Career Assessment and Testing

What is a coaching session like?

We meet on the phone for our 45 minute coaching session, which is dedicated entirely to you and your needs.

In the first few coaching sessions, we will discuss what you want coaching to do for you and we will work toward that goal. In later coaching sessions, we may cover other areas as they arise in your life. You will probably do most of the talking. I may ask questions to clarify things for me, and even more often, to help clarify things for you. I will support you, encourage you and sometimes challenge you to explore new options and to believe in yourself and to take well considered risks. At the end of our session, I may ask you what you want to do between now and the next call to move forward toward accomplishing what you want. If you would like to touch base between sessions, you can email me or call and we can talk briefly.

Can you really coach people on the phone?

Yes, in fact it is probably the best way to do coaching. I conduct all my coaching by telephone because my clients live across the globe.

Coaching by phone works well for several reasons. First of all, it is discrete – no one will know who you are talking with and you can often schedule calls on your lunch break or early morning or evening. Second, it is convenient for you because you do not have to travel for an appointment. Finally, you may find that you are like many people who find it easier to express themselves fully on the phone rather than face-to-face. You can be more comfortable on your own turf. You can assure yourself of your own privacy and eliminate distractions.

The one time that telephone coaching does not work is if you are driving. Out of concern for everyone’s safety, I have a strict policy that I will not continue a coaching call for a client who is driving.

So how would a coach be different
from everyone else in my life?

Your family, friends and colleagues are seldom completely objective about you. They usually have their own perspective on what you should do and how you should lead your life. As your coach, my only agenda is yours. I am a neutral party who is also a non- judgmental, supportive and caring listener. I am the person who will ask the questions others may hesitate to bring up. I am the person who will support you as you work to live life on your own terms. I will stand by you when things get rough and I will cheer with you when things are great.

Why should I commit time and money
to coaching?

It is likely that you already spend $500 or more a month on your car – plus maintenance, gas and insurance costs on top of that. Still, in just a few years, you will trade that car and start over with a new one. You invest all that money (and the time you spend driving) so that you can get where you need to go. Would it be worth half that much to get where you WANT TO GO IN YOUR LIFE?

Coaching is an investment in yourself and in achieving the life that you want. In years to come, you may remember one or two of your favorite cars but what kind of life will you remember? Only you can answer how much it is worth to have the life you want.

Are you saying everyone should have a coach?

No, coaching is not for everyone. Some people have such a distinct vision of what they want and the motivation to move forward on their own, that they may never feel the need to have the support that a coach can offer. However, these individuals are pretty rare.

There are also people who are not ready to work with a coach. They may be very unhappy and lack direction but they are not ready or willing to commit to making the necessary changes to improve their lives.

Many people may engage a coach at various points in their lives, but do not desire to work with a coach all the time. They want to work with a coach occasionally as the need arises. Others, especially after they experience what it means to have a good coach at their side, never want to be without that support.

Is coaching like therapy?

No, it isn’t at all. I, like most coaches, am not a licensed mental health professional. If a client is obviously dealing with depression, substance abuse or any type of mental health concern, I would strongly encourage him or her to seek appropriate care from a licensed professional in their area.

I assume that my coaching clients are stable and can care for themselves. We focus on the present and future the what and how of getting where they want to be. Many forms of therapy focus on the past and why a person feels or behaves as they do. The focus, intent and outcomes of therapy are very different from coaching.

“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”
— Sir Winston Churchill