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What is Coaching?

The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching this way: "Professional Coaching is an ongoing partnership that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life." I explain to friends “you know how many people are unhappy with where they are in life? Well, as a life coach, I help them design and create the life they love”.

How does coaching work?

Life coaches help individuals do and be their best in all areas of their lives. A coach supports, empowers and holds their clients accountable. A coach tells the truth with compassion. A coach helps the client define their vision, uphold their commitments and access their passion. A coach assists their client in making their dreams come true. Life Coaching is all about helping you get from where you are in your life to where you want to be.
Life Coaching is in most cases conducted over the phone, but can also occur via email, face to face individually, or even in groups.

What benefits can a client expect from coaching?

People who experience Life Coaching often tell us that for the first time in their lives they find answers to “deep questions” like who am I? Why am I here, what brings me joy? How do I create a life I love, NOW? Generally clients say coaching helps them

  • Get clear on what they truly want
  • Consider more options
  • Dare to set bigger goals
  • Achieve goals more quickly
  • Finish what they start
Who benefits from coaching?

People's motivation during Life Coaching tends to come from one of two scenarios: either they want to move away from something or they want to move towards something.

In any case Life Coaching is about positive change in one or more areas of life, e.g.
  • Love
  • Career
  • Life transitions
  • Financial
  • Self Confidence
  • Family
  • Business
  • Spirituality
  • Stress levels
  • Happiness
What would my typical coaching session be like?

In the simplest scenario, you and I schedule a time to talk once a week on the phone. You set the agenda while I ask objective, probing, but supportive questions to help you get clarity, set reasonable goals and follow through to completion. Often there is homework which requires some action in between sessions and these are reviewed and refined during the next session. Depending on the issue and your preference, I might use follow-up emails or short telephone calls in between sessions. The format and timing vary with the client, I am very flexible, and you are in charge, but what seems to work best for most clients is a 45 minute session once a week, for 12 weeks (12 sessions).

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