Coaching is a collaborative relationship between the client and Coach, where the client’s goals and objectives are the focus. You and your Coach form a team, decide on the goal, and set strategies and action plans to move you toward that goal. Your Coach is someone who can give you an impartial perspective and brainstorm with you on ways to move ahead, while always being honest, enthusiastic, supportive and encouraging.
Business owners, professionals, CEO’s, managers, and people in transition (retirement, job change, empty nest, divorce, etc.) all work with a Coach to fix, solve, create or plan something, professionally and/or personally.
Coaching works because of three unique features:
Synergy: Client and Coach become a team, focusing on the client’s goals and needs. The energy and focus of two people more than doubles the potential and accomplishments of the client.
Structure and Accountability: When working with a Coach a client takes more actions, thinks bigger and moves towards the goal faster than s/he would alone. This is because the support and accountability provided by the Coach bring out the best in the client.
Expertise: Your Coach knows how to help you be the best you can be, and consistently encourages you to bring this part of yourself to your daily life.
Coaching is delivered during scheduled weekly sessions, by telephone and/or in person, whichever you prefer. You, as the client, bring an agenda of items to the session. Your Coach helps you make the most of the opportunities and solve the problems. When you are taking on a large goal your Coach helps you design the project and provides you with the support and structure you need to insure it’s done in the manner you desire. Your Coach brings out your best by listening and guiding, expecting a lot, helping you strategize, always requesting action, and celebrating the wins.
The following are typical situations in which Coaching has been helpful. If any of these describe you, working with a Coach may be just the thing to move you along and help you accomplish your goals and create the business and personal life you dream of.
- A successful professional who wants to make more money with less work.
- A small business owner who feels overwhelmed, wears too many hats, and doesn’t have enough time.
- A corporate manager who wants to refine your skills to be ready for your next promotion.
- An entrepreneur who is starting a new business.
- A person who would like to have more money, time, balance and an abundance of good things in life.
- An individual who is taking on a major project or working towards a specific goal.
- A person who is facing a life transition (ie: divorce, retirement, empty nest, etc.) and is confused about where to go next.
- An employer who has good employees that you value enough to invest in, and who are willing to grow to become a major asset to your company.
- An individual who is contemplating a career change but isn’t sure which direction to go.
- A high-functioning adult who wants to take your business or personal life to the next level.
- A person who has great intentions but finds that you never seem to get around to taking the steps necessary to achieve your goals.
- A professional or entrepreneur who is moving ahead on your own, but would like the support of being part of a team or having someone to bounce ideas off of and get feedback from.
Most clients have found Coaching sessions on the phone to be very effective. They say it’s more convenient and time efficient to simply close their office door and place a phone call, than it would be to get in the car and drive to an appointment. It also enables those who often travel on business to keep their scheduled sessions, regardless of where they are. Phone sessions also give the client a much broader selection of Coaches from which to choose, since geographic location is not an obstacle.
Coaching and therapy are very different. Therapy is about emotional healing, and dealing with past hurts and traumas. Coaching is about looking and moving ahead. The focus of Coaching is on action in the present and the future. Some people choose to work with a therapist and a Coach at the same time.
Yes, there is a difference between a Coach and a consultant. Consultants are usually experts in their field. Their job is to evaluate your situation, create solutions they think will work for you, deliver these solutions, and leave. They may check back with you a time or two, but basically you’re on your own to produce the desired results. A Coach is usually familiar with your business, but is not an expert. She acknowledges you are the expert and that you know your business better than anyone. You and your Coach work together to discover your own answers and solutions, that fit you and your particular situation. Together you form a team to create your solutions and action plans. Your Coach then stays with you to provide support, encouragement backup as you move towards achieving your goals.
The fee for Coaching is paid monthly, and is a retainer that entitles you to a specific number of scheduled calls, and un unlimited number of unscheduled calls and email support. For most professional, business and personal clients the retainer ranges from $300 to $500 per month. Three scheduled 30-45 minute calls a month are $300; two 45-60 minute calls are $300; three 45-60 minute calls are $350; four 30-45 minute calls are $400. Three face-to-face sessions a month are $500.
Most Coaches begin with a complimentary session so you and your Coach can get to know each other, and you can experience a bit of what Coaching is like. At this meeting the Coach will want to hear your goals, needs and challenges, and you will probably want to ask questions and get comfortable with your Coach. This free session will also give you the opportunity to see if the process is something you will enjoy and find beneficial. At the end of this session you and your Coach will talk about what you just experienced and discuss whether you would like to continue working together. Please email Coach Sandy or call her at 541-772-3470 if you are interested in arranging a complimentary coaching session.
Your Coach is your advocate, your support person and your cheer-leading team. She will listen to your wants and needs and ask direct questions to help you discover things about yourself you may not be in touch with. She will be completely honest with you at all times; always hold the vision of all you can be; and be enthusiastic, compassionate and supportive in every way. Your Coach will also ask a lot of you in the process of moving you forward, and will consistently encourage you to take the steps required to reach your goals.
Your Coach expects you to be responsible for yourself and your actions, and to be punctual and call at the scheduled time (or cancel ahead of time). She also expects you to be open, honest and direct about your needs, wants, and goals; to be willing to make changes and grow; and to want to work in a collaborative relationship focused on achieving your goals.