Ok, so I am guessing by now you have a general idea of what a Life Coach does?
However, different types of Life Coaches are better at certain things than others and may even specialize in niche areas, so it’s important you get the Life Coach that best fits your needs.
When people call me to ask for information they quite rightly want to tell me what they expect and desire from the Life Coaching process.
That’s all very well and good, but I prefer to do it the opposite way round. In other words, I would rather tell you what I can do and then you decide if it’s what you want from your life coach.
Doing it that way round removes the chance I’ll simply say “Yeh, yeh that’s exactly what I do” to anything you may say. Of course I would never do that because it would make a successful coaching partnership very unlikely, but there may be some doubt.
A lot of Life Coaches work at what I like to call an action level. Supposing you want to set goals or attempt to beat procrastination, then you will sit down with your Life Coach and devise an action plan to implement change.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with this approach and in many cases it can be highly advantageous. In fact, I will often get to that stage with clients, but ONLY after I have taken a look under the hood and found out what makes them tick.
The reason why I don’t set up long term contracts with clients is because I like moving fast, it’s what I’m best at. I want to give you the self development tools you want to make changes yourself whenever you feel the need down the road.
In other words, if a problem recurs on 12 months time you will have the skills to deal with it and not have to pay me or any other coach money to help you out.
An average Life Coaching client stays with me for about 6 sessions. I do some long-term maintenance and accountability coaching (especially with entrepreneurs), but it probably makes up less than 10% of my workload.
What This Life Coach Does
People often ask me how many sessions they will need and what do I do in each session? The answer to both those questions is, ‘I don’t know!’
Ok that isn’t strictly true, I do know more or less what I’ll do in the first two sessions, but after that, all bets are off.
If any Life Coach tells you he or she knows how long they’ll need or what they intend to do on a consult call, run a mile.
There is no cookie cutter approach to Life Coaching PERIOD.
Before we start Ill be asking some questions about what you really want from Life Coaching. Many clients don’t have specifics, in fact that can be the reason they call me in the first place, and that is cool. However, they always know what they don’t want and that can be a starting point.
Two questions I ask on my intake forms are:
What is your minimum requirement from life coaching that will make you think it was a worthwhile investment of time and money?
What is you dream outcome. What is the thing or things that if you achieved would have you thinking hiring a life coach was one of the best decisions you ever made?
My first session is what I call a bench-marking session. I want to take an holistic look at multiple areas of a your life to gain an understanding of how stuff fits together. That doesn’t mean I want to dig about in your past and get you to tell me about your childhood, but it does mean I want to know about YOU.
A client always has the ability to request we don’t talk about certain things, and indeed when they are under the care of a psychotherapist, counselor etc that would be a professional courtesy.
The first session usually takes about 75 minutes, but can be any time from 60 minutes up to 90 minutes on occasions. I do not kill a call because the hour is up if we are in the middle of doing something.
Some Life Coaches think I’m unprofessional taking that approach, but I can’t say I’m too concerned about that.
Understanding Your Values
The second session almost always involves really getting to the core of who you are as a person by looking at your values. It is my job to work within your value framework, not drag you into mine.
This can often be the most enlightening session and I have seen a great many A-Ha! moments during this time.
After that I have no idea where we will go and all bets are off. I do know one thing though, we’ll have lots of fun.
Hopefully that tells you a little bit more than my standard ‘About Us’ page that lists my history and qualifications and you have a better idea of how I operate.
And here is me being interviewed on Fox in Orlando.
So let’s talk on 407 334 4692 whenever you’re ready to make the next move.