Q. What is coaching?
A. The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
Q. How similar are consulting, mentoring, counseling or therapy to coaching?
A. Coaches trained in ICF core competencies do not give you all the answers as a consultant, mentor or advice giver. Instead, a coach helps create the environment in which you explore and discover answers and approaches that are most effective for you.
Coaching is journey of exploration and discovery as you discern and apply your gifts, values and purpose, and connect those to goals you want to accomplish.
Coaching is forward-looking and growth-oriented, whereas therapy and counseling help bring healing and understanding to past events.
Think of it this way: if I give a bass lesson, that’s consulting. When I ask a bass player how she might improve her playing and she successfully explores creative ideas that result in significant growth, that’s coaching.
Q. What will we talk about in our coaching session?
A. Any area in which you would like to grow! Coaching is all about you.
Take this Satisfaction Survey if you’d like to explore potential areas of growth.
Q. Why the focus on Christian creatives?
A. If you’re a Christian creative you face a multitude of challenges. You wrestle with who you are as a person and artist. How can you build momentum? Is your art good enough? What slows you down? Are there other artistic opportunities? Is your creative output impacting someone? Anyone?
You ask yourself questions, such as: “How can I balance my creative work with eveything else going on in my life?”
And beyond these challenges, you have the additional struggles of a culture that often relegates “Christian” art to second tier status, and a church that can be resistant to celebrating a creative God who has crafted you in his image.
Christian creatives in the US face their own sets of challenges, but other unique challenges, struggles, joys and opportunities are top of mind for many Christian creatives around the world.
Q. Do I have to be a Christian in order to be coached?
A. Although many of my clients profess faith, it is not a prerequisite for coaching. All creatives can benefit from the exploration and discovery that occurs during coaching. I consider it a privilege to coach any creative, regardless of religious or faith perspective.
Q. I’m a leader of creatives, or own a business related to the arts. How can coaching benefit me?
A. Leading, managing, or being a thought-leader each bring their own sets of challenges. Coaching is a very effective way for leaders to discern and execute on vision, goals and strategies.
Q. What ROI (return on investment) can I expect from coaching?
A. Coaching sessions include action steps that you identify and commit to. This bias toward clear, measurable outcomes inevitably moves you toward your goals. Accomplishing your personal or professional goals represents a significant ROI.
Q. Do you offer group coaching?
Yes! You may be part of a group that has an interest in coaching.
Group coaching provides a lot of the benefits of individual coaching, but at a reduced cost to you.
Each group coaching session revolves around a theme. Your group can suggest or develop themes, or select from any of the themes below.
- What is the connection between God and creativity?
- How has God built you?
- How will you combine self-expression and beyond-imagination?
- What does God-led creativity look like or feel like to you?
- What’s the place of money and fame?
- What are your creative patterns and processes?
- How will you live as an artist in God’s presence?
Group coaching can either be…
… three times per month, for three months.
… twice a month for six months.
You need to have a minimum of 3 people, maximum of 15.
Everyone in your group must commit to one of the following, which will be presented or talked about in our last group session(s)…
… create something, or
… develop or sharpen a specific skill, or
… develop or improve an identifiable leadership skill.
Group coaching sessions can be conducted over the phone or via video conferencing.
Contact me to learn more about group coaching.
Q. What’s with the spiral thingies at the website?
The spirals in my logo and in the coaching packages are graphic representations of the Fibonacci sequence.
This sequence: 1+1 = 2, 2+3 = 5, 5+3 = 8, and so on, is a basic building block in nature. Everything from sea shells to galaxies follows this pattern. I use this graphic because it represents natural, organic growth. For my clients, it represents their ability to grow by building on their knowledge, experience, and values.
Q. What else should I know about coaching?
I offer a free introductory session, so that you can share where you are in your journey. It also gives you a great opportunity to get to know me, and to see if coaching is a good fit for you.
Some helpful info as you consider coaching…
- typically two-three sessions per month
- each session lasts 45 minutes (you can request shorter or longer sessions)
- you can sign up for as few as six coaching sessions
- you can discontinue coaching at any time
Your preference! Coaching sessions can be conducted over the phone, in person, through email, or via video conferencing.
No matter where you live: Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, the America’s, I’d love to walk alongside you. Contact me and let’s explore together.