Coaching FAQ

Here are some of the most common questions I get asked about what I do.

You’re a coach? What sport?
Although most commonly linked with athletics, coaching isn’t confined to a grass playing field or indoor court. I see myself as being similar to a soccer coach. The soccer coach can’t get in the game with the players but stands at the sidelines and helps each player excel in playing the game. Similarly, I stand at the sidelines of people’s lives and help them excel at being the best they can be. Coaching is seen by many as the highest evolution of adult learning. Often it takes talking with someone outside of the game of your life to help you see the goalposts you may be missing.

So you’re sort of my own personal consultant or trainer?
Yes and no. When I’m consulting and training, I am expected to provide answers to problems and training in techniques. As a coach, I’m more interested in asking questions and helping you stir up answers from your own wisdom

“THANK YOU! I am absolutely thrilled. Just talking it out made me realize what I really want and nudged me to ‘go for it.’ If that was coaching, then you are brilliant! Feel free to quote me on your website, as well as include me in your success record.”

—Evelyn Ramirez-Schultz, Director of Special Events, Para Los Niños, CA

and life experience. Consulting and training are useful and I am hired to provide those. But with coaching, I often find my clients already know the answers to their questions, they just need someone to help them draw it out.

Are you a therapist or counselor?
No. Therapists and counselors often focus on the past. They are trained to seek things in your past that are causing current dysfunction. They are often gifted at helping you heal past hurts or deal with current weaknesses. This is a very important service and one that I am not trained in. If I feel you would benefit from therapy or counseling, I am com

mitted to referring you to the best professionals I know. Mine is more of a “present-future” focus. I’m interested in helping you build on your strengths and achievements to help you leverage your growth and development.

So you’re pretty similar to a mentor?
Sometimes the term mentor is used synonymously with coaching. But more often than not, mentoring is career focused and is interested in creating a replica of the mentor in the mentee. Sort of a “mini-me” approach. I believe you are capable as you are. Rather than trying to create you into a coffee loving, bowtie wearing clone, I want to help you flourish at being your own idiosyncratic self.

So what is a coaching?
Dave Buck, one of the coaching pioneers, offers one of the best definitions I’ve heard. He says, “Coaching is: inspiring an individual or team to produce a desired result through personalized teaching, expanding awareness and designing environments.”

Are there people that wouldn’t benefit from coaching?
To answer this, I like the quote the folks at Franklin Covey Coaching introduced to me from Jacki Summers in “Gimme a C-O-A-C-H” in Salon Today, May 2002:

“If you are looking for any of the following, you probably should not call a coach:
  • someone to fight your battles;
  • someone to do your dirty work;
  • someone to validate your bad habits;
  • someone to console you because your mother clearly favors your sister.
Instead, coaches are committed to help you explore your strengths, shore up your weaknesses, establish your goals, and support you in your growth, all in an objective and non-judgmental way.”



























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