Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I want to work with a career coach or life coach?

You may choose to work with a coach to gain clarity of who you are, what you want, where you are going and how to get there.  To create big goals, meet all of your goals faster, increase your self confidence, make challenging changes more easily, move through transitions with greater support, and find new ways of thinking, being and doing.

What are typical reasons people come to work with a coach?

My clients come to me for a variety of reasons including…career transition, professional development, personal growth, improving personal and professional relationships, better management of their resources and time, finding more joy and fun in life, life balance, and much more.

Is coaching like counseling or therapy?

Our work together will involve a confidential relationship, one that is based on your needs and goals. It will focus on the future – asking the question “where are you going and how will you get there?” Therapy and counseling often focuses on the past and asks “where have you been & how did you get there?”

What will happen during a coaching session?

You talk, I will listen and ask questions, helping you clarify and focus. Our sessions can be used for exploration of ideas, brainstorming of new possibilities, discussion of strategies, and development of action plans. I will act as your supporter, sounding board, resource and motivator. I might challenge you, teach you or offer you strategies to help move you forward.

Stefanie Zizzo – Career Coaching and Life Coaching, what to expect

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 How long will it take for me to get clear and achieve  my goals?

That will depend on your individual needs, your commitment and the amount of action you take between coaching sessions.  Three months is the recommended minimum to begin to see desired changes in thoughts, habits and achievement of goals, but I have seen great progress in those that have fewer sessions as well.

How do I know if you are the right coach for me to work with?

Since coaching is an investment in your future, you want to be sure to choose the right coach. I offer a complimentary introductory consultation to get a feel for my background, approach, and style, enabling you to choose to make an informed choice.

Where are you located ?  Do you only work with local clients?

I am based in Apex, North Carolina and work with clients here and in Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and throughout the nation.  I even have some international clients.

What type of clients do you work with?

I work with clients who are seeking clarity, confidence and direction in their lives.  Those who are ready to achieve the goals and dreams they have been putting on hold for “someday”, and those who are seeking a balanced life that encompasses all of their passions, their “best fit” career and life.   My focus is helping people to stretch out of their comfort zones to experience more of their potential and add more excitement, joy and freedom to their careers and personal lives.

I work best with clients who are committed to their personal and professional growth, and know that this growth is an ongoing and exciting process.

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Have you helped people in my situation?

Clients come to me for help with a variety of goals. Here are some of the most sought after:

  • Career Transition – finding your “best fit” role and environment
  • Career Potential – working smarter with less effort; better communication with colleagues and clients; getting ahead; taking ownership of your career
  • Life Balance – focusing on what is most important and creating time for it; taking time for yourself; getting involved in your community; learning to say yes with purpose and no with conviction.
  • Personal Potential – achieving big goals and dreams; stretching out of your comfort zone; creating new habits that support you; experiencing new ways of thinking, being and doing; gaining clarity of your strengths and how to leverage them.

What success have you had with your clients?

Coaching works best when you commit to your growth by being prepared for each session with “wins” you have experienced, challenges you are currently facing and what you want to work on during the session; being fully present during all of your coaching sessions by calling from a time and place that limits distractions; taking notes during your session to refer back to and reflect on; and taking action toward your goals between each session.

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What results can I expect from coaching?

Through coaching, you can build increased confidence in yourself; move past fear and anxiety when in transition; grow and develop toward your potential; discover new passions and rekindle old ones; learn to take time for yourself; change limiting thoughts and habits; transition to a new career and/or lifesytle; add more joy and freedom to your life and much more.  To learn more about the benefits of coaching, click here.

How do I know if I am ready for coaching?

Since this is a partnership, to get the most from your experience you must be willing to be honest with yourself, be prepared to change behaviors, attitudes and ways of thinking, be ready to make a time commitment for your sessions and actions and have adequate funds to pay for your investment.

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What if my time and money are limited – can I still experience coaching?

Even with limited time and money, you can still reap the benefits of coaching.  Here are some great options:

With my Goal Setting/Jump Start Program, for an affordable rate, you can experience a 90-minute session focusing on gaining clarity with what you want for your life and creating a plan to bring it to fruition.  You complete several exercises (included in the fee) before our call, then take the plan we create together and work through the actions on your own, at your own pace.

Another option is to Share your coaching sessions with a friend, partner, colleagueor anyone else you know who also has goals they would like to accomplish.  You don’t have to be working on the same things, you both just have to be committed to your growth and success.  The added benefit?  You have each other as support between calls as you share the cost of the sessions.

One more option is a la carte sessions, once per month or as needed.  This is a way to maintain momentum after the Jump Start Program, following a lengthier coaching package or for a specific issue you want to discuss.

To learn more about any of these programs, contact me at

I’m not sure I’m ready for coaching yet, what are my other options?

If you are not sure you are ready for individual coaching yet, my workbook is a great place to start.  Through it, you will learn more about yourself, what you want for your life and what keeps you from achieving it.  When you have completed some or all of the book, you may find that you are ready to begin coaching.

Another option, if you are local to the Triangle area in NC, is to attend one of my seminars. All are interactive, giving you a chance to see how I work with my clients.  If you like what you experience during one of these sessions, just imagine what results you can achieve from individual coaching!

Is “The Journey From Comfort to Possibility” workbook right for me?

This workbook was created for those who want to learn more about themselves, create their vision for the future, learn what keeps them stuck in the same place and how to get out of it, create their plan to achieve their goals and learn how to say on track to live their best life.  So, if you are in a career that feels “wrong” but you are not sure what would be “right”, you know there has got to be more to life than this but you are not sure what that is, or you have goals you have been putting on the back burner for years and want to reach them, this book is for you.

I AM ready to explore a coaching relationship, how do I get started?

Call me at 919-744-9722 or e-mail me at to schedule your complimentary consultation.  This will give you a “taste of coaching” and help you choose the package that suits you best based on the results you want to achieve.  From there, we will set up our schedule of sessions and you will receive your Wecome materials through e-mail.

Stefanie Zizzo – Career Coaching and Life Coaching, what to expect

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