If you are new to the idea of coaching, here is a short description for you to decide if it’s right for you…
What is Coaching?
If you could wake up tomorrow and have one or two things about your life changed, what would those things be and how would your life be different?
Whatever you just thought of – THAT is what can be discussed and worked on as part of coaching. Personal and professional coaching is an opportunity to work through those things/issues/challenges that hold us back from having the best life possible. The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires you to maximize your personal and professional potential.
Coaching first began as a practice for corporate leaders and executives. Coaching was, and still is, particularly important for people in leadership positions because, as leaders, you cannot “work through” possibilities with your peers or subordinates. They are highly capable of solving their own problems if someone only asks the right questions and invites discovery. That’s what a coach is for. Coaches come alongside our clients to be an outside sounding board, to help unlock potential and possibilities. I like this definition from the book, Co-Active Coaching (Whitworth, Kimsey-House, Kimsey-House, and Sandahl):
Coaching is not about solving problems, although problems will be solved. It is not primarily about improving performance, attaining goals, or achieving results, although all of that will certainly happen in an effective coaching relationship. We believe that coaching is chiefly about discovery, awareness, and choice. It is a way of effectively empowering people to find their own answers, encouraging and supporting them on the path as they continue to make important choices.
Coaching assumes that our clients are naturally creative, resourceful, and whole. This isn’t about fixing you. This is about unlocking possibilities and new ways of thinking so that you can attain your highest potential.
Why do Teachers Need Coaches?
Teachers are leaders. Teachers are extraordinarily high-functioning people. Teachers also are especially prone to improper work-life balance, stress, overwhelm, negativity, and a far-too-full schedule. These things put teachers on a crazy cycle of fighting to survive. I know because I was there. I was a teacher fighting that same battle (read more about me here).
I want to help you get out of survival mode and into a thriving mode!
Read a full explanation on the value of coaching for teachers in this blog post.
What Outcomes Could I Expect?
First off, there are no guaranteed outcomes with coaching because you own the end of your story – not me. If I could, I’d write the story in the most amazing way possible for you, but you will have to be the one to do the work! For a lot of my clients, they have found that small tweaks (especially to their mindset and mental focus) have transformed the way they teach and live. Typically, teachers ask me to work with them on the following:
- Improving Work-Life Balance
- Stress Reduction
- Prioritizing Self-Care
- Finding Peace Amid the Politics and Drama of Schools
- Managing the Overwhelm
- Staying Organized
- Developing Leadership Skills
- and more!
How Much Does a Coach Cost?
Typical coaching ranges from $125 to $400 per hour. Lord knows no teacher can afford that! My mission is to bring coaching services to teachers at a fraction of the normal cost. I do this by offering e-courses, workshops, group coaching, and individual coaching on a subscription basis. Visit my services page to check out prices for individual offerings.
*Scholarships may be available. Contact me for details.
Who Leads the Coaching Session & What Do We Focus On?
If you think about coaching like a sports team, a coach is the guide who helps you as the player develop your skills, keeps you accountable, and reminds you to remember the “end game”. But you are the one playing the game! YOU are living your life – thus, coaching is entirely led by YOU! You set the agenda for what you want to accomplish through coaching (the “end game”), and I come alongside you and help you to discover, reflect, stay focused on your agenda, and ultimately accomplish your goals. Whatever you need to talk about is what we will talk about! That’s what a Best Friend is for!
While my coaching services are directed at teachers, we will not solely focus on your career as a teacher, your practices, or your students. Instead, our work together will focus on YOU and what you feel is missing, broken, or just plain overwhelming for you to manage your WHOLE LIFE – including your calling as a teacher, the other hats you wear in your life, as well as your personal well-being.
Just like a best friend would do, I care about YOU first and foremost.
I care about you having a life you love, days full of passion and energy, and a full life dominated by happiness, gratitude, and peace.
I hope to work with you soon!
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