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Coaching information: Questions and answers

How does coaching differ from mentoring or counselling?

Often people who look for coaches are unclear of the differences between the approaches taken by different experts. Below is a high-level explanation of what the key differences are between counselling, mentoring and coaching.

Mentors will draw significantly on their own experience and are likely to provide advice based on their own experience. A coach is trained to bring a solution out of the person being coached, so they learn for themselves.

If you work with a therapist or counsellor, they will look to the immediate or distant past to prescribe an appropriate solution to a client's problem. A coach, having a good understanding of how your past has created your present, will focus every coaching session on where you are now and where you want to be in the future. Coaching is about moving forward.

I want to know more about your coaching approach, so what should I do?

Give me a call or send me an e-mail and let's arrange an exploratory chat. There is no cost obligation to you and it gives you an opportunity to share what's on your mind and allows me to explain my coaching approach and how coaching can help you get to where you want to be. During this conversation you can ask any question you have about coaching and get a feel for me as a coach, helping you to decide if I am the right one for you.

Ok, I want to arrange some coaching sessions. What happens now?

Once you have decided on the coaching route and that I am the right coach for you, we will agree which coaching package is suitable for you. As a rule I ask my clients to invest in a minimum of four sessions. This provides you with sufficient time to make lasting changes in addressing your particular challenge.

At the same time we will agree where and when your coaching sessions will take place. You may want your coaching to be face to face, by telephone, or a mixture of the two. I am flexible: coaching is effective in both environments.

What else do I need to do to get started?

Once we agree to proceed, I will send you a pack which includes an initial client questionnaire, tailored to your needs and designed to help you identify what you want to achieve from your coaching sessions. I will also send you a DISC questionnaire, a psychometric tool aimed at showing your communication preferences. Accompanying these two questionnaires will be a coaching agreement outlining my terms & conditions plus an invoice for your sessions.

So what do I do now?

Coaching is all about taking actions that move you towards your desired outcome. Simply by making contact with me you will have taken your first step. I very much look forward to hearing from you ...