Professional Coaching and Development

Helping you communicate and connect with your Team, Clients and Purpose.

Coaching FAQs

What is coaching?

Helping people get what they want without the coach doing it for them or telling them what to do.

The fastest growing motivational approach for achieving personal and professional success across the world. A no-nonsense, down-to-earth, practical set of techniques and strategies to achieve success.

"The coach's job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has."
International Coach Federation

Is coaching like having therapy or counselling?

Coaching looks at the present and the future - where you are now and where you want to be. You will not be asked to explore or analyse the past.

Are there different types of coaching?

Yes. There are many definitions of coaching as well as different models of coaching: eg career coaching, life coaching, business coaching, leadership coaching, executive coaching and coach-mentoring.

What’s the difference between a career advisor and career coach?

Career advisors may offer you aptitude testing and job search services like resume writing. A career coach will offer you career management advice and coaching specific to your career issues. A career coach doesn’t find you a job; they ask perceptive questions, challenge your limiting beliefs, develop your awareness of your strengths and skills. A career coach will focus on the big picture, your vision, and help you to gain clarity, set some goals, take action and be accountable.

Is coaching the appropriate discipline for the changes I want to make?

Coaching is not always the solution. You may benefit more from other disciplines, such as skills training, mentoring, counselling, therapy, career advice or business consultancy.

What does a coach do?

I will work with you to:

  • Discover and clarify with you, what you want to achieve
  • Encourage you to discover solutions and strategies for yourself

Where does the coaching take place?

Choose between telephone coaching or face-to-face coaching. Or I can travel to your workplace (travel fees apply).

What can I expect in the first few coaching sessions?

We will work together to:

  • Assess where you are and where you'd like to be
  • Set specific goals and outcomes for the coaching
  • Explore what motivates and energises you
  • Corporate coaching: assess company goals in relation to your own goals

Is there a syllabus or set programme?

No. You set the agenda. However, the coach will follow certain steps or principles which give structure to the process. Our 5-Step Career Coaching Programme follows the five steps of career search, and we propose 6 sessions to cover these steps adequately.

What else should I expect?

    • Corporate coaching: assess company goals in relation to your own goals
    • To be continuously and positively supported
    • To be challenged
    • To be set assignments or "homework" which may be reflective or experiential (action learning).

How long does the coaching last?

This will vary according to your needs. I recommend at least six sessions of coaching to get the best benefit from your investment.

Am I ready to benefit from being coached?

The following questions may help you assess this:

  • Do I have time to invest in myself?
  • Do I have a budget for CPD or personal development?
  • Is there a gap between where I am currently, and where I want to be?
  • Am I willing to stop or change self-defeating behaviours that limit my success?

How much does coaching cost?

The average national rate is between £70 and £200 an hour (according to a survey by the Association for Coaching).
I offer a flexible payments scheme, and different tariffs according to whether you are self-funded, sponsored by your organisation, or are a student/postgraduate.

What qualifications are necessary for someone to call themselves a coach?

The market is not regulated; anyone can call themself a coach. Check carefully before investing your time and money. A trained coach will be able to describe their model of coaching, their qualification. They are likely to be a registered member of a professional coaching body. I am registered with the Association for Coaching, and the International Coach Federation, and am fully insured.

I'd like to know more. What should I do next?

Book a free 30-minute coaching consultation, and find out if coaching is for you.
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Our Location

28, Devonshire Place
Chester, CH4 7BZ
+44 (0)1244 678850 
+44 (0)7815 888803

Our Services Include

  • Words for Wellbeing Workshops
  • Story Projects & Away Days
  • Personal Coaching
  • Career Transitions & Leadership Coaching
  • Team Communications Training
  • Strengths Profiling
  • Coach Supervision


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