1. What is coaching?: Coaching is defined by the International Coaching Federation as "Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential." Coaching allows the client a safe environment to explore different possibilities, recognize strengths and talents. The coach and the client co-create strategies and the client takes the action necessary to achieve the desired outcomes. It is different than consulting, which relies on the consultant to create and implement the solution. It is also different than therapy, which typically focuses on past experiences which may prevent clients from being able to move forward.
2. How should I select a coach?: There are many people in the market calling themselves a coach. There is no government regulatory body that regulates coaches or defines coaching. There are many reputable professional organizations such as the International Coaching Federation (ICF) that credential coaches. Having a coach with a credential or one that is working on a credential from the ICF is important because you know the person has undergone required education, a mentorship with an accredited mentor coach, has a certain number of documented coaching hours, and is competent to coach others.
In addition, you should have a good rapport with your coach which you should determine from an introductory session. You should make sure a coach you are hiring knows and can explain the differences between coaching, consulting, training, and therapy.
3. How is the coaching delivered?:The client will contact the coach at their appointment time via phone or Skype. Coaching agreements vary in length, however a 3-month agreement will get allow you to start seeing the tangible benefits of coaching. The client will complete homework or action items that they have designed and determined to be necessary to getting to their chosen goals between sessions, therefore typically 2-weeks between sessions is recommended. You can experience coaching by scheduling your alignment session.
4. How much does coaching cost?: First you need to determine how much will you gain by achieving your goals. Many of my clients end up making 20-30% more money after our coaching agreement sessions. There are also different services from bi-weekly phone sessions to more in-depth agreements that include specific assessments and feedback sessions.
Don't know if it is worth it? During our alignment session, we will determine if coaching is right for you and what your return on investment will be by reaching your desired outcomes. If it is less than the cost of coaching - I will recommend that you take what you gained from our free session and not enter into a coaching agreement.
5. What outcomes can I expect?: As your coach I will help you see things that you cannot. Like the professional sports coach, I watch you perform and point out things you cannot see. In addition, we co-create strategies to reach your desired goals. We will work to address challenges you encounter in your journey as well as identify your talents/strengths. Expect to grow as an individual during this process, the intent is to allow you to tap into your potential that you haven't been able to in the past.
Many clients get employment they were seeking, get the promotion they wanted, or change careers. Many clients see a 20-30% increase in income as a result. Other clients have sense of peace, a better work/life balance, or are finally doing that they love. Those outcomes improve health, relationships, and quality of life. The client needs to take the actions that will ultimately get them to their desired outcomes, so there are no guarantees.
6. How can I get the most out of my coaching sessions?: First, be prepared. Come with what you want to work on and your desired outcomes. If you are clear on what you want - we can spend more time working on how you are going to get there. Second, be open minded. Resist the temptation to assume something won't work or isn't possible. Be willing to do something new or think in a new way. Third, do your homework! If you don't take the actions needed to get to your goals, you won't ever get there. Fourth, this is going to require time and effort on your part. Put aside unnecessary roles/responsibilities in your life to make space to work on what you need.