“Everyone needs a coach.” These are the opening words that Bill Gates spoke during his powerful TedTalk, encouraging teachers to seek feedback. While his Talk was directed at educators, his message can be applied to any person – find a coach who can guide you to achieve higher performance in work and life.
From the time I was a little girl and through college, I had softball, basketball, and golf coaches. Coaches were viewed in a positive light and were always there to help you learn and become a better player or performer.
As a young professional, something changed. I benefited and appreciated the many mentors along my journey. But the concept of having a coach, someone who could help you grow and develop as a person in any walk of life, was gone. That is unless someone was under-performing and then they were assigned a coach to help “fix them.” For some this business practice has given coaching a negative connotation with the idea being, “You’re broken, so you need a coach to fix you!” This is exactly the opposite of what we were taught about coaches as kids.
Something changed in recent years. As I talked to more and more successful professionals, I learned many found having a coach very helpful as they looked for opportunities to develop new skills, navigate opportunities and challenges in our ever-changing world, and take their performance and careers to a higher level.
Finally, I decided to hire a coach and it’s been one of the best decisions in my life. I’ve had my Executive Coach for approximately five years. He’s been an incredible resource, giving me a different perspective and providing both support and challenge, as I navigate complex situations, make decisions, strive to be the best I can be, pursue my big hairy goals and work to achieve higher performance.
What is coaching?
A few years ago, I started my consulting business with a focus on helping others achieve their gold standard of success. As a coach I offer private, one-on-one sessions tailored to your specific situation. We focus on your agenda and your goals. I believe you have the genius within you to be your best self. My role as a coach is to draw the genius out and help you build on your existing strengths.
I also utilize proven leadership tools and other resources to challenge your thinking, break through barriers, and help you identify actionable items you can immediately apply. The ultimate goal of coaching is to help you close the gap between where you are and where you want to be. I, as your coach, walk alongside you and serve as your guide to help you get there!
Coaching is NOT clinical or counseling psychology. My coaching is performance based. I’m a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology with a background in leadership, education, training and sport. I may give specific advice or suggestions, but at the end of the day it’s your responsibility to make your decisions and determine the best course of action.
How does coaching work?
To start, we’ll have an introductory, exploratory consultation where I’ll ask questions to get to you know you and your situation. I encourage you to ask questions about me and the coaching process. If we decide to move forward, coaching sessions take place on Zoom or another online platform and are completely confidential.
The number, frequency, and duration of sessions can be customized to work best for your schedule. To give you an idea, many people like to start with six to 12 sessions total, with one session every two weeks for an hour each.
Given the uncertain times we are experiencing, pricing also is unique to each person and situation, and can be discussed during our FREE exploratory consultation.
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I look forward to connecting and helping you maximize your performance in your sport, career, or life!