About Personal Coaching
According to Dave Buck, head of one of the largest professional personal coaching organizations in the world, coaching is fundamentally a highly sophisticated form of teaching based on “precision personalization.” While you can learn a lot through books or seminars about how to get organized or reach your goals or whatever it is that you want most to do, using that knowledge and making those skills your own happens much more quickly and easily when you work with a coach.
When you see an athlete execute a gravity-defying move or hear an operatic singer render a breath-taking aria, you’re experiencing the value of coaching. However, as the field of life coaching is a fairly new profession, the thought of having a coach for your personal and professional lives may never have occurred to you. If it a single competition or performance is worth hiring a coach to help you achieve your goals, how much more important your life and dreams?
A personal life coach, with his or her specialized knowledge, can in effect create a program tailored just for your specific needs and preferences. You can use a coach for spot improvement, or as a personal trainer for greater growth and improvement over time. Once you and your coach have identified what your needs and goals are, your coach then works with you on a consistent, regular basis so that you can more fully and quickly integrate new information and skills. Working with a coach keeps you focused on what’s important for you, and that added focus almost always results in reaching more of your goals and finding greater joy in life.
About ADHD Coaching
Everyone knows what it’s like to sometimes be late, or forget an important event, or frantically work to finish something that’s been put off, or be disorganized, or overwhelmed, or to simply screw up. For some people though, it’s a regular part of their lives, creating frustration and adversely affecting relationships, careers, and self-esteem.
When this is the case, a person might find themselves with a diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD, also called ADD and ADHD), learning disabilities, sensory defensiveness, right-brain dominance, Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning autism, or other challenge (challenges which are in fact so commonplace that they are well within the range of normal). These are people who’s brains don’t naturally assimilate and organize time, tasks, information, or possessions with ease.
The assumptions and strategies that work for “neuro-typicals” just don’t work well for people who’s brains are wired differently. And “trying harder” doesn’t make it better. In fact, it often makes it worse. This specialized coaching helps to demystify what it means to have ADHD, learning disabilities, sensory defensiveness, or other challenge, and helps clients understand that the source of their problems is not personal shortcomings. An ADHD coach helps a client to identify how his or her wonderfully unique brain functions best, and then works with that information to develop personalized strategies to help the client effectively deal with the things that do not come easily.
If you would like to learn more about ADHD or about personal coaching for people with ADHD, the articles on the website of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) are a great place to start: http://www.add.org/articles.
About Phone Coaching
Although it is a new paradigm for many people, I coach over the phone, not in person. This benefits my clients in several ways. First, it’s efficient. A thirty minute session takes just thirty minutes. No allotting of additional time for getting to and from your appointments. Second, it’s convenient. Coaching is just a phone call away, so planning around your coaching appointments is easier. Third, it’s support given in the context of your day-to-day life, which is where you need it. Fourth, it’s discrete. Finally, it’s effective. You and I “plan the work and then work the plan,” making whatever adjustments might be needed along the way. Phone discussions are often more effective than meetings to keep you accountable and in action while developing new habits and achieving your goals.
How to Get Started
Now that you know a bit more about personal coaching, about ADHD, and about how coaching can be an important part of learning to live well with this kind of brain, you may want to take the self tests Do You Need A Coach? available on this website.
Then, feel free to contact me with your questions. When you contact me, we can arrange for an introductory call. The call is fun, informative, and free, and you’ll get answers to all your questions.
I look forward to hearing from you!