Q: WHAT IS CAREER COACHING?
Coaching is a targeted and collaborative process designed help my clients excel in their job, have a successful career transition, or to help them land a great new job.
Q: CAN I CHANGE THROUGH COACHING?
Absolutely and in powerful ways. I would be disappointed if you did not. Coaching is often the catalyst to create profound shifts in the path of your life.
Q: WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY?
The coaching relationship is built on trust. The Coach agrees to keep all conversations and information with the Client private and confidential. No personal ideas, information or thoughts expressed will be shared with anyone unless directed by and with the permission of the Client.
Q: WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF A COACHING ENGAGEMENT?
The objective is to focus on your potential and unleashed potential. We are looking to target the areas you are most interested in working on to help you reach your goals more effectively.
Q: WHERE WOULD I MEET WITH MY COACH?
I have clients throughout the U.S. and coaching sessions are done via the phone and / or SKYPE.
Q: HOW OFTEN WOULD I MEET WITH MY COACH?
Typically, I meet with clients once a week (60 minutes). Meeting once a week offers time for reflection and application of strategies between sessions, while keeping our momentum on track. There are also assessments that need to be completed between coaching sessions and this allows time to do this.
Q: HOW LONG DOES THE COACHING PROCESS TAKE?
The timeframe can vary and depends on a variety of factors. Most coaching programs can be as little as 4 weeks – 8 weeks. However, there are times when only one coaching session is needed. (i.e. Interviewing Assistance / Resume critiques) I have also created a “Power 90” series where clients see an immediate change and greater solutions in 90 minutes.
Q: WHAT IF I WANT TO END MY COACHING ENGAGEMENT?
You may choose to terminate coaching at any time, although it is helpful to have a week’s notice to prepare a final close-out session. Ultimately, that decision is up to you.
Q: IS COACHING THE SAME AS THERAPY.
No. Both are concerned with facilitating concrete changes in your life and both work to help you understand the self-limiting beliefs or behavior caused by the thoughts and actions that you may not be aware of. But, a career or life coach is not a therapist and will never act in that capacity.
Q: HOW CAN I PAY?
I value your security which is why I have decided to utilize PayPal. I will keep no personal payment information on my website. All payments will be processed via PayPal to ensure your privacy and cyber security. The session may be refused if payment has not been made as required by agreement. Payment is required at least 24 hours in advance of a coaching session. Payment arrangements are available.
Q: WHAT IS MY APPROACH TO COACHING?
It’s a great day when we find our purpose in life and I believe that my purpose is to help others discover the power they have to create positive change in their life. I’m devastated when I hear people tell me that they feel stuck in life or they are bored and feel like they have no options.
That’s not how life was meant to be lived. You won’t get any “salesy” type approach with me. That’s not who I am. I care. I am genuine, but I am candid. If we can’t be honest with each other, how successful will our sessions be? I cut through the abstract and get to the heart of what matters – you.
WHAT IS MY PROCESS LIKE?
My first coaching engagement session begins with a comprehensive interview. This allows me to develop a deep understanding of you and the obstacles you are facing. Armed with this knowledge, we then begin to work together to think about your situation and your life in new ways.
I will ask powerful questions and will assign individualized homework. Clients find this to be an invigorating, exciting, and inspirational journey as you take on powerful new actions that will impact multiple areas of your life.
Q: WHAT IS MY COACHING STYLE?
In addition to my coaching certification, I have a Master’s degree in Transformation. Therefore, my coaching style is transformation-oriented. My goal is for clients to step away from their coaching with real change. I try to cultivate awareness and self-awareness to help you recalibrate your mindset.
As Heraclitus said (paraphrased), “ No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”
But that transformation cannot occur without direct, honest, and powerful dialogues. I am action-oriented. There is no “fluff” in coaching. We want results. Coaching arms you with strategies that help you achieve your goals more effectively and efficiently.
I’ve had my certification in Coaching for a while and as with every industry and area of specialty, there are many myths and falsehoods that can, if left unchecked, end up as a widely-held perception.
When I tell people that I am a career and life coach, they instinctively understand the career coaching portion. It’s the life coaching aspect that causes them to raise their eyebrows. When they think about life coaching, mental images start dancing in their head and they start visualizing chants, burning incense, and coaches trying to harness the power of the universe.
I’d like to clarify any confusion that surrounds life coaching because engaging into a coaching program can be life-changing and fun!
Top 11 Life Coaching Myths
Myth # 1: Coaches give advice. They tell their clients what to do and how to do it.
Truth: Inexperienced coaches may tell their clients what to do or give advice but a good coach does not. Coaches are not like parents, siblings, co-workers or friends. A coach will help you explore possibilities so that you can make the best choice for yourself. You are an expert in your own life.
But if they don’t give you advice, what do they do? A coach helps you think of things you may not have thought of before. They help you uncover that which is hidden. They will ask thought-provoking questions to spark insight and develop awareness.
Myth # 2: Life coaches are all about goals.
Truth: Listen, setting goals is easy. Anyone can do that. You don’t need me to help you write down goals on paper. It’s meeting goals that give people issues. That requires hard work.
How do you help with goals then? Coaching helps you make sure you’re setting the right goals that are aligned you’re your values, that are meaningful, and goals that will keep you motivated toward success.
A coach helps you create positive change in your life. That “change” will vary by clients. It may mean change in your career, your relationships, in your home life, your routine, or they may help you get out of the rut you are in when you feel complacent. An effective coach works with you on your journey to a more engaging and fulfilling life. It’s the journey that changes you and not merely meeting your end goal.
Myth # 3: A coach is like a friend.
Truth: Your coach may be friendly, but they are not your friend. They are your advocate. They provide support and hold you accountable for results. They will challenge you to grow and may push, pull, and stretch you in ways that may feel uncomfortable but great things rarely happen in your comfort zone. Your coach will inspire you and challenge you.
Myth # 4: A life coach is a spiritual mentor and helps you get in touch with the universe.
Truth: Life coaching does not involve spiritual practices. While there are spiritual coaches and spiritual mentors who may incorporate these practices into their session, many coaches are business people who are focused on tangible results, not spirituality.
Myth #5: Life coaches are therapists.
Truth: While I do have a social work undergraduate degree, I’m not a therapist. Life coaching is not a form of therapy or counseling and should not be seen as such or should not be a replacement for such. The two professions are vastly different. Life coaches are not qualified to treat mental health or emotional disorders. They work with people who are motivated to move forward toward personal growth, expansion, and self-actualization.
Myth #6: Life Coaches Tell You How To Live Your Life
Truth: It’s your life and you decide how you get to live it. If a coach tells you how to live, that’s not the coach you need.
Myth #7: If you need a coach, you must be weak or there’s something wrong with you.
Truth: We all have blind spots and obstacles. You may be the happiest you’ve ever been with your career or life and still need coaching in a specific area. Coaching gets you “unstuck” and helps you see new perspectives and alternatives. It doesn’t mean you’re weak. You’re probably stronger because you know what you want to accomplish and aren’t afraid to ask for coaching.
Myth #8: Life coaching is expensive.
Truth: The cost of engaging a life coach varies significantly, as do their inclusions and experience. Most coaches charge somewhere between $100-250 per session and the cost of programs will vary. Many people see change after the first coaching session. The potential return on your investment makes coaching a great value.
Myth #9: Coaching takes too much time.
Truth: Life is busy, isn’t it? People who have not yet experienced the power of coaching often think it takes too many sessions or too much time to see results but many people see results after just one session. There is also a wide range of coaching options that can fit anyone’s busy schedule – including evenings and weekends.
Myth #10: Life coaching is for those who are experiencing significant life issues or crisis.
Truth: Sure, life coaches can and do help people who are struggling, in a rut, and who need to move forward and make changes. However, they also support those who are happy, loving life, successful, and healthy (mentally, physically, and spiritually).
Myth #11: Life coaching is “touchy-feely” and doesn’t lead to results.
Truth: Life coaching isn’t all propagandizing philosophical and spiritual quotes, affirmations or mantras. It involves setting realistic but challenging goals that are aligned with your values. Life coaching helps you remove barriers, dig deep for solutions, and helps you carve out a plan for the way forward. Real change and real results. That’s what you get.
And, maybe we’ll all find out how to harness the power of the universe together.