Frequently Asked Questions
"The important thing is not to stop questioning" - Albert Einstein

Q: How will I benefit from Coaching?

A: You will benefit from Coaching by:

  • Enhancing your personal health and wellness as it relates to your life’s success
  • Transforming your dreams into attainable goals
  • Discovering and exploring your gifts and talents
  • Following through with your commitments (both to yourself and others)
  • Tapping into your creativity and resourcefulness
  • Making decisions with greater ease
  • Recognizing and letting go of limiting beliefs
  • Decreasing or eliminating stressors in your life
  • Increasing self-confidence and resilience
  • Enjoying more energy and time to play

Q: What makes Laura Geduldig unique from other Coaches?

A: There are many qualities that make Laura Geduldig stand apart from other Coaches.

  • Laura holds the Master Certified Coach (MCC) credential from the International Coach Federation, which is the highest level credential awarded by the ICF in the coaching field. Only 8% of all coaches hold this prestigious credential.
  • Laura also holds a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) certification from The Coaches Training Institute.
  • 12 years of experience in the Coaching profession
  • Taught Coach training at the University level
  • Incorporates wellness as a component of life success
  • Hundreds of success stories from clients
  • And much more on the Meet Laura page

Q: What is a Master Certified Coach (MCC)?

A: Master Certified Coach is the highest level credential awarded by the International Coach Federation.

The requirements and process are as follows:

  • 200 hours of coach specific training.
  • 2,500 hours of client coaching experience
  • 10 hours working with a MCC mentor coach
  • 3 letters of recommendation from MCC level coaches
  • 3 part exam which includes a taped coaching session, a written exam and a live oral exam

Q: How can I determine if Coaching is right for me?

A: Answer the following questions to see if Coaching is right for you:

  • Are you willing to make changes in your life?
  • Are you ready to focus on yourself and what will take you to the next level?
  • Are you prepared to work towards your goals?
  • Are you enthusiastic about making progress and letting go of whatever is holding you back?
  • Do you feel collaboration; accountability and new perspectives will help you become unstuck?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions then Coaching is right for you!

Please note: Coaching is not for those who are experiencing deep depression, or any type of abuse, whether it be physical, emotional or substance.

Q: What are the basic principles of Life Coaching?

A: Laura follows four basic principles:

Clarify Values
By questioning and discovering what is truly meaningful to you.

Create Balance
By evaluating time management and prioritizing choices for personal and professional activities.

Find Fulfillment
Through exercises designed to reveal desire, direction and your life's purpose.

Explore the Process of Change
By celebrating successes and transforming setbacks into learning experiences.

Q: How does the Coaching process work?

A: Coaching works by you, the client, committing to the following process:

Goal Clarification
Taking the time out of your busy schedule to ask yourself, “What do I really want out of life?” and “What does that look like?” will undoubtedly help you to move in the direction of your dreams. A Life Coach will guide you through the process of taking a step back to look at the big picture of what’s really important to you.

Action-Oriented Homework
With each session you will create personal homework directly related to what you are working on in your life. This homework will help you move forward towards your goals because it will be:

  • Targeted to your specific situation
  • Challenging enough to keep you engaged
  • Attainable (not too challenging) so that you are able to follow through and complete the task at hand

Accountability
This element is what ensures that your “follow through” actually happens. It works like this: During the Coaching session you commit to specific homework that will help move you closer to your goals. The following week your Coach will ask questions such as: “Did you do your homework?” “What worked, what didn’t?” Or, if you weren’t able to complete your homework: “What got in your way?”
Knowing that someone is going to ask you whether you followed through (or not) is the push that most people need to actually do that thing they’ve been meaning to do.

Q: Can I hear a sample Coaching session?

A: YES!! Listen to a Go There! sample session with Laura

Q: What are the ethical guidelines for coaches?

A: As a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Laura Geduldig has committed to following the strictest guidelines established by the organization. Learn more about the ICF Code of Ethics.


Q: How is Coaching distinct from other service professions?

Answer provided by the International Coaching Federation.

A: Professional Coaching is a distinct service that focuses on an individual’s life as it relates to goal setting, outcome creation and personal change management.

In an effort to understand what a Coach is, it can be helpful to distinguish Coaching from other professions that provide personal or organizational support.

Therapy
Coaching can be distinguished from therapy in a number of ways. First, Coaching is a profession that supports personal and professional growth and development based on individual-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is forward moving and future-focused.

Therapy, on the other hand, deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or a relationship between two or more individuals. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past which hamper an individual's emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning and dealing with present life and work circumstances in more emotionally healthy ways. Therapy outcomes often include improved emotional/feeling states.
While positive emotion/feelings may be a natural outcome of Coaching, the primary focus is on creating actionable strategies for achieving specific goals in one's work or personal life. The emphasis in a Coaching relationship is on action, accountability and follow-through.

Consulting
Consultants may be retained by individuals or organizations for the purpose of accessing specialized expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, there is often an assumption that the consultant diagnoses problems and prescribes and sometimes implements solutions. In general, the assumption with Coaching is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the Coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.

Mentoring
Mentoring, which can be thought of as guiding from one’s own experience or sharing of experience in a specific area of industry or career development, is sometimes confused with Coaching. Although some Coaches provide mentoring as part of their Coaching, Coaches are not typically mentors to those they Coach.

Training
Training programs are based on the acquisition of certain learning objectives as set out by the trainer or instructor. Though objectives are clarified in the Coaching process, they are set by the individual or team being coached with guidance provided by the Coach. Training also assumes a linear learning path, which coincides with an established curriculum. Coaching is less linear without a set curriculum plan.

Athletic Development
Though sports metaphors are often used, professional Coaching is different from the traditional sports coach. The athletic coach is often seen as an expert who guides and directs the behavior of individuals or teams based on his or her greater experience and knowledge. Professional Coaches possess these qualities, but it is the experience and knowledge of the individual or team that determines the direction. Additionally, Professional Coaching, unlike athletic development, does not focus on behaviors that are being executed poorly or incorrectly. Instead, the focus is on identifying opportunity for development based on individual strengths and capabilities.

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