our clients- we help them identify their strengths through either self-analysis or using specialist diagnostic tools.
Afterwards, we help our clients utilise those strengths to help them achieve their aspirations for life, career and business. In our practice, we enjoy using diagnostics such as personality tests, questionnaires, 360 degrees feedback and other coaching tools to give our clients a deeper insight and understanding.
The objective for our services is to increase self-awareness and to empower our clients, by offering them life skills which they can use again and again when dealing with daily pressures and challenges.
Why should you consider Forte Training Company?
Forte is designed to help people find their sense of purpose, their meaning, define their success and then taking the steps to start making them happen immediately and effectively.
Coaching is not about dreaming up your future, although visualisation is very important. Coaching is about realising what matters most to us, (career, family or how we manage our free time) and then taking actions to nurture and grow what matters to us most.
I am a strong believer of each of us having masses of often undiscovered potential, which will remain untapped unless we decide to act and optimise it. What makes me so certain that is the case?
Well, first of all, it is all the research and study that I had undertaken and scrupulously looked at. It is also my experience of growing and developing people that I have had the privilege of supporting, transforming and empowering over the years.
But even more so from my own example. I can see, feel and testify about how the growth mindset changed my life, my outlook and my perspectives; how I had found my balance and purpose in life.
This was only possible because I changed my mindset and didn’t allow my past, my circumstances or my experiences, to dictate who I wanted to be.
As a woman who came to the UK with £50 and a suitcase all those years ago, I know that if I can do it, so can you!