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What is Coaching?

If life is a road trip, a coach is your personal GPS. Driving can be a lot easier with a GPS. Life can be a lot easier with a coach.

1. Tell a GPS where you want to go, it gets you there.
2. If you have to take a detour, the GPS is with you and shows you the way back on track.
3. You are the driver. You decide whether or not to follow what the GPS said.
4.  You discover new routes and fun places driving with a GPS.

The ICF (International Coach Federation), the certifying body for the coaching profession, defines coaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” (ICF Code of Ethics)

ADD Coach Academy defines coaching as “Built upon unconditional acceptance and a powerful appreciation of the client’s potential, uniqueness, strengths, capabilities, and wholeness. Coaching is an ongoing collaborative partnership created to facilitate personal growth and awareness that leads to conscious choice, focused action, and a meaningful, rewarding life.”

Paul McKenna said well in his book Change Your Life in Seven Days, “Our real selves are like diamonds, and as we grow up they get covered up in a lot of horseshit, so we put nail varnish on top of the horse shit to try and make ourselves more attractive to the world. But if we spent a little bit of time digging away at the horseshit, people would see that we’re really diamonds and we wouldn’t need any nail varnish!”

As a coach, my mission is to partner with you to chip away the nail varnish, to bust through the horseshit, and to show the world (and to show yourself) the beautiful diamond inside.

How does it work?

Benefits of Coaching: Coaching is a way to create the highest performance through reflection, planned action, measured risk taking, and ongoing personal support. Some of the benefits of coaching include:

1. Become clear about your vision, mission, objectives and priorities
2. Learn and gain an empowering perspective on personal challenges and opportunities
3. Enhance thinking and decision making skills
4. Enhance interpersonal effectiveness
5. Analyze, evaluate options and brainstorm solutions to challenges
6. Make and stick with decisions and action plans
7. Recognize and celebrate your own achievements

A coaching conversation is not much different from a regular conversation, except you are the one choosing the topic and the direction of the conversation, and take the responsibility and ownership of the results. My job as a coach is to hold a safe and supportive space for you by listening, observing, focusing & questioning, to co-create the awareness and solutions with you. If you are interested in learning more about what a credentialed coach does, you may refer to the list of ICF core competencies.

Individual coaching can take place in person, on the phone or on Skype. Most of my clients have their ongoing sessions over the phone because they like the privacy and convenience. Sessions generally last 30-60 minutes and take place 2-3 times per month. Between coaching sessions, you can take advantage of additional communication through email to support you and provide momentum and accountability.

Contact me if you are ready to make a difference in your life. 312-772-5024 or