I see that you are a Christian Life Coach. Do you work with people who are not Christian?

Yes, I have successfully worked with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs. I believe that a person’s faith is part of their story and acknowledge that the spiritual side of a person is critically relevant to how they live their lives. My own perspective is that each person is created by God with unique talents and gifts that should be celebrated and used to live the story they were meant to tell.

I’m a little nervous about my first coaching session. What can I expect?

I will do my best to make you feel comfortable. Fun, laughter, sadness, and excitement are all welcome during the coaching sessions. You set the agenda for every session. In the beginning, you may not know how much can be covered in a one-hour session. I will help you hone in on what you bring to the session and define an attainable goal for your coaching time. You may come to certain sessions knowing exactly what you want to cover. Other times, you may have a less specific idea of what you want to discuss and the focus takes shape as we talk. Both can result in a very positive outcome if the client comes to the sessions with openness and honesty.

I see that the client and coach are co-equals in coaching. What does this mean?

The coaching process involves healthy individuals or groups seeking to make change. I assume that my client brings the ultimate solution with her/him, though it may not be always apparent. I listen carefully to what you say and do not say and encourage you to reflect on your own words, their meanings, and your next steps.

How do I know if you are the right coach for me?

In your complimentary discovery session, I need to evaluate how comfortable you feel in talking with me and assess our rapport. In addition, I encourage clients to examine a prospective coach’s background, training, and experience. Ultimately, it really comes does to a goodness of fit. Coaching only works when the client feels able to share, supported by their coach, and eager to make change.

I see that most coaching sessions are by phone. How exactly does this work?

I will provide you with a secure conference line number for each of our scheduled sessions. You and I both call into that number and conduct our coaching session by phone. This saves you valuable commuting time and opens up your flexibility in planning coaching sessions because you can speak to me from the location of your choosing. Alternatively, we can use a video conferencing service or meet in person if you desire.

I have heard from others and see on this website that coaching is really about action. How do I track my identified action steps?

Research shows that people who write down their goals experienced a 42% increase in goal achievement. Those who broke goals down into action steps, made a commitment to someone, and provided weekly progress reports increased goal achievement by 78% (Source: Summary of Recent Goals Research, by Gail Matthews, Ph.D., Dominican University, 2007).

Therefore, I recommend that you bring a pad and pen to every coaching session. At certain points, I will prompt you to write down key insights or steps that you identify. I also require my clients to complete a brief set of questions both before and after each session. This serves as a written record to both coach and client as to what is accomplished from week to week and over time.

I’m ready to begin a coaching relationship with FranVan. What are my next steps?

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
-C.S. Lewis

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