Coaching is like a conversation but more focussed and dynamic. It is future-facing, and goal-oriented and driven. Good coaches make real and measurable differences in people’s lives.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as "partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership." I work with this definition.
How do I coach?
As your coach, I work to generate and then strengthen fresh thought and understanding in you, my client. I do this through a series of strategic questions, reflections, and observations. Fresh insights emerge through our exchange, and crucially, come from you. This is vital for delivering lasting change in your life. This new or invigorated awareness should then empower and inspire you to realign and move into the areas that are important for you.
I like to think of coaching as a journey that involves three interrelating aspects: growth, realignment, and transformation. What this practically looks like—together with attention to and balance between these aspects—is individual and unique for each person. For some, realignment will be the dominating word; for others, transformation; and for others still, growth.
The bottom line: I invest in you so that you can invest and move forward into areas of your life that are right for you.
Fresh insights emerge through our exchange, and crucially, come from you.
How do you start?
Contact me to arrange a complimentary, no-obligations conversation. We will take it from there.
Who is coaching for?
Coaching is for anyone who is intentional about moving forward in aspects of their life and recognizes that they would benefit from professional support as they do this. It can be especially valuable at strategic points in life like:
- Negotiating career or life change
- Starting new businesses
- Finding routes through complex situations
Some people use coaches regularly, recognizing their value in helping clarify, move forward, and reach beyond their goals.
As your coach, I work to understand you, your context, and how you want to move forward. We might address cognitive and emotional matters that are holding you back from achieving your goals. The point is not to dwell in these latter areas but to move forward through them. Sometimes a step forward is the most powerful action we can take. For more, see five reasons to work with me.
Sometimes a step forward is the most powerful action we can take.
The benefits of coaching include:
- Improved business management
- Improved communication skills
- Improved relationships
- Improved self-confidence
- Improved time management
- Improved work performance
- Improved work/life balance
Frequently asked questions
The best way to establish this is by having a free, introductory conversation. Here, we can get to know each other a little and you can ask any questions you might have. Get in touch via the Contact page to arrange this.
Yes and no. You will need to be committed to be moving forward in an area of your life. If you choose a package, in session one, we will work to clarify the right goal for you to work toward at this point in your journey. I will partner with you as you walk this out.
Some incredible people have supported me over the years and continue to do so. On a formal basis, experiencing professional coaching was part of what led me to become a coach. I have regular coaching supervision and have used a therapist to explore more complex emotional and historical concerns. I also have a much-valued, longstanding mentor who I meet with monthly and who is also a coach.
I invest in these professional relationships so that I can be the best I can be for myself and others.
Space in-between sessions is important as this is where you put our conversation into action. Ideally, the first two sessions would be closer together, moving to slightly further apart. We can work out the right balance for you.
Due to the current global pandemic, sessions are over video call only. This has the benefit of meaning that we can connect up from anywhere in the world.
If there is a specific, presenting issue to talk through, one session might be enough. If you want to set a goal and work towards it over a number of months, I recommend a six or eight session package. Session lengths are usually 60 minutes but can be shorter. We can work out the best options for you.
Contact me to request a quote. The cost is per session and payable in advance.
I work with a selection of coaching models including TRANSFORMTM and CLEARTM and will tailor my approach for your needs.
Coaching is flat-structured (non-hierarchical) and forward-facing. It sits in the same family group as consultancy, counselling, mentoring and training, but it is not these things. It occupies an important space of its own.
Coaching is a relatively new and fast-growing profession. It is currently not regulated by any country or state. This means that anyone can set themselves up as a coach and profit from it with no coach-specific training. The ICF is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high standards, providing independent certification and guidance for a worldwide network of trained professional coaches. My training is accredited by the ICF and I coach in accordance with their code of ethics.
A coaching agreement and a consent form. The agreement sets out the terms for our coaching sessions and the consent form gives me permission to use your contact details on my coach training log. The latter is an important part of my ongoing coaching development with the ICF.
Work with Hannah
Work with me for one-off coaching sessions or blocks of sessions designed to help you grow, realign, and transform in your life or business. I work with a selection of coaching models and will tailor the right approach for you.
Contact me to arrange a complimentary one-to-one conversation where we can get to know each other and talk about this more. This pre-session conversation will help you to establish whether I am the right person to work with.