Frequently Asked Questions
We welcome your emails with any specific questions you might have and below you will find some answers to questions that people often ask us
01 How do I decide if I want coaching or mentoring?
The terms coaching and mentoring are often mixed up and can lead to people becoming confused about them. Moreover mentors may also be coaches, so how do you know what you want, and what you are getting? A mentor is someone who has more knowledge and experience than you in a particular area, for example leadership. They will listen to you, and ask lots of questions, and will be able to offer up advice and suggestions based on their experience. Mentors are great when you are just starting out in leadership or management, or other disciplines, and you do not yet have much experience of your own to build on. A coach is an expert in coaching, rather than your particular field of interest. They will also listen and ask lots of questions, and their role is to enable you to find your own best answers. The coaching conversation is challenging, supportive, reflective, and motivational.
02 How do I know how long I need a coach for?
It will very much depend on your particular circumstances, and you would agree this in your 'contracting conversation'. The contracting conversation is where the coach and client agree the scope of the coaching, the boundaries and expectations, and decide how long the relationship will last. Sometimes clients want a single conversation to explore a specific issue. The most common coaching contract is over four sessions, with flexible timing between sessions. Sometimes the client would like a coach to work with them towards a particular goal, and may wish a specific goal setting session to begin the relationship.
03 Does it matter whether I choose an Executive coach or a Life coach?
Some coaches do both, and all of our coaches recognise that work life is also 'real life' and that sometimes personal challenges cross over between work and home. So if you are wanting to focus your coaching conversation on business, choose an Executive coach, and expect that if the conversation does take a turn towards personal challenges they will be well equipped to support you. There are many coaching models and styles, and our coaches will have a flexible approach in the models they choose to use, and if you are interested in working with a particular style, let us know and we will do our best to match you.
04 What is Life coaching, and what sort of people use it?
Life coaching is simply about supporting you to be your best self, find your own best answers, and achieve those goals you want to achieve. You are the type of person who will benefit from it. Someone who is taking the time to ask questions and explore a website like this one, is the person who has something to gain from the benefits of coaching. Coaching is a conversation that takes you from where you are towards where you want to be. We also offer Breakthrough Coaching sessions, where you spend a day with one of our qualified coaches who will use a range of teachniques to achieve intensive progress. Contact us if you want to know more and explore whether the things you are missing out on could be costing you more.
05 Tell me more about NLP and which course would be right for me
Follow the link below to find out more about NLP and details on the courses. As for which course, well that all depends what you want from your learning. If you want to experience NLP in action then you could book a life coaching session with one of our NLP practitioners. If you want to learn some foundations about NLP, then we have a one day course that will take you on a personal learning journey. There is our two day communication skills course which focuses on how we use our understanding from NLP to communicate really effectively with other people. This is ideal for use in many business settings, or for personal interest. And then we have our certificated Practitioner and Master Practitioner courses for those who would like to go on and use their skills in coaching, therapy or a business context. These are popular courses with coaches, counsellors, therapists and hypnotherapists who are looking to add to their existing skills.
You can join any of the courses directly, apart from Master Practitioner, where you must first successfully complete Practitioner.
06 I found your blog post interesting, do you ever talk to groups about them?
Thank you, and yes. We have some experienced keynote speakers who love to talk about a range topics to groups of all sizes. Contact us for more details