Millie's Frequently Asked Questions
Why work with Coach Millie?
The best reason is to get from here
to there. Clients come to work with me when there
is something they want to change or achieve,
or when they feel they are not making progress
with something important to them. They may feel
stuck, frustrated, or unsure about how to proceed.
The issue may be business or personal, or both.
Together, we explore what is going on and identify
obstacles in their path. As we talk, I help them
clarify their vision. At this point, some can
proceed on their own. For others, I walk the
path with them until they reach their destination.
What do you do as a coach? What happens?
Coaching is a dialogue. I ask questions
that help people open up and encourage them to
explore. Through our work together, my clients
come to see their challenges in a new light.
Their confidence grows. They learn to understand
and appreciate their strengths. As they uncover
new strategies and solutions, they gain the impetus
to take their next steps without fear.
How does coaching differ from therapy?
Coaching is about making things practical,
manageable, and achievable by knowing and using
strengths. We don’t spend time looking
into the past to understand the roots of problems.
Rather, we focus on the present and the future.
The idea is to help people get moving in the
direction they choose. I focus on where clients
want to make progress, are able to make progress,
and are ready to make progress. Part of the work
is brainstorming and breaking things down into
small, bite-sized, manageable pieces. When that
happens, people get energized. It’s hard
to leap, but we can all take small steps.
Who does well in coaching?
First, people must be ready to make
a commitment to the work. When clients seek help
from a coach, they must think of it as an investment—of
time, energy, and resources—in themselves
and their potential. People who do the best are
ready to take steps, even small ones, towards
their future. Just to show up is a start.
How long does it last? What is the process?
I ask new clients to commit to at least
three months. Some may choose to stay longer.
The structure that coaching offers helps keep
them on track. We schedule 2-4 sessions per month
to keep the momentum of change going. Measurable
results should be apparent soon after starting
our work together.
I coach by phone, because I have found that
it is an excellent way to focus, and because
our time can be put to better use than travel.
If questions or crises arise between sessions,
my clients can feel free to call or email me.
So you can feel confident of my help and support,
my service includes unlimited email and as-needed
phone consults between coach calls. I am always
happy to look over a résumé, writing,
or marketing materials.
What is your initial consultation like?
1. Before the initial consultation,
I email new clients some basic questions that
encourage them to introduce themselves, and to
articulate an area of life where they are ready
to make a change or shift. I ask them to spell
it out and explain why and how it is important.
I suggest that they choose three goals they hope
to reach in the next three months.
2. When we speak together, we focus on and explore
the shift or change they want. Sometimes the
goals are tangible (finish a project, launch
a business, increase earnings). Sometimes they’re
intangible (be happier on the job; be more productive;
increase confidence related to a goal; improve
self-motivation and self-organization; change
negative thinking patterns). These goals are
not abstract. We aim to achieve measurable success.
3. Together we create a plan to get them jump-started
on the path to success.
How will I know I'm making progress?
At the end of each session, we will
agree on measurable actions to take before next
session. This encourages accountability and continued
progress. To see visible evidence that changes
are happening is very energizing. As confidence
and success grow, there may also be a ripple
effect into other areas of life.
How can I schedule a free consultation?
To set up your free consultation, you
can contact me by email,
complete my contact
form, or call me at 413-655-2555.