When someone asks me what I do, I like to say, “I help people move from where they are to where they want to be.” I always hope that answer will generate more curiosity than confusion. When people respond with curiosity, I go on to talk about what coaching is and how I practice it with my clients.
The “father of modern coaching,” Thomas Leonard, described coaching as “a series of conversations, with a bit of wisdom thrown in.” In my approach, the first conversation is a complimentary meeting, usually over coffee or tea. We talk about what changes you want to make, what got you curious about coaching, and about how the process works. Then we discuss the scope and timetable for your project or goal. Together we craft a plan for a series of coaching sessions, usually somewhere between three and six meetings over a two- to three-month period. At the end of the initial commitment, we evaluate progress and sometimes set new goals. We may decide to schedule additional sessions.
Once you’ve committed to a coaching plan, we schedule the first meeting, and I ask you to complete a questionnaire that helps me tailor our plan to your specific needs. Then we meet, either in person or by phone. The sessions usually last between one and two hours. We spend that time talking about you—about what you want and what you don’t want, and what you’d like to do about that. About what’s working, what’s not working, and what’s next.
Sometimes there’s homework. Sometimes there’s action. Sometimes there’s a big change. Sometimes there’s a series of small changes. Sometimes there’s healing.
Always, there’s the opportunity to experience yourself and your life differently, to change and grow, to find more fun and satisfaction.
Are you ready for that first conversation? Give me a call at 713‑213‑7643 or send me e‑mail. Let’s talk!