Frequently Asked Questions

Why coaching?

Two words: coaching works.  It does!  Think about it … it just makes good sense to have the assistance of someone who is non-judgmental, a good listener, and capable of thinking “outside the box” to help you make your life more manageable and enjoyable.

Want stats?  Read on …

The International Coach Federation (ICF) reported that individuals experience the following outcomes as a result of working with a coach:
•    Increased self-awareness = 67%
•    Lower stress levels = 57%
•    Better goal setting = 62%
•    Self-discovery = 53%
•    More balanced life = 60%
•    Self-confidence = 52%

Studies have shown that training, when combined with coaching, increases productivity by 86%, as opposed to a 22% increase with training alone.

The ICF reports a 700% increase in sales when working with a business coach.

“Who exactly seeks out a coach?  Winners who want even more out of life.”
~ Chicago Tribune

“Part therapist, part consultant, part motivational expert, part professional organizer, part friend, part nag — the personal coach seeks to do for your life what a personal trainer does for your body.”
~ Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune

“Executives and HR managers know coaching is the most potent tool for inducing lasting personal change.”
~ Ivy Business Journal

“Got a nagging feeling that your life could be more fulfilling?  Want to change direction but aren’t sure how to do it?  Here’s how to jump start your new life today … Hire a personal coach.”
~Modern Maturity

What is coaching?

Coaching is a positive, forward-thinking approach to determining and achieving extraordinary results to personal and professional challenges.

Professional coaches are trained to listen and observe, to customize our approach to meet the client’s needs and to uncover their solutions and strategies. Coaches believe that the client is naturally creative and resourceful and that their job is to provide support and to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity the client already possesses.   While the coach provides feedback and an objective perspective, the client is responsible for taking steps necessary to achieve their desired results.

How does coaching work?

Coaching provides an ongoing dynamic partnership designed to help clients reach their personal and professional goals. Coaches listen, observe, and ask empowering questions, tapping into your innate wisdom. This allows coaches to customize their approach to meet the client’s singular needs. The coach provides ongoing support to enhance skills and resources necessary for success while eliciting solutions and strategies from the client, believing they have the creativity, resourcefulness, and wisdom to capture their own answers.

How does coaching differ from consulting?

Consultants are the experts in your field. Consultants come in with an agenda – to find answers to a problem, bringing their own answers in with them. Coaches are the experts in coaching. We believe the client is the expert for their business. Therefore, coaches work with the clients to find the client’s answers.

How does coaching differ from therapy?

Therapists, typically, look to fix problems, heal past emotional wounds, and sometimes diagnose and manage mental illness. Coaches do not see problems. We see opportunities, focus on solutions, and are forward thinking – not focusing on the past.

How long does the coaching process last?

The length of time a client and a coach work together depends on the needs and goals of the client. The minimum length of time is typically 3 months to allow the time and space for the client to make change.  Many successful people find that they’d like to follow in the footsteps of top athletes and executives and work with a coach for years to stay at the top of their game.

Where do sessions take place?

Typically, on the phone. Phone-based sessions are very powerful and convenient for someone who is busy or where it is geographically prohibitive to conduct face-to-face sessions. Depending on locale, it is sometimes possible to schedule in-person sessions.

How can I determine if coaching is right for me?

To determine if you could benefit from coaching, start by summarizing what you would expect to accomplish in coaching. When someone has a fairly clear idea of their desired outcome, a coaching partnership can be a useful tool for developing a strategy for how to achieve that outcome with greater ease and speed. Since coaching is a partnership, also ask yourself if you find it valuable to collaborate, to have another viewpoint and to be asked to consider new perspectives. Also, ask yourself if you are ready to devote the time and energy into making real changes in your work or your life. If the answer is yes, then coaching may be a beneficial way for you to grow and develop.

Why do people turn to a coach?

People looking for  coaching often face challenges of being overstressed and overwhelmed. They feel as though they have lost themselves and have no direction. They may also have a constant weight on their shoulder, a sense of insistent tension or conflict, and feel as though they can no longer live with the status quo.

Women who partner with a coach often suffer from a loss of passion, an overwhelm of responsibilities, are struggling to get to the next level in their career and relationships, and are running around constantly putting out daily fires.

What is the ROI on coaching?

Your Return on Investment is directly correlated to the amount of dedication you demonstrate toward your growth and development. You get what you give.  The average return on investment is 6 times your investment … powerful.