Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Here are the answers to some questions that may be puzzling you…

 

How will I know if you’ll be a good coach for me?

Truth is, we won’t really know until we start our coaching engagement. There are thousands – THOUSANDS!! – of coaches out there. Finding the ‘right’ coach for you factor in what you value. We’ll contract at least ever three sessions to make sure we’re on the same page.

I may be a suitable coach for you if...

  • You’re ready to commit to coaching i.e. it’s something that you have personally identified that would be beneficial to your growth and development;

  • You’re looking for medium to long-term coaching support

  • You’re going through a transition or transformative point in your life;

  • You’re willing to bring your whole self to our coaching sessions, warts and all!

  • You’re willing to get introspective and would like someone to listen and help you ‘unpack’ some of your thoughts, behaviours, attitudes etc ...

  • The services I offer and my areas of expertise are aligned to what you’re looking for;

  • You’re ready to take responsibility and ownership of your life and your outcomes  (or already doing this!); 

  • You trust that you have the answers and solutions to your own challenges and would like my help to enable you to unlock those.

I may not be a suitable coach for you if…..

  • You’re not comfortable or willing to open up, or sit with and process your feelings, thoughts, behaviours and attitudes; 

  • You want ad-hoc short-term coaching;

  • You want coaching on areas outside of my expertise;

  • You actually require therapy. If you're after a coach who integrates therapy, it’s worth taking a look at practitioners in the  AICTP directory.  

  • You want me to give you  the answers and solve your problems;

  • If, as a business, your intention is to use a coach as a way to avoid having difficult internal conversations.

 

What is a triad session?

In business coaching, the purpose of a triad session is for the coach, coachee and sponsor (line manager/ HR) to meet, ensuring agreement and alignment of the intentions, accountability and outcomes of the coaching engagement, including measures for success and progress tracking.

How long does transformational coaching take?

It depends on your journey: where you’re at, and the complexity of your transformation. Your transformation is dependent on a range of factors, including the quality of your thinking, the level of your commitment, and the consistency in your beneficial habits.

What is contracting?

This is the term used to describe an agreement (verbal and/or written) between the coach and coachee to (re)align on a variety of elements e.g. goals for the coaching engagement, expectations, boundaries etc.

What is a triad session?

The purpose of a triad session is for the coach, coachee and sponsor (line manager/ HR) to meet, ensuring agreement and alignment of the intentions, accountability and outcomes of the coaching engagement, including measures for success and progress tracking.

Is there anything else on your mind?

 
 

What is coaching?

There are many great definitions of coaching. Essentially, coaching is about unlocking and maximising an individual’s potential by enabling them to learn through discovery, action and reflection.

What is transformational coaching?

Transformational coaching seeks to bring about increased awareness of a person’s model of the world – going to core, deeply exploring their experiences and filters such as beliefs, values, attitudes, assumptions etc. – in order to create new possibilities for how one sees oneself, other people and the world around them.

What are the benefits of coaching?

Coaching is a personal investment in your growth and development. It's impact extends to different areas of your life: giving you awareness and insight into who you are; helping to improve and strengthen your relationships; enhance your performance; and elevate your emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.

When is a good time for transformational coaching?

Any point in your life where you’re experiencing (or about to experience) a change that requires a shift in your thinking, attitudes and behaviours.

Some people consider themselves to be ever-transforming, so coaching is a longer-term, ongoing commitment.

Some people are experiencing a transitionary period in their lives and coaching is used to support them through it.

Others have reached a crossroads or a major challenge in their lives and would like support in getting unstuck, gain clarity about the options available to them, and how to move forward. 

What’s the difference between mentoring and coaching?

Mentors are usually subject matter experts – typically more senior and experienced than the mentee – who act as shortcuts to knowledge.

Coaches aren’t necessarily domain experts, but are trained in a range of skills such as listening, questioning, and utilise frameworks, models to support you in discovering the solutions to your own challenges.

What happens in a coaching session?

No two coaching sessions are the same. What’s discussed very much depends on whatever is most useful for the coachee. Each session – lasting two hours each – could involve a coaching exercise, reflection, through to goal-setting, to simply talking. The purpose of the session is to provide the coachee with a heightened awareness of themselves and the impact of their choices.

Who is coaching for?

Anyone and everyone. You, me (I have a coach, too), he, she, they!

How long does transformational coaching take?

It depends on your journey: where you’re at, and the complexity of your transformation. Your transformation is dependent on a range of factors, including the quality of your thinking, the level of your commitment, and the consistency in your beneficial habits.

What is contracting?

This is the term used to describe an agreement (verbal and/or written) between the coach and coachee to (re)align on a variety of elements e.g. goals for the coaching engagement, expectations, boundaries etc.