Do you do life coaching or executive coaching?
The answer is, rather ungrammatically, ‘yes’. Inkling does both life and executive coaching because, as I explained in my bio, ‘it’s all your life’. Tackling your career without also looking at your life more holistically doesn’t make much sense to me (and vice versa). Having said that, I am very experienced in working with individuals to solve specific career-related issues (leading your team, managing up, having tough conversations etc), so Inkling is available for straight executive coaching if that is what is required.
Should I see a coach or a counsellor?
An excellent question. An old colleague of mine passed on the best description I have heard to date. If you’re wanting to go from floundering to functioning, you see a counsellor. If you’re wanting to go from functioning to flourishing, you see a coach.
I’m thinking that coaching might be for me but I’m not entirely sure, and I don’t want to waste your time. What should I do?
Honestly, just call me. I’m always happy to connect on the phone (or via email if you prefer) to chat through your situation and whether coaching is appropriate for you – no offence taken if you decide it’s not the right move right now.
I also recommend setting up a quick ‘chemistry check’ on the phone, via Skype or over coffee, as it is always important that the coach and coachee click. If you don’t respect (and ideally like) your coach, it’s not the right fit. If you don’t feel listened to and understood deeply after the chemistry check, it’s not the right fit. Your coach needs to be someone who you actually enjoy spending time with and, over time, feel comfortable opening up to.
How much do you charge?
A-ha! The million-dollar question! (Don’t worry, I don’t actually charge a million dollars). For privacy reasons I don’t publish my rates directly on Inkling’s site, but please do phone or email me and I can let you know.
What should I expect of our first coaching session?
Our first coaching session will be a relaxed chat about where you are now and what you would like to achieve. We will also start to tackle some of the things that may be holding you back. My experience is that you will go away feeling a sense of clarity, purpose and excitement.
How long does a coaching session last?
Usually in between one hour and one hour and fifteen minutes.
How often should we meet?
It depends entirely on your circumstance. I have told clients to go forth and conquer after one session (this usually only happens if there is a very defined, specific goal), and have worked with others for over a year. In our first session we will determine what you would like to achieve in our coaching relationship, and we can talk through the best way of making this happen.
Who did your art and your website?
Josh Pugh of Identiti Web Development, based in Adelaide, designed the website. He’s a great listener and ‘gets’ what you’re after exceptionally quickly. He is also responsive and provides more than you asked for – I would recommend him highly.
Sarie Tardif designed the logo. She is a talented local artist who paints at Bar 9 in Parkside, South Australia every now and then. By the way, if you are in Adelaide, love coffee and haven’t been to Bar 9, drop everything and go. Hands-down the best coffee in Adelaide.