FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Check out some of the most common questions below. If your question isn’t covered here, send us a note and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

ABOUT COACHING

What really is coaching anyway?

Coaching is a thought-provoking and creative personal development process intended to create significant, positive and sustainable change in your life. The foundation of this practice is a unique and highly personal relationship between you and your coach.

 

A coach will partner with you to help identify your limiting beliefs and actions, uncover what is meaningful, elicit clearly defined goals, design an action plan and hold yourself accountable to the goals you’ve set out to achieve. This process is largely facilitated through the use of introspective questions.

 

A good coach will never give advice or claim to have any answers, as you are the expert in your life. Instead, coaches are trained in the process of helping you to discover your own answers based on your values, preferences and unique perspective.

What’s the difference between coaching and therapy or counseling?

Coaching is not therapy or counseling; it is a completely different modality. Therapy and counseling focus on healing mental and psychological pain and difficulties, typically by focusing on resolving past issues that affect your ability to function in the present.

 

Coaching, on the other hand, is future-focused and centered on opportunities, not problems. Rather than taking you from dysfunctional to functional, it allows you to take your life from functional to optimal.

How is coaching different from consulting?

Coaching and consulting are two distinct modalities. Consultants use their expert knowledge in a particular area to diagnose issues and recommend solutions. A coach, on the other hand, does not provide answers; rather, coaching is about asking the right questions, empowering you to uncover your own solutions since you are the only true expert on your life. The coach simply facilitates this process through supportive, discovery-based approaches.

How do I know if coaching is right for me?

To start, think about what you’d hope to accomplish by working with a coach. If you have an idea of where you want to be, coaching can be a great tool to get really clear on your objectives, strategies for getting there, a tactical plan of action and measurement of your progress – all with greater ease than going it alone.

 

However, coaching is at its core a partnership, which is based upon collaboration and exploration of new perspectives as well as a commitment to making real change. If this sounds what you’re looking for, then drop us a line and let’s find time to discuss whether we’d be a good fit.

Within our partnership, what does my coach do? And what about me?

Your coach:

– Provides objective observations to help you become more aware of yourself and others
– Listens carefully to develop a true understanding of your circumstances
– Acts as a sounding board in exploring possibilities, creating plans and making decisions
– Encourages taking on challenges in line with your personal strengths and aspirations
– Fosters shifts in thinking to reveal fresh perspectives
– Helps identify your blind spots in order to reveal new possibilities and alternative scenarios
– Adheres to professional boundaries in the coaching relationship, including confidentiality, per the International Coach Federation’s code of ethics.

 

You:

– Create the coaching agenda based on the challenges and goals that are most meaningful to you
– Use your coach’s assessment and observations to enhance your awareness of yourself and others
– Use the coaching process to help you discover fresh perspectives
– Tap into big-picture thinking and problem-solving skills
– Take big, courageous steps in support of your personal goals and aspirations
– Assume full responsibility for your own decisions and actions
– Create incredible personal change and success

How do I get the most out of coaching?

All success in coaching relationships begins with a strong, positive intention to engage fully in the process. Beyond this, you’ll get the most out of coaching by:

– Focusing on yourself, tough questions, hard truths, how you define success and abundance, and what you’re willing to sacrifice in order to get there
– Listening carefully to your intuition, assumptions and judgments
– Challenging your existing attitudes, beliefs and behaviors, and creating new ones that fully serve you and your goals
– Being compassionate for yourself while learning new behaviors and experiencing setbacks, and showing that same compassion for others as they do the same
– Keeping it together in the face of disappointment and unmet expectations, which, as in all of life, will be inevitable
– Using your personal strengths to overcome barriers and limitations
– Taking clear, decisive actions in pursuit of your life of plenty

How long should I work with a coach?

The length of a coaching relationship really depends on your needs and preferences, though a minimum commitment of three months is strongly recommended to ensure sufficient time to establish our partnership and work towards your goals.

 

Beyond this initial commitment, the time we spend together will be determined by the types of goals you’re looking to accomplish and your availability for regular sessions. Let’s connect and discuss how long an engagement would make the most sense for you.

Isn’t coaching just for high-powered execs?

Although coaching first began with high level executives, today personal coaching is accessible for all who are interested in living life to their highest potential.

I don’t meditate. I don’t do yoga. Isn’t coaching in the same realm of new age woo-woo?

Though coaching has developed a dubious reputation in some circles due to people calling themselves ‘coaches’ without the required training, when practiced in accordance with the International Coach Federation’s code of ethics and accredited training programs, it can be an incredibly powerful and effective way to make positive, sustainable change in your life.

 

To be clear, coaching does not encompass mentoring, psychological counseling, hypnosis, dream analysis, psychic readings, tarot, tea leaves, crystal balls, or the like. Rather, it is a science-based approach to personal development firmly rooted in sociology, behavioral science, psychology and organizational theory.

ABOUT EMILY

What's your background?

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up a multi-passionate (and quite nerdy!) young lady, with deep interests in science, mathematics, technology, theology and psychology. In 2004, I graduated as valedictorian of my high school class in 2004 headed to Georgetown University, where I continued to follow various passions, ending up with a triple major and my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

 

The day after I graduated from Georgetown, I moved to New York City, and kicked off my career in the advertising industry. Though I do truly enjoy the marketing world, I’ve realized that I want to dedicate my life to helping others. Though this first manifested as weekly volunteering, which I continue to this day, after quite a few years in the city I decided to pursue a coach training program at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

 

I received my Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) designations after nearly a year of training and certification, at which point I founded Pure Plenty. Today I am studying psychology within Columbia University’s post-baccalaureate program and work as a research assistant in several psychology labs on campus, and coach others to pursue their passions in my spare time.

 

If you’d like to read more on my background and credentials, check out my LinkedIn page. For any other questions, please feel free to reach out here.

What are your credentials?

I received my Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) designations from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), whose coach training program is accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

 

I also graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Marketing, Finance, and International Business from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Why did you become a coach?

What originally drew me to coaching was my love for people and my belief that everyone deserves the resources they need to self-actualize, achieving their highest potential. (It may sound cheesy, but it’s the truth!)

 

I also know that I’m great at listening to other people’s stories, helping them make plans and stick to the commitments they make to themselves.

 

Most importantly, I believe in a world where people don’t think of work as drudgery to pay the bills, but rather as situations where they are able to achieve their greater purpose – because everyone deserves to live a life that’s fulfilling at the deepest level. Where work-life balance isn’t a challenge because your work is how you’d choose to spend your life. Where people feel empowered to design their own lives of plenty and bring them into fruition.

ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER

Workshops? Personal coaching? Assessments? How do I know which is right for me?

It really comes down to where you stand in your own career journey, what you’re looking to accomplish and the investment you are willing to make towards the life and career you’ve always wanted.

 

Our #LOVEMONDAYS® Desire Map workshops are a great place to start if you know there’s something bigger for you out there, but you’re not ready to invest in a longer-term coaching relationship because you want some real clarity first. In these one-day workshops, we’ll use Danielle LaPorte’s amazing Desire Map framework to get incredibly specific about how you want to feel – which is the most powerful form of clarity there is. Once you know how you want to feel, you can create (and pursue!) goals that allow you to feel this way as often as possible. What makes #LOVEMONDAYS so powerful is that all workshops come with a follow-up one-on-one coaching session, so you can take what you’ve learned and create a plan to put it all into action.

 

If, however, you know you’ll do best with ongoing, one-on-one support, then personal coaching may be right for you. Because each person’s life and situation is unique, so too is each coaching package. Let’s chat to discuss how we might create a coaching plan that aligns with your needs, makes sense with your schedule and fits your budget.

 

Finally, if you’re not yet ready to commit to the coaching process but are interested in learning a bit more about yourself and how you show up in the world to others, the Energy Leadership Index assessment and debrief is a great way to go. You will come out of the assessment with a clearer understanding of your own unique energetic make-up as well as potential next steps you can take in support of your personal development, both with Pure Plenty as well as if you’d prefer to work on your own.

 

If you’re still struggling to identify the best path forward for you, drop us a line! We’d be happy to talk through your options in more detail and answer any questions you may have.

What if my goals change mid-way through the coaching process?

The only constant in life is change, and it’s natural that what you want will evolve over time. What makes coaching so wonderful is its non-linear approach. Though a series of sessions will often follow a certain arc, the process is incredibly flexible and is fully designed around your agenda — not a pre-determined series of rigid steps.

What if I’m not sure what my ideal life or career looks like?

It’s completely normal to know you’re ready for the next step in your life or career, but not know exactly where this next step will take you.

 

If you’re up for a powerful clarity session with a close-knit community of others in the same situation, I’d encourage you to check out our #LOVEMONDAYS® Desire Map workshops.

 

If, however, you’d prefer to make this happen one-on-one, that’s also an option. By exploring your strengths, values and personal definitions of success and abundance, I can help you sort and filter through your options and get crystal clear on where you’d like to be. If this sounds like your situation, personal coaching may make the most sense for you.

What if I don’t see the results I want?

While coaching is an incredibly valuable tool, your personal results are up to you and will depend on your level of commitment to the process and your individual situation.

 

That said, though we cannot guarantee your results, we do guarantee 100% satisfaction with our service offerings. If at any point you are not satisfied with your experience, we will issue you a pro-rated refund for all sessions not yet completed.

Can you coach me in person?

If you live in New York City, absolutely! I often conduct sessions at Pure Plenty HQ in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I’m also open to meeting in a coffee shop or local park if it works better for you. Let’s discuss in your Discovery Session where would be most convenient and conducive for good conversation.

Can you coach me remotely?

Of course! I coach remotely across a variety of platforms, including:
– Skype
– Google Hangouts
– FaceTime
– Phone

 

I want to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible while we’re working together, so I’m very flexible in terms of which platform is best for you.

Can you coach me outside the US?

Certainly. Let’s discuss which platform would be best in your country (Skype, Google Hangouts, or otherwise).

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, personal check, debit card, or credit card, with debit and credit payments processed through my Satori scheduling platform. Payments must be made in full before coaching begins.

Do you offer discounts?

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