Friday, December 18, 2015
By Julie Cohen, Professional Certified Coach
What is coaching? Coaching is a professional partnership to assist you in achieving more fulfilling results in your personal and professional life. Through coaching, you focus on the skills and actions needed to successfully produce personally and professionally relevant results.
What does the coaching process look like? Coaching begins with an initial session to assess your current opportunities and challenges, to define the scope of the coaching relationship, to identify priorities for action, and to establish specific desired outcomes. Subsequent coaching sessions are scheduled two to three times each month. Between scheduled coaching sessions, you may be asked to complete specific actions that support the achievement of your personally prioritized goals. The coach may provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments, or models, to support your thinking and actions.
Where do we meet? Coaching sessions occur over the phone creating the most flexibility for you. Julie Cohen Coaching has clients throughout the US, Canada. Europe and Asia. Some ‘in-person’ sessions may be scheduled for organizational clients wishing to provide on-site coaching for their employees.
What should someone look for when selecting a coach? The most important thing to look for in selecting a coach is someone with whom you feel you can easily relate to and can create the most powerful partnership. Additional considerations include the coach’s experience, specific coach training completed, attainment of ICF credentials, coaching success stories and coaching philosophies.
How long does a coach work with an individual? The length of a coaching partnership varies depending on your needs and preferences. For certain types of focused coaching, 3 to 6 months of working with a coach may be sufficient. For other types of coaching, people may find it beneficial to work with a coach for a longer period. On average, Julie works with clients for 6 to 12 months. A three-month commitment is encouraged to experience the impact of the process, but it is not required.
How do I get started? Prospective clients arrange a complimentary coaching consultation. During this phone session, you’ll share your situation and what you want to accomplish with coaching. This will allow Julie to understand how she can best support you and will allow you to experience coaching with Julie. If you decide to move forward with the coaching work, you will receive Coaching Introductory Materials which include various exercises and assessments that set the foundation for future sessions.
How is coaching distinct from therapy and other service professions? Professional coaching is a distinct service which focuses on your life as it relates to goal setting, outcome creation and personal change management. In an effort to understand what a coach is, it can be helpful to distinguish coaching from other professions that provide personal or organizational support.
Thank you to the International Coach Federation [ICF] for providing a majority of the above FAQ.
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