what does it involve?
“A lot of people are extremely curious about coaching, but not sure what to expect. My advice to them is always the same – just try it.”
What does it involve? A free consultation session to allow you to get a taste of what coaching has to offer. Then, a Discovery Session, followed by two hour-long coach sessions per month for a period of at least three months. These can take place face-to-face or via Skype or telephone, whatever works best for you and your schedule.
I encourage anybody who expresses an interest in coaching to simply try it out and experience the impact that even a short amount of time with a curious, motivated coach can have. I offer all prospective clients a free, no-obligation consultation session where they can ask any questions they may have about the process, while also having the opportunity to experience coaching for themselves.
Our first meeting will be a ‘Discovery Session’, which is devoted to getting to know you – what are your motivations, what makes you tick, what are your values? This will be the launchpad for identifying areas of development, shaping your goals and getting specific about what it is that you want.
With the majority of my clients I propose a schedule of two one-hour coaching sessions per month. This gives us enough space to talk through and explore where you are, where you need to be, and what you need to do to get there, while leaving enough time in between sessions for the really important bit – you going out there into the world and taking action.
I request that my clients make a commitment to the coaching process of at least three months – transformative change takes time and patience, and new habits take time to embed themselves.
Broadly speaking, our coaching journey will have three phases:
Getting to Know Yourself:
- What makes you tick – what are your core values, passions and strengths? Identifying what it is that really brings you to life…
- Starting to formulate long-term goals, and short-term objectives
- Identifying the limiting beliefs, and uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that you will need to manage as you move forward
Exploring Options and Taking Action
- Investigating what career paths you could go down – based on what you want to do, not what you ‘should’ do or what seems easiest.
- Making connections and enlisting support from others – identifying the people and other resources who can support you in your journey
- Trying stuff out – experimenting with the new activities and behaviours that could represent the career of your dreams
Consolidating Change and Keeping it Going
- Creating a clear plan for your new career – putting the structure in place that is going to keep you moving in the right direction
- Consistent action even when it is tough
- Staying motivated – change is fresh and exciting, and also uncomfortable and anxiety-provoking. Learning the skills to ride the waves and keep moving forward
The journey may not always be absolutely linear – everyone’s is different. There will be setbacks and disappointments…but for each of these there will be countless learning opportunities, and unexpected and beautiful moments when you see your hard work paying off.
What it Costs
My current fee is £150 per month for two one-hour coaching sessions and e-mail support in between. I ask my clients to commit to a minimum initial coaching period of three months, as anything less than this is very unlikely to be long enough to see the real benefits of change – unlearning old habits that aren’t working and embedding new ones takes a little time. I must stress that this is a psychological commitment rather than a financial one – if you do not feel that the coaching relationship is working for you then you are free to complete and move on.
Get in touch! Don’t wait another year – book your free consultation session today!