Frequently Asked Questions
About Professional Life Coaching
After working with hundreds of clients over the past 5+ years of coaching, there are many questions that come up consistently. Below you will find answers to these questions and more which will help you explore whether coaching is a next step for you.
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Q. What is coaching?
A. Coaching is a relatively new profession that focuses on helping people who already have a measure of “success” in their lives, but who want to bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be in their personal and professional life. Life coaches help their clients design the life they want, bring out their clients’ own brilliance and resources so that they can achieve excellence and create purposeful, extraordinary lives.
The International Coach Federation (www.coachfederation.org) states:
Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performance and enhance the quality of their lives.
Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources and creativity that the client already has.
Q. What is a Life Coach?
A. A coach is an objective, nonjudgmental professional who gives you encouragement, support, strategy and accountability to win or perform at your very best.
A professional life coach will listen to you, guide you, teach you, and support you in achieving things in your life that you’ve wanted—or once had & want back. You will even discover new possibilities that you didn’t even know existed as you connect with who you are authentically!
Life coaches can coach you to greater success and fulfillment in your career, your relationships, your self image, your physical, emotional and spiritual health, and your entire life.
Q. What is the basic philosophy behind coaching?
A. The basic philosophy behind coaching is that we humans have immeasurable resources of energy, wisdom, ability and genius waiting to be set in motion. We can create the life we want faster and more easily by having a coach who helps us utilize our resources to facilitate change and realize our greater potential.
Q. Why has coaching become so popular?
A. The demand for coaching came into being a few years ago when stressed out executives started seeking help in coping with their professional and personal lives. In addition, as companies started downsizing and outplacing, and baby boomers started turning 50, coaches were hired to ease traumatic transitions and to help people get back on track.
While coaching is still most prevalent in the corporate environment, individuals and entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to coaches for help in achieving excellence, improving relationships, overcoming challenges and enhancing all aspects of their lives. Today, coaching has become the second fastest-growing industry in America.
With the changes happening in our world today, many people are seeking new ways to live so they can be authentic and alive while achieving improved results. They are ready to rediscover who they so they can create personal and professional lives with more meaning and greater impact. They are tired of doing what they “should” do and need help to reconnect with their core to uncover what’s important and what they value, as they include this insight to develop their goals, vision and mission for their life and work.
Q. How does coaching differ from consulting?
A. Consultants are hired specifically for their expertise in solving a particular problem. They provide the specific solutions for the client because they are the expert with the answers to the questions.
While coaches have certain expertise in his/her area of focus, the coaching model holds that the client is the expert of his/her life and the coach acts as the facilitator in helping the client access the answers that live within.
Coaches do offer suggestions and advice; however, it’s ultimately the client’s decision rather than the coach telling the client what to do.
Q. How does coaching differ from therapy?
A. Some of the main differences between coaching and therapy include:
- Many therapists focus on your past in order to help you become a healthier individual, while a life coach focuses on the present in order to partner with you in creating a sought after lifestyle.
- While more and more therapists are looking to form partnerships with their clients, currently therapy tends to be a clinician-patient relationship, while life coaching is built strictly on working as partners.
- Therapy often occurs in person, while 80% of life coaches mainly work over the phone.
Q. What Difference Can A Coach Make in my Life?
A. With a coach you can:
• Have more sustainable energy.
• Create a life that flows and works better.
• Make better decisions.
• Take intentional actions consistently.
• Improve relationships.
• Get better results.
• Reach for so much more.
The benefits of working with a Life Coach vary from each individual and what they desire to achieve. Some people hire a Life Coach for a specific project while others use a Life Coach for overall life management. A Life Coach helps you to co-create your life. If you do the work you will experience a more fulfilled life as you achieve those things you feel you are destined to accomplish.
Q. What does it cost to invest in one-on-one coaching?
A. According to the International Coaching Federation, most coaches working with individuals charge about $200 to $400 per month for one half-hour call per week. Executive coaches generally charge more. In general, coaches earn an average of $150 per hour. Corporate coaches earn more, often $200 to $400 per hour, according to Time Business News. The level of credentialing and education a coach has also impacts the rate the coach charges.
I charge on a monthly retainer basis. I actually offer several different programs, depending on how quickly you want to get results, and of course, on your budget level. What I usually recommend is that we set up an informational call. Not only do you want to find out more about me, my programs, etc., but I want to find out more about you and your situation to see if you’re going to be the right fit for my programs as well. If there seems to be a fit we will schedule a complimentary coaching session and make the final decision from there. Payment can be made by either check or credit card.
Q. How long do people work with a coach?
A. It all depends on where you are, where you want to go, and how committed you are to get there. It also depends on how deep you wish to look and what level of life transformation you wish to achieve. Most often, clients stay with a coach anywhere from six to eighteen months or longer. Some continue indefinitely.
After clients reach their first goals, they often identify other areas they want to work on. The coaching relationship continues as long as there is benefit to the client.
Q. How does coaching work?
A. Coaching is a process. It can and does evolve differently over time with each person.
But there is a basic structure:
- Most coaches, myself included, work primarily over the telephone for convenience and economy. Calls typically last 30-40 minutes.
- Appointments are made and you call me at a pre-scheduled time.
- Prior to each session you complete an update form to identify challenges, opportunities, and the focus for that session.
- I generally schedule two, three or four formal sessions per month with my clients depending on the client’s individualized needs.
- Above and beyond our formal sessions, clients are welcome to email me at any other time.
Q. Isn’t coaching by telephone too impersonal?
A. Most clients have found telephone sessions to be more powerful then they initially imagined. Some say that it can be a surprisingly freeing and more intimate form of contact because they are anonymous and there is no settling in rituals to attend to. Others feel that the main advantage is simply its convenience and time efficiency.
Q. How do I know if I need a life coach?
A. Coaching is proven to work when two factors are present:
- The client is willing to learn, grow, and take action.
- There is a gap between you are now and where you want to be.
Some indicators that you may benefit from a life coach are:
1. Feeling stuck.
2. Feeling stressed.
3. Going through a major life transition.
4. Not maximizing your career potential.
5. Not getting the results you want in your life and/or business.
6. Wanting to get more out of a current relationship.
7. Needing a new approach to the way you handle situations.
8. Needing more organization and/or better time management.
You may consider working with me as your life coach if the phrases below do not exactly reflect your own situation:
• I can easily say NO to others.
• I am full of energy for my life and work.
• Every day I do at least one thing that I enjoy.
• I clearly know what my expectations from life are.
• I know what exactly matters to me and I take steps accordingly.
Q. What type of clients do you coach?
A. I primarily coach women. My client list includes, but is not limited to Entrepreneurs, Mompreneurs, Professionals, Women in Leadership Roles, those in personal and professional transitions, and parents of children with sensory integration issues. The common denominator is that all of my clients have a burning desire for improvement, growth and success in their life and are willing to boldly and courageously go after what they want.
Q. What is your style of life coaching?
A. I use a whole life approach in my coaching that draws you back to the core of who you are. As you do the deeper exploration to discover your authentic self that lives within, you have the inspiration needed to take meaningful action with intention, purpose and impact. I am committed to helping my clients live from the inside-out by realizing who they wish to “be” and utilizing existing strengths and resources to “do” what’s necessary to create a thriving life and prosperous business. Through the coaching process you will let go of what’s holding you back and what doesn’t work, to allow new ways of “being” and “doing” to emerge that so you can experience wholeness, integration and fulfillment.
I don’t just focus on your life or your business; I do both. The lines between personal and business, spiritual and physical have started to blur as people begin to focus on a holistic approach for their lives. Through my training at The Coaches Training Institute, I am professionally trained to work on all aspects of you keeping your bigger agenda as the backdrop. I have found that your mind, body and spirit must be aligned so that the various aspects of your life and business are connected and integrated. To work on one, directly affects the others so I use a powerful combination of tools, resources and experience to support you in deepening your learning and forwarding the action so you experience internal and external shifts with intangible and tangible results.
Q. How Will You Support Me As My Life Coach?
A. As your coach, I will ask questions, help you discover your values, clarify your goals, define your priorities, and provide feedback. I will encourage, advise, challenge, make requests, and listen for what’s important to you, and then help you remain aligned with who you are, honor your values, and achieve your goals and your vision. My focus will be completely on you and what you want in your life and business; I will take a stand for your heart, not just your goals. We will design our coaching together, and it will be refined through ongoing two-way feedback.
I will suggest assignments to deepen your learning about yourself as you forward the action toward the life you wish to create. I might suggest books or articles to read that can reinforce and encourage you as you put your new learning into practice. I’ll partner with you to keep you directed, focused and moving forward with courage to boldly create your authentic life.
Throughout our partnership I will:
• Listen to you without judgment.
• Find what inspires you.
• Help you rediscover who you are and what really matters to you.
• Help you determine your goals and create a vision that energize and excite you.
• Assist you in finding your own right answers.
• Ask you to do more than you have done yourself until this day.
• Keep you accountable to discovering, growing and changing so you can realize all that’s possible.
• Present you the tools, methodologies and the support that you need to achieve more.
• Assist you in focusing in a better way to get quicker results.
• Help you uncover unhealthy beliefs and patterns that hold you back.
Q. How Can I Get the Most from Coaching with you?
I want you to benefit greatly from our coaching calls and the time between our calls. Here are some of the things you can do to maximize the value of your coaching experience.
• Set time aside to explore and discover what you really want.
• Get to know yourself.
• Be willing to grow and stretch yourself.
• Give yourself permission to slow down.
• Come prepared to each coaching call by completing your prep form and slowing down before our call.
• Do your homework.
• Stay connected to your coaching journey regularly be staying aware and conscious.
• Be willing to trust the process.
Q. Can I Hire a You for a Short-term, Special Project?
A. Yes. While ideally I work with clients for a minimum of 6-months, there are times when clients hire me as their coach to help them accomplish specific goals or projects, or to work through challenging and difficult situations. My goal in all of my coaching relationships is to help clients discover who they are authentically and to integrate this learning into meaningful and practical changes in their lives. Most, short-term clients often continue working with me beyond what they came to coaching to achieve as they discover/identify additional goals in which to work.