Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect of the coaching process?
Coaching provides you with a supportive and nonjudgemental space for you to discuss whatever is important to you. Coaching is solution-focused which means we won’t spend lots of time trying to make sense of why things are the way that they are, Instead we’ll address ‘what can we do about it?’
You won’t be advised to act in a specific way. The choices are yours, but you will be asked questions that encourage you to think deeply and open up new opportunities. I brainstorm with you when you are stuck and keep you accountable for doing the things you decide you want to do.
Coaching is a positive, validating, supportive experience. You’ll feel clearer about your direction and confident in your ability to achieve your objectives. You’ll have a greater degree of self-awareness.
How will I know if you’re the right coach for me?
The single most important factor in a coaching relationship is for you and your coach to feel some sense of connection. The best way to find out if I’m the right person to be working with you is to get in touch. I’ll give you a call to find out what you’re looking for. I’m committed to working only with clients I believe I can help, so I’ll let you know if I don’t think I’m right and if I’m not, then I’ll refer you to someone else who can help.
Is coaching expensive?
Coaching isn’t cheap but most people find that it’s a priceless investment in themselves. When you consider the impact of staying in a job that you loathe or feeling that you’re not on the right life path, coaching becomes a necessity, not a luxury.
It is important for me that you learn and practice tools you can use confidently and that help you “self-coach” once our program is over.
If coaching is out of your budget at the moment, you might like to start your journey by attending my community events.
I feel nervous about the process. Is this normal?
It is common for people to feel nervous about coaching or seeking any kind of support. Some clients worry about whether their issues are normal, whether it’s okay to speak about certain things in the coaching session, or if they’ll appear silly for raising minor worries. Please don’t be concerned at all. Sometimes the smallest things can be our greatest worries. I’ll help putting your mind at rest. That’s something clients and friends tell me I’m good at.
I’m not sure about telephone or Skype coaching. Is it really as effective as face-to-face coaching?
I was skeptical at first too. It’s surprising how effective long-distance is. It’s how I work with my own coaches, and I love it. In some cases, it’s actually a better model for coaching. It’s time efficient – you don’t have to travel or find parking. It’s very personal, and because you are more focused on listening, it is more effective. Conversations generally cut to the core of the issue pretty quickly. If you’re still in doubt, give it a try. You might be surprised.
What are your ethical standards?
I operate within the ethical standards set out by the International Coach Federation. I’m committed to providing a professional service with a guarantee of full confidentiality. I’ll provide you with a Coaching Agreement at the commencement of your coaching outlining my terms of business.
If you still have questions about the way coaching works, or about coaching in general, connect with me here