COACHING WITH ME – WHAT TO EXPECT

First things first. What actually is Coaching? 

Great coaching has the potential to bring about profound and meaningful change, by helping clarify those thoughts and ideas that may otherwise remain a jumble in your head and keep you up at night. A structured coaching programme will help you set clear personal and professional goals, achieve them and then often surprise you by knocking them out of the park!

Coaching is a positive, future-focused and action-oriented discipline. It helps you clear hurdles and barriers out of your own way, and it assumes that because you are the one facing the challenges, you actually hold the answers to overcoming them.

Think of me as a sounding board; your partner in crime, your wing (wo)man. Someone who is rooting for you from the side lines and giving you that all-important pep talk when you feel like giving up. I’ll hold you accountable for your own success. I won’t ever give up on you and more importantly, I won’t let you give up on yourself, no matter how bad your day, week or month has been.

What Coaching isn’t

I’m sorry to say that a good coaching session may not feel like a cosy fireside chat! Some coaches have the reputation of being gushy, albeit well-meaning, sycophants. Impactful coaching isn’t actually about being told what you need to do or being given all the answers. You won’t hear a good coach saying “Well, if I were you, I would do X”, (unless of course you explicitly ask them for their opinion). The truth is, being coached isn’t necessarily an easy ride! In fact, an impactful coaching session can actually be pretty hard work if you give it your all. It requires resilience, honesty, grit and determination to move forward; often in the face of adversity. But, wow, does it feel good when you start to see those results!

My Approach

I am a firm believer that coaching should result in tangible, practical actions so I often use psychometric tool insights to bring my sessions to life. I adopt a pragmatic yet positive, strengths-oriented philosophy when coaching; providing my clients with a healthy balance of both challenge and support. I’m not exactly an ‘Earth Mother’ type but I do pride myself on having a fairly high EQ and a passion for helping people overcome their fears and reach their fullest potential. I would definitely describe myself as more of a career and performance coach than a ‘life coach’ per se, but our lives and careers are so intertwined these days, we need to ensure that both are in balance to feel fulfilled and happy. I have developed a bespoke coaching framework called S.H.I.N.E which you can read more about here.

I am also a mother of two young girls so I get it. Which helps.

understand how it feels to lose your confidence when returning to work after a career break. I know how it feels to have forgotten what you were good at before you assumed the role of “MUUMMY!” I also appreciate that having a family changes everything. It gives new perspective to your life and career and makes you question what it’s all about. It also presents itself with a whole other raft of logistical nightmares that can’t be ignored. How do you fit work around immovable objects such as the school run or swimming lessons? I am a massive advocate of flexible working and making work work for you. I have lots of resources available to me which can help you explore ways of addressing all these considerations. Together, we can arrive at the perfect outcome for both you and your family.

Ways to work with me

Ad hoc SPARK sessions / Pay as You Go

I offer ad hoc ‘SPARK‘ sessions which are an hour-long conversation, designed to ignite your thinking and confidence around a specific topic or event. Great for when time is of the essence and you need a confidence boost. Maybe you have a deadline you are working towards, such as an interview or presentation.

Blocks of 3, 6 or 12 sessions

It is well-known that coaching works best when delivered in a programmatic manner; a series of sessions held regularly over a time frame of several months. This approach helps maintain momentum and focus and increases the likelihood of you achieving your goals. It’s always difficult to predict the exact number of sessions needed to affect significant change, as the pace of progress will largely be determined by you and the time and energy you have available to commit to your plan. Sessions tend to last between 1 and 1.5 hours. I usually recommend at least one session every two to three weeks to ensure you are able to gain momentum and make real progress with your goals. But this is only a recommendation and the most important thing is that the pace of the sessions is right for you and your lifestyle. The more sessions you commit to, the more cost-effective they become.

Where and How

I conduct most of my sessions over the phone or via Skype/ Google Hangout*, unless you’re based local to Chesham in Bucks. I even offer coaching sessions ‘On-the-Go’ if that’s how you prefer to work. The benefits of walking and exercise to the brain are well-documented after all! Neuroscience tells us that moving the body and pumping more oxygen around our cells may help us think more clearly and it definitely helps alleviate the feeling of being ‘stuck’. I’m also happy to hold our sessions in art galleries or other inspiring spaces, if vision and inspiration are what you are seeking. That said, I am also more than comfortable to hold our conversations in the comfort of your own home or in a quiet local cafe. Whatever works best and feels right for you.

*It is worth mentioning that there may be additional travel costs associated with some face-to-face meetings. At least one face-to-face session will be required if you choose to use a psychometric tool in your coaching sessions, owing to the complex nature of the feedback and insights provided.    

Get in touch

I know that coaching is a BIG commitment, both emotionally and financially, so if any element doesn’t feel right or work for you, I am always happy to try and flex things, so please do ask. I am also happy to offer payment plans to help you spread the cost of sessions. I am really excited to be a mum supporting other mums through the minefield that is fulfilling your professional potential as a mother, so please do get in touch if you have questions on any of the above or want more information on pricing or about how coaching could help you.

Or if forms aren’t your thing, drop me a line on sarah@shinebrighterconsulting.co.uk to arrange a FREE ‘no strings’ 30 minute chat to see if coaching could help you shine even brighter.