Frequently Asked Questions
Client Q&A about Business and Personal Coaching
What is coaching?
Coaching is a profession that has synthesized the best from psychology, business, evolution, philosophy, spirituality, and finance to benefit the entrepreneur, professional, and business owner.
Why does coaching work?
Coaching works because of three unique features:
- Synergy: Client and coach become a team, focusing on the client’s goals and needs to accomplish more than the client would alone.
- Structure: With a coach, a client takes more action, thinks bigger, and gets the job done, thanks to the accountability the coach provides.
- Expertise: The coach knows how to help professionals make more money, make better decisions, set the best goals, and restructure their professional and personal lives for maximum productivity.
What is worked on?
Here are just some of the topics that a client and coach work on together:
- Business planning, budgeting, and goal setting
- Integrating business and personal life for balance
- Handling difficult conversations and/or feedback
- Turning around a difficult situation
- Achieving maximum work performance
- Handling business or personal problems
- Making key decisions and designing strategies
- Prioritizing actions and projects
- Catching up and getting ahead of the business
- Increasing sales substantially or filling a practice
Who works with a coach?
Entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, and people in transition use a coach to fix, solve, create, or plan something, personally or professionally.
But how does a coach do this?
Coaching is delivered during regularly scheduled sessions by telephone or in person, whichever is more convenient. Clients bring an agenda of items to the call or meeting. The coach helps them solve problems and make the most of opportunities. When they are taking on a large goal, we help them design the project and provide the support and structure needed to make sure it gets done. We bring out each client’s best by offering feedback, expecting a lot, helping them strategize and celebrating their wins. Clients range from small business owners to CEOs; and coaching can focus on either business goals or personal goals.
What should I look for in a coach?
The right coach brings out your best, consistently. To do this, the coach you select should pass the following three tests:
- Does this coach have a track record of helping someone like me accomplish the goals I want?
- Do I feel good and motivated to act when with this coach?
- Will this coach keep up with me - and stay ahead of me - as I grow?
That’s it. You can always check references and try out the coach for a month to see if he or she is really the right one for you.
How would I get started?
If you feel that this type of relationship could work for you, call and let’s talk. Coaching is not something we sell; it is something you buy because you want it.
Where do I start with a coach?
Most coaches begin with a special client meeting to get to know each other. The coach wants to hear about the client’s goals, needs, and problems. The client wants to get comfortable with the coach. During this meeting, both parties design a list of goals and a game plan to reach these goals. Prior to this meeting, the client will have received a welcome package containing checklists and assessment materials to make the most of the meeting. Together they design the best way to work together as a team to accomplish the goals.
What do professional coaching designations/credentials mean?
COACH U Certified Graduate
- Completed all of the required 175 coach training hours for Coach U Graduation
- Passed all of the course exams with a score of 80% or higher
- Mentor coached by an International Coach Federation (ICF) Credentialed Coach for minimum six months
- Received at least six written feedbacks on my coaching sessions supervised by an ICF credentialed coach
- Coached at least 20 clients for a total of at least 500 coaching hours
- Been recommended by two ICF credentialed coaches who have observed my coaching
- Analyzed three case studies,
- Successfully defended my application before the Certification Review Committee which also included an actual coaching session.
Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation (ICF)
- Completed required 125 hours of coach training by an ICF accredited coach training school
- Minimum 750 coaching hours
- Agree to abide by the ICF Code of Ethics
- Been mentored by an ICF credentialed coach for at least 10 hours
- Passed an oral exam, consisting of an actual live coaching session evaluated by two ICF credentialed coaches