What is the difference between coaching and counselling?
Counselling generally aims to solve problems by understanding what happened in the past. Coaching is almost exclusively future-focused. To counsel means to give advice. Coaches do not give advice – instead they use various techniques to facilitate the process of an individual finding the best path for themselves.
How is coaching, mentoring and training different?
Training is a structured course that tells individuals what to do in certain circumstances.
Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but she or he must have a certain area of expertise.
A Life Coach is a professional trained to help someone reach a goal or make a change they are stuck on. It is future focused. A coach is an advisor who helps people make decisions, set and reach goals, or deal with problems.
Is coaching appropriate for me?
If you want a change of some sort in your life then yes it is. The client comes in with a a puzzle or part of their that is in pieces and a coach helps the client put it back together that allows the client to become their true selves. Possible coaching subjects are: change a situation, plan to achieve something, help to deal with a sick family member or grieving process, career change or job interview, improve work life-balance, improve a relationship/s, change or create a behaviour or habit, being more creative at work or home, or anything that you cannot stop thinking about etc - AND you are ready to take steps to achieve it, then you will benefit from having a coach.
How do I select a Life Coach?
The following are some points to bear in mind when selecting a coach:
~ A coach need not be an expert in a particular field. But a strong general knowledge on building rapport and maintaining credibility is important. A good coach will have qualifications so ask more about these.
~ Speak informally with your potential coach and see if you feel comfortable with them. For coaching to be effective it is important to feel that your coach is capable of completely listening to you, without judgment. Most coaches offer discounted or free discovery sessions, use these to help you make your decision.
~ Try out a few coaches before you decide who you’d enjoy working with. Coaching is about helping you achieve your potential and exploring what works best for you as part of that process. When you find someone that works well for you, stick with them.
~ If you don’t know where to start looking, ICF (the International Coach Federation) is a global body that offers accreditation based on a combination of training and practical coaching experience. Coaches that attended ICF accredited courses or are ICF certified have at least proven that they are serious about coaching as these involve some investment in terms of both time and money.
How long will I need to work with a coach?
It depends on where you are, where you want to go, and how quickly you want to get there. Some clients are able to achieve their goals in as little as one to three months. Most often, clients stay with a coach anywhere from six to eighteen months. After clients realise their first goals, they often identify other areas they want to work on. The coaching relationship continues as long as there is benefit to the client.
It is important to remember that many coaching techniques and processes can be learnt and practiced on your own. As counter-intuitive as it may sound, a good coach’s goal should be to reduce your dependency on them as soon as possible – that shows you’re becoming more resourceful and that you’re learning to more effectively deal with new situations as they arise.
How does coaching work?
Coaching is a structured process that takes the client on a journey focusing each session on a specific goal the client wants to achieve or understand. The coach will ask you a lot of questions, always curious and interested in what it is you bring to the coaching session. The coach will listen looking for contradictions, limiting beliefs bring these to your attention. You should leave each session with homework or a task to complete over an agreed period of time that will lead you towards your goal.
How do you coach?
I use my skills and knowledge to put structure into the coaching session. I break it down the process so that you have the time to discuss your goal and what change you want to make. We work together making the process easy so the change you want is achievable in your world. I actively listen to exactly what you are saying. I listen with clarity and I do not pass judgment on what you say.
An essential part of the coaching process is asking relevant and often challenging questions. My experience allows me to do so in a way that will keep you curious about yourself and will inspire you to stretch your thinking around your current situation. At each session we follow a process that allows you to see what resources you have available allowing you to find your own path moving forward. The session focus is 100% on what you want – I do not give you advice or tell you what to do.
How much does coaching cost and how can I pay?
Professionally trained, certified coaches charge fees in line with other highly trained professionals. Fees vary from coach to coach, and are based on a variety of factors including whether it’s in-person or over the telephone. I charge on a package basis. Our fee arrangement is worked out once we’ve had a complimentary discovery session and I have a better understanding of your current situation and goals. Payment can be made by either cash, automatic payment or internet transfer.
Your goals dreams are free, and so is my knowledge but my services come at a cost.
Where are your clients based?
I currently have clients in New Zealand and Australia. Most remote sessions are conducted over Skype or phone. All personal development coaching package must be conducted in person. I am available to attend any coaching project - all you need to do is ask.
I'm interested or need more information - how do I get in touch?
Please see my contact page. Please include your contact details and a good time to reach you.