About Kira Callahan
Kira Callahan is the driving force and creative spark behind Conversation Gym, a company dedicated to helping high-performing financial professionals transform from ‘communication couch potatoes’ to ‘communication all-stars.’
In the past thirteen years, Kira has personally coached over 5,000 financial professionals from front-line to VP to build a practice they love and make more money by mastering their sales conversation skills. Kira has deep knowledge in particular of the financial industry in aspects of internal coaching practices, client experience, sales and retention. Her particular talents are helping professionals confidently articulate their value story and in making deep connections with prospects and clients.
All of Canada’s Top 5 Banks, Bridgeforce, Charles Schwab, Creative Planning Financial Group, Franklin Templeton, Freedom 55 Financial, Investors Group, John Hancock, Manulife, Northern Trust, SunLife, SunTrust, and more.
Read more of Kira’s story below…
My whole life has been about voice and communication in some way or another. As a child I was insatiably curious and excited about everything. My early report cards used to say: ‘Kira is bright and enthusiastic but she tends to chatter and distract the other students.’’ I was an exuberant, sensitive child who couldn’t get enough of life. As happens to many of us, well-meaning adults gave me lots of messages to conform, like ‘calm down’ and ‘don’t be so dramatic’ and ‘you’re too sensitive!’ We are highly adaptable little sponges at that age, and I internalized these messages as ‘stop being you’ without knowing it.
I began to tame myself. I turned down my wattage. I still had the inner desire to shine but it was buried. As life went on, any attempt I made to take a creative risk set off subconscious alarms bells, and I would back down. Life felt like driving with one foot on the gas while the other slammed on the brakes. Exhausting!
In spite of this taxing inner struggle, through my years as a musical performer and bandleader, I recorded CDs, got national airplay, performed in clubs and festivals all over Ontario, sang with big bands and wrote and recorded a collection of original lullabies. I worked for years as a professional corporate videographer, covering hundreds of conferences and soaking up lots of business knowledge. And somewhere on this journey I trained and worked as an actor.
As a creative entrepreneur, I learned first-hand the challenges and rewards of sales and management. I negotiated with jazz festivals, club owners, event planners, radio stations and countless individual clients. As a bandleader, I was in management – hiring, organizing, rehearsing with and paying musicians. I loved performing and connecting with the audience and I enjoyed being an entrepreneur. But I didn’t enjoy the feeling of having to prove myself that came from sales. I’ve come to realize that this is very common! I felt I had to downplay my business savvy when talking to my artist friends and hide my creative talents if I was to be taken seriously by corporate professionals. It took many years to realize that embracing all of my talents was the way to succeed – and to really enjoy life!
And my inner development continued. I hungered for deeper knowledge. What was happening here? Were other people struggling to let out their best selves? What could be done about this? I read books, watched videos, attended seminars, and worked with coaches, gobbling up all the wisdom I could find. Bright lights like Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Brian Tracy, Pamela Bruner, T. Harv Eker, Jim Rohn, Darren Hardy, Tony Robbins, Napolean Hill, Wallace D. Wattles and many others became trusted guides along the way.
Then thirteen years ago I began my work as a communications coach. The first session on the phone with a client, all of my skills and creative gifts, all the seemingly random challenges and experiences I’d had over the years came together in a satisfying click. Suddenly, my natural sensitivity and enthusiasm, which had previously been a liability, became my greatest strength. Whether someone was excelling or struggling in their professional lives, if they wanted to learn a new skill, they had to stretch outside their comfort zone to do it. From deep personal experience of that struggle, I discovered I had a gift for holding a safe place for people to stretch and grow. And I wanted to learn more. In order to expand my technical understanding of learning styles and processes, I went back to school and studied Foundations of Teaching and Training, Needs Assesment and Learning Design. Through our work together, clients were expanding. Their relationships were improving. Their sales numbers were going up. As exciting as all that was, even more rewarding was seeing their increased confidence and sense of power, adventure and self-respect. My passion was reignited. I had found my life’s work.
As I continue to learn and grow, I’m excited to find more ways to add support and value to the people in my life. During our coaching we’ll work through the nuts and bolts of value propositions and key messages and question structure and handling objections. And, you’ll come away with a lot more than technical communications excellence. You’ll know and love yourself better, and bring a more powerful, confident you to all your interactions. You’ll experience the everyday magic that happens when you communicate from your soul.
World-class athletes and artists have always understood the defining advantage of working with a coach. You deserve the same expertise, encouragement and support as you step into a larger you.
Let’s do it together.
It would be my honour to partner with you in reaching – even exceeding – your goals!
Getting started is easy! Contact me for your free consultation or call 416-922-1647.
To hear what clients say about working with Kira, please see Testimonials.