Frequently Asked Questions About Coaching
How do I know if I need a Coach?
I believe every person is born with purpose, however, I understand that it is a natural state for humans to get stuck - I partner with them through a creative and thought-provoking process to move them from where they are to where they are purposed to be.
What happens in a coaching session?
Prior to the first coaching session, the client will receive a welcome packet. The welcome packet will outline the terms of our agreements and request information about the you.
The first session is an introductory session. After the initial session the client and coach agree on a regular coaching schedule for 3 sessions per month. A coaching period generally range from 3-12 months. Session length depends on the package selected. Your coaching timeslot is a “reservation” on my calendar, a committed time period that I dedicate to you and your goals.
How is coaching delivered?
Coaching sessions will be conducted over the telephone. The benefits to phone coaching is that you can get coached anywhere, giving you flexibility outside of your office. The important thing is having a quiet and private space that allows you to speak openly.
What is the difference between Coaching vs. Counseling?
Coaching focuses on where you are presently and where you are headed, with a goal of helping you gain clarity about your vision, eliminate obstacles to your success, accelerate the pace of personal growth and achieve results that empower you to live your best life – professionally and personally. While coaching is forward-focused, counseling tends to deal more with past issues in which you may find yourself stuck and struggling. We may occasionally discuss something that has occurred in the past, for the purpose of clarifying the present, but your coaching will not focus on resolving the past. A simple rule of thumb to know whether you should be coaching or counseling: If your past is an issue, counseling is your best option. If your past is simply a fact (regardless of whether the circumstances were difficult or negative), you are probably ready for coaching. If it appears that there is an issue for which you may need counseling, I will suggest it. With the support of a counselor or therapist, some individuals choose to engage in coaching and counseling simultaneously, but with a focus on different areas of life for each service.
What is the difference between Coaching vs. Consulting?
A coach focuses on helping you walk your unique path to success. As the client, you are responsible for the results you receive as a result of coaching. I help you discover how to become more of who you need to be to achieve those results and identify what you may need to do differently. A consultant takes responsibility for a specific project, acting as a specialist*, providing specific deliverables and knowledge. I believe in your ability to fully experience your potential and will provide a safe, consistent space for you to develop your potential.
* If my professional experience (Human Resources, performance management, career development, team building) is of benefit to you personally and professionally, I will gladly share what I know.
What is the difference between Coaching vs. Mentoring?
As a coach, I focus on the development of people in general, and the development of your unique path. A mentor guides you towards a specific path of development. I am more interested in helping you onto to the unique and divinely-ordained path that is meant for you – which may be quite different than the path I have taken, even though the purpose of our paths may be very similar. My job as your coach is not to tell you what to do, but rather to help you uncover the answers that lie within you. Consider me a catalyst for your success.
What About Confidentiality?
It is essential to our coaching relationship that you can be open and share honestly. Our conversations are entirely confidential, unless the release of information is otherwise authorized or requested by you or required by law.
Coaching fees vary based on the client’s needs. What I have discovered is that clients come to realize the value of coaching and the positive impact it has on their lives.