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About Coaching

What it is. How it works.


Professional Coaches:

  • Work with clients to set and reach powerful, effective, meaningful, relevant goals.
  • Ask their clients to go beyond where they would have gone on their own.
  • Help clients sharpen and maintain focus to more quickly produce results.
  • Provide the tools, encouragement, support and structure to accomplish more than ever.


What is the basic philosophy of coaching?

You'll be more powerful and effective in any or all areas of your life when you have a trained, experienced coach who brings fresh perspective, stimulus, ideas, and structures for accountability.


Why do people decide to hire a personal/professional coach?

  • They want more. They want to grow. They want it easier.


What happens when you hire a coach?

The moment you hire a professional or personal coach you begin to take yourself more seriously. Your actions immediately become more effective and focused. You stop putting up with nagging things that have been dragging you down. You begin to create momentum. You set goals well beyond those you would have set. Results come more easily. And you receive and relish the acknowledgements you earn and deserve.


Does a coach work on personal goals or business/professional goals?

Both, actually. With the line between personal and business life blurring in the new Millennium, your personal coach is a professional trained to work with all aspects of your life: your job/business and money; friends, family and relationships; health and vitality; your various environments, and your spiritual side.


Where does the coach focus with an average client?

Coaches focus where the client needs and requests attention the most. They often work in one or more of these areas:

  • Strengthening your 'personal foundation'of values and purpose
  • Pushing you to beef up your reserves
  • Guiding you in setting meaningful and relevant goals
  • Urging you to find and explore invaluable resources
  • And encouraging you to tackle and finish specific projects


Why does coaching work?

Coaching works because the synergy between the coach and client creates momentum. Better goals are set - ones that naturally pull you toward your goals, rather than goals that require excess energy and resources to achieve. You develop new skills. These skills translate into more success. And you discover an amazing increase in what you can when you have a coach as a key to your personal accountability.


How long must I commit if I start working with a coach?

Most coaches ask for a three to six month commitment, but usually let you stop immediately if coaching is not working for you right now...or if your goals are achieved sooner than expected. Some coaches ask for a written agreement or contract as a reminder of your original commitment and intent. For the corporate client, however, a signed agreement is simply good business.


What does it cost to hire a coach?

Most personal coaches work by phone with clients and charge about $200 to $500 per month for their services. The fee typically includes 3-4 sessions per month at 30-45 minutes call per call. Corporate coaches charge more and may do some or all of their work in person. Fees and frequency/length of sessions are variable and negotiable, depending on the coach's structure and the client's needs


How is Coaching Different from Consulting, Therapy, Sport Coaching or Your Best Friend?

  • Consulting: Coaching is a form of consulting, but the coach stays with you to help you implement the new skills, changes and goals to make sure they really happen.
  • Therapy: Coaching is not therapy. Coaches don't work on "issues" or get into the past or deal much with understanding human behavior. Rather, they help move you forward with focus on setting and achieving personal and professional goals that will provide the life you really want.
  • Sports: Personal coaching includes several principles from sports coaching, such as teamwork, going for goals, 'being your best'. But unlike sports coaching, most professional coaching is not competition or win/lose based. Coaches strengthen your skills rather than focus on beating the other team. It's a 'win/win' focus.
  • Best friend: A best friend is wonderful to have. But is your best friend a professional whom you can trust to advise you on the most important aspects of your life and/or business? Does a best friend know the right questions to ask? Can a best friend provide meaningful distinctions, and point you in the direction of valuable resources? Will a best friend push you beyond your limits? Have a best friend and a coach.


Why is Coaching Becomming So Popular?

  • Shoulds vs. Inner Needs: Many people are tired of doing what they feel - or have been told they "should" do. They are ready to do something they decide is special and meaningful with their lives. But they are not sure just what that is. Or, if they have an inkling, they can't see a way to reorient their life around this new focus or direction. A coach can help.
  • Real Accomplishments: People are realizing how simple it can be to accomplish something that several years ago might have felt out of reach or like a pipe dream. A coach is not a miracle worker (although they frequently occur that way!) but a coach does have a large 'tool kit' of distinctions, questions and ideas to help that 'Big Idea' become a Reality. Fortunately, people now have time and resources to invest in themselves in this kind of growth.
  • Spirituality: Many people are searching for a way to be more spiritual, but they are not sure just what that means or how to achieve it. A good working definition of spirituality is the way a person connects with their inner selves, with people around them, and with the universe in general. The coach can help the client explore any or all these arenas, and to connect more powerfully to each.
  • Complexity and Change: Finally, the world is becoming more complex by the day; and the pace of change is accelerating rapidly. Many clients are unsure of themselves in a constantly changing world of which direction to take, how to tackle unusual new challenges, and how to achieve on a frequently changing playing field. A coach is trained to ask the kind of questions that help clients understand themselves and their world, make the right decisions, and move forward with confidence.


More About Coaching

A personal coach does what an athletic coach or music teacher does, only in a more complete and comprehensive way. A coach challenges you and takes the time to find out what 'winning in life' means to you. A coach is your partner in living the life you know you can accomplish, personally and professionally. A coach is someone to hold you accountable for your life, to make sure you really do live up to your potential. No matter where you are in life, there is always a desire for more: more success, more money, more friends. But there is also a desire for something different: new ways to approach old challenges; relationships that are deep and powerful; a deeper feeling of meaning in life; new kinds of achievement that really do make a difference in your world.

People frequently struggle with how to get more from life. Most were taught to believe that "hard work" and "doing it on your own" are the keys to finding the life, success, money, or happiness you want. But they often pay a price to attain what they want through poor health, insufficient time to enjoy life's true riches, and strained family relationships. And so 'more' in many ways becomes 'less.'

Athletes and performers know about this trap. They know they need someone else, a trained outside observer to help them discover real needs, set meaningful goals, and maintain balance in their lives while they work to achieve excellence, and to make a difference. No serious athlete, musician, dancer or actor would expect to progress very far without hiring a coach. No one has ever won a Olympic gold medal without one.


Do Successful People Need a Coach?

They might or they might not. But before one decides, one should thoroughly explore these key questions:

  • Are you doing what you most enjoy?
  • Are you putting up with things you'd rather not?
  • Is your life as easy as it might be?
  • Is your life well balanced?
  • Are you going to be financially independent within the next 15 years, or when you need to be?
  • Do you have what you most want?

Often, there is much more people can get out of their lives than they realize...and often their needs are not self-evident. Coaches are trained in the process of exploration. They guide the client through an examination of the balance in various areas of his/her life. They provide invaluable perspective. They help you see the things about yourself you cannot see. And most coaches will help guide you through these basic questions in a free, introductory session. But the rule of thumb is that the more you want from life, the more a qualified and competent life coach can help.

 

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