Coaching

“Coaching is not about teaching the caterpillar how to fly, it’s about creating an opening for it to see the possibility.”
– Paul Lefebvre

During the past ten years, I have had the privilege and good fortune to coach several hundred clients. Some have worked with me so that they could achieve greater success at work, in their professional roles as managers, executive directors, physicians, attorneys, business executives, entrepreneurs. And some to more successfully navigate through a life transition such as learning how to live with a brain injury, find a new job and career or discover heartfelt happiness. Regardless of the specific reason, the common thread is that all did so because they were ready to make forward progress, to release what wasn’t working and to discover and realize their full potential. Whether we met for only a few times, or several times a month over the course of a year, the coaching conversations propelled them forward to enjoy greater success and a richer, more meaningful life.

The same is true for me as both coach, and client, for I have worked with a coach since I began my own coaching journey. Through these relationships and conversations, I have learned:

  • That there are a myriad of ways to describe coaching, and regardless of how you describe it, ultimately what it is about is a dynamic relationship in which the coach taps into her own passion and desire to reach her fullest potential to assist her client in doing the same.
  • That you sometimes go backwards or sideways to discover the AHAs that propel you forward.
  • That the magic of the coaching conversation is realized when the conversation is centered fully on the client’s agenda, where the coach suspends opinions and judgments and uses powerful questions to assist the client in tapping into their latent potential.
  • That one of the biggest challenge’s in life is to stop tripping over yourself by leveraging your strengths and talents, and recognizing when they become your limitations.
  • That neuroplasticity is one of the greatest discoveries of the past decade in it supports the human ability to change.
  • That life is multi-dimensional, and that shifting our perspectives is often the key to realizing our potential.

At Extra Ordinary Living, we have adopted the following definition of coaching:

Coaching is: inspiring an individual or team to produce a desired result through personalized teaching, expanding awareness and designing environments.

For more explanation of our definition, click here. (PDF)

How does the coaching process work?

We work with our clients via telephone or in person generally at regularly scheduled times for 60-90 minutes. The time and frequency is dependent on the client with some preferring shorter, more intense sessions, and others wanting more time to discuss and process the issues.

We also offer full day or half day coaching sessions for those who feel a intense, concentrated full-emergent session is what they need to strategize and kick-start their forward progress.

To make the best use of our time together, we ask our clients to come prepared to the coaching session with items and issues to be discussed. In between sessions, we are available by email or phone for what we call “just in time” coaching.

How do I learn more? Begin?

Simply call, 540-537-6578 or email Janet, to arrange for your free session…learn about and benefit from coaching without any obligation. Interview us to see if we are a good fit for you. This gives both of us a chance to meet, engage in conversation and see if we establish a rapport that is essential for a successful coaching relationship.

If you would like to read more about coaching, click here to access a document created by the International Coach Federation, an organization we support and ascribe to as the leaders in the coaching industry. This is a compilation of answers to frequently asked questions about coaching. We believe they have done a great job providing objective answers.

Studies show that training plus coaching improves productivity by 88% versus a mere 22% with training alone.

Is coaching expensive?

That, of course, depends on how you measure the value. Coaching is a financial investment in you, whether paid for by you or your company. The value is determined based on the return on investment, ROI, that you establish.

We have learned that for many people whose lives are busy and schedules are full, paying per session works better. In this case, our session fees range from $165 to $250.

For all of our clients, we establish our fees at the outset of coaching and honor them throughout the coaching relationship. We realize that for some any financial investment puts a strain on their monthly budget. We work with many of our clients to establish a payment plan that allows us to sustain our business, and show our faith in them that coaching will garner a return on their investment which will ultimately lessen the financial constraint and allow them to fully honor their financial commitment.

We want you to be satisfied with the quality, content and results of your investment. If for any reason you are not satisfied, we will gladly refund your last payment. We do ask that you let us know what you are dissatisfied with so that we can improve our services to our other clients.

In the USA, all expenses of continuing education undertaken to maintain and improve business and professional skills are tax deductible. Please contact your tax professional for further information and clarification.

What is the difference between executive coaching and life coaching?

The term executive coaching implies that a third party in involved in the coaching relationship, and most often, it is the person ’s employer who has decided to make a financial investment in the employee to assist him in learning a new skill or simply to optimize his performance, knowing the company will ultimately benefit. Executive coaching focuses on the needs and goals of both the executive and the sponsoring organization. However, the confidentiality of the coaching sessions remains sacrosanct. It is up to the client to share with others what she talks about with her coach.