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Coaching FAQ’s

Coaching FAQ’s What does a coach do?

A coach is a mentor and guide that helps you explore your options, learn new skills, find motivation and excitement, and create and implement a plan for success. They help you by asking the right questions in exploring, and building on, the strengths that you possess. They help you discover and create strategies for dealing with any barriers to success which you have faced or may face in the future. They keep you on track, help you to be honest with yourself and hold you accountable.

What is professional coaching?

The International Coach Federation(ICF) of which I am a member, defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole.

What is the role/responsibility of the coach?

ICF defines the role of the coach as to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
  • Encourage client self-discovery
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable
What can I expect in the coaching process with Kessler Coaching?
  • We start with a thorough assessment of your coaching needs/challenges. We will know after the first session(s) if it is a good fit and if it makes sense to continue with coaching
  • We then spend time together exploring your strengths and successes
  • We move to learning/gaining an understanding of the barriers to your success
  • We then explore tools/strategies to address your specific challenges
  • We then co-create specific short and longer term goals for our work together based on the number of sessions that make sense to address the issues
  • We prioritize those goals and put realistic time-frames on them
  • We discuss mutual roles and responsibilities for achieving those goals
  • Work is done between sessions to augment/reinforce the work done in sessions
  • We meet weekly or bi-weekly, sometimes monthly depending on the goals and budget
What makes you the best coach for me?

I may not be the best coach for you. After the first session, it will become clear to both of us if it is a good match or not, or whether the time is right for coaching. My approach is honest and straightforward and my ultimate concern is with my client’s well-being. There are some people who need other services before coaching can be effective, or events in their life need to be dealt with before a coach can be helpful.

How do I get started?

To schedule an appointment register as a New Client

How will I know when the time is right for coaching; am I a good candidate?

Not everyone is ready for coaching. Read my article on:
Are You Ready For Coaching?