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Just One Last Word: Thanks

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Journalists aren’t known for writing well when the topic is themselves, and I probably won’t be the exception to that rule.

I’ve written thousands and thousands of words in my stories here at The Coaching Commons, but now, I struggle for each and every syllable. I’ve written and re-written—or perhaps the better way of saying it is written, scrapped, started over—a few dozen times before deciding to simply write this final story from the heart and let go the results.

And so here I am, and I hope you’ll forgive the personal nature of this post.

I’m signing off as the first—and ultimately, the last—Community Supported Journalist at The Coaching Commons. The job has meant more to me than I ever could have expected, and I am profoundly grateful to have been given the opportunity to cover this amazing world for all these many months.

When I took this job, I was handed so many things—a host of reporter’s tools and equipment, a supportive and patient team eager to help me be my best, and an audience of coaches around the world, who had been underserved by traditional journalism.

I got to stand on the stage others built for me and tell some amazing stories. And I must say I enjoyed every minute of it.

I had the opportunity to talk to people in all corners of the world, and many of you have become friends—in Australia, and China, and the U.K., and all over America. It’s been so wonderful to have weekly contact with some of the most giving and interesting people, always willing to share their time with me. I’ll miss that very much.

As a reporter, this assignment was a gift.

It was a rare opportunity to try something new and different—to try and create a new way of bringing journalism someplace where it really hadn’t been before. Sure, a simple Google search will turn up all kinds of stories being written every week about coaching, but most are introductory—written for an audience about coaching, not for coaches.

What a profession deserves is informed journalism that understands the beat and delves ever deeper into it; a trade press that operates at a level far more involved than mainstream reporting ever could. That’s what I tried to provide for the Coaching Commons’ readers, and I am very, very proud of that.

A coach can tell in a few moments when they’re talking to someone who knows the field, and an emerging profession deserves to have at least one reporter on that beat.

I hate that I’m losing that job.

Of course, nobody likes to lose a job. And for me, the loss of this assignment is doubly difficult—it’s a professional and a personal loss. I feel that I have failed to prove the case to coaching that a journalist is something worth having, even something worth paying for.

And personally, well, it’s tough to lose a paycheck. Fortunately, though, in this case—compared to other newsrooms that are folding—I’m the only layoff.

I’ve learned so much from so many of you, I can almost hear your tough questions and words of encouragement. I guess as I leave daily reporting on coaching, I go with an inner coach who’s a lasting gift from all of you.

Thanks so much for everything.

About the Author

Mark Joyella is an Emmy-winning television news reporter and anchor who has worked at television stations in Colorado, Georgia, Florida and New York. A firm believer in the power of coaching, Mark has been on both sides of the coaching equation, as a client, and as a coach, helping aspiring journalists excel in writing, reporting and storytelling. Mark lives in Connecticut with his wife and daughter. Follow Mark on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/coachreporter.

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Bob Tschannen-Moran on January 7, 2011

As President of the IAC, I want to say how much your research and writing have meant to the coaching community. I know I speak for many when I say that we are quite sad to see this position and your work come to a close. Thanks so much for your creativity and attention to the pulse of the community. You will miss us? We will miss you even more! May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

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Billy C H Teoh on January 7, 2011

Mark I would like to thank you for being the pioneer in coach journalism; for providing independent reporting on issues specifically for coaches; for researching, investigating, and updating on coaching matters that shape and mold the coaching profession to new perspectives that are seldom explored; for being the first ever paid journalist focusing on coaching; for creating the benchmarks for future would be coaching journalists; and most importantly for leaving a legacy of your work for us to look back maybe five, ten or twenty years later and let us realise how significant your contributions to the coaching profession had been.

Thank you Mark and I wish you well in your new endeavours.

Billy C H Teoh
Malaysia.

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Barbra Sundquist on January 7, 2011

Mark, I hope that once you get some distance you will realize that this statement, “I feel that I have failed to prove the case to coaching that a journalist is something worth having, even something worth paying for” is just not true! You haven’t failed at all. Quite the contrary. You did an amazing job and you will be missed!

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Ronnie Dunetz on January 8, 2011

Mark- it is indeed very sad that a wonderful venture such as Coaching Commons is coming to an end, so early in the game and with so much potential ahead. And your writing has iced the cake, you probably can never know how much of the “silent majority” out there reads and benefits from you. I say this as a coach in Israel, where most people are not reading the coaching commons, but some- like me- do! Personally- you have benefitted and given. Professionally- I am sure you will find the new door opening just as the old one closes. And if the word “spiritually” does not put you off, you can rest asure that a person such as yourself who excels at using words, concepts,information and stories to communicate the essence of coaching, always leaves a legacy behind, whether it can be identified or not. All the best!

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Alix von Uhde on January 8, 2011

I can only echo the thoughts and feelings of those who have commented before me. Thank you, Mark. Your work, your objective reporting will be sorely missed. The Coaching Commons and its independent voice will be sorely missed.
Indeed, you and the Coaching Commons have made a significant and much needed contribution to coaching.

I wish you a bouquet of exciting, inviting opportunities that spark your passion, play to your many strengths and open doors yet to be imagined. And I look forward to our paths crossing again in the future.

Vielen herzlichen Dank. Heartfelt Thanks,
Alix von Uhde
Dusseldorf

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Noel Posus on January 15, 2011

Mark, I have so enjoyed working with you on stories, and just general sharing, over the past few years. You are an inspirational person, an incredible writer and someone who freely shares his passion for coaching and how we can improve as an industry. Thank you for everything you’ve provided to me and others through your contribution! I’ve cherished every moment, and I will continue to do so…as I do not believe this is “the end” but simply a milestone moment on the journey of our profession.

With great love and respect,
Noel Posus
Sydney, Australia

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