Before you take a leap, you probably have some questions.
How do I know if coaching is right for me?
Coaching is a commitment. It is about changing your future and creating a future that's different than what you would have arrived at by default, without this commitment, without a coach. You are investing time, money, and energy in making a change. Whether that be your career, leadership ability, or business, you have to want to make a change or it's just an interesting conversation. Coaching is right for you when you are ready to make that commitment. One of my client’s wrote about the importance of commitment for coaching; it’s worth a read.
What is coaching?
Ah, good question! I wrote a whole blog post about this. But bottom line: Coaching is a partnership designed to support clarification, planning, action, and reflection.
Where do you coach?
Usually, by phone or video. In some cases, in person. Each has it’s pros and cons. An in-person session provides a physical connection and the ability to see emotion and facial expressions. The phone provides additional space for privacy and it allows for a different type of listening and responding. Research from Yale actually shows that you can hear emotion better when you’re just listening to someone’s voice. It’s also great because you don’t have to go anywhere and we can work together even if you’re on the other side of the world (seriously, I’ve worked with clients in France, England, and South Korea, to name a few!). Video has the remote benefits, but the technology can be distracting and take away from the coaching. We’ll talk about what works best for you during our consultation session.
I’m thinking about coaching for my team or organization; how does that work?
For organizations, I typically customize engagements based on what the team needs. We’ll start by talking about goals for the engagement and design from there. The engagement might include 360 assessments, workshops, 1:1 coaching, or team coaching. I often design experiential learning programs that focus on topics such as how to give and receive feedback, developing a coaching habit, having difficult conversations, etc. I also offer pop-up coaching as a way for us to do some work together and check our chemistry. You can learn more about my work with organizations here and we can discuss this on our consultation call.
Can my organization sponsor my coaching?
Yes. I work with clients who pay for coaching out of their own pocket, and I work with clients who are sponsored by their organization. Regardless of who is paying, what we discuss during the coaching sessions is confidential.
How long does coaching take?
Most engagements are at a minimum, four months. The average coaching engagement is 6-12 months.
I do have a few one-session options for clients working on very specific areas of their career, but for the most part, this is a commitment that will take some time. It takes between 21-254 days for individuals to form new behaviors. Changing behavior requires lots of discovery, reinforcement, focus, and nurturing. And change can be a little bit painful. You're taking the old way of being with and doing something and replacing it with something completely new and often confusing at first. What you've been doing for so long has "worked" for you, so despite your best efforts, you'll naturally try to fight off the new way.
Plus, coaching is hard, and there will be times when you want to just quit. A longer-term engagement allows us both to stick it out during the hard times and be bold and courageous.
How often will we meet?
I meet with most clients every other week for 45-50 minutes (we block an hour just in case!). I’ve found this cadence to work well; it offers enough time for reflection and work between sessions without lost momentum. I’m not a stickler about this, and am happy to meet more/less often. I also offer clients short check ins if something comes up or you want to share a win. I’m your coach during and between sessions!
Do you offer help with my resume?
Yes, if you’re working on your career, I do provide assistance with resume development, cover letters, and LinkedIn. However, this is a small part of the work we’ll do and should not be your primary reason for coming to coaching. If you’re simply looking for resume or LinkedIn support, you may want to think about a one-off session.
How much does coaching cost?
The average coaching engagement for an individual is between $2,500 - $6,000. The cost depends on if we decide to include an assessment, how often we meet, if we include other meetings as part of the engagement (e.g. check-ins with your manager), etc.