Frequently Asked Questions
This kind of self-awareness and clarity about their true goals often creates the motivation to move through the steps necessary to achieve them. It can also illuminate resistance and fear, demonstrating for the client why certain key choices or actions are not happening and how to shift from resistance to results.
Their has to be a ‘fit’, and this can only be determined by an in-person meeting where both client and coach can ask questions and learn about the potential relationship. Clients are encouraged to interview several coaches and ask trusted colleagues for a referral. Be honest about your needs and goals, timing and budget. It’s an important commitment and the results can be meaningful—take the time to get it right. Then, relax and let it work!
Therefore, here are two instances when coaching is not recommended:
- Adults that are experiencing mental or physical health challenges rarely have the energy necessary to commit to a coaching relationship. First, address these issues with a qualified medical professional. Don’t begin coaching if you are struggling with alcohol or prescription/illegal drug abuse; problem gambling, depression, bi-polar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia/anorexia, ADD /ADHD, sleeping disorders, or a serious medical condition.
- Productive adults routinely handle challenges in their personal and professional lives. If the size or significance of the challenge you are seeking coaching for is not of the caliber that you feel it justifies the time or financial commitment required by your coach… then, you are probably right! Coaching is best used sparingly, and to great effect. Handle the routine stuff on your own, talk with a friend, or pick up a self-help book.
Counseling helps individuals to cope with and resolve issues in their past that are affecting their behavior and choices in the present.
Consulting is the method by which experts in a process or skill apply their knowledge to your business issue and come up with the right answer.
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