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Questions About Hiring a Coach

How does coaching differ from therapy?

Therapy focuses on understanding the past. Most of the discussion and energy is on what has happened; what happened last week, last month, five years ago…and really understanding it. Coaching focus on the future, while acknowledging the past. Coaches believe there are certain times with therapy is necessary, like when a person isn’t able to acknowledge and accept their past, but feel once one can do that, it’s important to focus energy on moving forward. Coaches offer tools, exercises and mental-frameworks that help one understand their own inner power and ability to move forward, not resting on what was, but what can be. In addition, therapy tends to have no end point, but coaching has a specified timeframe with a specified end point, or a goal of what would like to be accomplished within a certain period of time. That timeframe might be 3 months to one year, and coachee and coach can always agree to extend the coaching, but coaching typically does not stretch beyond a two year engagement.

What kinds of people hire a coach?

All kinds! People who hire coaches believe there are areas of their life that are not yet optimal, that can feel better, but they haven’t been able to make that happen on their own. They also may have a sense that something is missing and they feel lost or stuck on how to figure out what “it” is. People who seek out coaches want to move forward in their life, now. Are tired of feeling lost, stuck or unhappy and are ready and open for help.

What is the price of hiring a coach?

At the low end of the range, newer coaches will charge roughly $125/hour. More experienced coaches will charge roughly $200/hour, while a master coach may charge upwards of $400/hour. Note that there is unlimited support via email between sessions, so hourly is a reference point and not necessarily the actual hourly rate.

Do coaches give advice? Tell you what to do?

No, coaches do not tell you what to do. Coaches help you see what you can’t so you can uncover the answer on your own. Coaches recognize that there is value in mentoring or giving advice, but find that it is not nearly as powerful as helping the coachee problem solve on their own. Coaches believe that 1) people know the right answer and 2) by clearing mental obstacles and limiting beliefs, coaching can build the confidence and know-how to access our creative problem solving skills. We believe this approach of guiding, not telling, is the most powerful road to lasting transformational change.

What kind of engagement should I expect when working with a coach?

Most coaches offer a free consultation so you can see if you click. That consultation might be 30 minutes to an hour long. Once you commit to working with a coach, you will typically agree to a 3-month or 6-month package. Within a given month, you can expect to speak with your coach two or three times. You can also expect homework after each session and email access to your coach between sessions. Most coaches will want you to commit to more than 2 months of coaching because adult behavior change is hard – especially the first several weeks – and they want to get you over that initial hump.

How do you meet with the coach? In-person or virtual?

If you are lucky enough to have a coach working on-site at your workplace, you’ll see him/her in-person, but the overwhelming majority of coaches work virtually, either via video conference (Skype, Zoom, etc.) or by telephone. That way, you and your coach can be anywhere in the world and still have a fantastic coaching relationship.

How do you know if a coach is a good match for you?

You’ll feel it. A coach is there to create a safe and courageous space for you to do your inner work. Is this someone who you want to have listen to you and witness you and be your champion? It doesn’t matter if a coach lives in your city, lives a similar lifestyle, or has a similar background. Your coach isn’t giving you advice. He or she is helping you develop the skills you need to thrive, on your own. Select a coach you feel drawn to and give it a try.

How do coaches become coaches? What does it mean to be a certified coach?

Since anyone can call himself/herself a coach, it can be helpful to know that your coach has been trained in a way that meets the standards of a large governing body of coaches. The International Coach Federation (ICF) was founded in 1995 as a non-profit organization for fellow coaches to support each other and grow the profession. The ICF accredits coach training programs that meet its rigorous standards. A “certified coach” completed his/her training through an ICF-accredited programs. Your coach may have gone even further and met the training requirements and administrative demands to earn an individual credential through ICF. Individual credentials recognized by ICF are: Associate

I don’t have any major issues. Why would I want to work with a coach?

Coaching helps you see the unlimited potential for your life. You can have better relationships, better work environment, respond better in challenging situations, find peace when in chaos and overall realize that every area of your life can be 10x better, even when it feels ok. Often people who hire coaches are trying to get out of survival mode and want to feel better, but after a few months of coaching realize there is way more opportunity and a new level of happiness they didn’t even see before. Coaching raises the bar on your own life.

What are the different coaching styles?

To some degree, there are as many coaching styles as there are coaches. Some of the major coaching styles are Holistic, Zen / Mindfulness, Vision, and Solution-focused.

Holistic – coach looks at the client as a whole person (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual)

Zen / Mindfulness – coach utilizes guided meditation

Vision – coach encourages the client to visualize what he/she seeks to achieve, create, or experience in the future

Solution-focused – coach encourages the client to define clear goals, a path to get there, and to consider what happens once the goal is achieved

There is definitely overlap among styles, and your coach might use a blend of styles based on what’s happening in a particular moment. Whether your coach is “direct,” “tough,” or “warm and fuzzy,” you deserve a coach who is a very, very good listener…and that’s true across all styles.

How can I ensure that we have a successful coaching relationship?

You and your coach will talk about what each of you needs in order to have a successful coaching relationship…and those needs are allowed to change! In the meantime, just be open, ready, and willing to look inside and take responsibility for your choices. Your job isn’t to please your coach – your job is to be open, real, and honest about what you’re thinking and feeling. Trust your coach to support your growth and discovery through powerful questions and exercises.

Should I still contact a coach when I'm not sure if I'll hire one?

Yes. Coaches understand that many people have no experience with coaching. The first step is to experience what it’s like because only then will you be able to assess it’s value. Coaches on Collective Gain also share our mission, which is to help people live happier more fulfilled lives. If they can help propel you to the next level on the first free call, then they’re happy to have done it, free of charge. Honestly. Ask any one of them.

I really want a coach, but it's the money...

It’s never about the money. We get it, it’s not free, but the investment is required for you to show up and be committed to the process of coaching. We have several coaches who don’t need the money, but they require payment so that you value the commitment you, and the coach, have made to the process. It’s best when the cost feels a little uncomfortable, doable, but more than maybe you wanted to spend. If you still say yes, then you know you’ll get the full value of what coaching has to offer.

I'm not sure if I need a coach, a retreat, a therapist or just meditation. How do I know?

That’s a great question. Here’s our take:

Coaching: work 1:1 ongoing with a set timeframe and goal that you’d like accomplished. You are ready and almost anxious to move forward and create positive change in your life.

Retreat: you need some time to self-reflect, to push the pause button, and recharge. The results are after short lived, but sometimes you just need a little pick me up and some time being around great people (great way to meet awesome folks in the same headspace you’re in)

Therapist: you find yourself mentally going back to something in your past, over and over, and you feel you can’t make sense of it or are still very bothered by it. You need to heal this trauma, come to terms with it, so you can move on.

Meditation/Yoga: great practices to incorporate into everyday life to keep the ch’i in  your body moving and to help add peace to your mind so you can better respond to live events by staying more centered and grounded. Often meditation and yoga accompany any one of the above. Often, however, neither produces transformational life change on their own.

Questions About How Collective Gain Works

Is the first call really free?

Yes, no strings attached. Every coach on the Collective Gain platform offers a free introductory call. Some coaches offer 30 minutes, others up to 90 or even 2 separate 60-minute calls. No credit card required.

The purpose of this call is to better understand for both you, and the coach, if it’s a fit. Coaching is a commitment on both sides, so both people need to feel that it’s a fit.

How do I get started?

Browse the gallery of coaches select those you are drawn to. Read their profile, watch their video, check out their testimonials…and if you have a hunch they can help you, fill out the form at the bottom of their page. They will then contact you with a time to chat for your free consultation.

I found a coach I want to hire, now what?

If you found a coach you’d like to hire that likely means you’ve had a chance to speak to them 1:1 already. At that point, email the coach advising you’re ready to move forward and the coach will send you their contact and confirm their package and pricing. You are entering into an agreement with the coach, not Collective Gain. You will pay the coach directly based on the terms you agree to with them and then be ready to enjoy the power of coaching!

How were these coaches selected to be part of Collective Gain?

Every coach on Collective Gain had an extensive interview process. First, they had to be referred by an advisor to trusted contact of Collective Gain. Then, they were interviewed in depth about their coaching practice, methods, journey, and intent behind coaching via video conference. Lastly, they filled out an application that gave a full 360 view of their coaching business, why they coach, how their packages are structured and what inspires them. Through this process, we scanned for intent, passion, professionalism as well as used our gut instinct for authenticity.

How many coaches should I contact?

We recommend reaching out to 2-3 coaches to start. You likely only need to speak to a few that you like to feel a fit with at least one of them, if not more. Make the decision easy by starting who you’re dawn to. If those coaches don’t end up being a fit, try a few more. Still need help? Contact us, we’ll do our best to match you with the right coach based on your needs.

What if I don't like my coach after we get started?

Coaches want to be in a coaching relationship with people who are are committed and showing up in each session. If you aren’t liking something about your coaching relationship, tell your coach. Your coach works for you, they want to serve you as best they can so you see the transformation you invested in. If they feel they cannot help you as need, they will advise. Each coach has their own cancellation policy and it should be part of your initial agreement. Speak about this upfront with you coach so the both of you are on the same page.

How do I get my company to sponsor my coaching?

Great question. Connect us with your HR or Benefits team and we can present them with our corporate program. It includes in-house events and 1:1 coaching subsidizing. Note, it’s still important that you pay for part of your coaching so you value the experience and show up to do the work, but having your company subsidize is an awesome way to reduce any financial burden or for those where coaching is just out of reach financially, to get the support they need.

Can I negotiate with my coach on the cost or package?

Once you are connected to your coach, you can speak with them 1:1 about any part of your agreement. That includes the cost, frequency of meetings, type of meetings, etc… Be honest and upfront with you coach about what concerns or changes you’d like, they will be honest back with what they can do. Some coaches are flexible, others are not.