(I just added this to my Coaching Starter Kit. And it occurred to me that it would make a useful stand-alone post. If you want to get the entire Coaching Starter Kit, click here.)
As you consider choosing a coach, you come to a decision point: phone or face-to-face? You may be flexible, you may have a slight preference for one or the other, or it may be a deal-breaker. Think about what you need in order to do your best work.
What I can share with you here is why all my coaching is done by phone: It offers you the ultimate privacy, and it saves you travel time. Coaching by phone reduces my fee because I don’t have to pass along the cost of office overhead.
Most importantly, I coach by phone because it’s more effective.
When I began coaching, I did both phone and face-to-face sessions. I quickly learned that the phone offered greater intimacy and deeper connection. On the phone, we don’t have to deal with the distractions of social interaction. The outside world falls away, and you become the center of the universe.
In the age of the ubiquitous smartphone, we forget how intimate a phone call can be. A whisper in your ear. Like pillow talk. Secrets we’ll share when we’re not being stared at.
I listen not just to your words but to the grain of your voice–that rope of breath that joins us. Through the grain of your voice I connect to that deep place, somewhere between heart and soul, where change and growth begin.
Listening is the center of my coaching practice. I listen to you so that you can hear yourself.
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