WHAT COACHING IS / IS NOT ?
First and foremost, I believe life coaching is built on these three fundamental principles:
- A life coach’s goal is to help a client gain clarity on what she or he really wants before designing action steps, habits, and mindsets to achieve those desired outcomes.
- There is no problem within the client to diagnose or fix.
- The client has all the answers.
While those principles provide a foundation for my coaching, I believe it is also helpful to distinguish what life coaching is NOT / does NOT do:
- Life coaching is NOT therapy in that it does not focus on the past or offer a diagnosis.
- Life coaching is NOT mentoring in that coaching does not focus exclusively on direct instruction around academic content. Coaching can certainly help students achieve academic success, but the process is more holistic and therefore even more beneficial!
- Life coaching does NOT add to a client’s workload. I am keenly aware of the fact that all of us are balancing many obligations in this life, which is why I view participating in coaching as a way of working smarter not harder.
Simply put, my coaching philosophy can be embodied by this statement:
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Truly, the benefits of my life coaching are limitless!
My coaching will also help you create concrete plans to reach your goals faster
The metacognitive process is also a major benefit
My coaching will leave you with the most amazing feeling of positivity after each session
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL SESSION LOOK LIKE?
Coaching is a conversation
A typical coaching session usually lasts 45-60 minutes and follows this rough outline:
Set an Agenda – What would the client like to focus on that day?
Explore the Importance – Why is this topic important to the client?
Define the Desired Outcome – What would the client like to get out of the conversation that day?
Coaching Conversation – A coach’s greatest tool is empathetic listening, so I will be asking questions that show I am really listening and are designed to bring about new insights and knowledge acquisition in the client.
Use of Coaching Tools – Sometimes I may bring in some coaching tools or activities to enhance the conversation but only if the client agrees.
Turn to Action – A good coach will never tell a client what to do! Instead, I will help the client create an action step for the future related to the learning and desired outcome for that day. The client is in complete control.
WHY AM I QUALIFIED?
I am committed to providing the best quality of service with the highest degree of professionalism, which is why I am doing / have done the following in addition to the life experiences detailed on my About page:
- Receiving over 125 hours of in-person training through Coach Training EDU, an International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited the program.
- Coaching Training EDU certified as an Associate Academic Life Coach.
- Active in a professional network of coaches to ensure I continue to stay up-to-date on cutting edge practices.
Additional personal and career highlights
- Graduate of the Glenbrook Academy for International Studies, a nationally recognized high school program that synthesizes English, Social Studies, and World Languages content and instruction to produce students that go on to be positive global change agents.
- Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a degree in Secondary English Education.
- Recipient of the WACTE Early Career Educator Award
- Co-recipient of the ASCD Teacher Impact Grant
- Co-presenter on Personalized Learning at the state and national level
- Recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association “THIRTY UNDER 30 HIGH SCHOOL” Award
- NCVF Div. III National Champion and Honorable Mention All-American
- Coach to many athletes that have gone on to play collegiately and even professionally in some cases
- Loving husband to Elisabeth and father to Ophelia