Frequently Asked Questions
Below you'll find a number of basic questions I get asked, and the appropriate answers.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if there's anything that we've missed.
What is coaching?
I found a beautifully simple and powerful definition of coaching recently:
"Coaching is a profound personal relationship that creates a life-changing impact"
So far, I have found this to be true in every way. I'm excited to share this experience with my clients.
Why might I need a coach?
Personal coaches (i.e. life coaches, executive coaches) are suitable for anyone who has objectives in their life that they are not achieving, for whatever reason.
The methods coaches use will remove or bypass the obstacles that prevent people from getting where they want to be.
If you are ready to make a positive change in your life but haven't done it yet, a coach will provide the correct environment to get you past whatever is holding you back. Many successful people count a life coach as a critical element on their road to success, and there's no reason why you can't be one of those people.
I'm not sure its for me, what should I do?
Of course I understand that it's a big step to take. So first thing you can do is take a small step. Head to the contact page and drop me a line, ask me anything. Or if you feel a bit braver, book a Discovery session right now.
What you shouldn't do is get cold feet, leave this page and walk away. That will set you back days, weeks, months, maybe even years. You have to get started, or nothing will change. It's not my coaching method to tell you what to do, but in this case I make an exception. Hit one of those links now.
Why do you differentiate between coaching and consultancy?
The techniques used in coaching are very much about bringing out the best in the client without being prescriptive and telling you what to do. Consultancy on the other hand implies a degree of expertise that might not be present within the client, in which case a prescribed course of action might be warranted. I combine the two fields appropriately to ensure the best outcome for the you.
How long will it take?
It's a tough question to answer. My most popular coaching packages are 3 or 6 months long. It often takes at least 3 months to see meaningful change, and many times it's longer. And that's OK. Usually, the longer change takes, the more permanent it becomes, which is the whole idea.
Through experience I have discovered that it's only over an extended period of time, with regular coaching, that we create the profound relationships and the clients experience the life-changing impacts that are mentioned at the top of this page.
My new FREEDOM coaching packages allow for unlimited coaching sessions during the chosen time period. Coaching sessions can be up to 90 minutes long, depending upon availability. Each session is designed to take us a step closer to the agreed objective.
The exact time period and number of sessions really depends on you, and so I offer a simple range of options. We would discuss the appropriate package personal before you sign up.
Frequently a client will create a long term relationship with their coach and meet with them regularly over many months or years, helping them to remain on track with their objectives throughout their lives.
How much do you charge?
Personal and Executive Coaching - I offer four FREEDOM Coaching Packages as follows:
Ultimate Freedom - 12 months
Executive Transformation - 6 months
Intensive Personal Growth - 3 months
Mindset Boost - 1 month
Each package comes with UNLIMITED (yes, unlimited) live coaching sessions and the 12 month Ultimate Freedom Package includes ongoing email/phone support throughout the time period. It's a true deep partnership to enable your success.
Please contact me directly for more details on my FREEDOM Coaching Packages
My coaching is designed to create a permanent change for the better in your life, and so you will see the fees you pay as an investment in your future with a lifetime of positive returns. Most experts agree there's no better investment an individual can make than in their own personal development.
What can you help me with?
Here are some example situations that I can address with you as part of a package to help you achieve your ideal career and dream lifestyle...
Health and fitness...
you want to lose weight
you know you should exercise more but don't know how to start...or keep going
you feel you are eating/drinking/smoking too much
you want to make more friends
you find yourself at the edge of things when out with friends
you want to meet that special someone
Work and career...
you're soon to attend an interview for your dream job
you have a team member at work who is underperforming
you can't seem to work well with your boss
your business is not succeeding
you bring your work home with you
you don't get on with your brother/mother/uncle, etc
you are not connecting with your spouse anymore
your son/daughter is misbehaving
you don't know how to find the right clothes for you
you don't like going shopping
you love going shopping too much
you want to make a statement with your personal style
The meaning of life...
You feel like you're having a mid-life crisis
you have a big decision to make
you just don't feel happy/satisfied/fulfilled
you are not sleeping well
you feel something is missing
What about logistics?
When you sign up for one of my 3, 6 0r 12 month packages, the following arrangements apply. If it's within County Dublin, I will travel at my expense to meet you at a suitable location of your choosing once each calendar month. If it's within the Republic of Ireland, I will travel at my expense to meet you at a suitable location of your choosing once each calendar quarter. All other sessions will take place, as per your preference, in a suitable location of my choosing in Malahide, County Dublin, or via video/phone call.
All this information is contained within the 'agreement' that we will confirm as part of the sign-up process.
What if it doesn't work?
For my FREEDOM Coaching Packages I offer a Full Money Back Guarantee within the first couple of weeks of your coaching programme. You'll receive you money back with no questions asked if you have fully participated in the coaching and it's simply not working for you. Please enquire for full terms and conditions.
However once we are started, my guarantee is that for each of our sessions I will show up 100% for you. Through our sessions you will see alternative ways, more choices and more actions for you. It's then up to you to take them. At each stage, I'll hold you accountable for what you agree to do, this is the methodology that most coaches adopt for continued success.
How does payment work?
When you sign up for my FREEDOM Coaching Packages, you'll receive an invoice via email which should be settled upon receipt. Packages should be paid in full up front, but they can be invoiced in monthly instalments, with a surcharge applied.
By doing this I can ensure that the time we spend together is spent purely on coaching and not dealing with administration.
Payment can be made via the website, using Paypal or a credit card, which is also via the Paypal system. Alternatively we can organise an electronic bank transfer which is also effective and efficient. Enquire for more details.
What are your qualifications?
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Executive Coaching from Kingstown College. This is one of only two qualifications available in Ireland that are recognised by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. It is also recognised by the International Coaching Federation.
I'm also a FULL member of the EMCC am bound by it's code of ethics.
I also have 20+ years experience in the corporate environment, spending that time with 2 world class organisations.
I've been married and divorced, been overweight and lost a load, then ran a half marathon (three actually). I'm a parent to two amazing children (they'll tell you I'm an amazing parent to two children). I've dated, loved and lost, I like a beer and I have a weakness for ice cream. I'm a human being.