Frequently Asked Questions

What is coaching?

Coaching is a tool to aid in creating change. You work with a Coach around your desire to move forward in your life and achieve your ambitions. It is about identifying the gap between where you are now and where you want or need to be.

Coaching really is a brilliant tool to support and enable change. This could be the achievement of a long cherished goal or a distant dream, an improvement of your quality of life or simply small adjustments which allow you to become happier.

Working with a life coach is like having your own personal cheerleader - someone who is dedicated to supporting you to overcoming hurdles to create the change you want. Coaching acts as a catalyst, bringing the desired outcomes quicker and more effectively with the partnership of a coach.

Coaching supports making improvements in many life areas: including career; business; personal fulfillment; fun; health; and relationships.

Benefits of coaching can include:

  • Gain clarity about what you truly want
  • Achieve greater success and satisfaction in your personal and professional lives
  • Realise an ambition or dream
  • Improve quality of life and balance
  • Increase your confidence, focus and motivation
  • Maximise potential and performance
  • Greater happiness
  • Reduce stress and overcome personal barriers to success
  • Provide accountability.

How does coaching work?

In its simplest terms coaching is a confidential conversation between the Coach and the you, the Client. It works as an equal partnership where the Coach supports you to achieve your goals through raising self awareness and taking responsibility for your route forwards.

Coaches believe that you have all the answers and resources you need already within you to achieve success, and the role of the Coach is to help you access these.

The Coach will ask you questions that will help to clarify what you want and to find your best route forwards towards achieving it. It is non-advisory and non-judgmental, believing that you know what is right for you. Working with a Coach can elicit ideas for the way forwards that you might otherwise have overlooked or ruled out, and it can tackle limiting beliefs that stand in the way of success.

Coaching is goal focused and action orientated so you leave sessions with follow-up tasks to do.

How will it help me?

There are many potential benefits from coaching. Working with a coach can have a catalyst impact, speeding up progression towards your goals. It can help give you clarity around what you want and why, which in turn can provide focus and motivation. Coaching can help you to set goals that are in alignment with your values so that you are more likely to successfully achieve them. A coach may challenge you to face and overcome barriers in the way of success, therefore increasing your chances of success. Clients also often find it beneficial to have a person to be accountable to with their agreed actions and progress.

Where does your coaching take place?

Coaching can take place face-to-face in East Kent, over the telephone or via Skype.

Am I suitable for coaching?

For coaching to be effective you need to have recognised that there is something that you want to change, improve or develop, and are ready to seek support to facilitate the change. It must be something within your control to change. As coaching is goal focused and action orientated, a you need to be ready, willing and able to make that change.

Coaching may not be suitable if you are undertaking other forms of interventions such as therapy or counselling, as it is present and future focused, and ill-equipped to resolve issues that are negatively impacting on mental health. It is usually recommended to complete the course of therapy or counselling before commencing coaching.

Coaching is also often mistook for mentoring, which is where the mentor has professional experience in an area and shares knowledge and advice. Coaching is non-advisory and so will not be right if you are seeking an advice-based service.

What would be expected of me as a coaching client?

You would be expected to consider your goals and motivations for your coaching topics, and to be totally honest when answering questions from your coach.

You would be expected to be committed to the coaching process and to the best of your ability to undertake the actions that you agree to do between coaching sessions.

You would be expected to be mentally and physically prepared for a session - so ensuring that you are in an environment where you will not be disturbed or distracted during a session, to be prepared with any resources you need to hand (e.g. diary, pen and paper) and to be relaxed and ready to take part fully in each session.

Why should I pick you as my coach?

It is important that you pick the Coach that feels right for you. It needs to be someone who you feel comfortable with and can imagine opening up to. In order to get the best from coaching, trust is essential as you will need to be honest with your Coach in order for them to be able to ask the best questions for you.

Here's a blog I wrote about what to consider in order to pick the right coach for you: http://hazeladdleycoaching.com/2/post/2015/06/each-coach-is-different-so-how-do-you-choose-6-top-tips-to-pick-the-best-coach-for-you.html

And another one I wrote looking at the sort of coach I am: http://hazeladdleycoaching.com/2/post/2015/06/am-i-the-right-coach-for-you-my-own-specific-brand-of-coaching-is-a-cocktail-of.html

If you are interested in working with me we can book in a consultation call to see if we're a good match to work together: http://hazeladdleycoaching.com/clarity-consultation.html

How much do you charge?

The investment will depend on which coaching package you choose. To find out more please see the Work With Hazel page.

Do you have a specialist area?

I specialise in working with professional and entrepreneurial women who want to keep their professional life on track whilst managing significant change in their personal life. Most commonly this is linked to a significant relationship ending, and supporting the regrouping and rebuilding afterwards.

The coaching I do is often linked to the creative industries and education sectors, as well as with businesses owners. I support you, the person behind the professional, to create a well-rounded life and to be the best that you can be in and outside of your professional life.

I also have experience with personal development and support you to take responsibility for creating greater happiness in your life, in whatever form that takes.

If you have any further questions that have not been answered here, please do get in contact.