FAQs and Answers

How long does a coaching session last?

We offer 3 budget-sensitive programs: Silver, Gold and Platinum.
            The Silver program is 30 minutes long – weekly.
            The Gold program is 45 minutes long – weekly.
            The Platinum program is 60 minutes long – weekly.

How much does each program cost?

            The Silver program costs $50 – weekly.
            The Gold program costs $100 – weekly.
            The Platinum program costs $150 – weekly.

What causes it to be so pricy?

Coaching, like any professional service, involves years of training, classwork and mentoring by another trained coach. Subsequentially, this all adds up to be another business expense for someone wanting to get ahead.

How do you determine if coaching is suitable for a person?

We offer 1 to 6 complementary – free – coaching sessions. Some people know that coaching is not what they are seeking after one session. Some people take 2 or 3 sessions and a few require more time to make a decision. What the coach and the prospective client (hereafter just called client) are looking for is (1) do they LIKE each other; (2) does the prospective client feel that the coach is COMPETENT and UNDERSTANDS what the client is seeking; (3) does the coach feel that he or she COMPETENT to actually be able to help the client; (4) both feel that this is a RELATIONSHIP that will work.
If all of these are not present the client simply says, “Thank you, but this is not what I am seeking.” Or the coach might say: “I am not a coach the will do the best job for YOU.” It could be out of the coach’s area of expertise or competence or one of a dozen other reasons. There is no reason for the client to feel rejected. It would simply be a waste of time and money on the client’s part to move forward.

How can someone just starting out afford this on top of his or her other startup expenses?

Coaching is not a startup process. What one needs starting out is some sort of formalized training program. There are many training programs offered by individual companies, as well as by employees’ own companies. Real estate companies have a host of training programs offered in person, as well as online. Many other types of companies have similar employee training programs.

Who best can use coaching?

People who have mastered their fundamental skill set mentioned in the previous question are ready for one-on-one additional training and coaching. This can come in the form of following a seasoned agent/employee to mentoring programs, etc. When the time comes, that person might start to recognize that it is they, themselves, who is holding them back.

Is there any type of “scholarship” or “pro bono” program?

We sometimes offer a scholarship coaching program to ONE person at a time based on their potential to grow and on their personal final circumstances. Feel free to ask. We also can sometimes work on an ability-to-pay basis.

What does coaching bring to the table?

Coaching is a one-on-one introspective process where the (this person is typically referred to as a “client”) speaks with and in a way, looks at what they are doing and how they are being, and how it is or is not working for them.

What does the coach do?

The coach basically holds up a mirror and asks the client – “Is this how you really want to show up in the world?”
The other thing that the coach does is to shine a light into the “dark areas” and ask what can be learned by looking over there.

What else does the coach do?

Many people “clients” are under the impression that the coach will tell or provide the “answers” to the client’s issues. This never happens because it is a self-discovery process. Even if the coach was the smartest person in the world, he or she would never know the client as well as the client knows himself or herself and would most likely come up with the wrong answer. Therefore, the coach helps the client self-discover their own answers and never tells them what they should or should not do.

What is the difference between coaching and therapy (generally known as psychotherapy)?

Psychotherapy fundamentally has the client/patient look backwards at their life and helps them try to figure out what sort of “went wrong” and how those events affected client/patient.
Coaching fundamentally never looks back and asks “why …”. Coaching helps the client move FORWARD. It does not concern itself with the past. Questions in coaching almost always begin with “What (would have to happen?”) or sometimes “How (can you see this from a different perspective?”) in order for you to get where you want to go?

What is the reason that some psychotherapists are moving in the coaching direction?

Basically, forward progress can be made much faster and at a lot less cost and frequently knowing the reasons for the “slowdown, or as some call it, the breakdown” is not even necessary.

How does the client know when he or she is done with coaching?

When a person feels that (as I like to call it) he or she is not getting any more juice out of the orange, it is time to move on.

How does a client let the coach know that they are complete?

MANY people feel that they have to make up an excuse to end a coaching program. This is simply not true. The client can simply say: “Thank you coach for all you have helped me with, but now I feel that I am done.”
Sometimes, it will be the coach who will stop the process by saying something like: “I do not feel that you are or will get anymore benefit from working with me and I feel that you would be better off pausing coaching for now, or by trying to find a coach who might be better at working with your type of needs. All coaches have expertise in some areas more than others.

Who sets the AGENDA?

It is always the CLIENT who sets the Agenda and who determines what will be talked about. Sometime the coach will ask; “Would you have any interest in talking about …? The client always has the right to say NO!

What is the goal of coaching?

The goal of our coaching program and almost all coaching programs is to help the client live AUTHENTICALLY in the NOW. When one lives authentically in the NOW, he or she can live with much less stress, and much less wasted energy – a smoother and easier life will result.

What causes us to get so bogged down?

I call it “Conditioned Tendency” and many other coaching and others call it basically the same thing.
When someone is approaching you physically or verbally, you know what they are going to do or say because you have learned their “Conditioned Tendency” AND you are almost always CORRECT.
Knowing what our own “Conditioned Tendency” is very hard to see and generally takes someone else to help you learn what it is. Once you can notice it, you can change it. I also call it the “voices in our heads”.

What has to happen so you can quiet the “voices in our heads”?

It all starts with NOTICING the voices in our head. We all have them almost all of the time. Once we can notice them so we can tell them to “sit down” as easily as we would drop a hot potato from our hand if we started to take it out of the oven without an oven mitt. This noticing does not happen overnight!

What does your tag line “Helping entrepreneurs quiet the voices in their heads so they can live authentically in the NOW!” actually mean?

We just answered about the voices in our head but that is just the beginning! Once you can notice your voices, you can begin to live in the NOW (with presence or being present) so you can show up in the world as authentically as possible (real).

 

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