Coaching FAQs

Would you like to be happier? Do you want to be more successful at work? Do you want to communicate more effectively?

Professional athletes utilize coaching to develop their strengths to work toward goals and you can, too!

Frequently asked questions:

What is Perception Coaching®?
Perception Coaching® is a personalized approach that focuses on attention and cognition as means to reduce biases and sense more opportunity. Four skills are the focus:

Practice suspending judgment. Go beyond first impressions and strive for deeper understanding.

Be authentically curious. Ask open-ended questions to increase your chances for unexpected responses and more discovery.

Lead with positive intent. When first interacting with others, put aside your agenda to understand their talents, needs, and hopes.

Adopt productive attitudes. Expect good and set goals to nurture hope for a better future.

Is coaching for me?

If you are experiencing a challenge, looking to grow, or feeling stuck in any part of your life, a coach will help you find your best solutions. Coaches provide time, space, and a thinking partner to support clients’ efforts toward a variety of purposes. They do not make decisions for clients. Finding the right fit coach for you is essential.

How should I prepare?
To make the most of your first visit, be ready to share what prompted you to make the appointment. We have clients engage a coach to take advantage of their energy around a new opportunity, or they are feeling stuck and looking for new perspectives.

Perhaps you aim to improve time management, collaborative skills, or the culture of your organization? Whether you are determining a goal, weighing solutions, or implementing a plan, Perception Coaching® responds to provide space and a coach attuned to preferences so that your efforts make progress.

What can I expect from the coach?
All Perception Coaching® trained coaches focus on hearing their clients and believe the following six tenets and keep them in mind:

The client is the expert regarding their life and perspectives. Your coach will listen without judgment and may ask to hear more, to understand your preferences and needs.

The client chooses and pursues their best paths. Your coach will provide perspective and alternatives and respect your choice for your next step or action.

The client’s knowledge and efforts will produce their best results. Coaches will not act as surrogates to make progress for you.

The coach supports client’s progress on their goals. Coaching visits provide space to keep goals front of mind and overcome barriers when needed.

The coach provides support and space for the client to live authentically. Coach and client work together to create an environment of understanding so the client feels safe exploring their self, ideas, and questions.

The coach responds to the client authentically and without judgment. Coaches lead with positive intent, expressing questions, perspectives, or suggestions with the client’s preferences and best interests in mind.

What assessments can I expect?

Your coach will focus on your preferences and talents. Discover your talent themes using the CliftonStrengths® assessment. If you have never explored your preferences, this is a must do! If you have already taken the assessment and are not using the results, benefit from leveraging the investment you have already made. Explore ways your 34 themes/talents support your efforts to build relationships, think strategically, influence others, and get things accomplished.

We also use the EQ-i2.0 published by MHS; this is a skill assessment focused on emotional intelligence. This measure evaluates stress management, decision making, self-perception, self-expression, and interpersonal skills using 15 subscales. In addition to a workplace report, leader reports are also available. These relate results from the 15 subscales to four leadership domains and can be administered as a 360. Briefly, 360 measures have a primary respondent and separate feedback from direct reports, peers, supervisors or board members, and other relevant stakeholders. The 360 process helps to identify opportunities for growth using blind spots and gaps.

How does one feel when coached?

Heard. The focus is on you, and you are the expert; your ideas, hopes, and actions are the most relevant topics in a coaching conversation.

Appreciated. Your talents, efforts, progress, and learning contribute to productive reflection and positive discussion.

Authentic. You can be yourself as you work with your coach; process tough questions, reflect on complex topics, and develop and clarify your self-concept.