Life coaching is useful for people who want to make improvements in their lives, whether big or small. It can help you make progress in your personal goals, grow in confidence, improve your relationships, and move towards your dreams!
Simply, a life coach helps you move from where you are now to where you want to be, without telling you what to do but drawing out the hopes, ideas, and desires of your heart. We help you think differently about things, and encourage and support you as you move towards your goals.
Here are some more details:
What Life Coaching Is:
I am a Christ-follower and my faith is really important to me. At the same time, I am happy to coach you whether you share the Christian faith or not. I’ll ask you questions to get you thinking about your personal priorities in life and about how you best would like to implement them. And you can be sure that I’ll be praying for you and your success.
What Life Coaching Isn’t:
As a life coach, I also do not generally give much advice. You are the one who knows your life and situation the best– and with God’s help, we will seek together to help you understand where you are, where you want to go, and how to get there.
What Can You Expect in Phone/Skype Coaching Sessions with Me?
- First, we’ll have a free 20 minute Discovery session where I’ll find out what you’d like to accomplish with life coaching and we’ll decide if life coaching is for you. You can also ask any questions you have.
- After this, along with a Coaching Agreement and a few other documents, I’ll give you an Intake Form to fill out–this will let me know more information about you to help me learn how to best serve you.
- Sessions are usually 45 minutes long (although the first one after the Discovery session may be longer) and generally happen once a week or once every two weeks, depending what you prefer. Some clients might also prefer sessions to be once a month for long-term goals.
- After each session, I’ll ask you to fill out and send to me a short “Post-Coaching” form to help you process the session and write down your goals.
- Sometimes, especially as part of certain coaching packages, you’ll do assessments or agreed upon homework to help you reach your goals.
- Before your next coaching session, you’ll fill out and send to me a short “Pre-Coaching” form that asks you about your successes and challenges since our last session, as well as your hopes for the next one.
- I may occasionally give suggestions or challenges to you, but you can always say “yes”, “no” or “yes, but…” and change it to something you think is better.
Life coaching is a way to think through your life and circumstances, find out more about yourself and others, set some great goals and get the encouragement and accountability you need to accomplish them.
What Can You Expect in E-mail Coaching with Me?
Put simply, e-mail coaching involves a series of e-mails back and forth between the coach and coachee. The coach will e-mail questions, and sometimes assessments and worksheets based on the needs and responses of the client. The client will then respond by doing any assessments/worksheets and giving their thoughts in answer to the questions. The coach will then respond to the client’s answers with more questions, going more in depth, helping the client to reflect and make decisions, form goals, and put those goals into action. The coach will encourage the client, asking how his/her goals are coming along, and continue to help them client reflect. The client may also bring up new topics as the weeks or months of coaching continue.
Although phone coaching may possibly be more effective because the coach is able to hear the client’s tone of voice and can ask questions in the moment after hearing the client’s responses, I do believe e-mail coaching is also a very effective way to help you accomplish your goals and I look forward to e-mail coaching you!
Here’s how e-mail coaching works with me:
- Even though you may choose e-mail coaching, I would like to begin by having the free 20-minute Discovery Session with you by phone (or Skype). This will help us get to know each other better and it will help us more quickly and accurately assess whether coaching suits your needs—including e-mail coaching.
- Next, you’ll choose the package or sessions that interest you after talking about it with me—all the packages that are offered as phone/Skype packages are also offered as e-mail packages. You can find a list of all the packages that I’m currently offering here.
- Your package will involve a certain number of “e-mail exchanges”—usually 4 – 6. An e-mail exchange is a pair of e-mails –- one e-mail from me, asking questions, sending you assessments, etc. and one e-mail will be from you including your responses to the questions and results of the assessments, etc.
- This doesn’t mean that you can’t e-mail me in between our main “e-mail exchanges” for free to ask questions, get clarification or give some additional comments. Feel free to do so. I will usually also e-mail you after your response e-mail to ask more questions to help you continue to process in between the main e-mail exchanges.
- I will send you an introductory e-mail (free) that includes a Coaching Agreement (contract) for you and I to sign, as well as an Intake Form (the same as I use for telephone/Skype coaching) that you will fill out to help me get to know you and your situation more thoroughly, as well as instructions for payment using an e-mail transfer. You will also receive an “e-mail schedule” document for you to set the dates for when you would like to e-mail your responses back to me. You will fill all these documents, follow the instructions, and then e-mail it all back to me.
- Now we will start the e-mail exchanges. Based on some of your responses in the documents in the introductory e-mail, I’ll ask you more questions, give you other assessments, etc. You will then send me back your own e-mail with your responses and results. I want you to get great value in your e-mail coaching exchanges, so I will seek to ask you powerful questions and occasionally give useful suggestions. You can choose to write in response as much or as little as you want, but the e-mail coaching will likely be more effective for you if you can write as thoroughly as possible.
- After you send me your e-mails, you will receive mine back within 1 -2 week days (Monday to Friday). You will then have a week or two (depending on the dates you set in your schedule) to send them back to me.
- If there is ever a roadblock in communication, where you or I are having trouble understanding each other by e-mail concerning something important, you will have the option of being able to have a 20 or 45-minute coaching phone call for a discounted price (than regular-priced coaching calls). This is unlikely to happen, but if it does, it will be your decision if you’d like to do that or not. Also, if for any reason you would ever like a coaching call or two to supplement the e-mails, let me know and I will again be happy to do so for a discounted price.
- After you send in your last e-mail, I will send you a last (free) e-mail to encourage you in your goals and actions and perhaps ask a few more questions (of course, you are free to respond with responses/a good-bye as well). We can happily end the coaching there, or if you’d like to continue e-mail coaching on this topic or on other topics (or do phone or Skype coaching instead), you’ll have that option, and we can go from there.
Why Is Coaching Effective?
- Through powerful questions, coaching helps you think about your life and circumstances and what you want to improve. When you come to these insights yourself, you are more likely to want to act on them than if others suggested them.
- Coaching helps you develop a vision of what you would like to happen in the situation, getting you excited about the prospects and believing that things can change.
- Coaching helps you strategize and think about what options may work in your specific circumstances. We try to help you think outside the box from the way you might normally think about your situations since it’s easy to get in ruts in our ways of thinking.
- A coach will help you set great goals–ones that are attainable for you and realistic for your life. Again, because you came up with the goals, they’ll be more motivating for you than if someone else told you to do them.
- We give you encouragement and support you on your way.
- We also keep you accountable by asking how things are going in meeting your goals, empathising with your struggles, celebrate your successes, and help you adjust your goals if need be.
Got any more questions? I’d be happy to answer them.
Contact me here or call (519)697-5048.
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Hope to hear from you soon! 🙂