Frequently Asked Questions
What is a professional life skills coach?
Through weekly coaching 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. Having a life you love starts with gaining clarity on your values enabling more meaningful choices and consistent action. Your commitment to your life through coaching offers a means for more balance, joy, intimacy, energy, financial abundance, focus, and action in every area of your life.
As Your Coach I will:
1. Encourage you to set goals you really want;
2. Ask you to do more than you may have done on your own;
3. Help you focus better in order to produce results more quickly; and
4. Provide you with the tools, support and structure to accomplish more.
Who Works With a Coach?
People in transition and regardless of their goals or place in life, want to make relationships, businesses, thoughts and lives better and better. For instance, what professional athlete hasn’t used a coach to win? David Beckham is already one of the best soccer players and yet he understands the value that comes from having someone work directly with him, someone to point out things he can’t see, someone to keep encouraging and challenging him to achieve his greatest potential. That’s who I am for you. Coaching is like having a personal trainer for your life!
What are the Benefits of Working With a Coach?
Our first task will be to find out exactly what you really want for yourself. Once you create objectives that are clearly in line with your personal values and professional vision, you are much more likely to naturally and consistently take actions to reach them. We will then discuss how to be selfish yet responsible and how to carve out enough time so your life is exactly the way you want it to be. I will help you become focused as you share ideas with me. You’ll also find that just talking about your options with someone who really listens is often enough to clarify things. Oftentimes, as we move through your beliefs, we find some of them are keeping your from experiencing abundance in many areas of your life and we will tackle the ones you have the most passion to change.
What is the Coach/Client Relationship?
As your coach, I will inquire, encourage, advise, challenge, make requests and listen for your truth so that you remain aligned with who you are, your goals, your values and your vision. My focus will be completely on you and what you want; I stand for you first and foremost, not just your goals. The coaching relationship is designed by both of us, and may be refined through ongoing two-way feedback. Even though I am committed to the journey, you will ultimately be responsible for actions taken (or not taken) in your life throughout the process.
We should only be working together if you are ready to do and be your best. If you are not doing your best, I will ask you to do so. If you cannot be your best at the moment, I will understand and do what I can so that you can be heard, loved, and back on your path. From time to time, I will make a direct request, such as “Will you accomplish x by the end of the month?” You may accept the request, counteroffer (e.g. “I can’t do x but I can do y.”) or decline (rare). I will always support you, whichever way you respond. If I am sure of the situation, and you are open to it, I will make specific suggestions on how to handle a problem or go for an opportunity. If I am not sure, I will say so. Regardless, use the best of what I say and use your own judgment.
When I hear a funny tone in your voice or notice something amiss, I will ask you about it. Often, it is these small moments that offer the chance to resolve something. However, I will not confront you; I will merely invite you to take a closer look.
I typically ask you to determine two or three goals or actions to focus on between sessions. If I am pushing you too much, say so. If you want to be pushed harder, just ask. I want to hear it all. If you have a personal problem, are upset with something (even if its me or the coaching), are just starting to realize something big, or can’t wait to share a breakthrough, please call or email me – anytime.
Would I have confidentiality?
It is important for the integrity and value of our coaching relationship that we are open and honest with each other. In this light, what we discuss will not be shared with anyone. If there is an issue brought up in our session together that makes me believe you would do harm to yourself or someone else, I will report this issue to the proper authorities with as little information as possible to protect you and others. To give you the quality coaching you deserve, I may take an issue that has us stumped to my coaching mentor only with your specific permission and only giving them enough information to help without the identifying information.
Do you have a referral program?
Most of my clients have come to me by referral. If our coaching has enabled you to generate the results you want in your life, I ask you to share your coaching experience with others and refer me to anyone you know who might be interested in what coaching has to offer. I will gladly conduct a complimentary 30-minute coaching consultation with anyone you refer. If they sign on for a 12-session coaching experience, I will give you one of your current classes at no charge up to 3 classes maximum.