What to Expect from Coaching
Coaching Session Pricing
For pricing information, please see my Pricing page.
Marc's Working Style
My style is friendly, and I like to listen to what you have to say. I want to hear how your life, schooling, or business is coming along. I will usually ask follow-up questions, or make clarifying statements and ask if I understand you correctly. I build on the information you provide from session to session so that we really get to know one another.
I'm not a cheerleader-type coach who just wants to get you amped up. I will definitely help you see how powerful you can be, and that will be exciting and motivating. But if what you need is an instant shot of pure energy, I'm 100% sure there's a better coach out there. Maybe even someone in your neighborhood.
Personally, if I need to get amped fast, I like to drink a tasty caffeinated beverage and listen to my favorite music.
An impromptu office dance party with my kids is not out of the question either.
But for most of my clients, the energy that will come is comparable to energy from eating healthy food. The energy comes from within you, as you reflect on your experiences and build a strong foundation on solid principles, along with a better understanding of yourself. This is how true, lasting self-confidence is built.
People do tell me that my examples and questions can be pretty funny at times. I like to use examples and object lessons that lighten the mood when appropriate. If you have a sense of humor, I'm sure we'll get along great.
Marc Is Not Selling Anything
I am not selling a religion, a marketing scheme, or any scam products. As an educated person who has reached many goals and overcome a lot of setbacks, my interest is simply that you feel better about yourself and what you can accomplish.
If you have a religion or a set of spiritual beliefs, I will be respectful of that.
I'm also not selling a tightly-held viewpoint or a catchphrase. I don't think that everyone needs to be more mindful or grounded. I don't believe your imagination is the only gateway through which you can find fulfillment. These are all just perceptions. The fact that there are millions of them is relevant and really important for you.
What I want to find, together, are the perceptions and tools that match your personal, natural strengths.
How Coaching Sessions Work
“I was skeptical about life coaching until I met Marc. Our weekly meetings have now become an essential part of my personal and business growth strategy.”
- Joseph, California-based Sales Consultant
Coaching sessions are usually an hour long and consist of a friendly discussion in which we can discuss goals or problems, and develop strategies or ideas that may help you. Sometimes you will develop those tactics and strategies on your own using what you've learned about yourself during our sessions. At other times I will introduce new strategies or information when appropriate. Please see Examples of Coaching Outcomes for some ideas of the kind of results that can come from coaching.
Personality Type Testing
If you'd like, I can send you and/or your team a link to take the Majors PTi, a professionally-administered, for-pay personality type instrument (test) that can help you learn more about your personality. (If you have already learned about your four-letter type in basic detail, this may be redundant, but sometimes people like to take multiple tests for information-gathering purposes)
I can also administer career-oriented tests aimed at assessing your level of interest in various occupational fields. These tests are worth taking if you are making big life decisions around finding a new career.
How We'll Connect
Coaching sessions outside of my locality (Ukiah, Northern California) typically occur via phone, internet voice chat, or internet video chat. In the latter case I typically use Skype, Google Hangouts, or Facetime. If you live near me, I'm always happy to set up in-person coaching sessions.
Your First Session and What I Can Do for You
During your first session, I want to listen to your story. I want to get to know you better. I want to understand how I can help you. It is to your benefit to share your story, along with your other thoughts, feelings and perceptions.
In response, I will be happy to explain how I can be helpful, given the story and information you've shared. I may also suggest other resources or approaches that may help you.
How to Get the Most Out of Coaching
Coaching works best when we can focus on one identified problem or goal at a time. It is OK to discuss multiple topics during a single session. We can discuss your goals or problems in any order you'd like.
Heroes in Coaching: Individuals Who Help Friends and Family
I admire and appreciate those who help or encourage others to try coaching. This can be very important for others who may hesitate to contact me or another coach.
- Sometimes parents pay for their children to receive coaching. This does benefit the parents, but it shows their love, too--they want their children to succeed even if they are not "personality clones" of the parents.
- Sometimes people pay for coaching sessions as a gift to their friends. It's an amazing way of saying "you know that favorite idea you told me about? You can pull it off and I want you to make it happen with the best help possible."
- One client's brother paid for a string of sessions so his sister could get back on her feet. She landed an awesome job only months later. (She idolizes her brother, and I think he's pretty awesome, too)
- Business owners and managers often pay for their employees to receive coaching, as a simple but effective benefit of employment. They trust their employees and want the best for them, and they are rewarded with more effective employees in return.
Sessions can be scheduled monthly, bi-weekly, weekly, or on an as-needed basis.
Clients with big decisions and problems to tackle typically meet with me weekly or bi-weekly. We can alter the frequency of meetings as needed, as your life and circumstances change.
Other Pricing Information: Discounts, and Deductions
For information on current discounts or possible deductions, please see my Pricing page.
Invoices can be paid via mailed check or Paypal. These expenses are typically deductible as a business expense for business owners, and corporations will often pay for coaching sessions.
Coaching is an investment that can change the course of your life for the better. Given its reasonable cost, it will almost always be a low-risk, high-reward investment.
I protect the private information you share with me and you can rely on full coach-client confidentiality.
Important Mental Health Disclaimer
The information provided on this website is not medical advice, and a coach is not a substitute for a qualified therapist, psychiatrist, or other mental health professional. Always consult a doctor before changing your approach to mental health issues.