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The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from his life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible.

Richard M Devos

Life Coaching

Building Focus, Energy & Courage - to Make a Better Life for You

Frequently Asked Questions


How will I know if coaching is for me?

Book your initial coaching consultation. It's low cost, low risk and fun.

Why can't I get the same support from friends?

Good question! Here are some answers for you:

a) I am professionally trained to coach you. I have specific skills in listening, questioning techniques, motivation, communication and more. All of these will be focused on freeing you to become what you want to be. Your friends are unlikely to be qualified in these ways.

b) I am an honours graduate, and I benefit from a 17 year career in the management of people and projects, so I know a lot about the real world and how to motivate people. All of this expertise is available to you during our coaching sessions.

c) I am paid by you to work for you over the weeks and months of the coaching relationship. There are no hidden agendas; I'm not going to lose patience, become bored or self-interested. Your friends may be less reliable and less devoted.

d) Friends may be reluctant to tell you straight, because they fear that the truth will lose their relationship with you. They're more likely to tell you what you want to hear. As your Life Coach, I will want to maintain a first class relationship with you too, but I am paid to help you, and will tell it like it is when it's the right thing to do.

e) Some of those around you may be part of the reason you want to change. We all fear change - in ourselves - but also in others. How often do you notice friends offering you fatty foods when you're on a diet? Without even realising it, those around us can undermine our determination to make positive changes in our lives. I don't fear your change - I relish it, and I won't sabotage you - quite the reverse.

f) Our friends often come from the same background and areas as us. They may have accepted their lot in life, and may see change as impossible. They may even see ambition as arrogant and unreasonable. Their negativity and skepticism about your potential for personal growth - or the way the world is - may be a big problem. I won't bring those agendas to you; in fact I'll be working with you to banish them.

g) There may be some things you can't say to friends, because they're very private - or because your friends are part of what you want to change. As your Life Coach, I'm professional and appropriately detached; your work with me is confidential. You can be completely honest.

Why can't I just read a good Coaching Book?

You can, and you should!

But read more about why coaching works when reading doesn't here.

How does Life Coaching differ from counseling or Therapy?

Life Coaching is not about deep self-analysis or regressing to childhood events. It is predominantly forward-looking - focused in the present and the future. It is practical and down-to-earth, looking at concrete ways to make real progress in the world in the areas listed above.

Are there any problems which Life Coaching is not appropriate for?

Yes. Life Coaching is not appropriate for serious medical conditions, drug addiction, or mental illness. I may not be an expert in finance, business management, law, or relationship counseling, but I generally help you in these areas - not by giving professional advice in them, but by helping you to ask the right questions, find the right motivation and outlook, to find the answers you need, and then to implement them in your life.

How Much Does Coaching Cost?

Please see my coaching services and prices page.

Which geographical areas do you serve?

Most of my coaching is done by phone, and so my catchment area is planet Earth. If phone costs are an issue, we can use Internet Phones - I have a raft of alternatives available. If face-to-face coaching is your preference then I might still be able to help you if you live near Bedford UK. I also coach in London two days each week.

How many coaching sessions will I need?

Clearly I can't guarantee how long it will take in your particular case, but from extensive experience, the average is between 4 and 8 sessions. By that time, we have usually explored the problem space, defined clear, believable, exciting new goals, designed robust strategies to reach those goals, and started out down the path. We will have explored the "brain space" of the client too - finding their fears, hidden beliefs and the other things which trap people into small sad lives for poor reasons. After that, they can push forwards on their own. Some folks stay with me during this period, but drop the frequency - this way they maintain focus and energy and access to problem-solving - but at a lower cost.

How do I know you're any good?

Well, if you're into academic qualifications, I'm an honours graduate of computing and electronics (Aston University, 1979).

For my coaching qualification, I graduated with distinctions in both theory and practice from Europe's largest coach training organisation, but actually - the most important thing I bring to the table is not my qualification but my life experience. I was born in 1959, so I'm knocking on a bit! I've been out there in the real world - I spent 17 years - mostly as a manager - in blue chip corporations, so I know a lot about people and what makes them tick. I've also had my share of personal problems, and in fact, got into coaching through seeking help. I've been on both sides of the fence (which, it turns out, is in fact, a comfy sofa).

You can check out my many client testimonials.

Finally, you can try me at very low cost. Throw your situation at me, ask those nitty gritty questions, fold your arms, and see what I can do for you and how. Then say goodbye and hang up. Decide how you feel with no pressure from me. Call me back if you decide to work with me. Easy.

Book your initial coaching consultation today!

Do you coach outside the UK?

My phone coaching helps people all over the world. Skype calls over the Internet are free and effective. So wherever you life, if you want to work with me - I'm only a quick call away from you.
How many coaching sessions will I need?

It's impossible to predict this accurately because so much depends on the client and the situation we're working on together, but - in general - somewhere between 4 and 8 sessions is enough to fully explore and understand the issues, to clarify goals, to expose and address unhelpful thinking, to develop strategies for moving towards the New You, and to have done enough of that to get the hang of how staying on the horse.

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