Is a Professional Development Coach Right for You?

 

You would likely benefit from coaching if . . .

  • You wonder what you might be missing with regard to your thinking and how you view things.
  • There are specific skills you would like to develop further.
  • You would like to increase the effectiveness of communication.
  • More effectively managing your emotions would be beneficial.
  • You feel stuck or are questioning whether your current role is a good fit.
  • You would like to effectively solicit and use feedback from those with whom you work.

What does a professional development coach “do” with a client?

A good coach asks probing questions in an attempt to fully understand and further explore your experience. As a result, you’re challenged to examine yourself — your behavior, feelings, assumptions, and options. Sometimes the coach offers advice in the form of their perspective or describing a tool or practice to try, but ultimately you decide what to take away and try from each coaching session.  A good coach does not necessarily have to be familiar with your industry, and sometimes such familiarity blinds the coach and client from taking a genuinely fresh perspective or challenging particularly ingrained assumptions.

My approach . . .

Each coaching relationship is unique, as is every session within an ongoing coaching relationship. We start with clarification of your goals and beginning to unpack your current context as it relates to where you are currently and where you want to be.  We collaboratively assess each session so that we can improve the process accordingly, or realize that your needs are not being met and perhaps I’m not the right coach for you at this time.

Typically coaching sessions are conducted via videoconference or telephone and typically last an hour (although that is not set in stone and there is no need to extend a session longer than is needed to achieve its goals, and cost is prorated accordingly).

Although most coaching sessions are individual, I am open to small-group sessions for the same per-hour cost. This allows for 2-5 colleagues to share the cost and learn from each other’s experiences and perspectives.

Let's schedule a brief chat to explore whether we might be a good fit for a coaching relationship that meets your needs.  The chat is free and there is never any expectation or obligation.  

Michael@MindfulPD.com  or  (803) 575-0066

 

"According to the Institute of Coaching at McLean, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate in Belmont, Massachusetts, 70% of people who receive coaching benefit from improved work performance and more effective communication skills."   --  Inc. magazine, March/April 2022, p. 13