Before working with me as coach or consultant, you may want to know a few more things – Please take a few minutes to review the Frequently Asked Questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been consulting and coaching and what experience do you have?
I have been a business and management consultant since 1991 and a self-employed professional since 2003. Before starting up my own business, I gained more than 12 years’ management consulting experience with one of the world’s largest management consultancies. I’ve been involved with workplace (employee) coaching and mentoring for most of my consulting career and have since officially added coaching of executives, business owners and teams to my service portfolio.
In earlier years I primarily focused on strategy and change projects, but more recently I started to deepen my focus in the fields of coaching, creativity and innovation in the workplace. I am passionate about developing people – I aspire to be creative, enthusiastic and motivated, unlocking potential and inspiring others to be the best they can be.
How did you get to be a business owner, coach and consultant?
Let me share the story of my transition to self-employment and how I got to where I am today.
A few years ago I held a senior position with one of the world’s largest management consultancies. Great remuneration, big clients, busy projects, overseas training and travel, and many other things that made me feel important. As a working mother, I was always trying to balance professional and personal demands, and with the support of extended family, helpers, au-pairs, day-care and various other outsourced services, I managed to get by (or at least I thought I did). Most days I spent long hours on the road commuting, leaving home early and returning late. During the week, I often did not see my young son awake and I hardly had any time or energy left for my husband, let alone family, friends and other interests.
On the upside, we had great holidays every year, but work often travelled along!
The defining moment that moved me to self-employment happened on cold winter’s morning in 2002. I was in the Executive Boardroom of a large Government Department, waiting for a client that was late (as usual). Make no mistake, I loved the consulting work, but long hours, unreasonable clients and excessive travelling were simply taking its toll on my family life, health and relationships in general. I was not the super-woman that I thought I could be. I desperately needed to regain energy, passion and enthusiasm. I needed more balance and personal power in my life, but how could I do it?
That morning, I realised that it was time for me to make a choice. No matter what it takes, I had to take back control of my professional and personal life! I was not quite sure WHAT I had to do or HOW I was going to do it, but I knew that I needed a personal plan, a business plan and an exit strategy. I was determined to find the solution.
Eight months later I resigned – I had eliminated all major debt, built up a financial cushion to take me forward for a few months, had a small consultancy set up and started contracting consulting services on my terms (mostly!).
I was up and running – leading a far more flexible life, being able to spend more time with my family. Initially I felt as if I was living my dream! But in life, things change. By 2004 I had my second child and early childhood months were not easy.
Being self-employed, I did not take a proper break and was right back at work within weeks of her birth. My daughter did not sleep well at all (something which only improved by the time she was almost 5 years old) – I was exhausted most of the time and found that it was virtually impossible for me to balance personal and professional life (once again!).
Professionally I was enjoying the problem-solving nature of consulting, but could not continue trading hours for money! I had to find other options. Over time I made a few adjustments such as not taking on new work that was out of town (commuting had become a nightmare due to increased traffic volumes and ongoing road works), as well as being far more selective in who I work with, but once again I was heading towards burnout – it was time for me to make a personal change. I took on less work and started additional creative studies, hoping to find the right direction, but I needed much more decisive action to shift my life and live my dream!
The next major defining moment came in 2008. A few months earlier my husband received an almost-irresistible offer to work abroad. We decided to give it a go and my family and I were getting all fired-up for an exciting 1 -2 year live-and-work experience in Australia. We were working at break-neck speed to get through bureaucracy and get the necessary paperwork done, but as fate (or rather luck) may have it, our plans did not quite work out as intended. With our migration plans moved out of the way, I realised that I had neglected other personal and professional goals for some time. I had to refocus and get my personal life, professional focus and business back in order.
I knew I wanted to be self-employed and run a specialised consulting and coaching business, but I had to address a number of personal challenges first! I realised that I cannot do this on my own.
I got in contact with a super life-coach to support me in regaining focus. Within less than a month, I set new professional goals. I enlisted the help of business and marketing mentors and have since restructured and reorganised my business to not only better serve clients in a rapidly changing business landscape, but also to be better aligned to my personal values, dreams and goals. The result – once again, my business is growing in a brand new direction, but I had to learn how to do things differently (and still continue to learn!). Today I am much closer to living my dream than ever before and there is no way that I am turning back!
I have since made it my professional mission to coach and consult to other women entrepreneurs, business owners and independent professionals to plan for success, get more organised in business and take decisive action to get better business results.
I will passionately support, coach and consult to individuals who really want to go BIG in their businesses, or who are planning to trade the corporate world for an alternative career, self employment or new business venture.
Who are your typical clients?
I work with advancing executives, inspired entrepreneurs, independent professionals and women in business who need a helping hand to plan for success, get organised in their businesses and take decisive action to get results. I lead my clients to define exactly WHAT they want to be, do or have in business and HOW they intend to get there.
My typical client plays a strategic or leadership role in his/her organization. A 30+, results-oriented professional, who is usually quite familiar with modern technologies such as the internet, email and social media, ready for new challenges, open to new ideas and willing to shift boundaries to create better results.
I have experience in dealing with strategic executives and senior managers from various industries and walks of life, including Private Wealth Management, Management Consulting, IT Consulting, Tax and Auditing, ERP Sales, Coaching and Public Speaking, to name a few. I have a special interest in supporting professional woman (and some cool guys) who want to up-level their professional and/or business performance.
What type of person do you work best with?
Being an action-oriented planner, organiser and go-getter, I am typically known to work best with other action- and results-oriented individuals who:
- Maintain an open mind, ready to make personal or business changes to achieve results.
- Recognise that there is room for growth and development.
- Are willing take personal responsibility and ownership for the required change.
- Can make the required financial investment for coaching or consulting.
I am selective in who I work with. From time to time, I may decide to turn away a prospective client, or even end an existing client relationship where I feel that I would not be able to add value or deliver the results that a client expects.
With respect, please note that I am not willing to work with sceptics or individuals who make excuses for not taking action or implementing changes. It is not possible for me to deliver positive results in individuals with an overwhelmingly negative mindset.
How are you different from other coaches and consultants?
What separates my services from others is my ability to creatively combine and package the best of consulting, coaching and mentoring, to provide practical and results-oriented solutions. Because of this, my clients
- Rapidly regain professional and personal focus;
- Restore professional passion, enthusiasm and confidence;
- Improve time management and organisation, thus enhancing work-life balance;
- Become more effective in getting clients, improving productivity and increasing profits; and
- Accelerate personal, career and business development.
Unlike other coaches, I do not offer “coaching-by-the-hour” – Please do not expect hourly coaching or consulting rates. I have unique consulting, coaching and creative packages and programmes to suit individual requirements, budgets and schedules. I have also created unique range of creative and inspirational products – Journals, Stationery and Creative Organising.
My service commitment sets me apart from other service providers. As Consultant, Mentor and Coach, I make the commitment to:
- Respect strict confidentiality at all times.
- Never share my subscriber and client lists with others without a clients’ full and explicit consent.
- Deliver a professional and outstanding service.
- Deliver programmes or interventions as specified.
- Provide quality materials and products.
- Meet all time commitments and to give my undivided attention during all subsequent coaching sessions or personal consultations.
- Support clients in choices that are in line with their vision, values and goals.
In addition, I may offer challenges and alternative viewpoints from time to time. As appropriate, I may offer suggestions for my client to explore and investigate. It may be in the form of reading materials, business resources, worksheets, tools or inspirational materials.
I aim to meet and exceed expectations, but where I am unable to do so, I commit to inform my clients as long as possible in advance, in order to make alternative arrangements.
How do you typically interact with your clients?
I interact with my clients in various ways, including workshops, face-to-face sessions, phone (including skype and tele-conferencing), email and web. I use web-based assessment tools (NBI ®).
I have various clients all over the country on a weekly basis, working from my office. Due to technology, I am able to connect and deliver a fantastic service.
I am not sure what the difference is between coaching, consulting and mentoring, or which one I need. Can you explain this in a simple way?
Consulting is a specialist advisory service where specific solutions are identified and/or implemented, in consultation and deliberation with the client. In essence, Coaching is an ongoing, co-creative professional relationship that helps people to produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers and businesses. Coaching is a goal-oriented facilitative and supportive process used to unlock potential and maximise individual or team performance. Finally, Mentoring usually involves an experienced or trusted advisor who provides specific support, guidance and leadership to an individual over a period of time.
I believe in bringing together the best of Consulting, Coaching and Mentoring to help my client create great business results. The following diagram explains more:
What are your product and service offerings and what is included in each?
Inovizion offers various consulting, coaching and creative programmes and interventions to suit individual requirements, budgets and schedules. These include:
Strategic & Business Planning
For organisations and businesses (or leaders in business) who need a helping hand with the planning of strategic, business improvement or change initiatives
- Business Strategy or Facilitation: ½- or Full-day interventions (On- and Off Site)
- Blitz Business Planning and Business Planning Done-for-You
- Power Hour Sessions: Short facilitated presentations (On request, On- and Off Site)
Coaching and Mentoring
For executives, entrepreneurs and business owners – A facilitative, supportive and forward-looking process to unlock your potential, maximise performance and bring about POSITIVE CHANGE.
- Platinum: Fast-Track Coaching (3 x 60 min private 1-on-1 coaching sessions pm, unlimited email access, business resources, weekly accountability emails – minimum 6 month commitment. By far the program that will create the best results in the shortest space of time.)
- Gold: Top-Results Coaching (2 x 60 min private 1-on-1 coaching sessions pm, unlimited email access, business resources, weekly accountability emails – minimum 6 month commitment. A program that delivers great results at a steady pace.)
- Silver: Basic or Maintenance Coaching (2 x 30 min OR 1 x 60 min private 1-on-1 coaching sessions pm , weekly email updates, business resources – ideal for ongoing maintenance coaching.)
- VIP Coaching (1 x ½ day private 1-on-1 INTENSIVE coaching – Agenda is set around unique client requirements which may range from visioning or business planning, to marketing and new business development . Inclues 1 x 60 minute follow-up call)
- Mastermind 2012 (High Quality Small Group Coaching with emphasis on Business Development and Mastering your Marketing game. Monthly LIVE meetings in Pretoria East, Monthly Question and Answer calls, a Year-End Celebration at the end of the year. By far the most affordable way to get support, establish accountability and create great business results.)
NBI® Whole Brain Preference Profiling
For individuals in all walks of life to understand thinking preferences and discover professional passion to guide career and life choices
How much does coaching or consulting with you typically cost?
As mentioned earlier, I do not offer “coaching-by-the-hour” like most other coaches. I offer unique consulting, coaching and creative packages and programmes to suit individual requirements, budgets and schedules. However, you might want to look at the following 2012 industry guidelines for coaching – The investment requried for my value-packed offerings fall well within the industry norms and boundaries:
Typical Monthly Investment
E.g. 4 x 1 hour sessions OR 2 x 1 ½ to 2 hour sessions
|Personal / Life Coaching||
|Executive: Junior Management||
|Executive: Senior Management||
|Executive: Board Level||
How does payment typically work?
Coaching clients are typically invoiced MONTHLY in advance. VAT invoices are emailed to clients and becomes payable on presentation. Payments must be made using EFT or direct deposit into our bank account. Credit card, debit orders and installment payments, can be utilised for selected products and programmes.
I know which programme I want, how do we get started?
Congratulations on making a decision for success! One of the characteristics of successful people is that they take decisive action – I am excited to work with you to achieve your professional, personal and business goals.
I invite you to a no-obligation introductory session, where we get acquainted and see how I can best support you with your unique business challenges. Here’s what you do – Just link up with me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating the programme of choice, or by submitting a request via the Contact page and I will respond, getting the ball rolling! If you have any additional questions, send this to me – I will l be happy to answer it.
I can’t wait to meet with you in person or on the phone to get you started on journey towards professional passion, personal power and success.
I’m not sure if I am ready to get started yet, is there a way for me to sample your work at a low or no cost to see if your offerings are right for me?
If you feel that you want to get to know me better, you are welcome to browse through my website, link up with me on Facebook and Twitter, read my blog and sign up for my monthly FREE E-Newsletter. I offer a no obligation, introductory session, where I will answer YOUR questions. Just reach out and contact me: email@example.com.
From time to time, I have other free or low-cost offers, such as short e-courses or Open Days. I announce these through my Newsletter or you can have a look at my Events Page on the web.
Finally, as a certified NBI® practitioner, I am quite sure that you would get immense benefit from the NBI ® Advanced Adult Assessment as it provides so much insight into personal preferences to inform life and career choices. At only R300 (including VAT) for the assessment and feedback report, this is a worthwhile investment. This can be ordered from our on-line shop => Click Here
I have some additional questions, can I have a personal call with you to discuss these?
Sure, I offer a no obligation, introductory session, where I will answer YOUR questions. Just email us with your request. Contact Me