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  •       What is coaching?

    The ICF (International Coach Federation, the world's leading association of professional coaches) defines coaching "as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaches honour the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to:


    • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
    • Encourage client self-discovery
    • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
    • Hold the client responsible and accountable


    This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.

    Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change."

    (Source: FAQ section on ICF website)

  •       How is coaching distinct from other service professions?

    • "Therapy: Therapy deals with healing pain, dysfunction and conflict within an individual or in relationships. The focus is often on resolving difficulties arising from the past that hamper an individual's emotional functioning in the present, improving overall psychological functioning, and dealing with the present in more emotionally healthy ways. Coaching, on the other hand, supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes. These outcomes are linked to personal or professional success. Coaching is future focused. While positive feelings/emotions 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 emphases in a coaching relationship are on action, accountability, and follow through.


    • Consulting: Individuals or organizations retain consultants for their expertise. While consulting approaches vary widely, the assumption is the consultant will diagnose problems and prescribe and, sometimes, implement solutions. With coaching, the assumption is that individuals or teams are capable of generating their own solutions, with the coach supplying supportive, discovery-based approaches and frameworks.


    • Mentoring: A mentor is an expert who provides wisdom and guidance based on his or her own experience. Mentoring may include advising, counselling and coaching. The coaching process does not include advising or counselling, and focuses instead on individuals or groups setting and reaching their own objectives.


    • Training: Training programs are based on objectives 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 that coincides with an established curriculum. Coaching is less linear without a set curriculum.


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

           (Source: FAQ section on ICF website)

  • How is coaching delivered? What does the process look like?

    "Coaching typically begins with a personal interview (either face-to-face or by teleconference call) to assess the individual's or business’ current opportunities and challenges, define the scope of the relationship, identify priorities for action and establish specific desired outcomes. Subsequent coaching sessions may be conducted in person or over the telephone, with each session lasting a previously established length of time. Between scheduled coaching sessions, the individual may be asked to complete specific actions that support the achievement of one's personally prioritized goals. The coach may provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments or models to support the individual's or business’ thinking and actions."

    (Source: FAQ section on ICF website)

  • How long does a coach work with an individual?

    "The length of a coaching partnership varies depending on the individual's or team's needs and preferences. Factors that may impact the length of time include: the types of goals, the ways individuals or teams prefer to work, the frequency of coaching meetings and financial resources available to support coaching." (Source: FAQ section on ICF website)

  • What makes coaching so effective?

    Forward movement and having someone in your corner that not only motivates, but holds you accountable for that forward movement. It's about getting to know you, your values and what makes you tick so that forward movement is long-lasting and not some temporary "fix".

  • How long does it take to experience results?

    That is totally dependent on you, as the client. Results are based on how much time and energy you are able to put into your own desired results. As your coach, I'm committed to helping you remove the blocks and stay motivated.

  • What is a Changemaker?

    A term coined by the social entrepreneurship organization Ashoka, meaning one who desires change in the world and, by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change. A changemaker is an individual driven to help solve the world's most pressing problems, either locally, or on a large scale. Changemakers create or join teams and enable others to join in. They have empathy for the needs of others, and translate that into an idea that they execute effectively. They feel, practice, and develop their power to make the world better.

  • I've got a general desire of wanting to make a difference in the world somehow, but nothing concrete. Can you help me with that?

    Yes. Coaching is a perfect tool for uncovering what's beneath, drawing out clear ideas and creating vision. You might be amazed at how clear things will become as you do the work of digging deeper and looking at what's inside of you.

  • What are the benefits of hiring you as my coach?

    Please click here to read about some of the benefits of working with me.

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Eva Berger

Coach for Difference-Makers

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