Coaching FAQ’s

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What is coaching?

Coaching is an ongoing relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations.

 

Who uses coaching?

A coach works with people from all walks of life from the board room to the living room.  For business professionals some applications can include:

  • Improving leadership skills
  • Building effective relationships
  • Overcoming feeling stuck
  • Clarifying career direction
  • Improving job performance
  • Improving people skills
  • Improving teamwork
  • Resolving conflicts

For personal applications coaching can address:

  • Personal fulfillment
  • Improving self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Manifesting unrealized dreams/goals
  • Managing life transitions due to job loss, divorce, empty nest, and others
  • Improving a relationship
  • Overcoming self-doubt and feelings of worthlessness
  • Getting out of debt

Contact me to see if your personal situation will benefit from coaching.

What does a coach do?

They’re an accountability partner, a sounding board, a mentor, an advocate, and sometimes a  cheerleader.  A coach hold’s the client’s vision and goals and helps them achieve them.  They genuinely appreciate, endorse, and support the client, meeting them right where they are.  Coaches are non-judgemental, skilled listeners who don’t give advice but ask powerful questions that let the client come to their own solutions.  In individual coaching, the relationship is one of the utmost trust and honesty.  In order to progress, the client must feel safe to be authentic with the coach.

 

How is coaching different from therapy?

Coaches are not therapists.  They don’t diagnose, treat, or “fix.”  Therapists work with clients that need help to work towards healing, recovery, and issue resolution.  Coaches work with clients who want a detached partner to help them evolve and enhance their lives.

Therapists are experts in medical and behavioral sciences trained to treat diagnosable conditions.  Coaches see their clients’ brilliance, strengths, and areas for improvement and are trained to support their clients as they achieve a desired outcome.

 

Does coaching focus on personal goals or professional goals?

Both.  The skills and processes applied to help the client improve in their personal lives or work lives are the same.  Many savvy companies recognize that people bring their personal lives into the workplace.  When clients improve upon their personal life that usually translates into increased effectiveness on the job.  In other instances the coaching may focus solely on a business goal or a person’s effectiveness on the job.

 

How does coaching work?

Coaching works for both individuals and for teams.

For individuals coaching typically begins with a conversation to assess the individual’s goals and the outcomes they are looking for.  Most coaching is done on the phone and a typical session is 45-60 minutes.

Between scheduled coaching sessions, the client may be asked to complete specific actions that support the achievement of their goals. The coach may provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments or models to support the individual’s or team’s goals.

For work teams coaching begins with an assessment of the team’s strengths and areas for improvement. A report is generated and then the coach leads the team through a process to discuss their challenges, to identify actions to address the issues, and to set goals for future performance.

 

How long does a coach work with an individual or a team?

That depends.  The length of a coaching partnership varies depending on the individual’s or team’s needs and preferences.  For teams, it is typical to meet three to six times.  For individuals, most coaching lasts from three to six months with three to four sessions per month.  The client is always free to stop at anytime.

 

What is the Law of Attraction and how do you use it?

Some of my coaching is based upon the Law of Attraction, which is the name given to the belief that “like attracts like.” In other words, that which you focus on, will expand.  Whether you focus on the good or the bad in a situation or person, the Law Of Attraction posits that you will manifest more of that.  Perhaps the simplest explanation comes from Napoleon Hill’s book, in Think And Grow Rich where he says that whatever the mind can conceive and believe it will achieve.