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When I speak to people about coaching, especially initially, I can often sense a fear, trepidation or misunderstanding about what it is. So I have put together this short set of FAQ’s below to help bust some of the myths! By doing this I hope to provide a little more clarity and help you decide whether coaching is for you. If you have any further questions after reading this please get in touch, I would be delighted to hear from you.

  • What is coaching?
    Coaching is a form of personal development support provided by another person. In the workplace, this could be a manager or colleague, or it could be a qualified external person. The key principle is that the client or coachee already has the answers and resources they need within themselves, and the role of the coach is to bring these things out to the fore during the course of the session or a given number of sessions. Coaching is a specific skill and not everyone may be able to coach effectively, but a good coach will have excellent listening skills and the ability to ask perceptive and powerful questions that get to the heart of the client's issue, helping them to set and achieve their goals.
  • Is it like therapy or counselling then?
    No. Coaching is not therapy or counselling, or any other similar intervention you may have heard of. Coaching aims to help a client move forward based on where they are at that moment in time. It's about raising the client's awareness rather than giving advice or offering solutions. Coaching is future focused, positive and motivational. If a client is seeking support for distress or trauma related to past events, then therapy or counselling is likely to be more appropriate for that individual.
  • Coaching and mentoring are often used in the same breath. Is it the same thing?
    No. Coaching is not the same as mentoring, although there are some similarities. A mentor would be somebody who has experience of doing the same or similar thing to the client, and they may describe and discuss how they approached a challenge or issue or even suggest solutions. A coach does not need to have specific experience in a given area and will not provide solutions, as they lie with the client. A mentor may not have coaching skills although a coach can also be a mentor depending on the area of their expertise.
  • Why would I use a coach?
    You might seek the services of a coach for any number of reasons. It is mainly about identifying, setting and achieving your goals. Through the pandemic, many people have decided to change their jobs or certain things within their life, and the support of a coach could be very helpful in these examples. There are coaches who specialise in a particular 'niche' e.g. confidence, communication, divorce, parenting, business, and so on. The Bodycoach is a high profile example! I do not specialise as I tend to believe that one area of our life overlaps with other areas and the topics that arise when I am working with a client can be many and varied. I do have a specific interest in the areas of productivity, wellbeing and transition/change, however I prefer to coach on whatever my clients feel is important to them at that moment in time.
  • But I'm ok, and I am not struggling. So I don't need a coach?
    If your life is 10/10 in all areas and you are 100% happy then that is great! However the majority of us do not live a life that is perfect all the time and there are always elements we'd like to improve. You do not have to be 'struggling' to benefit from a coach, in fact many of the world's top executives and sports performers have a coach, for the very reason that they want to remain at the top of their respective fields and continue to get better at what they do. The demands of their roles mean that sometimes they need to make sense of the volume and complexity of the roles they have. Coaching can be effective in so many sectors and situations.
  • How can coaching help me?
    In my opinion (and I realise I am biased!) everyone can benefit from having a coach, and I have coaching myself on a regular basis. You can gain benefit from coaching in a specific area of your life, or your life as a whole. You can choose what you focus on, whether that be personal goals, work-life balance, time management, parenting, career change, relationships and so on. There is a benefit that comes from saying things out loud to another person, as it seems to help the brain declutter and put things in order, helping you to more easily see the way forward. With a coach this is heightened further as they have been trained and are experienced in both listening and asking powerful questions at the right time. This can help you to come to realisations (the 'ah-ha moment') and consider options that you may never has thought of on your own. It can also give you greater confidence to take a certain course of action.
  • Why should I choose Front Foot Coaching?
    There are many coaches out there and it is important that you find one that is right for you. A vital part of the coaching relationship is rapport and on our initial call we can decide whether the fit seems right and we can work together. Previous clients have described me as a 'relatable' coach and I hope that my down to earth and realistic approach will help you. In short, coaching with me will give you: A greater awareness of who you are, your purpose, values and what you want An increase in performance and the results you seek The opportunity to be more effective in your role/life Tools to help you break through the thinking that is holding you back A completely safe and confidential space to discuss issues affecting your life Clarity and clear step-by-step actions on the best way forward for you The life you want and deserve!
  • Can I just talk to friends and family and get the same results?
    Many of us have people in our lives that we turn to who may be wise and we value their opinion. A friend or family member may have natural coaching skills. However even if this is the case, unless they are trained as a coach there is always a danger that they may offer their advice or ask closed/leading questions. Also, the independence provided by an external coach is really important so that you do not feel as though what you say will be take any further, judged, or shared. Coaching is not just a friendly chat. It is a structured conversation lead by you but managed by a qualified professional to ensure you achieve your goals.
  • What is the coaching experience like?
    We will have an initial/introductory call to discuss your situation and what you would like to get from the coaching. Then if we agree to move forward I aim to make each coaching session with you an inspiring, motivating, positive and ultimately helpful experience that will move you forward. It is very important that you feel a sense of progress from each session. The normal length of a session is an hour and these can be online via Zoom or in person if appropriate. I also offer a DISC personality profile at the start of the coaching which helps you to understand yourself and others. This is the basis for the work we will go on to do. I use an established coaching model called GROW. Each session will look at your goal, what the current situation is (reality), develop some options and finish with a way forward or action plan. There are also a number of tools and exercises that can be used to help you along the way.
  • How many sessions should I sign up for to see any impact?
    We can discuss this in our initial meeting, to make sure that the coaching package is right for you. A one off coaching session can be helpful, but it can also be a sticking plaster and not lead to longer term impact. I usually recommend a minimum of 6 coaching sessions to begin with, 2-4 weeks apart, which can give you time to work on things and see some positive change and impact. At the end of the agreed number of sessions we will review whether you wish to continue, pause, or stop coaching.
  • Can you coach me on anything?
    In short, yes - although there may be some areas or situations where a different intervention may be more appropriate. If this is the case we will have that discussion as things develop and then my role becomes one of signposting you to the right people who can help.
  • How much would it cost?
    I have a range of standard packages available, however please call to discuss so that the right programme for you can be developed and costed.
  • Can you coach more than one person at the same time?
    Yes, I can run group coaching sessions with your team or within your organisation if this is required, in order to identify ways to work more collaboratively and develop an action plan that will ensure you achieve your organisational goals.
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