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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Christian Life Coaching?
What is a Coach?
Why is Coaching becoming so popular?
How is Coaching different from counseling, mentoring, or consulting?
What kind of goals can I work on with a Coach?
How do I know whether I will benefit from working with a Coach?
What difference can a Coach make in my life?
Why should I choose Jenell Pluim as my Coach?
Who are the people who work with Jenell?
How do you coach your clients? Do I have to travel to your location?
What if I’m not a Christian, and still want to be coached by Jenell?
How much do you charge? What are your fees?
How long do your clients receive Coaching?
How long must I commit myself if I start working with Jenell as my Coach?

What is a Coach?
A coach is a partner who helps people broaden their vision, increase their confidence, enhance their skills, and take achievable steps toward their goals. A coach is an accountability partner.

“At its core, coaching is the art and practice of guiding a person or group from where they are toward the greater competence and fulfillment that they desire.” ~ Gary R. Collins, Ph.D.
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Why is Coaching becoming so popular?
Increasing numbers of people are acknowledging they desire more out of life in general – in all aspects of their lives. They want to live more authentically and purposefully. These people understand that a coach is there to guide, encourage, and support! They are ready to invest their time and resources in themselves, with a coach alongside, to move toward greater life fulfillment.
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How is Coaching different from counseling, mentoring, or consulting?
Coaching is for people who are essentially well-adjusted, emotionally healthy, functioning effectively, and desiring to make changes in their lives.

Coaching is about helping people who are ready to proactively move toward a more fulfilling future. The coaching process is designed to address those aspects of life the client chooses to consider. These could include (but are not limited to) relationship enhancement, life balance, life vision, spiritual life, life transitions, and leadership. Please see the Coaching Services page of this website for additional details.

The coaching relationship is a partnership between two equals – where the coach has life experiences, perspectives and/or knowledge that can be useful to the other person.

“As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.” ~ Proverbs 27:17 (NLT)

Coaching is broader than mentoring. A coach guides others into greater commitment, confidence, and competence in all areas of life. A coach does this by example and dialogue; a coach models such things as self-reliance and determination. A coach sees change as an asset – rather than something to fear.

Coaching is broader than consulting. A coach has the ability to listen, understand, and guide – while a person looks at his/her own situations, makes his/her own decisions about what to do, and then takes action steps. A coach does not give advice or diagnosis. A coach provides guidance, encouragement, support, and accountability.
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What kind of goals can I work on with a Coach?
This is your life you are investing in – so, any aspect of your life needing attention can benefit from a coaching relationship. Since all aspects of life interconnect, one affects all the rest. Please see the Coaching Services page of this website for insight on some of the endless possibilities available to you! I know you can think of more!
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How do I know whether I will benefit from working with a Coach?
If these 2 factors are true for you, a successful coaching relationship is possible!

     You are willing to learn, grow, and take action.
     You acknowledge there is a gap between where you are now and where you want to be.

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What difference can a Coach make in my life?
That is largely up to you! Coaching is client driven – you set your own agenda.

As your coach, I want you to succeed!

As we develop a relationship of trust, I will help you explore issues, gain awareness, create vision, strategize, take action, and learn to overcome obstacles. As you share ideas with me, I will guide, encourage, and support you on to your chosen destination!
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Why should I choose Jenell Pluim as my Coach?
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” ~ Romans 8:28 (NLT)

I have experienced times of frustration and seasons of “dullness” when I desperately wanted to move into new, satisfying direction. I have been in transitions over and over again as a young college student, young married mother, teacher, missionary, empty nester, taking on a second career internationally, and mentoring college students.  I have been informally coaching people of almost all ages for over thirty years. I certainly identify with women of all ages and have a passion to encourage and bring hope and direction to people’s lives.

I know that this part of your life can be the catalyst for tremendous change and growth!

See the About Jenell page for more information about me.
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Who are the people who work with Jenell?
Women who believe that they are ready for positive change and growth – to a brighter future! They are ready to embrace their whole life and participate in life in a more complete, authentic way. They are ready to make changes in their lives!

They are ready to find courage to take risks, identify and move beyond obstacles, set realistic and achievable goals, discover and develop passions…and much more!

They are people who are ready to invest in themselves to become the person God intends for them to be! And, they KNOW accountability, encouragement, and support are necessary for progress!
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How do you coach your clients? Do I have to travel to your location?
We meet by telephone three to four times per month for 60-minute one-on-one coaching sessions. So, no, clients do not need to travel. Between coaching calls, we communicate by email as frequently as you wish. Coaching can include brainstorming, the completion of written action steps, values clarification, goal-setting, identifying plans of action, making requests, accountability, agreements to change behavior, questioning, and examining lifestyles.
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What if I’m not a Christian, and still want to be coached by Jenell?
I am available to people of all beliefs, all cultural backgrounds. I do not seek to impose my values on another, proselytize, or condemn. I treat each person with dignity and respect, not just because I value your life but because God created you and greatly values your life.

I want you to know that I am a committed follower of Jesus Christ and that I seek to live in accordance with my commitment.

I want you to know that I believe God created each of us. He longs to be in close relationship with each of us. He loves us and wants our love in return. I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for each of us and that we have the opportunity to spend eternity in Heaven with Him. I believe the Bible is the living, inspired Word of God. Through God’s Word, we receive insights for living.

The Holy Spirit’s wisdom is my source, as I endeavor to work effectively with each coaching client. I pray for each client, by name, daily.
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How much do you charge? What are your fees?
Information on fees and coaching sessions can be found on the Coaching Services page of this website, where fees can also be paid online via PayPal. The standard fee is $80 per session.
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How long do your clients receive coaching?
Change does not happen overnight for anyone. You are a unique individual and have your own unique circumstances. However, most coaching clients invest in coaching for no less than 3-6 months – and some continue for much longer, as they continue to make positive changes and experience growth.
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How long must I commit myself if I start working with Jenell as my Coach?
You will receive the most benefit when you invest in a three to six month coaching commitment. If you find coaching is not working for you, you may discontinue at any time.
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