What is coaching? How does it work? What should I look for in coach? Questions

Coaching is a relatively new field and with that, there are many questions and clarifications that many people ask about.

What is coaching?

Coaching is a way for a person to change their story. It means different things to different people – a healthier life, a happier life or a more fulfilling life. For one person it could be losing weight or it could be learning to manage people more effectively. The foundation for these quality-of-life transformations lies within the power of coaching.

Coaching is a relationship between a coach and client.  Each person brings different things to the table – the coach knows the inner-workings of the coaching process and the client knows, or can tap into, the inner-workings of themselves. Together, we work to explore and develop the coaching topic as well as objectives which support the topic. Through the relationship, the coach is prepared with discovery methods and questions to help re-frame challenging situations and with tools and strategies to help make the desired change sustainable and long-term – short-term support for long-term changes.

What should I look for in a coach?

As a newer field, there are many misconceptions about what a coach is and does. In finding a coach, some things to consider are:

  • Personality – Have you ever met someone who’s laugh annoyed you or that you just felt out of sync with? There might not be a specific reason but you should follow your gut after speaking with the coach.
  • Coaching Style – Everyone has different types of people that they work best with. It is important to meet and talk with the coach before making any commitment to gauge their coaching style and to make sure that it works for you.
  • Qualifications – What is the coach’s training and what is their experience? There are currently no licensing requirements in most states. However, there are professional organizations that help define the profession and set standards. The ICF is the gold-standard and speaks to a coach’s commitment to ethics and coaching competencies.
  • Coach Biases – Some coaches can have ties to specific products or ideas. A coach should be working to the best interest of the Client. Coaching is about discovery and should not diagnose, recommend or prescribe specific products or methods.


How does coaching work?

Over our coaching time, we will work together to move you in the direction that you want to go. Throughout our weekly sessions, you will

    • Learn about yourself – what is important to you, your strengths and weaknesses.
    • Explore your vision
    • Learn about the connection between your mind and body and how this can be a powerful tool for self-development.
    • Try different strategies to see how they work for you.
    • Become aware of possible obstacles and prepare you to overcome them.

There could be times where I as a coach ask you: to challenge yourself, step out of your comfort zone, reflect on events and thoughts, or suggest various practices for you to try.  These are some of the ways that we will work together to develop meaningful and sustainable lifestyle changes. If change were easy, everyone would be doing it.

What are the time commitments associated with coaching?

Coaching is not for someone looking for a quick fix. It is work and aimed at making a desired change sustainable and long-term – short-term support for long-term changes.

In our 90-minute discovery session, we will discuss time commitments. Each session is generally an hour long and the frequency will be determined based on your goals and timeline.

How are sessions conducted?

The majority of coaching sessions are conducted over the phone or online (through Skype or FaceTime type applications). In person sessions are available at my office in Miami Beach.

The first session will be the longest and will cover roles and responsibilities and administrative details. All other sessions will be an hour. During the sessions, I ask that the client be focused on coaching and make prior arrangements to be in a setting without distractions.

Ninety percent of the coaching process happens outside of the coaching session. The client will have assignments to complete between sessions which can vary from readings, reflections or more actionable work. These assignments are designed to be useful for the client as they work toward their goal.

How do I get started?

Chances are there will never be perfect time. Why not now?

Visit Work With Me or get in touch and start the conversation.