Frequently asked questionsWhat are the qualities of a good life and career coach?
As a priority, a good coach should be trustworthy and establish a relationship of trust with you. They also need to be open and flexible. They need to adapt to you, work to understand you, where you are coming from and what it is you want.
An excellent coach will also use different “coaching hats” and adapt them to you as you require. These hats can include:
- Listener – listen deeply and ask the right questions to understand and help you move forward
- Thinking-partner – think creatively and strategically with you and together come up with good solutions
- Motivator and personal cheerleader – encourage you and push you forward
- Intuitive – use their senses to assist and support you
Ultimately, a quality coach will support you to move forward and help you achieve your goals.
A coach should not spend the whole session talking about themselves and giving you lots of advice! Coaching is all about you, your challenges, your strengths and your goals.
I like to structure to our sessions to ensure I can help you to achieve your goals more effectively.
My first step is to send out an intake form where you can outline your reasons for attending and key goals. That way I can identify potential tools and techniques for you faster. (If you prefer to leave that for the session that is fine too).
When we meet in person or via zoom/skype my next priority is to establish a relationship of trust between us and create a safe space for you to open up. You can be assured I have an absolute commitment to your privacy.
I then tailor each session to you, using the coaching skills and tools you require.
If you have chosen a life coach or career coach package I will structure the sessions based on that package. However, whether you have chosen a package or not, sessions will always be client focused and go at a pace that is right for you.
Each session is all about you and your goals. I will see potential in you and believe in you. I will not focus on what is “broken,” but what is possible in your life.
At the end of a session I may recommend some “home-play” to encourage you to move forward with your goals. This can be practising some of the coaching tools learnt from the session, new techniques or taking real steps towards your goal.
We can also agree on accountability measures if that would benefit you.
It is completely normal to feel nervous before a call or session.
When you are going to open up to a person you need to know that you can trust them.
My priority is to create a safe and comfortable space for you so you feel confident to share what is important to you.
I can assure you that everything during a call or in the session is 100% confidential, and any notes I take are kept confidential. It is only if you may be a danger to yourself or others, then I have a duty to warn and help protect you or those other people.
You can also be assured our sessions will be a judgement-free space. I am completely open to people of all genders, cultures, and from all walks of life. The world is full of colour and life and everyone is different.
I love meeting new people, discovering how they tick and helping them to achieve their goals.
Generally, coaching sessions are goal centered and focused on positive actions you can take in the present and future to improve your life in a real way. Therapy sessions typically focus on healing from the past.
Coaching at the right time can set a person on a positive course for the future. It can boost physical, mental and emotional well being, build resilience and can even lower our risk of developing mental health problems in the first place.
However, life coaching is not a replacement for mental health intervention. If you have a diagnosed mental health condition it is best to work with an appropriate counselor or therapist who is trained in that area to assist you.