FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
How can a Coach help me?
Since your Coach will be your personal listener and your conversation partner, he or she will try to get a good idea of how you perceive the world. From this he or she will be able to identify the most effective route to your goal. A coach will approach things pragmatically. Sometimes, based on certain clients' set perspective and resistance to change, Your coach may decide to take it slow and may divide ultimate goals into smaller bite-sized pieces. Other clients may get impatient and lose interest if their dreams aren't realized immediately. In such cases a life coach might suggest introducing stronger reminders and incentives to keep them on track. However based on how you approach your issues, your coach will be able to tailor your sessions to fit.
What areas and subjects Coach can help me with?
Although I have listed focus areas in a different section in this website, broadly the subjects life coaches deal with include:
Personal life - perhaps you feel like you're not making the most of life. There's so much to see, do and learn in this world, but often a lack of confidence, time and will-power can cause us to stay inside not doing anything. Life coaches use specialist skills to motivate their clients to do the things they want to do, so they can finally fight the urge to procrastinate.
Love life - do you ever wonder why the opposite sex never seems to be interested in you? Do you wish you had the confidence to approach someone you have your eye on? Do you have commitment problems? Do you have problems trusting your spouse? Are you having an affair? Are you struggling to deal with a divorce? Whatever the problem, a life coach could help you to understand your love-life problems and then work towards rectifying them.
Business life - starting and running a business is tough work. Sometimes we get so absorbed in hard work we neglect ourselves. Life coaches can help with confidence, leadership, decision-making and work/life balance.
Skill Improvement / Performance - improvement is at the heart of coaching. Whatever your skill, coaching could help improve it. Whether you are an executive, an athlete, an artist, a writer, a performer, or a musician - guidance and adopting specialist techniques will help you to push your limitations and exceed expectations.
In what situations Coaches can not help me?
Coaching does not intend to work on issues such as addictions, severe depressions, severe anxieties, phobias, destructive or abusive patterns or other such conditions or any condition that is considered a medical condition.
How coaching is different from Therapy or Counseling?
Counseling, or therapy, often looks to the past in order to discover, heal and understand. Coaching, on the other hand, looks to the future in order to make a good life even better or resolve a specific issue. In Coaching, the starting point is the client’s desire for personal and professional success. A life coach focuses on forwarding all aspects of the client’s life to extraordinary. Coaching is not about how you came to be who you are; it’s about getting you from where you are now to a future that you want.
How many sessions would I need?
Typically 4 to 8 sessions are required to resolve a specific issue that is bothering a client. However, it is entirely up to you to decide. You can have as many or as few sessions as you like.
Generally people hire Coaches on a long term basis as their listening and conversation partner with whom they can confide and openly discuss their regularly emerging issues to optimize their productivity. Such clients have sessions every week or every two weeks or even once a month but on regular basis.
Because many coaches operate over the phone or via the Internet, the sessions can easily fit around your schedule.
What advice do you have for people looking for Coaches for help?
This is what I would suggest: Always take a free “sample session” from the coach you’re considering; Remember, a coach is your personal listener and your conversation partner; his job is to help you find your answers, not impose his advice on you. Its about personal relationship and chemistry you would develop with your coach that will help you attain your goals faster. It should feel supportive and challenging at the same time. Since Life is a journey with ups and downs, some one with his or hers own life experiences might be able to help you more than someone inexperienced but with certification.
During the initial interview, I use a “Discovery Sheet” that asks essential questions about who you are and what you want out of life. What issues are blocking you from achieving what you want.
Once we decide to proceed, I would want to know your strengths, potentials, and roadblocks. The more open and honest you become, the easier and faster you will attain your goals.