A Coaching Partnership
is Rooted in Personal Growth
What is Coaching?
Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. It is a process that supports the client in reaching deeper levels of fulfillment and success quicker and with more ease. Individuals engage a coach for many reasons and for support in any area of their life: career, business, personal transitions, relationships, financial, life balance, spirituality and more.
How Does the Coach Help ME?
A professional coach possesses talents, techniques, skills, and tools that support the client in making the right changes, with greater ease and lasting effectiveness.
The coach assists the client by helping them to:
Discover what they truly desire
Recognize their strengths and assets
Uncover the unconscious thoughts and beliefs that hold them back
Explore new perspectives
Gain clarity on values and life purpose
Identify and end self-defeating habits and patterns
Clarify goals and create action plans to achieve them
Learn from mistakes and failures
Is Coaching Different From
Therapy, Consulting, or a Supportive Friend?
So often people confuse coaching with mentoring, consulting or therapy, and although coaching draws from these disciplines it is a distinct and independent discipline. Coaching is not to be seen as taking the place of these other professions, nor is it in conflict with them.
In fact, coaching often works in harmony with these fields.
Therapy is primarily for the purpose of diagnosing and healing mental illness. Coaching, on the other hand, supports fully functioning and capable individuals in making desired changes
in their life and moving forward with intentional action.
Consulting is about solving specific problems and providing expertise, direction, and advice. Coaches use well-crafted questions, as well as other techniques, to help clients tap into
their own experience, knowledge, and wisdom.
Mentoring refers to a developmental relationship between a more experienced mentor and a less experienced partner in order to obtain information, good examples, and advice as they advance. Although highly skilled mentors often provide some level of coaching
the focus is on information and teaching.
A supportive friend can be a wonderful sounding board and cheerleader yet cannot provide the powerful questions and direction that a coach can offer. A professional coach brings unique skills, new perspectives, and objectivity without emotional attachment to the client's choice
What Does the Coaching Process Look Like?
Typically, a coach starts the relationship with a detailed intake session to get acquainted quickly, develop a connection, and set the intention and direction of the coaching relationship.
The typical scenario is for a coach and client to meet privately, one-on-one, 2 to 4 times per month for up to an hour. Most often, sessions are conducted over the phone. Other options include online live chat or video calls through Skype. I’ve worked with clients from around the country (and even the world!), so distance is not an issue. This allows for optimal flexibility and convenience for both coach and client. Sessions may be held in person depending on the need. Another common one-on-one offering is laser sessions which may be e-mails or short phone calls targeting a specific issue to be resolved quickly. Laser sessions may be offered separately or in conjunction
with more structured sessions.
Group coaching is an offering in which the coach works with multiple people with similar goals. Group coaching sessions are normally held using a teleconference line although some coaches hold group sessions in person at offices or other meeting facilities.
What’s the Coach’s Responsibility?
In every interaction I have with you, I will act with integrity, honesty, and sincerity. I will set aside distractions and be fully present. I will access my intuition and seek the best way to support your needs. I will gently probe as well as ask direct questions, and I will seek your permission if I want to offer a suggestion. I will provide you with support, encouragement and a safe space to take risks. All communication is confidential. I abide by the ethical standards set forth by the International Coach Federation. If you need assistance I cannot provide,
I will refer you to a variety of resources.
What’s My Responsibility as the Client?
You are committed to action and evolution. You want to look more closely at what you’re doing – and not doing – and make changes that will move you forward. You come to the partnership with curiosity, openness and a willingness to be honest with yourself and with me. You are ready for new possibilities and ways of seeing yourself and those around you. You set the agenda and tell me what you need for each session. You determine your goals and priorities. You define success for yourself. You keep your commitments and are fully present for each session.
To get the best from Coaching, you need to have a positive attitude towards the achievement of your goal. You need to be totally open, trusting and honest within the coaching relationship.
You need to have the time and commitment to complete the actions
that you will set yourself at the end of each session.
What Are the Qualifications of a Coach?
Many coaches have professional certifications from coaching schools; some coaches are credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Since coaching is a self-regulating profession without clearly defined standards of competency and ethics, we highly recommend that you verify the credentials of any prospective coach. Seek a coach who has specific training and knowledge to serve as a coach. Hiring a coach who has been trained through an ICF approved program is an excellent choice. The ICF is the premier organization for professional coaches and has established a Code of Ethics and Core Coaching Competencies to ensure excellence in service to clients.