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Coaching Frequently Asked Questions

What is Coaching?
Why does coaching work?
What does a coach do?
What happens when you hire a coach?
How is coaching different from therapy?
What about people who are already doing great in their lives. Why would they need a coach?
Can I hire a coach just for a short-term, special project?
How long must I commit if I start working with a coach?
What does it cost to hire a coach?

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a methodology where someone helps an indidividual develop clarity around what they really want in their personal or professional life. Then, together, they create an action plan to achieve this clarified vision. A coach supports the client along the way, motivates them and provides resources to attain the vision much more quickly than is usually possible.

Why does coaching work?

Coaching works for several reasons:

  • Synergy between the coach and client creates momentum.
  • Better goals are set -- ones that naturally pull the client toward the goal rather than goals that require the client to push themselves to the goal.
  • The client develops new skills, and these skills translate into more success.

What does a coach do?

A personal coach does just what an athletic coach or music teacher does, only in a more complete and bigger 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, closer relationships, a deeper feeling of meaning in life, more balance, etc. It is the nature of people to want to attain more, become more, be more, and we all struggle with how to get what we're looking for.

Most people believe that "hard work and doing it on your own" are the keys to finding the life, success, money, or happiness that they seek. They believe that a price must be paid to attain what they want, and often that price is poor health, not having enough time to enjoy life, strained family relationships or lessened productivity. The saddest part is that, even though this effort may result in more of something, it is often not the something you had in mind, and you are back where you started, or worse, further from your real intentions.

Athletes and performers know about this trap. They know they need someone else, a trained professional to help them set goals, discover real needs, and work effectively toward ultimate goals of excellence. So, they are willing to hire a coach or a teacher. No serious athlete or musician would expect to progress very far without one.

What happens when you hire a coach?

Many things, but the most important are:

  • You take yourself more seriously.
  • You take more effective and focused actions immediately.
  • You stop putting up with what is dragging you down.
  • You create momentum so it's easier to get results.
  • You set better goals that you might not have without the coach.

How is coaching different from therapy?

Coaching is not therapy. We don't work on "issues" or get into the past or deal much with understanding human behavior. We leave that up to the client to know and figure out while we help them move forward and set personal and professional goals that will give them the life they really want. For more info, see the Therapy vs. Coaching Chart.

What about people who are already doing great in their lives. Why would they need a coach?

They might not need a coach. But it is helpful to find out: Are they doing what they most enjoy? Are they tolerating anything? Is life easy? Are they going to be financially independent within the next 5 - 15 years? Do they have what they most want? We've discovered that, often, people need to expect more out of their lives. A coach can help in this process.

Can I hire a coach just for a short-term, special project?

Yes. Some clients hire a coach to help them accomplish specific goals or projects. Usually, however, the client keeps working with the coach after that because there are even more interesting things to accomplish.

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. Very, very few coaches ask for a written agreement or contract. For the corporate client, however, a signed agreement is simply good business.

What does it cost to hire a coach?

Most coaches working with individuals charge about $200 to $600 per month for one half-hour call three weeks per month. Executive coaches charge more and some clients work with a coach for an hour or two a week. Obviously, corporate coaching or group programs are more, often running $1,000 to $10,000 per month.

I charge $300 as a monthly coaching retainer fee. That gets you three half-hour phone calls per month and unlimited (within reason) email and instant messenging support. If you need more time, we will work something out!

 

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