FAQ

Please click on each question to see my answer.

How is coaching different than consulting?

Consulting assumes that I am the expert and have all the answers. Coaching assumes that you are the expert and have all the answers within you. It’s my job to ask open-ended questions to bring those answers to the surface. Coaching is about your agenda. It’s all about you.

How do I know that you’re the right coach for me?

Coaching is a relationship based on trust, so it’s really important that we determine compatibility before entering into a contract. For this reason, I offer a complementary initial session (apx 45 minutes in length), so that we can see if we’re a good match.

How long is the coaching engagement?

The typical ‘cycle of change’ is three months. Therefore I ask for a minimum commitment of three months with the understanding that in the unlikely event that you wish to terminate the relationship prior to the end of the term, you may do so. I go into more details about my guarantee in the contract that I send you. Most of my clients work with me for 6 to 12 months.

How are coaching sessions conducted?

Coaching sessions are conducted over the phone rather than face to face. I choose to do this for many reasons:

  • It removes the judgment we can feel from reading each other’s facial expressions. I want you to feel free to say whatever you need to say to me without ‘looking’ for my approval.
  • It allows for deeper listening.
  • It’s a lot more convenient. I typically work with busy professionals and I want to save you time and make coaching something that you look forward to, without taking up a big part of your day.
  • It allows me to coach anyone in the world! If you live outside of the USA, we can do our sessions via Skype.

How often do we meet?

This varies depending on what you’re trying to accomplish and what is convenient for you.  Some people prefer to meet for 30 minutes, 4 times per month, while others prefer 60 minutes, 2 times per month. I’m happy to come up with something in between as well.

Can we have stand-alone, or single sessions?

The coaching relationship works best when there is consistency. This is the reason I require a three month commitment. However, once you’re satisfied with what you’ve achieved, I do schedule single appointments if you request them.

What is your fee?

I charge according to the number of sessions that we schedule in a month, so I’d be happy to discuss this with you when we speak.  If you’ve shopped around, you’ll know that I have neither the lowest rates, nor the highest.  I have chosen fees that are reasonable and fair, based on my experience and training, and feel confident that once we work together, you’ll agree that coaching with me is a good investment in you and your future.

I have a colleague with similar challenges and goals.  Can you coach us at the same time?

Yes, I can.  I have coached business partners, and even couples in business together, many times.  Contact me to determine whether or not group coaching would better suit your needs.

Do you conduct group coaching and mastermind calls?

Absolutely!  I really enjoy leading a group of like-minded professionals in the lively sharing of ideas.  I typically limit groups to 6 and calls tend to be 75 minutes in length.

What’s included in your fee?

Included in my fee are the agreed upon number of sessions per month, and unlimited email contact in between sessions when you feel you need extra support.

How do I pay you?

All payments are made in advance of the sessions, and are paid monthly.  For your convenience, I have set up a Pay Pal account and can invoice you.

What types of clients have you worked with?

My typical clients have been small business owners who wanted to improve their leadership and communication skills, identify and articulate their true vision and direction, and/or learn to delegate more so that they actually have a life outside of work.
I have been trained to coach clients on both business and personal matters, so I’ve also worked with several people who were looking to make life changes.

Why is it important that you’re a certified professional coach from an institute approved by the International Coach Federation?

The coaching profession has gained popularity and is, at this time, unregulated by an government entity. Anyone can call themselves a coach with absolutely NO TRAINING. A professional coach who has been credentialed by the International Coach Federation has met ICF’s stringent requirements of coaching. An ICF credentialed coach has received very specific coach training, has achieved a designated number of experience hours, and has been coached by a mentor coach.

How can you help me achieve success?

As your coach, my primary job is to listen deeply to what you say and hold your agenda. I rely on my intuition to guide me as I ask you a lot of open-ended questions to forward the action and challenge you when something blocks your progress. The questions are meant to help you gain clarity. Don’t be surprised if the issue that brought you to coaching turns out to be secondary to something even deeper. This happens quite often!

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