Frequently asked questions
What exactly is coaching?
Coaching helps us close the gap between where we are and where we want to be. It helps unlock our potential and achieve what we want to achieve to improve an aspect of our lives.
Without clearly defined goals, we can often be unsure where to focus our efforts and channel our energy, which prevents us achieving what we want to achieve and have the success we strive for. Through a series of challenging discussions, coaching can help us understand what’s really important to us and enable us to develop a greater awareness of what makes us tick. It helps us gain clarity and empowers us to ultimately set and achieve meaningful goals.
During each session, you can expect to be asked thought-provoking and insightful questions; listened to in confidence in a non-judgmental environment; challenged in your current way of thinking to remove limiting beliefs, locate and address unhelpful thought patterns; encouraged to identify and draw on strengths, and be empowered to take relevant action through improved focus and clarity.
Am I guaranteed success?
Whilst coaching is a powerful tool with generally good success rates, coaching results are not guaranteed. You enter into the coaching programme with the full understanding that you are responsible for creating your own results and we'll determine whether coaching is the right solution during the initial meeting.
How many sessions should I have?
This will depend on how many you wish to take but to feel the full benefit, sessions typically run over 6 sessions. Should you want more sessions, that's absolutely fine. Sessions can take place over the phone, by Skype or face-to-face (where practical).
Is everything we discuss confidential?
100%. I will never divulge confidential information about any of my clients with a third party without written consent.
What are the differences between mentoring, counselling and coaching?
Coaching supports and empowers you to achieve a goal in line with what is important to you. It works on the premise that you hold the answers and ultimately own the success (therefore I don't provide advice or guidance).
Mentoring is usually where one person advises and directs another by sharing their experience and wisdom. Unlike coaching, the mentor typically 'tells' the mentee what to do on the basis that the mentee doesn’t yet have the knowledge and expertise they require for success.
Counselling is where a trained professional diagnoses emotional problems and helps the client heal wounds. Although the aim is to develop a suitable coping mechanism, the approach typically focuses on the past rather than the future, unlike coaching which is positively forward-looking.
How do I know if you're the right coach for me?
When choosing a coach, it's important that you trust and feel comfortable working with them. I always suggest a no obligation 45-minute consultation in advance of any session. This enables me to understand fully what you want to achieve so that the programme I propose is relevant –whilst giving you the opportunity to check that I'm right for you. All of our sessions are confidential and can be face to face, over the phone, via Skype or a combination approach to suit you.
What if it becomes evident that it's not coaching that I need?
That is one of the reasons for the introductory session – to ensure that coaching is the right intervention for the topic you're focusing on. If I believe during this meeting that you require counselling or mentoring instead of coaching then I will say at that point and explain why I'm of that view. Should it only become apparent during the sessions that coaching is not the right intervention at this time, then I will flag this with you and suggest that we stop the coaching sessions.
What do you need from me during a session?
To make sure that your time is being well spent during the sessions, preparation is very important so you are encouraged to spend 15 minutes prior to the session preparing and relaxing in an environment where you will not be disturbed. Have a pen and paper to hand if you think this will be useful – and any other items that may help you.
How do I proceed?
Please don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss requirements and agree on a bespoke package tailored to your needs. My contact details are below.