Frequently Asked Questions
About coaching sessions
Can I get a recording of the coaching sessions? Yes, absolutely, you will receive an mp3 file at the end of every coaching session.
We have friends and connections in common. How do I know that what I share with you will remain confidential? Higher ed. is a small world but I never discuss anything that any client says with anyone. Knowing where to draw the line is very subjective, so my solution is to say absolutely nothing. I won’t even mention who is or is not a client of mine. Your secrets are safe with me. Trust and honesty are critical to my work and will never do anything that might make anyone feel uncomfortable. I am on your team. I have your back.
How often will we schedule calls? The frequency of sessions depends on your goals and your availability. We will discuss my recommendation during our initial complimentary call. Typically, clients choose 3 or 4 sessions per month but occasionally, 2 sessions are appropriate. Let’s talk.
How long are the coaching sessions? Sessions are scheduled for one hour. After 50 minutes or so, we start wrapping up by discussing lessons learned and next action steps. We always start and end on time.
How much work do I need to do in between appointments? Very little! In most cases, your “homework” will not be additional work but simply to implement the strategies we discussed instead of reverting back to old habits. Occasionally, I will recommend journaling or reflection but it won’t take more than 10 minutes per week. I will ask you to send me an update on your progress and intention for each call the day before each appointment but that only takes about 5 minutes. Having no free time is not a reason to postpone coaching, in fact, it’s a reason to do it right away!
Who pays for coaching, is it me or my college/university? It depends. About half of my clients pay with their own money because they know it’s a smart investment, and half get reimbursed or have their institution pay directly. Check with your supervisor to find out if there are professional development funds available. Make sure you are prepared to tell your supervisor what your coaching goals are and how coaching will benefit your institution.
Do you take checks or credit cards? Typically, institutions send checks and individual clients pay by credit card but I don’t have a preference. We’ll do whatever works best for you.
Do you offer monthly payments? Yes, you don’t have to pay in full, monthly payments are ok.
How do we get started? First, let’s schedule a call to meet and find out if we are a good fit. Click here to make an appointment for a complimentary call. The automated system will direct you to a page to read and a questionnaire to fill out before we talk. If we decide to work together, I will send you our coaching agreement for you to sign electronically. We’ll compare our calendars and create a schedule for our weekly calls.