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>Professional Coaching FAQs

What Is Coaching?
Why Does Coaching Work?
Who Works With A Coach?
What Is Worked On?
But How Do You Do This?
What Should I Look For In A Coach?
Where Do I Start With A Coach?




What Is Coaching?
Coaching is a newer profession which has synthesized the best from psychology, business, philosophy, spirituality and finance to benefit all who wish to participate; e.g., small business owners, corporate executives, parents, students, entrepreneurs.


Why Does Coaching Work?
Coaching works because of three unique features:
Synergy: Client and coach become a team, focusing on the client's goals and needs and accomplishing more than the client would alone.
Structure: With a coach, a client takes more actions, thinks bigger and gets the job done, thanks to the accountability which the coach provides.
Expertise: The coach knows how to help entrepreneurs make more money, make better decisions, set the best goals, and restructure their professional and personal lives for maximum productivity.


Who Works With A Coach?
Entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals and people in transition use a coach to fix, solve, create or plan something, personally and / or professionally.


What Is Worked On?
Here is what the client and coach work on together:

  • Business planning, budgeting and goal-setting
  • Integrating business and personal life for balance
  • Doing the maximum in work
  • Handling business or personal problems
  • Making key decisions and designing strategies
  • Prioritizing actions and projects
  • Catching up and getting ahead of the business
  • Training, developing and managing staff
  • Increasing sales substantially or filling a practice
  • Turning around a difficult situation


But How Do You Do This?
I coach during regular, weekly sessions by telephone and / or in person, whichever is more convenient. Clients bring an agenda of items to the call, and I help them to solve the problems and make the most of the opportunities.

Basically, my clients have a safe place to talk about your needs, goals, problems, accomplishments, insights, disturbances, discoveries, dilemmas, shifts in understanding, complaints, promises, feelings, fears, new ideas, financial results, value-added, progress, and decisions.

When they are taking on a large goal I help them design the project and provide the support and structure needed to make sure it gets done. I work to bring out the client's best by offering advice, suggestions, insights, observations, ideas for next steps, professional input, and supportive materials and information. I expect a lot from my clients, help them strategize and, together, we celebrate their successes.

Finally, between sessions I may ask a client to try on a new idea we've discussed, or complete a task to stimulate their thinking. We may also talk by e-mail or phone between sessions.


What Should I Look For In A Coach?
The right coach brings out your best, consistently. To do this, the coach you select should pass the following 3 tests :
1) Does this coach have a track record of helping someone like me accomplish the goals I want?
2) Do I feel good and motivated to act when with this coach?
3) Will this coach keep up with me - and ahead of me - as I grow?
That's it. You can always check references and try out the coach for a month to see if he or she is really the right one for you. I work well with three types of clients: 1) Entrepreneurs and small-office professionals who are smart, quick and ready to do what it takes to reach blockbuster goals, 2) Individuals who are making substantial changes in their personal and professional lives, and 3) Individuals who are working on an important project.


Where Do I Start With a Coach?
We will begin with a special introductory session to get to know each other. During this session, which is free, I will want to hear about your goals, priorities, dreams as well as your challenges. This session will give you a chance to get comfortable with me. Together we will outline a game plan to reach your goals.
Following this session you will receive a welcome package with a client information sheet for you to complete, a policies and procedures document, and a few other items to help get us started.

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