Frequently Asked Questions

question markShouldn't I be able to figure this out myself?
Will everything we discuss be confidential?
What does coaching cost?
What are your speaking fees?
How long can I expect to be involved with coaching?
How is coaching different from consulting or therapy?
How do I know if coaching is for me or if I'm ready for coaching?
How did you become a coach? What are your qualifications?
How will I know if you are the right coach for me?
What's it like working with Ginny?

Shouldn't I be able to figure this out myself?
I understand this question very well because I have asked it also. We think we should know what is good for us or what to do about a certain situation. In fact, often we do know. So how do we get from what we know to how we live? That answer is unique to each of us. Sometimes it is simply a matter of time and opportunity. Other times, it is necessary to seek help in manifesting what we know or in learning what can enhance our efforts. Over the course of our lives, we have access to all kinds of guides: financial experts, spiritual advisors, teachers, therapists, doctors, holistic healers, business consultants, and professional coaches. Different phases of our lives call for different kinds of guidance.

Housden quote I believe the reason the coaching profession came about was that, today, we have many more choices about how we can live our lives. This is both wonderful and overwhelming. People are seeking more than success. They want meaning, fulfillment, self-expression, and to know they are making a contribution.

By the time a gifted runner makes it to the Olympics, she knows her way around the track, but there is no way she wants to make that trip without her coach. When a violinist virtuoso steps onto the stage at Carnegie Hall, he knows his coach didn't give him the talent — that was something he was born with — but it was his coach who helped him perfect it. It's the same for you. Enlist support, invest in yourself, and you will be capable of more than you can imagine. It doesn't matter whether you know what's good for you. What matters is what you do about it.
See Also: How Good Are You At Asking For Help?

Will everything we discuss be confidential?
Yes, everything that is discussed during your coaching session remains completely confidential and I will not give out your name without permission. I adhere to the strict professional ethics and rigorous competency guidelines of the International Coach Federation.

What does coaching cost?
I offer a variety of coaching packages to suit your needs. The fee for private coaching ranges from $275-$645/month and is based on the particular arrangement and program selected. Individual coaching sessions or packages of sessions may also be purchased. The group coaching format ranges from a modest fee, such as $45 for a class or workshop to $275/month for a more involved program. Fees are paid in advance via your credit card or PayPal™ account.

Investment isn't just about the money. It also has to do with the amount of time, energy, and attention you are willing to spend on what matters to you. Two questions I ask every client at the beginning of our work together are: How will you make sure that you get the most out of our coaching relationship? How will you know that the coaching has been effective and that your return on investment was well worth it?

What are your speaking fees?
Speaking fees (for keynotes, workshops, or retreats) are quoted on a customized basis and depend on the particular program being delivered as well as the materials.

How long can I expect to be involved with coaching?
I recommend you commit to coaching for a minimum of 3-6 months, as the benefits of coaching build over time. With many of my clients, I have developed long term relationships through which, after having completed a round of work together and taken a break, they return to coaching when a new milestone, goal, or perspective has surfaced. I am also happy to coach you for a short-term focus if you are looking for: objective guidance with a decision you are contemplating, situational input, specific skill-building, or support with a current goal or project you're working on.

How is coaching different from consulting or therapy?
Coaching is related yet different from consulting and therapy. A person might opt for consulting services when he or she wants to access specialty knowledge or expertise in a particular subject. Therapy is chosen when emotional blocks, past issues, or clinical matters need to be addressed. By contrast, coaching is action-oriented and focuses on the present and future. People who are at a point where they want a mentor to support them in generating and implementing their own solutions select coaching. Depending on the circumstances, therapy, consulting, and/or coaching can be complementary and may occur over the same time period.

How do I know if coaching is for me or if I'm ready for coaching?
Coaching may be for you if:

You are ready for coaching if: How did you become a coach? What are your qualifications?
January 2012 marked 10 years since the founding of my coaching business. While some of my talents as a coach are innate, other skills have been developed through my life and business experiences. I have always been a student of personal development, naturally gravitating to the questions of human potential and personal change. During my 15-year corporate career, I participated in various leadership development programs and, as a manager, was known for my ability to mentor and help people develop and challenge themselves. Over my career, I learned from the masters of personal development such as Stephen Covey, Tony Robbins, and various others.

Four years before leaving the corporate environment and while researching the field of motivational speaking, I learned about the growing coaching profession and knew it was for me. I eventually obtained my education to become a professional coach from Coach U, a leading global provider of coach training programs. Since graduating from Coach U in 2003, I have participated regularly in various continuing education programs, so that I can bring new approaches and tools to my clients. I have earned the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the International Coach Federation. You can read more about my background here.

How will I know if you are the right coach for me?
I offer a no-cost consultation during which we can explore what has brought you to coaching and how my approach can support you in your endeavor. I'm also happy to provide you with additional resources and introduce you to other coaches or experts to consider. It usually becomes quite clear if we are a good match to work together and then, if it's a go, the next step is to exchange logistical information, select the coaching arrangement that serves you best, and schedule your first session.

If this feels like the right time and coaching is something you are seriously considering, I invite you to request a free consultation here. I schedule a limited number of consultations per month.

What's it like working with Ginny?
When asked what they appreciate most about what I bring to our work together, here is what my clients mention most often: I see my role as coach to help you take insight to action, to effect movement and progress, and to increase your ability to find joy in life before, during, and after your dreams and goals are realized.

To hear more about what my clients are saying and doing, see: Meet My Clients.
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