Frequently Asked Questions
What is coaching?
Coaching is a system of personal and professional development based on concepts from sports, business, spirituality, psychology and organizational development. It’s for passionate people who want the most from their personal and business lives. A coach helps clients set larger, more rewarding goals, develop a strategy to achieve them, and provide support throughout the process. In many ways, the process resembles what you might experience with a personal trainer—positive transformational change, but for your personal and professional goals.
Why does coaching work?
Coached clients often achieve more because of three unique features:
- SYNERGY: Client and coach become a team, focusing on the client’s goals and accomplishing more than the client would alone.
- STRUCTURE: With a coach, the client takes more actions, thinks bigger and reaches their goals, thanks to the accountability the coach provides.
- EXPERTISE: The coach knows how to help business people make better decisions, set high yet attainable goals, develop new skills for communicating and restructure their professional and personal lives for maximum productivity.
Successful coaching clients know the value of sharing ideas with someone who understands them and is objective enough not to be biased or self-serving in their feedback. Talking about options with someone who can actively listen (and who asks the right questions to help the client access their own inner wisdom) is one of the most important aspects of the coaching process.
Where do you start with a coach?
Most coaches begin with a special client meeting or call to get to know each other. Specifically, Debbie will use this time to learn about your unique goals, challenges, and opportunities. By the end of this discussion, Debbie will have a better idea of what you’d like to accomplish, and can begin laying a roadmap to help get you there.
How do coaching sessions work?
Modern coaching is typically done over the phone (although alternatives are available upon request). In addition to allowing frequent, regular contact, phone calls make it easy to stay in the “coaching relationship,” since you can call from your office, home, car, or hotel.
Prior to each call, a Debbie’s client will complete a coaching call strategy form to describe current challenges and the progress they’ve made since the last call. Most people are coached two hours a month, in either four 30-minute sessions, three 40-minute sessions, or two 1-hour sessions.
What happens when you begin working with a coach?
Every coaching client has unique goals, and thus no two sets of results are the same. Generally, however, clients tend to achieve the following:
- You take yourself and what you want more seriously.
- You take more effective and focused actions immediately.
- You stop tolerating things and situations that get in your way.
- You create momentum to achieve more, be more balanced and develop more powerful skills.
- You set personal goals that are clear and meet your needs.
- You identify and eliminate the barriers that get in the way of the achievement of goals.
- You communicate about what you need and want from others in a more responsible way.
- You make conscious choices about what you want in your life, what serves you and what no longer serves you.
What is it like to coach with Debbie?
Debbie will be your champion, your advocate and your partner in success. With your agreement and permission, she will nurture you and challenge you. Debbie will cheer with you and cry with you, depending on what you need at the moment. Her job is to help you identify where you are now, where you want to go and help you create the road map to get there. With Debbie as your coach, you’ll learn to access your own wisdom and to move into your own wisdom. Typically Debbie’s clients identify lofty goals and reach them quickly.
What do I do if I have to re-schedule an appointment?
Simply access the “Clients Only Area” by logging in with your username and password and access Debbie’s online calendar to reschedule. Make sure you select an open coaching time within a slot marked “AVAILABLE”. Once you have determined the time you would like to reschedule for, simply click on the “title” of your current coaching appointment, click on the “EDIT” button and change the start time, stop time and date to reflect the new desired appointment time. You and Debbie will both receive instant emails confirming all changes. Our request is that you make changes at least 24 hours prior to an appointment since Debbie has reserved that time on her calendar for you.
What happens if I miss a call due to an emergency?
If you do have an emergency, please let Debbie know as soon as possible by calling her voicemail at 520-423-8104 and leaving a message. Debbie can do laser coaching via email until your next scheduled call. And, if you give 24 hours notice, she will do her best to reschedule your appointment.
What is the confidentiality of your discussions with Debbie?
The coaching relationship is completely confidential. Coaches are bound by a stringent code of ethics, standards and conduct to treat all business and/or personal information as totally confidential. We will not discuss the content of coaching sessions, nor will we disclose any personal or business information about you to any third party without your knowledge and permission.
Do I need to sign a contract?
There are no long-term contracts with Debbie. You two will coach together for as long as you need help achieving your goals. You will sign an agreement acknowledging how the process works, the cost of your sessions together, and a credit card authorization form.