How Coaching Works at Blooming Willow
Blooming Willow Coaching asserts that all of the answers we seek are inside of ourselves. My coaching will not tell you what to do but will support you as you begin to listen to your own inner voice. I work with clients to explore dreams, needs, motivations, desires, skills and/or thought processes. Through a supportive coaching relationship I assists you in making real, lasting change. My coaching closes the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
Coaching is powerful precisely because it is a relationship, so I stay in touch all month (via telephone, email or instant messenger). That way, you remain mindful of your focus on your goals - and have a sounding board and support throughout. This concentrated focus is one of the keys to coaching’s success.
I provide telephone and in-person coaching, which can include sessions of 30 or 60 minutes. I recommend the longer sessions in the beginning as there will be more material to cover. Later, once we have developed a knowing routine and familiarity with each others style, a shorter time can be quite efficient and effective. But it’s up to you.
Most clients schedule 2 to 3 sessions per month. Three are more effective; two can reduce your cost. In each call, we will discuss your wins from the prior week, what slowed you down, how to design solutions, and your goals for the next week. We’ll break past your mental barriers, your fears, and your limiting beliefs. We’ll point out perspectives you may not have considered. We’ll reverse your patterns of negative self-talk or passivity. You’ll get support, insight, and new tools for more effective communication, thinking, acting. We’ll brainstorm how to approach challenging conversations you need to have at home or work. And much more.
Action for Change.
And at the end of the session, you’ll commit to action items that will continue to move you forward, inexorably, week after week. You may do personal exploration ranging from free-form journaling, do specified networking, or finally have conversations you’ve been putting off — those which you know are crucial to your life moving forward — or moving at all.
The Power of Accountability.
Between sessions, you’ll be accountable to me as your coach, which will keep you focused and on track. Some clients choose to notch it up a bit and report to me periodically by email, text, or IM – once or twice a week.
As your coach, between sessions, I will read and respond to your emails, offer advice and encouragement, tell you to forgive yourself more often or stop making excuses (whichever's appropriate), and review any exercises or assessments you’ve done.
Coaching is NOT:
Coaching is not CONSULTING: Consultants have an agenda and some possible answers that they bring to the client. They are experts in certain fields. Coaches, on the other hand, have no agenda except to help you get what you want. Coaches believe you are the expert and have the answers to any situation you are facing.
Coaching is not THERAPY: Therapists are experts in their field who often help clients fix problems, overcome issues, and sometimes manage mental illness. They often focus on a client’s past wounds and strive to heal them so that the client can advance from a dysfunctional state to a normal, functional one. Though coaches may refer to the past for quick insight, their primary focus is to help clients to progress from a normal state to an optimal one by supporting strategies to attain the client’s present and future goals.
Coaching is not a BEST FRIEND: Let’s face it, friends usually have their own agendas and are quick to tell you what you SHOULD do. That is because friends “listen” to you through their own perceptions. Then, for fear of hurting your feelings, friends might tell you what is “politically correct” instead of the truth. Coaches are trained professionals who are objective and nonjudgmental as they listen acutely to your words and co-create solutions that are personalized for you.
Coaching is not a MENTOR: Mentors are role models who have “been there and done that”. They “show us the ropes” based on their personal experience. A coach encourages you to become your own model of success using a process that focuses on your experiences and strengths.
Life Coaching is not SPORTS COACHING: Although professional coaching does have its roots in sports and there are many similarities, professional coaching is not based on competition, or win or lose scenarios. Professional coaching brings out your best, helps you to think and create win–win scenarios for all involved.
Expect to explore multiple areas of your life and:
- Have what's most important to you to be the utmost PRIORITY
- Be SEEN, HEARD, FELT on a genuine level
- Be Championed - Your strengths, Abilities and Resourcefulness uncovered
- Be Celebrated - All your successes big or small are lifted up and recognized
- Be Acknowledged - Honor Who You Are "Being" and "Becoming"
- Be Challenged - Push Pass Your Comfort Zones to Take Action
- Embrace Your Greatness and Face Your Fears With a Supportive Ally
To set up your sample coaching session or for additional questions please contact, Leslie Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-239-7378.