What is coaching?
Coaching gives you the tools, support and structure to accomplish more. It’s a relationship – a partnership between you and your coach that inspires and supports you to be and do greater things.
Coaches use a variety of tools, approaches, and techniques to help you achieve your desired results. However, your results are ultimately up to you.
There are as many definitions and philosophies of coaching as there are coaches. You’ll need to decide for yourself which one works best for you.
Pure Coaching: With pure coaching the belief is that everyone has the answers within themselves, they just need help accessing and identifying them. A pure coaching session includes a coach asking you thought provoking questions until you come to the answer yourself. Ultimately, you are the expert on your life. It’s up to you to reflect upon the questions to move forward. Pure coaching can be very effective when you are stuck or need clarity personally or professionally. It’s also great for keeping you focused, taking action, and accountable.
Mentoring: A mentor, on the other hand, provides wisdom and guidance based on their own lived experience. Mentoring may include advising and coaching. Pure coaching does not include advice, and focuses instead on you discovering the answer for yourself.
Consulting: Coaching is not consulting. Consultants diagnose problems, prescribe and, sometimes, implement solutions. They do the work for you. Coaches support you as you do the work. They never do the work for you.
Counselling: Coaching is not therapy. Counselling looks at the underlying causes of emotional pain, dysfunction and mental health problems. It tends to deal more with the past. Coaching focuses on the future and encourages personal and professional development. Coaches are not (unless specified) qualified to diagnose or treat any health-related problems, although if the situation arises they may suggest you see a doctor.
Training: Training programs include a linear learning path that follows an established curriculum based on objectives set out by the instructor. Training programs focus on learning a specific skill. Coaching is customized to your situation and does not include a set curriculum.
You will find all kinds of coaches here on The Canadian Coach, each with their own beliefs and philosophies on coaching – which is one thing that makes us so awesome.
You may find that you need more than a pure coaching approach. Many coaches here also include elements of mentoring and training as well. The best coaches can customize their approach to best help you find your answers and get results, but when you can’t, they have the experience to guide you to get there. Sometimes having someone who has been there can move you forward faster. Most coaches also have training programs as well. So you see, coaching is hard to define and looks different to everyone.
Decide for yourself what coaching means to you. While coaching emphasizes gaining clarity, taking action, staying accountable, and following through to get results, how you get there is up to you.
Who uses a coach?
Everyone. There is a coach for every need; it’s just a matter of finding the right coach for you.
Warning! Once you hire a coach, you’ll take your life to a whole new level.
How can coaching help me?
People hire a coach because:
- They want clarity around what is holding them back.
- They want to achieve a dream or goal.
- They want to grow personally and/or professionally.
- They want to see faster results than doing something on their own.
- They want someone to help keep them focused and accountable.
- They want to improve their performance or gain a new skill.
- They want to get out of their comfort zone and have someone there to guide them.
- And many more reasons…
There are as many ways a coach can help you as there are dreams and goals. It all depends on what you need. Ultimately, coaching can help you move forward faster and achieve the results you are looking for.
Statistically, you are 95% more likely to achieve your goals with the help of a coach.
Are there different kinds of coaches?
Yes! There are as many kinds of coaches as there are problems to be worked on.
Here are a few main categories:
- Life coaching
- Business coaching
- Executive coaching
- Leadership coaching
- Health coaching
- Relationship coaching
- Parent coaching
- Success coaching
- Mindset coaching
- Peak performance coaching
- Personal transformation coaching.
The best coaches choose an area to specialize in rather than try to help everyone with every problem. Ask your coach about their specialty(ies).
FYI: Canada has some of the world’s best coaches!
Do coaches have qualifications?
Coaching is currently an unregulated profession, meaning anyone can essentially call themselves a coach. So, it’s up to you to do your research. However, most coaches do have some formal training and the majority have many many years of lived experience.
While certification is desirable, don’t immediately discount a coach who isn’t certified…they could have 30+ years experience in your field of interest and can help you more than a newly certified coach with very little lived experience. Again, do your research and ask lots of questions.
Still, qualifications mean little if you don’t like your coach. Rapport is one of the most important parts of coaching. If you feel uncomfortable with your coach, you’re unlikely to gain much from the relationship.
Always do your research, contact and interview a coach before signing up and paying for any services.
Note: The qualifications of coaches listed, and the information provided, is not verified by The Canadian Coach in any way. Individuals utilizing this database are urged to take reasonable steps to verify the qualifications of any potential coach. All Canadian Coaches listed in the directory agree to abide by our Code of Ethics.
How do I choose a coach?
To get started, simply go to our directory and enter your specifications into our searchable database. Then, review the list – looking for coaches that peak your interest. Go to their website, check them out and read testimonials and references.
If they still interest you, contact them and ask for a complimentary call to get to know them and what they offer. Ask lots of questions. Decide whether you want pure coaching or more of a coach/mentor relationship.
You may need to interview a couple of different coaches before you find the one you that’s fits you best.
Tip: Some coaches also offer half and full day deep dive sessions (aka the VIP day). While there is a cost to this, it can be a great way to jump start your results and get to know your coach on a deeper level.
What does coaching cost?
It depends on the coach and it varies widely. Coaching is an investment in yourself and what you wish to achieve. It can be a big investment or smaller investment. You decide.
Coaching is generally charged as a package, by a term such as a year, 6 months, or monthly. Coaching is not generally paid by the session; however, you may find the odd coach still doing this.
Fees can vary widely. For example, newer coaches often charge between $300 to $500 per month. Whereas, executive and business coaches charge more. The more experienced the coach, the more the investment, but also, the chances are, the faster you’ll see results.
You can find a coach at pretty much any price point and budget; it’s up to you to decide what that is and how much it’s worth to you to achieve your desired results.
How is coaching delivered?
One great thing about coaching is that it can be delivered in so many different ways. The process typically begins with a personal interview (either in person or online) to identify your current goals and challenges, define the scope of your relationship, identify priorities, and create plan of action to achieve your desired results.
You can meet a coach face-to-face (though this is rare), or online via a video conference call software such as Zoom or Skype. You can also chat on the telephone or send email messages back and forth. It’s up to you and your coach.
Because many coaches operate over the phone or via the internet, sessions can easily fit around your schedule.
You also can choose between individual sessions and group sessions (group sessions tend to be a bit cheaper than individual).
Once the relationship is established, subsequent sessions occur as previously agreed.
How many sessions do I need?
That depends on you and your needs. Some people hire coaches for a specific time-sensitive project or goal and others for much longer terms. Keep in mind that most coaches do ask for a 3, 6 or 12 months commitment. Some coaches also require a written agreement or contract, especially in business or executive coaching.
The number of sessions you receive in a month varies depending on the coach and the agreement you create with them.
How can I maximize my coaching experience?
Like anything in this world, you get out of a coaching relationship what you put into it.
Here are some tips to help you do that:
- Respect your coach’s time. Show up to sessions at your scheduled time.
- If you need to reschedule a coaching session, give at least 24 hours notice.
- Arrive at your coaching sessions prepared for a great session.
- Do what you say you will do, when you say you will do it.
- Take personal responsibility for your results.
- Double your willingness to try new things suggested by your coach.
- Be flexible with your approach.
- Honour your commitment and pay your invoice on time.
- Smile more often.
- Be honest and hold yourself with integrity.
- Be you.
I live in Nova Scotia, can I have a coach in British Columbia?
Yes! Anyone can hire any coach in the directory. In fact, you don’t even have to live in Canada or be Canadian. We are a directory of Canadian coaches who are open to working with clients who live anywhere in the world. Simply contact a coach directly to set up a call.
What happens if I don’t like my coach?
Most coaches have a policy that allows you to stop your coaching if, for some reason, you aren’t happy with your coaching within a certain amount of time (e.g. 30-day cancellation policy). If you have concerns, have a respectful conversation with your coach and let them know. Most issues can be quickly resolved this way.
Before hiring a coach, always ask them about their cancellation and refund policies. Please note that aside from the odd situation, coaching fees are usually non-refundable.
Note: If you have an issue with a coach you hired, you must resolve it with them directly. The Canadian Coach does not get involved in client/coach disputes. We are simply a tool to help you find a coach.
How do I use this site?
The Canadian Coach is filled with all types of coaches from across Canada.
To get started, simply go to the directory and enter your specifications into our searchable database. Then, review the list and contact the ones that interest you. It’s that easy.
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