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FAQs

Take the next step toward realizing your dream.

What is professional coaching?

Coaching is a partnership that creates a safe, judgement free space for you to explore how to maximize your personal and professional potential. As coach, I view all my clients as experts in their life and work and I see you as whole, capable, creative and resourceful. Standing on this foundation, it is my responsibility to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what you want to achieve

  • Encourage your self-discovery

  • Create a safe place for bold discovery and inspired action

  • Hold you responsible and accountable

Coaching is a process of looking forward to how you want to be and show up in the world. The coaching process helps you dramatically improve your outlook on work and life, while improving leadership skills and unlocking potential.

Is coaching right for me?

To determine whether you could benefit from coaching, start by summarizing what you would expect to accomplish in coaching. When you have a clear idea of the desired outcome, a coaching partnership can be a useful tool for developing a strategy for how to achieve that outcome with greater ease.

Since coaching is a partnership, ask yourself whether collaboration, other viewpoints, and new perspectives are valued. Also, ask yourself whether you are ready to devote the time and the energy to making real changes. If the answer is yes, then coaching may be a beneficial way to grow and develop.

Why might I work with a coach?

You might choose to work with a coach for many reasons, including the following:

  • A challenge, stretch goal or opportunity

  • A gap exists in knowledge, skills, confidence or resources

  • A desire to accelerate results

  • A lack of clarity with choices to be made

  • Success has started to become problematic

  • Better work/life balance

  • Identify and leverage core strengths
     

How does coaching work?

Coaching begins with a discovery session to assess your current opportunities and challenges, define the scope of the relationship, identify priorities for action, establish specific, desired outcomes, and find out how we might work together. Coaching sessions are primarily conducted over the telephone, with each session lasting approximately 30-45 minutes. Between scheduled sessions, you may complete specific actions that support your growth, development and achievement of your prioritized goals. The coach may provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments or models to support your thinking and actions. The duration of the coaching relationship varies depending on needs and preferences.


 

How can I be most successful as a client?

To be successful, coaching asks certain things, all of which begin with intention. Additionally, you should:

  • Focus on yourself, the tough questions, the hard truths and your success.

  • Observe the behaviors and communications of others.

  • Listen to your intuition, assumptions, and judgments

  • Challenge existing attitudes, beliefs and behaviors and develop new ones that serve your goals in a superior way.

  • Leverage personal strengths and overcome limitations to develop a winning style.

  • Take decisive actions, however uncomfortable and in spite of personal insecurities, to reach for the extraordinary.

  • Show compassion for one's self while learning new behaviors and experiencing setbacks, and to show that compassion for others as they do the same.

  • Commit to not take one's self so seriously, using humor to lighten and brighten any situation.

  • Maintain composure in the face of disappointment and unmet expectations, avoiding emotional reactivity.

  • Have the courage to reach for more than before while engaging in continual self-examination without fear.
     

Ready to get started or have more questions? Let's connect today, so I can help you move forward.