Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some answers to questions I often receive. If you can’t find an answer to your question, please contact me.

I've never done coaching. What does a typical coaching session look like?

Coaching sessions usually flow like this:

  • Check-in (so I get a sense of how things are for you in the moment)
  • We determine the focus of the session. What do you want to walk away with?
  • You provide me with some context and we have a coaching conversation around the focus issue. I use various coaching approaches to help:
    • examine your perspectives, assumptions
    • you clarify what you want
    • determine what needs to shift for you to get to what you want
  • I suggest follow up activities and/or reflections to move you forward.
  • You identify action steps you want to take between sessions.
  • We close the conversation by checking back on the focus item.
What does your career coaching entail? What kind of career coaching do you do?

That’s an important question and also one that is hard to answer succinctly.  I invite you to book a complimentary consultation call so we can discuss this over Zoom or phone!

If you’re not quite ready for a conversation, then the information below will partially answer your question.

My goal is for you to have a deeply fulfilling professional (and personal) life. I help you get there by working with you to:

  • clarify your goals (lots of times, we know something isn’t working, but don’t quite know what we want)
  • make powerful decisions that you don’t regret
  • shift assumptions and beliefs that are getting in your way
  • set up processes that work for you
  • know your strengths and values and live into these

In a coach-client relationship, we partner to creatively explore how you can maximize your professional and personal potential. That may sound somewhat grandiose, but–ultimately–that’s what coaching is about: supporting you to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.

What do you mean by a "higher education professional"?

A “higher education professional”, for me, is someone who works within a post-secondary institution or who does work related to post-secondary education. My definition also includes people who do not work within post-secondary but who have advanced degrees, such as a Masters or PhD or other.

A “professional” is anyone who is committed to a high standard of performance, to integrity and to service–regardless of what “profession” they associate with.

Do you coach people who do not work within higher education?

I work with individuals seeking greater fulfillment in their career — some of these work within higher education, others do not.  I am happy to work with you regardless of your place of work/professional field and consider personality fit much more important than our professional backgrounds.

Who do you work with?

I work with people who identify as perfectionists or who experience many of the characteristics of perfectionists: procrastination, difficulty making decisions, imposter syndrome, overworking, and feeling overwhelmed. The majority of these people work in Higher Education and/or have advanced degrees (Masters or PhDs).

Many clients I work with feel stuck, or aren’t sure if their work is a good fit for them; they know they want some sort of change. Others clients are in a new role and want to know how to make the best of this opportunity. 

Regardless of their exact situation, these individuals want to work with someone to help them move forward in meaningful ways. They know they’ll reach their goals more directly with the support of a coach.

How long is each session and your Momentum program?

Each session is 45 minutes long. 

I recommend we meet weekly for the first 3-4 sessions, and then we can keep meeting weekly or every 10-14 days. I’ve noticed that clients who make the most progress on their goals commit to coaching every 7-14 days. As a client of coaching myself, I have also experienced the greatest results when I get coached regularly!

What is a strengths-based approach to coaching?

A strengths-based approach to coaching means that we continuously keep in mind those things you do naturally and well (and that energize you). We integrate those strengths into reflections, clarifying, planning, and reaching your goals.

Do you coach people who don't live in Canada?

Yes, I coach people outside of Canada. As long as you have an internet connection, we can work together.

Can I get a refund on coaching?

Choosing a coach based on the right fit is an important step in the coaching relationship–which is why we take the time to meet and get to know each other before entering into a coaching engagement.

If you have purchased a multi-session coaching package, and do not wish to continue, you can receive a refund after your first or second session. Refund details are outlined in the Coach-Client Agreement which is part of all coaching engagements.

Do you do CliftonStrengths group workshops?

Yes, I facilitate CliftonStrengths workshops for teams and groups! I don’t promote this on my website and all requests come to me through word of mouth. If you’d like to speak about a CliftonStrengths workshop for your organization, please call (604-842-2821) or email me (isabeau@isabeauiqbal[dot]com).

Do I need to do the CliftonStrengths assessment (aka "StrengthFinder") when I work with you?

No, you do not need to do the CliftonStrengths Assessment (formerly called StrengthsFinder) when we work together.


Do YOU have a coach?

YES! I love working with a coach and do so all the time. I have experienced so many positive changes as a result of coaching and am a huge enthusiast!

A coach without a coach is like a medical doctor who doesn’t take an interest in their health. 😀


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