Success Coaching!

Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. What is Coaching?
    • Coaching is a new profession. Coaches:
      • Help people set better goals and reach those goals
      • Ask their clients to do more than they could have done alone
      • Help their client remain focused so as to produce results more quickly
      • Provide clients with the tools, support and structure to accomplish more
  2. How is coaching different from consulting? Therapy? Sports coaching? A best friend?
    • Consulting: Coaching is rather like consulting. However, the coach stays with the client to help implement the new skills, changes and goals, to make sure they really happen.
    • Therapy: Coaching is not therapy. Coaches don’t work on “issues,” get into the past or deal much with understanding human behavior. Growth and knowledge may come as clients move forward toward attaining personal and professional goals, but it is not the focus of a coaching relationship.
    • Sports coaching: Coaching includes several principles from sports coaching, such as teamwork, going for the goal, and being your best. Unlike sports coaching, most professional coaching is not competition or win/lose based. Coaches focus on strengthening their clients’ skills, not on helping them beat the other team. Coaches look for win/win solutions.
    • Best friend: A best friend is wonderful to have. But is your best friend a professional whom you could trust to work with you on the most important aspects of your life or profession? Have both, a best friend and a coach.
  3. What is the basis philosophy of coaching?
    • Simply put, it is that we humans are great, that we’re all discovering what we really want, and that we can get what we want faster and more easily by having a coach who can help us.
  4. Who hires a coach and why?
    • People hire a coach because
      • They want more.
      • They want to grow.
      • They want to things more easily.
    • It’s as simple as that. Coaches help a client get all three, more quickly than they could without the expertise of a coach.
  5. 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 that it’s easier to get results.
      • You set better goals that reflect more exactly what YOU want.
  6. Does the Coach work on personal goals or business/professional goals?
    • Both, actually. With the line between personal and business life blurring, the coach is the only professional trained to work with all aspects of you.
  7. Where does the Coach focus with a typical client?
    • Coaches place their focus on what the client needs most. Discussions often include:
      • Strengthening the client’s Personal Foundation
      • Helping the client to beef up their Reserve
      • Helping the client set goals based on individual Personal Values
  8. 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 himself toward the goal.
      • The client develops new skills, and these skills translate into more success.
  9. Why is coaching becoming so popular?
    • Coaching is becoming popular for two primary reasons.
      1. Many people are tired of doing what they think they “should” do and are ready to do something special and meaningful for the remainder of their lives. One problem is that many can’t see what this is or if they can, they can’t find a way to reorient their life around it. A coach can help them do both.
      2. People are realizing how simple it can be to accomplish something that several years earlier might have felt out of reach, like a pipe dream. A coach is not a miracle worker (Well, sometimes they are.) but a coach does have a large tool kit to help the Big Idea become a Reality. Fortunately, people now have time and resources to invest in themselves in this kind of growth.
  10. What about people who are already doing really well 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 simply tolerating something? Is life rewarding? Are they doing to be financially independent within the next 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 this process.
  11. Can a dependency be created between the coach and the client?
    • Not really. The client may “need” the coach in order to maximize an opportunity or accelerate personal growth, yet not be “dependent” on the coach. Anyone who’s working on major changes “needs” structure, advice, support, and a place to brag. So, in that sense the coach is certainly helpful, but an emotional, psychological dependency is not created. The coach works with people who are just fine and strong enough on their own. Remember, we’re not resolving issues here. The coach is helping the client create a better future: more success, more money, and a higher quality of life.
  12. Can I hire a coach just for a short-term, special project?
    • Yes. Some clients hire a coach to help them accomplish special goals or projects. Usually, however, the client keeps working with the coach after that because there are even more interesting things to accomplish.
  13. How long must I commit if I start working with a coach?
    • Most coaches ask for a three to six month commitment. We ask our clients to utilize a twelve-session program and then to reevaluate at that point.

(Some of the above information was adapted from Coach U. and GROW Training International resource material.)