Coaching FAQ

What is Coaching? 

Coaching is a form of learning. As a Coach I support my Clients in learning and self-development in a way that benefits them.

Why do people have Coaching?

People enlist the services of a Coach because they want to improve their situation. They want to achieve their goals. To get better results they want to learn new ways of thinking. They are open to a new approach.

Common benefits people experience from coaching include:

  • Improved sense of direction and focus
  • Increased knowledge of self/self-awareness
  • Improved ability to relate to and influence others
  • Increased motivation
  • Improved personal effectiveness, e.g. focused effort
  • Increased resourcefulness/resilience, e.g. ability to handle change.

Key Elements of Coaching

  • You have the answers, not me.

As your Coach I firmly believe you already have the answers to your questions. By asking you questions, non-judgmentally, we will both explore these answers. And we will look at how they can help you reach your ultimate goals.

I will not give you suggestions or advice, as I’m not mentoring or counselling you. Coaching provides a kind of support distinct from any other. I will focus solely on your situation with genuine curiosity and commitment. This is a kind of attention you will rarely experience elsewhere.

  • You set the agenda.

You decide what issues we address in each individual coaching session. I will help you track and focus one issues in a given conversation. I will encourage you to make decisions and take responsibility for these decisions. I will raise certain issues at times. But the agenda is ultimately your responsibility.

  • A coaching relationship is an equal partnership.

I’m not an authority figure, nor am I a subordinate. We’ll work together as equal partners in this process. The power of coaching relates strongly to the level of openness and trust between us.

On many occasions coaching will help you move forward. But sometimes coaching is not the correct support for you at that moment in time. We will then discuss this to find a suitable solution to support your onward journey.

What will happen during a coaching session?

During a coaching session I, as your Coach, will walk by your side to help you to reach your goals and aspirations. I will listen to you. I will ask you questions. I will find out what your challenges are. And I will inspire you to reach your ultimate goal.

During each session we will go through a 6 point process.

  1. Review the previous session and the actions that you completed
  2. Set the goal for that session
  3. Consider where you are at the present moment with this goal
  4. Consider your options in meeting this goal
  5. Agree on some actions
  6. Summarise the session before completing the session.

Each session will be for 45 minutes and is carried out over SKYPE or face to face. I will manage the timing of the session and ensure you gain full value from the session.

At the end of a session we will make arrangements for our next session. Usually the sessions are held every two weeks.

A coaching session is completely confidential. I agree and comply with the Coaching Code of Conduct.

What does the coach need from me during a session?

To make sure that your time is being well spent with your coach please come to the session prepared. It’s also important that you will come with a goal or aspiration in mind that you would like to work towards.

Preparation is very important for the coaching session. Take 15 minutes before the session starts. Have a cup of tea. Take a walk. Listen to music. Whatever relaxes you. All to ensure you are feeling refreshed before the session starts. You will also need to ensure that you have a pen and paper to hand. And any other items that you may think will be useful such as a diary.

I look forward to support you on your journey!

Send me an email to book your first FREE coaching session: katja@sparklingspeech.com

This 20-minutes session is a non-obligation, complimentary session that gives us an opportunity to get to know each other, build rapport, set expectations for working together and decide on next steps.