Frequently Asked Questions 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is executive coaching?

Career coaching is a collaborative process that helps clients achieve measurable improvements in their professional and personal lives. Coaching encourages clients to reexamine their experiences and assumptions and facilitates the self-awareness needed to create and sustain positive change. Coaching also helps by facilitating:

  • Greater Self-Awareness – coaches observe things (like behavior patterns) that clients may not see and point them out in order to help clients achieve their goals.
  • New Ways of Thinking and Behaving – coaches can help clients find new ways of thinking and behaving that create different outcomes aligned to their goals.
  • Confidence to THINK BIGCoaches inspire their clients to pursue lofty goals, help create strategic plans to achieve those goals and support them throughout the journey.
  • Sustaining Change – change can often be difficult. Coaches hold clients accountable to the actions they commit to in each session, supporting clients in making and sustaining the changes necessary to achieve their goals.
  • Identifying Gaps – Want to take that next step in your career or change careers?Coaching helps clients identify the development needed to achieve their desired outcomes.

What types of things can executive coaching help with?

Negotation Geek works with clients in a variety of career stages - some have very clear senses of what they're trying to achieve and others are at at crossroads in their careers and need help sorting through their options and identifying the best path for them. Some of the tough questions that Negotiation Geek handles are:

  • I’ve never really loved the work I do. How can I find a career that is the right fit for me?
  • I’m very unhappy with my current career. What should my next steps be?
  • I am good at many different things. How do I combine them to create my new dream job?
  • I love what I do but I’ve hit a roadblock. How do I move past it?
  • I feel stuck professionally. What should I do?
  • The strategies I've used successfully during past job searches don't seem to be working with time. What strategies should I be using instead?
  • I’m confused about my professional goals. How can I create a clear path?
  • My career has stalled. What should I do to get back on track?
  • I’m good at my job and earn a good living but I feel like there’s more I could do. Where should I start?

How does coaching differ from therapy or counseling?

Coaching is a forward-looking conversation. The process focuses on what's happening in the client's world today and his/her goals for tomorrow rather than what happened yesterday.

What can I expect from an excutive coach?

As your coach, I will help you realize your potential and improve your performance. I will work with you to foster insights, define your goals and map out the journey to reach your desired outcomes. I can be your supporter, co-creator and confidant – the resource you need to create the fulfilling career and life you've always wanted. I specialize in working with people in toxic work environments and helping professionals at various levels negotiate their salaries.

Is coaching confidential?

Yes. All discussions and exercises covered during coaching sessions remain confidential.

How should I prepare for my coaching session?

~ Spend some time before each coaching session thinking about the goals you would like to achieve. ~ Take 5-10 minutes before your session to relax, collect your thoughts and eliminate any distractions (e.g. phone, tv, kids, etc.) ~ Come to your session with the intention of success and receptivity to change.

Wherer do you meet with clients?

Although I am Chicago-based, I work with clients across the globe via phone or video.

What should I expect from my first coaching session?

During our initial coaching session I will explain the coaching process and answer any questions you might have. We will spend the majority of the time focused on defining your goals. By doing this upfront, we ensure that coaching is solution-oriented and that you remain motivated to achieve your desired results. I look forward to hearing your goals and working together to achieve them!