Life’s pretty good right now, why would working with a coach help me?
Sounds like you’re doing well, and coaching can help you explore what’s working, and leverage the good stuff, but also make positive changes where things could be better. People often find coaching useful when they want to make a change in their life or work, but perhaps are not sure exactly what they want to change or how. Equally, whilst life might be going well at least on paper, it might not feel so good in practice, and you can explore this ‘gap’ through coaching.
Why would I choose you or one of the Pep coaches to coach me?
You would choose me (I’m Rhett hi!) or another Pep coach, if you like the sound of the Pep philosophy, and also if you feel a connection and that we could work together. In the same way, I don’t take on anyone as a client, and have to believe that we can do some good work together. Every coach has a different style, and you need to find one who is right for you, but good coaches are often able to vary their style, to get the most out of coaching a particular person. My own style is direct, curious and provocative, but also creative and fun.
How does coaching differ from therapy?
Therapists have ‘patients’, who want to be healed and made better in some way; whereas coaches have ‘clients’, who are seen as creative and resourceful and full of potential, and who like all of us are simply trying to find the best ways to cope and thrive in the world. Coaching acknowledges that everyone has a past, family, relationships to manage, and a living to make, the wish to be happy, fulfilled and successful, and to live a life of meaning and purpose; it’s a common challenge. Therapy typically focuses on the past to understand the present, by contrast Coaching tends to be based in the present and more focused on now and the future. Coaching can help clients to understand themselves better, to manage their past and to move forward into action in their lives.
How is coaching different from training and consultancy?
Training and consultancy can deliver specific skills and knowledge to people and companies who don’t have them at the moment, but want to acquire them to improve their effectiveness. Whilst Coaching can also involve the learning of new skills and some knowledge transfer, it is more concerned with helping individuals and organisations to make use of their existing skills and knowledge more effectively. Coaching is less directive than training, often more facilitation than teaching. A coach can’t tell you how to be a healthier, happier more fulfilled and successful you, but they can work with you to discover this, and give guidance how to find it.
How will I know if the coaching is working?
You will know! If coaching is working for you, you will typically feel more grounded, supported, challenged and powerful, and you will start to do and achieve things that you didn’t believe were possible.
What if I’m not feeling an impact from the coaching?
If you don’t feel that it is working for you, or if you are uncomfortable with the coaching relationship, it is your responsibility to discuss this with your coach. It’s a standard part of the process that your coach will ask you for feedback about how the coaching is going, so you will have opportunities to say what’s not working. Maybe you need a different coaching style or environment, or maybe there is something blocking you that hasn’t come out through the coaching. Whatever it is, you can work through it and make adjustments to the coaching with your coach. The coaching agreement will cover any situation where you choose not to continue with the coaching, it’s not in anyone’s interest to continue if it’s not working.
What if I don’t have time for coaching?
If you are serious about making changes in your life and believe that coaching can help you, you will be able to make time. For many people their coaching time becomes a high priority and the engine for happiness and success in their lives.