Physician leaves medical field to join ActionCOACH

December 03, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
After working as a practicing medical doctor and psychiatrist for the past 10 years, Dr. Martin Preston has joined ActionCOACH as its newest Australian coach in Melbourne, Victoria. Preston will work with ActionCOACH Master Licensee Bruce Doyle’s Team Abundance as an Associate Licensee.

Frustrated by a range of different challenges in his field, Dr. Preston began looking for other opportunities in which he could help people while pursuing professional excellence.

After reading Brad Sugars’ best-selling business books, he contacted Mario Ragusa, the Franchise Manager of ActionCOACH in the Melbourne, Victoria area.

“Martin contacted us through our website and I immediately spoke to him at length,” Ragusa said. “I recognized there was something very special about Martin’s people skills, his organizational qualities, his communication ability and his passion for business.”

After their initial chat, Ragusa mentored Martin through the entire business coaching process, beginning with ActionCOACH’s “Becoming a Coach” seminar.

As a physician, Dr. Preston knows the limitations to working long hours – a challenge he will help other small entrepreneurs overcome. In his new business, he is looking forward to the opportunity business coaching offers.

“Owning a business that can eventually run without me having to be there 100% of the time gives me a lifestyle of freedom,” he said. “It’s something I could not have done in my old profession.”

Ragusa believes Dr. Preston’s experience as a psychiatrist, in addition to his education and medical background, will provide valuable and unique insight to help others improve their thoughts and behaviors.

“Martin has unique skills for an ActionCOACH,” Ragusa said. “And, he also has the same foundations that I look for in potential coaches, namely a passion for business, being self-motivated for success, intelligence and a readiness to coach.”

Ragusa also adds that presentation and communication skills, integrity, a solid business skill set, initiative, passion and self-motivation to learn are important factors for business coaching success.

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