Sue Maitland - Life Transitions Coach Sue Maitland - Life Transitions Coach

Q&A

Q     How do I know if coaching is right for me?

A     Coaching works best when you’re ready to move forward in your personal and/or professional life and need some help getting clarity on what direction you wish to take. The first step in exploring whether coaching is right for you is to connect with me for a complimentary telephone consultation. Please phone me at 778-265-6880 or use the Contact button on the top right of this page and email me. When we connect, I’ll answer any questions you may have and you can share a little about your current situation. If after this discussion you are interested, the next step is to book a Discovery Session. You will receive a Discovery Session Questionnaire that will get you thinking about what you want for the future. Then we’ll book your 90 minute Discovery Session. In this session we will review your answers to the questions and you will experience a 30 minute coaching session. This will help us determine if coaching is something that could be beneficial for you, we’ll discover whether you’re ready to be coached and if I’m the right coach to help you. If after the Discovery Session, you choose to purchase a coaching package, some, or all of your Discovery Session fee will be credited towards the cost of the coaching services, depending upon the package you select.

Coaching is all about where you are today and where you want to go in the future. In order to work with a coach you need to be ready and willing to focus on the present and the future. As your coach I am interested in helping you move forward, rather than exploring how you got to where you are today. In general, anyone who has something in life that they want to achieve and who is experiencing challenges in finding time to focus and move forward towards their goal, is a good candidate for coaching. It’s also important that you take time to connect with your values and understand what’s important to you for this stage of your life, so that any changes you make are aligned to support your best quality of life. I help my clients get clarity on these things as a first step in working together. Getting this clarity can really help you take steps to make the rest of your life the BEST of your life.

Q     What type of time commitment will I be looking at?

A     Most of my clients are keen to take action and move forward and prefer to connect on a weekly basis. We’ll start out on this basis and if you prefer, we can consider switching to a bi-weekly schedule. I do not recommend connecting any less frequently than every 2 weeks, since you may lose momentum and coaching is all about moving you forward and helping you achieve your personal and professional goals. Each coaching session generally lasts for 1 hour at a regularly scheduled time. We will usually spend 5 to 10 minutes catching up on what has happened since our last meeting, 45 minutes will be allocated to the formal coaching session, followed by a 5 minute wrap up where we will review our findings from this session and explore potential areas of focus for our next session. You can expect to have identified a number of actions as a result of each session and you will decide how and when you will complete them. I am also available via email between sessions to answer questions and provide additional support as you progress with your transition. The minimum period of time that I work with any client is six weeks and most of my clients work with me for 3 – 6 months.

Q     What does it cost?

A     Coaching rates vary based on the skills and experience of the coach. You can expect to pay more than $1,000 per hour for some top ranked coaches. If you are considering working with me one on one, my smaller packages begin at under $1,000 and generally cover a series of at least 4 sessions with additional support and guidance between coaching sessions. This commitment allows my clients to begin to integrate the work we do together into their lives.

My intention is for my clients to get lasting results and that takes commitment, motivation and momentum and I can best support them when we have regularly scheduled meetings and weekly contact over an agreed upon period of time. I request payment in advance and I accept all major credit cards through the secure payment system PayPal.

I am a strong advocate for the power of coaching and realize that some people would like to be coached and yet feel they are not in a financial position to invest in a personal coaching package at this time. If you are one of those people, I encourage you go to the INSTANT DOWNLOADS tab on my website and purchase the “What’s Important to Me NOW?” video workshop. In a little over 2 hours, you can complete this workshop and get clarity on what’s most important to you for the next phase of your life. You’ll be able to experience my coaching through an easy to follow online video at a time and place that’s convenient for you and come away from the session with valuable insight about your priorities which you can then reference in order to confidently make future life choices that support what’s most important to you.

When determining whether or not to invite me to be your coach, please consider that you’re really deciding whether you wish to invest in yourself. The testimonials from my clients on this website give you a good idea of the results you can expect from working with me. Working with a life coach can positively transform the rest of your life. You don’t have to face life’s major challenges alone.

Do you believe you deserve to have the support of a life coach in your corner as you make your next transition? With the support of the right coach, I believe that you really can begin to make the rest of your life the BEST of your life.

Q     I’ve heard of business coaching, how does life coaching differ?

A     The basic principles of coaching are the same. We focus on the present and the future and what you want to achieve. Business coaches often work with teams and the focus tends to be on a specific business project and they may also offer advice. They may also work one on one with you to support you in your career growth and success and are increasingly being provided to employees by enlightened employers.

A life transitions coach looks at how a change impacts all aspects of your life. As your life transitions coach, I will provide you with a completely confidential environment to explore what’s most important to you so that you can develop a vision, strategy and plan to allow you to make a successful and satisfying life transition aligned to your personal values and goals. I believe that working with a business coach without understanding what you want from life may lead to setting goals for growth and expansion of your business that doesn’t necessarily support your best quality of life. I recommend getting clarity on what a balanced and satisfying life would look like for you, perhaps with the support of a life coach and then engaging a business coach to help you develop your business to support your desired lifestyle.

I have learned that my previous experience as a resource manager has provided me with valuable knowledge about the recruitment process that can significantly benefit my clients. If a career transition is part of your future plans I would be delighted to help you discover what an ideal career transition could look like for you based on your strengths, your values and your desired quality of life. As your coach my goal is to help you take steps to begin to make the rest of your life the BEST of your life.

Q     What are the typical benefits of working with a life coach?

A     The testimonials from my clients will provide you with some insights into the benefits of working with me as your life coach. In general, you can expect to experience much less stress and a feeling of empowerment as you get clear on what is really important to you (not what your family or friends think should be important for you). You’ll develop a future vision of where you want to go and a plan to get there. My clients consistently tell me that working with me gives them clarity, motivation and momentum. The right life coach will allow you to embrace your strengths and capabilities and help you overcome your fears and see new possibilities for yourself. The right life coach will help you stay focused and hold you accountable for achieving your vision. The right life coach will help you to focus on positive and productive thoughts and actions and give you the momentum to keep moving forward much faster than you would on your own. The right life coach can help you create a life that truly leaves you feeling satisfied and fulfilled. As your coach I can help you begin to take steps to make the rest of your life the BEST of your life.

Q     Where does the coaching take place?

A     I have an international coaching practice and many of my clients work with me over the phone. They find it convenient since there is no travel time involved and they discover that coaching can be just as effective and sometimes even more effective over the phone than in person. I also have found that it’s easier for clients to be more open over the phone than in a face to face session, leading to deeper insights and more powerful coaching sessions. Some of my Victoria based clients and international clients who may be visiting Victoria will meet me in the historic Union Club of BC in downtown Victoria. My coaching practice is primarily focused on mid-lifers from around the world who are dealing with personal and professional transitions. I also love supporting anyone who is considering relocating to BC – a move that I made over 20 years ago which significantly enhanced my quality of life. Contact me and we’ll arrange a complimentary telephone consultation and we’ll explore what might need to happen for you to begin to make the rest of your life the BEST of your life.

Q     How soon will I start to see the benefit of my coaching sessions?

A     Most of my clients tell me that after their first session they really start to notice some changes in how they perceive themselves and their vision for their future lives. New possibilities begin to open up that previously they would not have even considered. The more we work together, the more insights my clients gain into what’s really important to them and the power that they have to choose a future path aligned with their personal values and desired goals. The greater your commitment to working with your coach and following through on your actions, the sooner you can begin to make the rest of your life the BEST of your life.

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