What is Personal Coaching?
Everyone knows what a sports coach does. Many people also know about artistic coaches in music, dance and acting.
Like the other types of coaches, a personal coach will:
- look at what the client wants to accomplish and help with setting better goals,
- help a client evaluate what his or her strengths are and then use those strengths to achieve more than they would have on their own,
- help clients stay better focused so that results may be produced more quickly,
- provide clients with the tools, support, and structure to enable them to accomplish more than they could by themselves.
While knowledge about human behavior and past patterns may be revealed as a client grows and develops, it is not the focus of a coaching relationship. "Issues" in these areas need to be handled by a trained therapist.
Unlike a consultant who provides "how to" information and then leaves the client to fend for himself, a personal coach stays with the client to help implement the new skills, changes, and goals and make sure that the client's objectives are accomplished.
Although personal coaches are trained professionals who have skills, tools, and abilities beyond those of most close friends, they still listen when you need a sympathetic ear, maintain confidence in regard to what you tell them, and support you and cheer you on as you face life's challenges.
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Are You Coachable?
Do you ever feel like you're living in a constantly changing world without an instruction manual?
You actually know more about life than you may think. Just as a caterpillar instinctively knows how to become a butterfly, we humans have much knowledge about our own personal transformation process. The difference is that we have the free will to make choices which a caterpillar never has to face. The multitude of choices which we face on a daily basis can become overwhelming.
My job as a personal coach is to help you learn to make better choices so that you can evolve toward your full potential and experience a more satisfying life. I serve as a catalyst to help you discover patterns, recognize strengths, and access the information you need to live the kind of life you want to live both personally and professionally.
If having your own personal coach sounds appealing, then take the tour of this page check out the links above and activitie at the bottom of the page. You can contact me personally email, skype or by phone.
How Coachable are You?
CLIENT COACHABILITY INDEX
Client Instructions: Choose the number which comes closest to representing how true the statement is for you right now, with 1 being not true, and 5 being the truest. Then, score yourself, using the key at the bottom of the page.
1 2 3 4 5 I can be relied upon to be on time for all calls and appointments.
1 2 3 4 5 This is the right time for me to accept coaching.
1 2 3 4 5 I am fully willing to do the work and let the coach do the coaching.
1 2 3 4 5 I keep my word without struggling or sabotaging.
1 2 3 4 5 I'll give the coach the benefit of the doubt and "try on" new concepts or different ways of doing things.
1 2 3 4 5 I will speak straight (tell the whole truth) to the coach.
1 2 3 4 5 If I feel that I am not getting what I need or expect from the coach, I will share this as soon as I sense it and demand that I get what I want and need from the relationship.
1 2 3 4 5 I am willing to stop or change the self- defeating behaviors that limit my success.
1 2 3 4 5 I have adequate funds to pay for coaching and will not regret or suffer about the fee. I see coaching as a worthwhile investment in my life.
1 2 3 4 5 I am someone who can share the credit for my success with the coach.
____________ Total Score (add up the numbers)
10 - 20 Not coachable right now
21 - 30 Coachable, but make sure ground rules are honored!
31 - 40 Coachable
41 - 50 Very coachable; ask the coach to demand a lot from you!
How Donald Coaches
After an initial consultation to see if we agree that we would like to work together, you will speak with me via email,skype or/and phone once a week.
A key component to the success of a coaching relationship is that both you and I feel comfortable working together and are able to trust each other. My clients quickly discover that they can count on me to be honest with them and hold whatever they say to me in confidence.
Clients generally find that working with a coach becomes a sort of dance in which the coach and client move together around the room and cover various parts of the dance floor, often returning to some while never getting to others. In order to maintain some focus during this "dance," I use the steps of a Three-Step Coaching Model.
First, we discover exactly "who" you are as opposed to "what" you do. This involves investigating values, needs, standards, beliefs, boundaries, integrity, talents, qualities, strengths, weaknesses, views, spirit, and other related topics.
Second, we clarify what you want. Clients usually have some ideas about what they want from life, but often those are not clear ideas based on who the client is. It is during this step that we set goals which are specific and personal.
Third, I empower you to reach the goals. This involves experimenting, making shifts, selecting strategies, putting support structures in place, giving encouragement, motivating, making distinctions, and evolving.
As the coaching partnership continues, this three-step model becomes circular. Discovery about who you are leads to setting better goals which leads to achieving them more efficiently which creates changes which help you expand the "who" part which leads to more goals , etc.
There is no fee for the initial consultation!
Once we have established that we would like to work together, we arrange a time for a weekly phone call. Generally an individual who calls me weekly for 30 minutes is charged $45 per phone session. There is> no charge for periodic email communication between calls. A very brief "check-in" call may also be allowed from time to time with no additional charge.
Coaching is a process which occurs over time and requires a commitment> on the part of both the coach and the client. I do not ask for a written agreement or contract from individuals, but I do ask for a minimum 28 day commitment with weekly fees paid in advance at the beginning of each week. Should the coaching arrangement become unworkable for any reason, either party may withdraw at any time. In such cases, all unused fees will be returned to the client.