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Frequently Asked Questions

What is our corporate vision?

The 1 Smart Life vision is to create a better life for our clients with personalized high quality coaching.  We make this possible by offering a team of experienced professional coaches to handle all of life’s complexities with a pricing model so affordable that the majority will be able to afford these services.


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What is a coach?

Athletes, actors, CEOs – they all uses coaches to get the most from their performance.  Like them, career coaches, health coaches, life coaches and other experts work with clients to:

 

With a coach it’s “all about you”.  The coach listens and interacts with you with your agenda in mind.  A coach skillfully asks questions and gives feedback in a way that helps you gain clarity on your true goals.


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Who needs coaching?

A man or woman of any age can benefit from coaching.  People are often drawn to coaching:

 

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What is professional coaching?

The International Coach Federation defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful, and whole.

 

Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:

 

Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client.  They believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.


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What coaching is not:

Professional coaching is a distinct service which focuses on an individual’s life as it relates to goal setting, outcome creation and personal change management. In an effort to understand what a coach is, it can be helpful to distinguish coaching from other professions that provide personal or organizational support.

 

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What is the coaching process like?  What happens?

When you call or e-mail us, you will have a conversation with our concierge to discuss your current opportunities and challenges, and determine the best coach to meet your current needs.  That meeting is scheduled and can take place by phone, Skype, or whatever is most convenient for you.

 

When meeting with the coach, you will clarify priorities for action, and establish specific desired outcomes.  The coach will ask you questions about what your current status is, what you want, and together you will create multiple action plans to reach your goal.

 

Subsequent coaching sessions may be desired, with each session lasting a previously established length of time. Between scheduled coaching sessions, the individual may be asked to complete specific actions that support the achievement of one’s personally prioritized goals. The coach may provide additional resources in the form of relevant articles, checklists, assessments, or models, to support the individual’s thinking and actions. The duration of the coaching relationship varies depending on the individual’s personal needs and preferences.


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What are the Benefits of Coaching?

* Ellis, Dave, Life Coaching A Manual for Helping Professionals, c. 1998, Crown House (adapted)


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What are some outcomes clients have had?

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Is it Confidential?

The coaching relationship is a confidential one.  1 Smart Life does record keeping  to include your identity, our financial transactions, and also confirming that you have received the coaching services you have requested.  Your information is not shared with any outside entity.

 

Any notes taken are confidential.  As stated in the Client Services Agreement, certain topics from a coaching session could be reviewed with other coaching professionals for training and development purposes.


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