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.
Coaching consists of one-on-one conversations designed to help you grow by increasing your self-awareness and personal responsibility.
Coaching facilitates your learning and development through active listening, engaging questions, and appropriate challenges in an encouraging environment.
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 forward-looking and growth-oriented, whereas therapy and counseling help bring healing and understanding to past events.
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.
Q. What are some of the things I can expect to do as I’m being coached?
A. Coaching can involve values clarification, goal-setting, identifying plans of action, accountability, personal mission development, brainstorming, questions, and more. Coaching is most effective when both of us are honest and straightforward in our communication.
Q. What will we talk about in a coaching session?
A. Any area in which you would like to grow!
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 pre-requisite for coaching. All creatives can benefit from the exploration and discovery that occurs during coaching. I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to coach any creative, regardless of religion.
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 bring their own sets of challenges. Coaching is a very effective way for leaders to discern and execute on vision, goals and strategies.
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