Your Questions Answered
So what is coaching, exactly?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
I define my coaching as a partnership between the coach and client that focuses on successful attainment of the client’s goals in all areas of life.
What makes you qualified to be a coach?
I am a graduate of the Coach U Core Essentials program training, which includes 77 hours of coaching instruction. Coach U is an accredited coach training provider with the International Coach Federation (ICF), which is the globally recognized body for professional coach credentialing. I am currently completing the requirements necessary to become an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC), with plans to attain Master Certified Coach (MCC) credentialing in the future.
In addition to my coaching training, I have 18 years of experience as an engineer, team leader, project manager, program manager, and customer relationship manager in the corporate tech sector. I know how to lead teams and get things done – and I believe everyone is a leader! I’m a student of organizational behavior and the art of influence and motivation, and my colleagues have often relied on me as much for my people management and informal coaching skills as my organization and program management skills.
You can see my complete career and educational history on my LinkedIn profile – please feel free to connect with me!
What should I expect from you?
I believe in your capability and potential. You should expect me to listen, ask questions, and supportively guide you towards your vision – not mine or anyone else’s. I will support you in establishing a strategic plan for our coaching relationship and using every session to fulfill that plan. I’ll ask you for reasonable but challenging commitments, so that you can make as much progress as possible towards your greatest success.
You should also expect me to be honest with you about what I’m observing during our conversations, as I have found supportive honesty to be the most effective way to help clients grow. The key to a successful coaching relationship is open communication between the coach and client, so my goal will be to make you comfortable enough to share your vision, goals, challenges, self-talk, fears, and successes. Finally, you should expect to have fun. Laughter is necessary – in coaching and in life!
What results should I expect from coaching?
It depends! You should expect to get out of the coaching process what you put into it. If you are open to exploration and follow through on your commitments, you should expect see positive growth in many areas of your life.
How do I get the most out of coaching?
Be open to exploration, change and getting to know yourself anew. Think about what you really want in life and prepare for our sessions with that in mind! Prior to each session, I will ask you to consider the following session prep questions to optimize our time together:
What have you accomplished since our last session?
What did you intend to accomplish, but didn’t?
What insights, challenges, opportunities or breakthroughs have you experienced?
How do you want to use our time in the upcoming session?
What specifically would you like to achieve by the end of our next session?
Answering these questions will help us both focus each session on achieving maximum value for you!