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FAQs about COACHING AND MENTORING

Please review answers to some frequently asked questions:

What is coaching and how is it different to mentoring?

Coaching refers to the activity whereby a coach develops the skills and abilities of a client. Coaching tends to focus on the achievement of a goal or specific skill. Methodologies for coaching are positioned away from directives and concentrates on working with clients to allow emerging patterns and solutions to surface.

Mentoring refers to a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. One definition of the many that have been proposed, is "Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development; mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time, between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the protege)" (Bozeman, Feeney, 2007).

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What is the difference between coaching and consulting?

Simply put, coaching is about growing the person, the business owner, from the inside out. Coaching helps you to determine goals that match your highest potential, create a realistic plan to achieve those goals, discover how you self-sabotage your business, and be accountable for achieving goals within a planned time frame. While your coach might offer you insight and advice, the primary purpose of coaching is to empower YOU to learn how to create the business of your dreams.

Consulting brings the expertise of the consultant into the mix. A consultant offers information and advice. Look for a consultant who has achieved what you want to achieve, someone who is willing to share all their knowledge, wisdom and practical tips with you.

Let's work with an example: Say that you are working on your task plan for next month. A coach might ask you, "What tasks do you need to complete in the next month in order to achieve your monthly goals?" encouraging you to set your own priorities. A consultant might say, "Here are some of the tasks you need to consider for the next month in order to achieve your monthly goals," offering advice based on experience.

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Is coaching and mentoring done on the phone or in person?

Coaching and mentoring sessions can be done either on the phone or in person. When possible, it is great to combine the two but it is not a necessity in order to achieve the desired results.

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How long are the sessions?

Generally speaking, the sessions are 30-60 minutes each although there are no strict rules about this. Since we both need to schedule the time, it would be decided prior to the call. If for some reason, more time is needed, we can schedule a call to follow.

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How much does it cost?

You are making a true investment in your future when you decide to commit to a coaching program. The actual cost will depend on the size of your business and the scope of our undertaking together. This will be a customized program for your needs and we will discuss all of these details at our first meeting.

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Are there any guarantees?

If you commit to the coaching program, you will get results. Some of the benefits are clarity and focus, managing your time, learning to delegate, higher productivity, being in control of your business and your life. I will be there 100% for you so the results will come from your involvement and commitment.

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Can I hire a coach just for a short-term, special project?

Yes, some clients hire a coach to help them accomplish specific short term goals or projects. Oftentimes, once these clients see their successes, they continue with a coach because new goals and projects continue to present themselves.

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How long does coaching take?

Statistics indicate that people generally stay in coaching from six to 18 months. Some reach their goals in a shorter time; others stay longer. When you work with me, you're going to be learning a lot and we're going to go at your pace. I'm not going to rush you.

Whatever is happening in one aspect of our lives is going to affect other areas as well. So, if you've got a neighbor who just cut down your 60-foot tree, aging parents to look after, or children going through "the terrible twos," it all comes into play and needs addressing.

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Do you have any data on measurement of success of people who have been coached vs. those who have not been coached?

A study conducted by the International Coach Federation, surveyed 210 coaching clients for demographic data and feedback /opinions about the value and use of coaching. The study revealed that those who were coached had a positive change in personal work habits.

Some of the benefits reported are shown below:

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