Coaching FAQ

Why does coaching work?

Coaching works because of three unique features:

Coachee and coach become a team, focusing on the coachee’s goals and needs to accomplish more than the coachee would alone.

With a coach, a coachee takes more action, thinks bigger, and gets the job done, thanks to the accountability the coach provides.


A coach knows how to help their clients make better decisions, set the best goals, and restructure their professional and personal lives for maximum productivity.

What is worked on?

Together the coachee and coach work on:

  • Planning and goal setting

  • Integrating business and personal life for balance

  • Turning around a difficult situation

  • Achieving maximum performance

  • Handling business or personal problems

  • Making key decisions and designing strategies

  • Prioritising actions and projects

  • Catching up and getting ahead

How does a coach do this?

I coach through regular sessions every week or two weeks, usually face to face. The coachee brings an agenda of items to each session. I help them solve problems and make the most of opportunities. When they are taking on a large goal, I help them design the project and provide the support and structure needed to make sure it gets done. I bring out each coachee’s best by offering advice, expecting a lot, helping them form strategies and celebrating their successes.

What should I look for in a coach?

By its nature, coaching is a very personal service and it is important to get the coach that suits you. The right coach brings out your best, consistently. To do this, the coach you select should pass the following three tests:

  • Does this coach have a track record of helping someone like me accomplish the goals I want?

  • Do I feel good and motivated to act when with this coach?

  • Will this coach keep up with me — and stay ahead of me — as I grow?

That’s it. You can always check references and try out the coach for a month to see if he or she is really the right one for you. I work well with three types of clients: (1) entrepreneurs and small-business professionals who are smart, quick, and ready to do what it takes; (2) individuals who are making substantial changes in their personal and professional lives; and (3) individuals who are working on an important project.

How do I select a life coach?

There are many coaches offering an excellent service in Barcelona. The following are some points to bear in mind when selecting a coach:

  • A coach need not be an expert in a particular field; for example, if you’re a doctor, it’s not necessary to find a coach that is a medical guru. Strong general knowledge in a coach is however essential in building rapport and maintaining credibility.

  • Speak informally with your prospective coach first and see if you feel comfortable with them. For coaching to be effective, it is important to feel that your coach is capable of completely listening to you, without judgment. I offer a free preliminary session to help you make your decision.

  • Try out a few coaches before you decide who you’d enjoy working with. Coaching is about helping you achieve your potential and exploring what works best for you is part of that process. When you find someone that works well for you, stick with them.

How would I get started?

If you feel that this type of relationship could work for you, call or email me and let’s talk. Coaching is not something I sell; it is something you buy because you want it.

How much does coaching cost?

Professionally trained, certified coaches charge fees in line with other highly trained professionals. Fees vary from coach to coach, and are based on a variety of factors including whether it’s face-to-face or by Skype. I charge on a package basis. My fee arrangement is worked out once we’ve had a complimentary strategy session and I have a better understanding of your current situation and goals.

I’ll be very happy to answer any remaining questions you may have, discuss coaching in detail or help you decide what step to take next.

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