Wondering if you should take a chance on coaching?
Reaching out for support from someone you don’t know can feel like a big huge gamble. I get that. Here are some questions that might help… things other people ask about when they are considering a coaching relationship…
What is coaching?
Coaching is defined as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. A professional coaching relationship exists when coaching includes a business agreement that defines the responsibilities of each party. An ICF Professional Coach also agrees to practice the ICF Professional Core Competencies and pledges accountability to the ICF Code of Ethics. Find out more via the International Coach Federation.
What kind of results do people get from a coaching engagement?
According to the ICF, “the coach-client relationship generates learning and clarity for forward action with a commitment to clear measurable outcomes.”
According to the ICF survey – Coaching offers a good return on investment – 68% of individuals make back at least their investment. 86% of companies make back at least their investment. And, coaching results in happier, more positive people… 80% of people reported experiencing improved self-confidence, 73% improve relationships with others, 72% improve communication skills, and 67% reported improved work-life balance. 96% of the people who experience coaching indicated that they would repeat the process, given the same circumstances that prompted them seeing a coach in the first place. – Source ICF Global Coaching Client Study / ICF Infographic
How do I know whether coaching is the right thing for me?
Coaching is a future-focused, discovery-based process that empowers people to produce solutions of their own creation rather than making decisions based recommendations put forward by others. Coaching is customized and non-linear, and the primary focus is to create actionable strategies for achieving specific goals, which are chosen by the individual being coached.
I think it’s important to acknowledge that coaching may not be the right fit for everyone. Depending on your specific needs and situation, you might benefit more from another service, such as consulting, mentoring, counseling (some of which I can provide), or therapy which I do not.
If you’re not sure what you need, check out the Stuck Map provided by the International Coach Federation to help you identify whether you may benefit more from coaching or from another service. It’s well worth reading.
How will I know if we’re a good match?
Frankly, choosing a coach who is compatible to your needs and personality usually requires a mutual assessment. The only way to know is to start with a conversation. I offer a complimentary 30 minute coaching consultation. If for any reason we don’t feel we’re a good match, I may be able to refer you on to a network of qualified coaches who might be better suited to your needs and situation – and I’m happy to do so.
What resources can you offer?
As a certified coach (ACC), member of the ICF (International Coach Federation)and graduate of Coach U, the largest accredited coach-training organization in the world, I have access to hundreds of profiles, assessments, programs, and other resources that are especially useful to entrepreneurs, small business owners, and people in transition. I also have a growing library of books and articles about personal and organizational development, which I recommend from time to time.
Do you offer any assessments?
Sometimes. I use a lot of self-assessments. I also work with an assessment called the MAPP (Motivational Assessment of Personal Performance) and occasionally the Harrison Assessment, which is much more commonly used in other parts of the world than in Canada, but helpful for people who want an in-depth understanding of their leadership style and preferences. I also offer a Communication Styles self-assessment that some clients find useful, and am able to recommend resources for those who are interested in learning more about their strengths and preferences.
What are your fees?
My fees range from $250 to $1,500 per month depending on the type of support you choose. I invoice (by email) on about the 20th of each month. Fees are paid in advance, due on the first of each month. HST is extra.
What commitment do I have to make?
Because of the time, scope and nature of the work we do together, I request that my clients make a mental and emotional commitment to an initial term of (3) three-months coaching as part of our agreement. It takes time to learn new skills, habits and ways of being and you need to make this commitment to yourself. That said, if we find coaching isn’t working for you, you are free to stop at any time.
How would our calls work?
I call my clients at the designated appointment time. Clients are asked to come to the call prepared with an agenda and I provide a helpful agenda format to start things off. I also have a process for establishing our coaching agreement, which sets out overall rules of engagement, and we regularly check in on how to make the time in any given session most worthwhile, and to ensure the direction of coaching is continuing to serve the client’s coaching purpose and needs.
What about confidentiality and privacy?
The coaching relationship is confidential. Clients may at times disclose future plans, business affairs, and personal information and I never share this information with a third party. Additionally, I will not divulge a coaching relationship without a client’s permission. We take some time to discuss any limits to confidentiality or potential privacy concerns when we are designing our coaching agreement.