FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a coach?
As a coach, I am someone who asks deep and meaningful questions to help my clients arrive at great answers to the biggest problems and opportunities in their career and life.
I use the arts of active listening and inquiry, psychology and neurobiology; and received my executive coaching certification from Erickson College. I also have studied a host of scientifically proven techniques that guide my clients to tap into inner resources to think creatively and solve highly complex.
Also, I have worked with a coach extensively in my life, and credit coaching with much of my success in my corporate career, and also now in my career as an entrepreneur. This gives me a unique perspective that allows me to relate to the situations my clients are going through, most of whom are technology professionals or entrepreneurs.
How does coaching work?
Coaching matches the particular needs and situations of each client. This is what differentiates working one on one with a coach from reading a self-help book or attending a seminar.
Coaching involves the identification of goals, the construction of precise action plans around those objectives and finally, the achievement of the goals.
Through our coaching sessions, I will work with you to apply proven techniques to identify and accomplish big goals for your career, business, and life. As we continue to work together over a period of months, we will monitor those objectives, evolve them as your needs change, celebrate success with every achievement and continually set higher standards as you progress.
What’s the difference between therapy, consulting and coaching?
Therapy is useful, but is backward looking and focused on healing past trauma. Consulting also has its place, but consultants are paid to provide subject matter expertise beyond what a client already knows.
Coaches, on the other hand, are not focused on providing advice. Coaches focus on supporting clients in arriving at their own best and appropriate solutions and maintain forward-looking outlook for how a client wants things to be in the future, regardless of what happened in the past.
As a coach, it is my mission to help you arrive at your best answer to the toughest problems in your career and life.
I am not an executive, is this right for me?
I work with motivated people who are looking to take their careers and lives to the next level. While some of my clients are executives, many are not (yet), but aspire to be in the future. I also work with some clients who are satisfied with their careers but are looking to gain more balance and strength in other parts of their lives.
I am great at my job, I do not need a coach!
Some of the most successful people in the world – in business, in sports, in the arts – work with coaches. Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey; they all work with coaches to improve their performance in their business, career, health or some other aspect of their life. You would be surprised how many world leaders have the support of coaches behind the scenes.
My career is fine, but I want to focus on coaching to help other aspects of my life. Do you do that?
Absolutely. While most of my clients are interested in advancing their career and/or growing their businesses, some are more focused in getting work/life balance or regaining a profound sense of health and wellness. Our lives are multi-dimensional, and our goals shift over time, and my coaching approach takes that into consideration.
How do we meet?
All of my coaching sessions are conducted using phone/Skype and web conferencing software. Technology has evolved to the point where meeting virtually is not just doable, but often preferable for clients, and the online tools I use (e.g. virtual whiteboards and a studio quality webcam) make it seem like we are in the same room.
Shouldn’t we meet in person?
Ironically, I’ve found (and many seasoned coaches agree) that virtual meetings are not just effective, but they are often more effective than meeting in person.
Not only does driving to an office waste significant time commuting but meeting virtually allows the client (you!) to be in a comfortable and familiar setting and not worry about looking at me (your coach) and misreading body language. Instead, you may put all your focus and energy into coaching exercises and working through whatever you need to work through during the coaching session.
Can’t I just learn this stuff from a book?
People learn in different ways; however, the most powerful learning happens when what is learned is applied through action over time.
Unfortunately, just reading a book is not enough, the application of knowledge is critical. Also, the benefit of a coach is in providing objective feedback based on progress made over time. This is tough to achieve by reading a book alone. Finding someone to help with accountability and evolving what you are being taught over time (based on your progress) is critical. This is where a coach can be an invaluable resource.
I do not have much free time. How can I fit this into my schedule?
All my coaching sessions are done remotely, at a time convenient to you. There is bound to be a time of the week that will work out. All of my clients find that despite dedicating an hour a week (or every other week) to a coaching session, they get back many more hours in free time as the simple by-product of having more focused goals and commitments.
It is not uncommon for clients to see 20-50% increases in productivity at work based on just a handful of focused coaching sessions. What would you do with 20-50% more free time?
How long does it take to see results?
Most clients will begin to see progress in the first session alone! However, you will see compounded results and the biggest breakthroughs over the course of 3-6 months of consistent coaching.
Are our coaching discussions confidential?
Yes. All coaching sessions are 100% confidential.
If I am not happy, can I get a refund?
Absolutely. I offer a 100% money-back guarantee. Though, I am sure this will not be necessary. All I ask is that you commit fully to the process of coaching, and follow-through on the commitments you make during our coaching exercises. If you do this, it will be virtually impossible to fail.
What makes you, Ravi, qualified to coach me?
I’ve worked for 14 years as a senior leader at one of the most esteemed technology companies in the world, Microsoft Corporation. I lead teams at the corporate headquarters creating and engineering new products, as well as in strategy and product management roles.
Also, I’ve undergone extensive training Executive Coach training and am an active member of the International Coach Federation, the global governing body for professional coaches.
I live another time zone, and travel a lot, will that be an issue?
This shouldn’t be an issue. I work with clients who live and travel throughout the world.
Whom do you coach?
My client list is confidential. However, the majority work in the Technology Industry in a variety of technical or business roles. Most are mid to upper-level managers or aspiring leaders who wish to join the executive ranks soon. I’ve coached high performers from companies such as Microsoft, Google, Redfin, DropBox, Qualcomm and many other leading companies.
I am also working with a few entrepreneurs working in non-technical fields. The one common thread is that all of my clients are motivated at improving the quality of their careers, grow their business and create even more happiness throughout their lives.
I do not work in the technology industry; would you still work with me?
My primary requirement is that all clients remain committed to personal growth and improvement. If you are motivated and want to advance your career, grow your business and build a robust and well-rounded lifestyle for yourself, we would be a good fit to work together.
How much does coaching cost?
My rates are highly competitive as compared to other Executive Coaches and most clients find a 5-7X return on their coaching investment. If you have a big and meaningful goal that is worth your time and effort – investing in a coach is well worth it.
As part of your coaching package you will receive:
- 6 months of coaching to achieve your biggest goals.
- Up to 4 powerful 45-minute coaching sessions per month.
- Unlimited email-based coaching to address any questions.
- Unlimited 15-minute “laser” coaching sessions via phone to help you get unstuck.
- Full access to my complete arsenal of powerful coaching tools.
- Built-in accountability to ensure follow-through.
- 100% satisfaction and money-back guarantee.
Investment: $5,000 flat fee for 6-months of Executive Coaching if paid up front (20% discount). For those who prefer monthly payments, it is $1,000 per month. Either way, you get a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Is coaching worth it?
Corporations spend over $1Billion annually on executive coaching for their senior-most employees. Harvard Business School, Forbes Magazine, and several other independent organizations have found significantly high returns on investment from coaching.
A recent global survey by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Association Resource Centre found that the mean Return on Investment in coaching was seven times the initial investment, and over a quarter of coaching clients reported a stunning ROI of 10 to 49 times the cost.
Ultimately, you will have to be the judge regarding the benefit you get as there are different ways to measure your return on investment (e.g. regarding increased income, more free time, and/or higher quality of living to name a few ways of measuring). However, one thing is clear, coaching is well worth it.
Think about it this way, how much is a single promotion worth to you? How much is your dream job worth to you? What if coaching could help you get that promotion or new job faster than you previously thought possible, with greater levels of happiness? Wouldn’t that be worth the cost?