Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Life Coach?
“Part consultant, part motivational speaker, part therapist and part rent-a-friend, coaches work with managers, entrepreneurs, and just plain folks, helping them define and achieve their goals — career, personal, or most often, both.” — Newsweek
How much does coaching usually cost?
Most life coaches charge anywhere from $300 to $1,000 per month for a 60 minute phone call 3 to 4 times a month. Executive coaching is more expensive and clients expect more in return. Corporate coaching can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 per month and usually starts at $500 an hour. The cost of coaching should reflect the amount of return you’re looking to receive. The bigger the project, the more you have on the line and the more important it is for you to invest in your goal and your coach.
How long will I be committing to working with a coach?
Most people find that 3 to 6 months is a good amount of time to commit to however, most people find coaching more beneficial than they realized and decide to stay on longer than they initially anticipated. Most coaches will ask for a three to six month commitment to insure your success however this does not apply to corporate or executive coaching which may be specified for a term or project and are often negotiated on a case by case basis.
What is an Executive Coach?
The international Coach Federation defines coaching as:
“partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
Professional coaching is an interactive process that helps individuals and organizations improve their performances and achieve extraordinary results. Professional coaches work with clients in all areas, including business, career, finances, health and relationships. As a result of professional coaching, clients set better goals, take more action, make better decisions, and more fully use their natural strength.”
Can I hire a life coach for a short-term project?
YES! Many clients hire a life coach to help them achieve a specific objective or goal and find that after they’ve accomplished it they are even more excited to accomplish other things in other areas of their life. For example I’ve had corporate coaching clients who after accomplishing their objectives decide that they’d like to infuse their personal lives with a little coaching and a lot of happiness. Why not improve upon everything in your life?
Will I be dependent on my coach after I’ve completed my goals?
No. The client often needs the life coach in order to maximize an opportunity or accelerate their personal growth, yet they are not dependent on the life coach. Anyone with dreams or goals can benefit from the structure, advice, and support of an accredited life coach. You may become more aware of the need to have an outside source to help you see the back of your head or business but far as creating an emotional or psychological dependency, please don’t worry about that. I choose to work with people who are healthy and successful on their own and I’m just an added support system to their already healthy lifestyle. Life coaches are not therapists. If you feel dependent on your life coach please explore the possibility of hiring a therapist.
Why would success people hire a life coach?
To be honest nobody really “needs” a life coach but they don’t need the GPS in their car either. Most people want a life coach and appreciate the ease in which a coach can help you navigate the uneven terrain on the road to your goals. One of the reasons for the increasing demand for life coaching is the complexity of modern day life. We have a lot more going on now than we did in the past. There may have been a time in the past where you were happy to have a job and to be making ends meet however, most people today want a job that they enjoy and that is personally fulfilling and financially rewarding. My clients want to work at a job that is in alignment with their core values and is an expression of who they are. Never before in history has mankind had such an amazing opportunity to create the life they’d always dreamed of. If you find that you’re unhappy in the job that you’re currently in, you would certainly benefit from some life coaching. Coaching really speeds up your vehicle to success. Success doesn’t have to be something “out there”. Success can be something that begins today.
Why can’t I reach my goals on my own?
That’s a great question! The answer is that you probably can if you put copious amounts of time and energy into the project. Most of us wind up sacrificing family, friends, personal time or money attempting to attain our goals. None of that is necessary. You CAN have it all with the guidance and help of professional life coach. You’ll find through the process of our work together that you don’t have to sacrifice anything to attain what you want. I guarantee that you’ll have to change a few things, but typically clients find that they have more time for their family, friends and themselves all the while experiencing more money, more opportunities, and more success in their professional lives. There isn’t an athlete out there who would consider going to the Olympics without the help and support of an experienced coach. Why shouldn’t you allow yourself the same opportunity to make your dreams come true? Sign up today and you’ll be amazed at the transformation that occurs in all areas of your life.
Why is life coaching so popular?
People are realizing how simple it can be to achieve their goals. They also understand that manifestation techniques and laws of attraction are working whether we know about them or not. The law of gravity is always in effect whether we’ve learned about it or not. The law of attraction is the same way and many people are excited to learn how to apply the simple principles to their lives.
A life coach has many tools & perspectives that can help you see life in a unique way that will ultimately help you attract the things you want as opposed to the things you don’t want. If you’re tired of seeing your dreams in your head and would like to invite them into your waking life then coaching is the next step for you. Take the time to invest in yourself and watch as your world shifts right in front of your eyes.
Why does life coaching produce such quick changes?
Life coaching works for many reasons:
The connection between the life coach and client creates momentum and enthusiasm.
Healthy attainable goals are set. Goals that naturally motivate the client.
Coaching provides a strong structure of internal support. Left to our own devices, most people start out with the best of intentions and then experience some kind of set back which often leads to the permanent derailing of hopes, dreams or desires. An experienced life coach can help you quickly bust through the mental road blocks so that you can accomplish more with less struggle in a shorter period of time. If you’ve been successful in the past on your own imagine how successful you’ll be with the help of a life coach.
What will the life coach focus on during our sessions?
I will focus on what you want to focus on. Your goals are my goals and I understand that goals can fluctuate daily, weekly or monthly so I shift with you allowing your ship to head in the direction that feels right for you. Often a client will naturally notice that some personal issues come up on the path to professional success. I am trained and gifted in helping you maneuver through the daunting landscape of personal pain and trauma. Be prepared to heal some past wounds that you hadn’t even known were bleeding.
Why should I invest in coaching?
“In previous research the ICF found that coaching is also generating a very good return on investment—a median return of seven times the initial investment for businesses—while being used for some of the same motivations mentioned in the latest study.
Companies large and small are optimizing individual and team performance through coaching. IBM and Solaglas Windowcare were recognized by the coaching industry as recipients of the ICF International Prism Award last year for their innovative coaching initiatives. Despite the recent global economic climate, ibm.com of North America reported a 563 percent return on investment from its coaching programs that engage sales teams and managers within the company. Solaglas, a leading UK-based glass replacement and installation company, reported higher customer satisfaction and a return on investment of 490 percent. Company executives believe these gains are small compared to the long-term impact coaching will have.” (October 12, 2010 from Coaching helps organizations achieve business results during economic downturn, New ICF study pinpoints reasons for consumer use of coaching)
The Manchester Review’s study of senior level executives at Fortune 1000 companies who received coaching indicates that the average return from the programs was almost 5.7 times the initial investment. (Maximizing the Impact of Executive Coaching, The Manchester Review, 2001, Volume 6, Number 1, Joy McGovern, et.al.)
A MetrixGlobal survey of 30 executives who participated in an executive development program at a Fortune 500 company, coaching brought in a 529% ROI (Executive Briefing: Case Study on the ROI of Executive Coaching, Merrill C. Anderson, Ph.D., MetrixGlobal, LLC.)
According to the Harvard Business Review, three stock portfolios comprised only of companies that “spend aggressively on employee development” each outperformed the S&P 500 by 17 – 35% during 2003 (How’s Your Return on People?, Harvard Business Review, March 2004, Laurie Bassi and Daniel McMurrer).