Coaching FAQs

“People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination
to follow their own dreams will often find ways
to discourage yours. Live your truth and don’t EVER stop!”
– Steve Maraboli

 

What Is a Coach?

Coaching has quickly become one of the leading tools that successful people use to create extraordinary lives. Through regular sessions, my clients identify what is most important to them and align their thoughts, words, and actions accordingly.  As your coach, I work with you to identify what you want personally and professionally and support you in achieving a life that you “really” want and love.

  Your commitment to your life through coaching offers a means for more balance, joy, intimacy, energy, financial abundance, focus, and action.

What professional athlete hasn’t used a coach to win?  Most athletes understand the value that comes from having someone work directly with them, someone to point out things they can’t see, someone to keep encouraging and challenging them to achieve their greatest potential.  That’s who I am for you.  Coaching is like having a personal trainer for your life!

As Your Coach I Will:

  • Encourage you to set goals that you “truly” want

  • Ask you to do more than you may have done on your own

  • Help you focus better to produce results more quickly

  • Provide you with the tools, suppHaving a life you love starts with gaining clarity on your values, enabling more meaningful choices and consistent action.

  • ort, and structure to accomplish more

Who Works with a Coach?

Entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals and people in transition are some of the people who typically work with a coach.  Regardless of their professional endeavor or place in life, all of my clients have one thing in common:  they are all successful, resourceful and intelligent individuals who are ready to go for the things they “really” want in their lives!

How Is Coaching Different from Therapy or Consulting?

Coaching is not therapy, which typically goes into depth about various issues, usually dealing with the past, nor is it consulting, which results in giving the client answers.  Coaching is more action-oriented and focuses primarily on the present and future.  As your coach, I enable you to determine your own “answers” through the work done in our coaching partnership.

An easy way to differentiate coaching from consulting is to look at what each focuses on.  In consulting, the primary focus is on WHAT you want and provides you solutions on HOW to achieve it.  So the main conversation is on WHAT-HOW.  Coaching’s primary focus is on WHO you are.  Once you discover WHO you are, a coach will help you look at WHAT you want and sees if it is in alignment with WHO you are.  Once these two are aligned, then the coach will focus on HOW to get you to your goals, always making sure that each step reflects WHO you are.

What is the basic philosophy of coaching?

Simply put, it is that we humans are great, that we’re all discovering what we really want, and that we can get what we want faster and more easily by having a coach who’s been there and who can help us.

What happens when you hire a coach?

Coaching sessions are very individual and many things can happen, but the most important are:

  • You take yourself more seriously.
  • You take more effective and focused actions immediately.
  • You stop putting up with what is dragging you down.
  • You create momentum so that it’s easier to get results.
  • You set better goals that are more exactly what YOU want.

Does the coach work on personal goals or business/professional goals?

Both, actually. With the line between personal and business life blurring, as it is in the 90s, the coach is the only professional trained to work with all aspects of you.

Where does the coach focus with an average client?

Coaches focus where their clients need them the most.

Part of their discussions often include:

  • Getting the client’s Personal Foundation strengthened.
  • Helping the client beef up their Reserve.
  • Helping the client set goals based on individual Personal Values.
  • By including these with what each client wants, coaches help their clients have fewer problems and focus on what will make them the most successful. Clients really enjoy this approach.

Why does coaching work?

Coaching works for several reasons:

  • Synergy between the coach and client creates momentum.
  • Better goals are set — ones that naturally pull the client toward the goal rather than goals that require the client to push themselves to the goal.
  • The client develops new skills, and these skills translate into more success.

Why is coaching so popular?

Coaching has become so popular (we estimate that there are 30,000 coaches worldwide) because there is consumer demand for it. There are many reasons for this. First, as more people become self-employed or start their own businesses, they want a coach’s structure, support and wisdom to help them be successful. Second, people are becoming more creative, selfish (in a good sense) and excited about life. People want to do more, be more and get more, and a coach is seen as a partner in this process. Third, time has become even more valuable and people don’t want to wait for anything. A coach can usually help a coachee get what they want faster.

Please, give me some context about coaching…

A personal coach does just what an athletic coach or music teacher does, only in a fuller and bigger way. A coach challenges you and takes the time to find out what winning in life means to you. They is your partner in living the life you know you can accomplish, personally and professionally. A coach is someone to hold you accountable for your life, to make sure you really do live up to your potential.

No matter where you are in life, there is always a desire for more. More success, more money, closer relationships, a deeper feeling of meaning in life, etc. It is the nature of people to want to attain more, become more, be more, and we all struggle with how to get what we’re looking for.

Most people believe that “hard work and doing it on your own” are the keys to finding the life, success, money, or happiness that they seek. They believe that a price must be paid to attain what they want, and often that price is poor health, not having enough time to enjoy life, strained family relationships or lessened productivity. The saddest part is that, even though this effort may result in more of something, it is often not the something you had in mind, and you end up back where you started, or worse, further from your real intentions.

Athletes and performers know about this trap. They know they need someone else, a trained someone else to help them set goals, discover real needs, and work effectively toward ultimate goals of excellence. So, they are willing to hire a coach or a teacher. No serious athlete or musician would expect to progress very far without one.

What about people who are already doing really well in their lives. Why would they need a coach?

They might not need a coach. But it is helpful to find out: Are they doing what they most enjoy? Are they tolerating anything? Is life easy? Are they going to be financially independent within the next 15 years? Do they have what they most want? We’ve discovered that, often, people need to expect more out of their lives. A coach can help in this process.

Can a dependency be created between coach and client?

Not really. The coach is a collaborative partner and works with individuals who want to reach goals, not help resolve emotional issues. The coach is helping the coachee to create a better future – more success, less stress and a more rewarding life. If a coachee is really needy or emotionally dependent, he or she should see a counselor, not a coach.

Can coaching hurt someone?

No. Remember, coaches aren’t doing psychological work. They’re not trying to control the client’s thinking. Coaches are not cattle prods; they’re partners.

Can I hire a coach just for a short-term, special project?

Yes. Some clients hire a coach to help them accomplish specific goals or projects. Usually, however, the client keeps working with the coach after that because there are even more interesting things to accomplish.

How long must I commit if I start working with a coach?

Most coaches ask for a three to six month commitment but usually let you stop immediately if coaching is not working for you right now. Very, very few coaches ask for a written agreement or contract. For the corporate client, however, a signed agreement is simply good business.

What does it cost to hire a coach?

Most coaches working with individuals charge about $500 to $1000 per month for one half-hour call per week. Executive coaches charge more and some clients work with a coach for an hour or two a week. Obviously, corporate coaching or programs is more, often running $1,000 to $10,000 per month.