Frequently Asked Questions
What is a life coach?
A Life Coach is a professional who is trained to ask the right questions- in regards to all parts of life- to help you find out your own answers.
What are people expecting from a life coach? Why do people go to a life coach?
People expect a Life Coach to get them out of trouble and problems.
People go to a Life Coach to find solutions and ways to succeed in and make the most of personal and professional relationships and spaces, job changes, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, work–life balance, and life in general, etc. They know and believe that a Life Coach provides unbiased support and is someone who will help them figure out for themselves what they need to do and someone who means well.
For what kind of problems do people seek out a life coach?
Life coaches work with different problem areas. People which seeks out a life coach for relationship issues, anxiety of future, happiness, wellbeing, eating dis-orders, work-life balance, or fear of /about different things.
What are the benefits of having a life coach?
Undergoing some sessions with a Life Coach saves people considerable time and energy. They don’t have to figure out all the answers by themselves as the Life Coach guides them towards the right questions, gives different perspectives and is there until the time the problems are solved, one is able to move on or targets are reached.
Some people have a Life Coach for a lifetime, as something or the other keeps happening in life, and we can all use someone who can give us a different yet beneficial perspective, guidance, someone with no vested interest in the direction we are going.
Are life coaches necessary? What does a life coach do?
Yes, they are necessary. You can’t always find good support from family, friends and co-workers or bosses. Everyone is biased, but life coaches have certain attributes that help them guide to you the direction best for you.
- They are unbiased
- They are trained to ask the right questions that lead you to find your own answers
- They give suggestions and are creative when you have no clue so that you can arrive at your own answers
- They give you different perspectives to help you understand yourself, others and the world better
What exactly can I expect from my life coach to get a good return from my investment?
You can expect to find the solution to the problem which brought to your Life Coach by the end of the final session. This means that you need to come to the Life Coach with a target or goal she/he can help you achieve. Even when the target is to find your target!
However, if you are clueless, a professional life coach will discuss that with you in the first session and set up a proper target for both of you to work upon.
How do I begin to carve out the life I want?
By taking baby steps—one step at a time, as suggested by me in my book Change Me.
Start anywhere with a Coach. It doesn’t really matter where you start in the first session, considering the Coach and you will eventually figure it out. Find a Life Coach suitable for you start and trust the process and watch yourself carve out the life you want bit by bit.
How do I start the coaching sessions?
Starting Life Coaching sessions is a breeze! Reach out to us for a chat about your needs. The JWLCC team will arrange a call with the appropriate person (Life Coach, Personal Trainer, Nutritionist or Naturopath). We will then invite you for a free introduction session. After this the JWLCC Coach and you will decide to go ahead with sessions or not. If both give a heads up - the sessions will start.
Is Life Coaching confidential?
Whatever you discuss with your Coach or Doctor will always stay only with them. However, our discussions are not privileged for legal purposes that exist for clergy, therapists and attorneys. Ours is a confidential process and your personal information will not be shared with others and will always be protected.
What are the benefits of Life Coaching?
Life coaching gives you access to someone who is always dedicated to you and is supportive of your desire to achieve your goals. A Professional Life Coach is non-judgmental, unbiased, keeps you focused on your path and helps you move in the direction that is right for you. A Life Coach helps you reach where you want to be much faster than you can do it yourself. It will save you energy and a lot of time and money. Besides, it will help you to stay on track, look at everything from different perspectives and find clarity.
How many sessions do I need?
The number of sessions varies from person to person and depends on a few things. As far as a change in mindset and belief is concerned, it could be as quick as one session or may take longer and involve several sessions. We cannot predict how you will react or act in the sessions. However, our clients are usually with us for an average of 6 months.
How much do you charge per session?
The fees depend on the services you require. We have different services and thus charges, and also different packages. First, it is imperative to understand our services and realize if you can benefit from them, before discussing commercials with us. However, our introductory session is free for you, and we invite you to claim it now.
Can I have a demo / trial session?
Yes, you are welcome to participate in the trial session. To avail the same, please contact us.
What if I don’t like Life Coaching after the first session?
A good way for you to assess that would be to participate in the introductory session. This helps us at JWLCC to understand you better and assess if we can help you. This introductory session is an opportunity to know us better and to gain a sense of our way of working. If you like it and find value in it, you can go ahead and book some sessions.
How long does it take to bring about change?
The time to witness and experience changes varies from person to person. But one can expect some changes in each session. Continuous small changes lead to big changes in life. It is best to focus on the small steps and on small changes, rather than waiting for the big change which may even interrupt the process of change. In other words - we suggest you to enjoy the transformation process.
What kind of change does it bring?
Life Coaching helps you find clarity about yourself—who you are, what values you cherish, what beliefs you adhere to, and every aspect of yourself that you want to explore deeper. It will help you to create a balance between your mind, body and soul. Furthermore, it will help you to understand which next steps to take in life, may it be in your personal or professional life.
After completing the sessions, you become a happier, more successful, clear-headed and physically and mentally stronger person who is empowered to face any challenge in life with a clear vision.
How do I deal with stress?
Stress can be positive (eustress) or negative (distress). Distress needs some care and you need to make changes to stress less and enjoy more. Stress is mostly related to the way you think—it creates a chain reaction. The way you think impacts the way you feel.
The best way forward is to first understand what and how you think that causes you distress. Sometimes other people stress us out. In that case, you need to understand how you think about them and their actions, which creates a negative (destructive) feeling inside of you.
If you feel stressed, and have been feeling so for a long time, we recommend that you come for a session to work on it, as “untreated” stress can cause many problems and diseases. Contact us today to set up a free call with our Life Coach.
How do I lose weight?
You can approach weight loss in two very important ways. One way is to manage the symptoms, like overeating, stress eating, no physical activities, etc. (fitness training to gain muscles and lose fat, checking and rearranging your diet). Another way is to understand the root cause of the weight gain: is it hormonal disorder, your routine, or your lifestyle? A Life Coach of JWLCC will help you to get to the root of your condition and guide you to exchange it for a healthy routine. We help you to keep your body weight healthy, along with the guidance of a Personal Trainer and a Nutritionist, if you wish.
How do couple sessions work?
It is easy to start couple sessions, provided, both your spouse and you are interested in the sessions. Just reach out to us for a discussion on your requirements. The JWLCC team will arrange a call with both of you and Jasmin Waldmann. We will then invite you for a free introductory session. Subsequently, if Jasmin Waldmann and the two of you agree that it is OK to go ahead, your sessions can start.
Does Jasmin conduct sessions via phone?
Yes, we offer all our services with our coaches, healers and our naturopath via phone.
Does Jasmin conduct online sessions?
Yes, our coaches work with our clients via online sessions. Healing sessions or sessions with our naturopath could require a personal discussion, as the needs can vary from case to case. Contact us for more details.
Do I need to sign a life coaching agreement?
Yes, you do. A life coaching agreement is a good way to help our clients feel that they will not only get quality service but also a commitment, which is essential. The agreement sets out the terms and conditions for successful delivery of the life coaching service and for achieving results. JWLCC uses a simple but comprehensive agreement as a good foundation for your life coaching journey.
What can a Life Coach help me with?
Our Life coaches use techniques to help our clients in all aspects of life. If you are struggling with something—be it sticking to a diet, learning to speak in public, improving your self-confidence or self-esteem—utilizing the services and help of a life coach can benefit you.
A life coach approaches things pragmatically, without bias. Through questions and exercises, your life coach finds out how you perceive the world and your values. From this, she/he identifies the most effective route to your goals. You might feel intimidated by the idea of change and thus you need to take things slowly to reach your goals. In this situation, while other people are likely to become impatient and lose interest fast, a life coach applies and leads the sessions differently and patiently breaks down your ultimate goals into smaller bite-sized goals. Everything depends on you, and the Coach adjusts to it so that you reach your goals as soon and successfully as possible.
Here are subjects that life coaches deal with:
- Relationships -Do you struggle with leading a good and healthy relationship? Or are you struggling with finding the right partner to be on your side? Or do you wish you had the confidence to approach someone you like romantically? Do you struggle with commitment? Are you currently struggling to cope with a divorce? Or are you considering a divorce? Do both of you want to make this relationship work and need some support?
A JWLCC life coach can help you in these matters.
- Business life –The life of a business owner can be at times tough—starting it, running it, making the right decisions in all areas. Running a business is tough and intense work. Sometimes entrepreneurs become so absorbed in hard work that they start neglecting themselves. Life Coaches can help you decide, build confidence, sharpen leadership skills and enhance a healthy work–life balance.
- Personal life -Do you feel like you're not making the most of life? Do you feel there's so much to see, do and learn in this world, but you often lack confidence, time and will-power that you stay inside your comfort zones doing nothing? Life coaches use specialist skills to motivate you to do the things you want to do, see and achieve, so that you can finally fight the urge to procrastinate.
- Performance -Improvement is at the heart of life coaching. Whatever your skill, life coaching could help improve it. Whether you're an athlete, an artist, a writer, a performer, or a musician, adopting specialist techniques will help you to push your limitations and exceed expectations.
Where does the coaching take place?
Each coaching session happens online. That will save you travel and waiting time. All we need from you is a strong Internet connection and punctuality during your coaching session/s.
What happens during a coaching session?
During each session, we recap the actions set and achieved from the previous session and look at general progress and successes. We set a ‘session goal’ to set out clearly what you want to achieve by the end of the day’s session. We assess where you are currently with that particular goal; what you have tried; what has or has not worked and any obstacles you may have come across along the way. We then explore all options with regard to achieving that goal, using numerous techniques to extract possibilities that you have never thought of before. Lastly and most importantly, we look at what actions you want to set yourself from the list of options to achieve that session’s goal.
How long are the coaching sessions?
The duration of a coaching session is 1 hour.
How do I know if coaching is right for me?
Coaching is for people who want to improve or change specific areas of their lives, or may be frustrated by a lack of direction and focus in achieving their full potential. When you are unable to deal with these challenges by yourself, it is better to seek professional help.
What are the common issues that JWLCC can support me with?
The areas that coaching deals with are endless, but here are some
Self-esteem and confidence
- Feeling good about yourself
- Facing challenging barriers and limiting beliefs
- Reducing anxiety and stress
- Public speaking
- Meeting new people and building relationships
- Improving motivation
- Beating procrastination
- Creating positive habits
- Exploring values
- Finding zest for life
Work and career
- Facing redundancy
- Career change
- Improving performance
- CV review
- Interview preparation
- Starting your own business
- Frustration with lack of satisfaction or progress
- Clashing with work colleagues
- Dealing with pressure and deadlines
- Returning to work after maternity or staying at home with children
JWLCC enjoys working with people who are serious about making changes in their life, as sessions require accountability and a commitment to implementing the actions agreed between you and the Life Coach. The keener you are to move forward in your life, the more you will get out of the sessions and the quicker you will notice results.
If you are ready to take responsibility and action, contact us now because we can help you.
What are the benefits of online coaching and is it effective?
Here are some of our observations:
- You can receive coaching as and when you need it.
- Place and location does not matter; you have access, irrespective of where you are.
- Calls are scheduled at mutually convenient timings. This works well for people who are busy or travel frequently.
- You are in your own comfort zone and may feel relaxed and less self-conscious.
- Your interaction with your coach is literally face-to-face and distractions are limited.
- Your interaction with your coach remains private and gives you the anonymity an offline session may not guarantee.
- It’s safer physically (esp. in the time of COVID).
- It is accessible to those who may have disabilities or are introverted.
- Communication channels are always open: e-mails, messages, calls, etc.
- You save a lot of money and time.
It is just as effective as offline coaching because the time, energy and effort a life coach spends on you to help you realize your goals are the same.
When can I expect to start seeing results?
The time to witness and experience results varies from person to person. But one can expect some results in each session. Continuous small changes lead to big changes in life. It is best to focus on the small steps and on small changes, rather than waiting for the big change which may even interrupt the process of change. In other words, we suggest that you enjoy the transformation process.
Do you guarantee results?
The mutually prepared agreement between JWLCC and our clients sets out the terms and conditions for the successful delivery of our life coaching service and for achieving results.
Can I hire a life coach for a short-term special project?
Yes. We can work toward short-term goals, acquiring specific skills or getting rid of habits or vices.
Shouldn’t I be able to reach my goals on my own?
Yes. However, when you decide to make a change (and especially when there is too much at stake if you don’t), it may take a lot of time, money and energy. People who undergo life coaching sessions save time and energy as they don’t have to figure out all the answers to life’s question all by themselves.
A Life Coach is a trained professional who is non-judgmental, unbiased, keeps you focused on your path and helps you move in the direction that is right for you. She / He helps you reach where you want to be at much faster than you can do it yourself by helping you to stay on track, looking at everything from different perspectives and finding the clarity you need.
Will I not become dependent on my life coach?
A life coach is a trained professional who provides the right questions, gives you different perspectives, and is there with you only until your problems are solved, you reach your targets, achieve your goals, and you move on.
Your life coach is the bridge between your inner work and your point of self-sufficiency. You are the owner of your own journey and destiny and the initiator of your own improvement. A life coach does not give you solutions or provide you with answers but merely guides you to find your answers and solutions. So, in fact, you aren’t following any advice by rote, you are finding your own way, which is why there is no dependency. When you realize that your life coach is only available for a limited time, you become much more involved and proactive in the coaching process and work with your coach until the ending date.
But it’s also true that some people have a Life Coach for a lifetime. As newer things keep happening in their lives, they need that unbiased someone they can trust to give them a different yet beneficial perspective, someone with no vested interest in the direction they are going.
How does business coaching works?
Business/management consulting focusses on insightful reports, business and team processes, analysis and strategy, direction and scalability, sales and marketing, customer acquisition and retention, expansion and diversification, etc., whereas business coaching focusses on the individual, on you, on turning an entrepreneur into a business leader and offers tangible and sustainable solutions.
Following are some ways you and your organization can benefit from business coaching:
- Explore endless possibilities
- Find direction
- Turn ideas into reality
- Increase accountability
- Build stronger and high-performing teams
- Retain employees and slow down attrition
- Gain clarity about individual and organizational goals
- Increase innovation in product development
- Better financial planning
- Turn new managers into leaders
- Encourage newly hired team members to give their best
- Help new leaders implement strategy (planning and execution)
- Guide and support high/low-performance individuals
- Consult and support the HR team
- Make employee feedback and appraisal processes meaningful
- Improve staff motivation, morale, and productivity
- Smoothen the change management process
What sort of clients does JWLCC coach?
Most of our clients are professionals in the corporate and business sectors and are a mix of business owners and employees at various levels. Our clients usually seek life coaching within the frame-work of both their professional and personal objectives. This may be based on their desire to improve skills, income, work-life balance, communication or relationships. You can look at some of the testimonials.
How can coaching help me improve executive functioning?
Executive function is a set of skills that help you set, plan and achieve goals; manage and control yourself; stick to your goals despite distractions; follow directions even when interrupted. To effectively deal with life’s challenges, you need to initiate your goals; prioritize, plan, organize and manage your time and work; be in control of and manage your emotions; maintain focus and attention; be able to assess and adapt to circumstances; have working memory; and goal-directed persistence. These skills help you achieve your goals and become your best.
Coaching uses real life situations to develop these executive function skills. Since these skills can be developed with practice and can be learned, coaching can help you make the most of these skills both at home and at work. It can teach you to view your life from various perspectives and help you find your own motivation so that you can be in charge of your own life and lead it towards your goals.
A coach first draws up your skill profile by assessing your strength and weaknesses. Then she/he proceeds to formulate a plan to work on your weaknesses. Your coach designs this customized plan keeping in mind your life situation and goals. You are accountable for achieving your goals. Depending on how ready you are for change, where your motivation levels are at, how self-aware you are, etc. the process could take anywhere between six months to a year. By the end of your coaching, you will have achieved independence, confidence, and competence.
How can a manager/executive use a Coach?
A coach is unbiased and non-judgmental and has the ability to create a safe environment for managers and executive to lay bare their issues, expectations and goals, vulnerabilities, questions, observations, feedback and seek guidance to grow, learn, and change.
Managers/executives can use a coach for various reasons, including
- achieving goals
- improving performance
- transferring knowledge
- achieving greater business results
- learning work–life balance
- improving skills improvement
- prioritizing situations
- adapting to change and difficulties
- adopting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based) goals
- integrating the GROWTH (Goals, Reality, Options, Will, Tactics, and Habits) model into business and personal life
- assisting in setting a vision and direction
- enabling a team to work together to reach extraordinary goals
JWLCC prepares managers / executives to lead, delegate, trust, bring people together to make a team, and drive them towards a common organizational goal.
What are the prerequisites to ensure the success of an executive coaching program?
- Safe environment to explore insights and develop skills
- Trust and transparency with the HR Team
- Commitment—willingness to be present, attentive, responsive.
- Setting up SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant And Time-Based) goals
- Integrating the GROWTH (Goals, Reality, Options, Will, Tactics, and Habits) model into professional and personal life
- A good match between the coach and the client/coachee
- Coach with business and consulting experience
“The company is paying to get results in the corporate space. Why should the HR spend money and time on an employee’s mental or emotional health?”
An employee is a complete person who aims to fulfil both professional and personal needs and goals. She/he cannot be viewed only as a workhorse or production machine without emotions. Organizations should acknowledge that employees have personal lives too and their emotional and mental wellbeing has a huge and serious impact on their professional lives, and by extension the organization they work for.
The HR department’s main aim is to make sure that the people they recruit are comfortable and safe enough in their work environment to contribute positively towards the organization’s goals. For this, all HR departments constantly evaluate their employees, draw up benefits packages, oversee salaries and health benefits, disburse salaries on time, arrange for trainings and skill development workshops, and conduct exit interviews so that employees quitting do not leave on a sour note. They also listen to address employees’ various problems in the context of work. However, many HRs tend to overlook mental health issues and employees’ depressive, anxiety and other mental health disorders go unnoticed and unattended. The few HRs that arrange for employee wellbeing trainings from time to time do so on a “one-size-fits-all” basis, not taking into account that all employees are different. This is where coaching can help HRs with employees’ emotional and mental wellbeing.
- Train employees to increase resilience (or the ability to stay balanced even when faced with psychological or physical obstacles).
- Help organizations/managers/team leaders manage and support employee uniqueness.
- Empower individuals and encourages them to take responsibility
- Increase employee and staff engagement
- Improve individual performance
- Help identify and develop high potential employees
- Help identify both organizational and individual strengths and development opportunities
- Help motivate and empower individuals to excel
- Demonstrate organizational commitment to human resource development
How can JWLCC help the HR department?
Good leadership is critical for driving revenue, engaging employees, and achieving and maintaining high overall productivity. As an HR Head, you need to prioritize Leadership Coaching in your organization to retain a competitive edge in the market.
Human resources professionals play a strategic role in forward-thinking businesses. HR is always under pressure to increase employee retention and productivity. Coaching can be used as a tool to facilitate these desired results. JWLCC can be a true partner in this process.
Besides, Jasmin Waldmann can be engaged as
- a keynote speaker in a seminar / conference,
- a motivational speaker, and/or
- a workshop facilitator