What is a coach and how do I know I need one?

Maybe you have a goal, like starting a business, but you lack a clear vision that will help you make that vision a reality.  A Coach is someone who can help you clarify your goals so you can set a meaningful action plan to move forward. Because coaches often can see what you can’t see, they are able to help you hone in on what you truly want, and help you cut down on efforts that aren’t helping your objective.

In other words, if you don’t have any time or resources to waste as you strive toward your goals, a Coach can help you achieve more with less by finding solutions to plateaus or challenges you’re facing while helping you stay motivated to get to your end game faster. Unlike therapists or counsellors, coaches are future-focused, instead of looking at the past.

When you work with me (Vanessa), I am a Coach-Consultant hybrid.

Coaches believe that the client has all the answers within. By asking the right questions, a coach is able to guide the client to solve the problem themselves.

Consultants on the other hand, assess the client’s current situation and recommend strategies and tactics for the client to implement based on their professional analysis.

I do both.

As a coach, I guide you through your mental blocks. Because at the end of the day, it’s the client that needs to pull themselves out of their mental rut in order to have lasting results. 

But as a consultant, I don’t believe that my clients know it all. I believe that they NEED to be TAUGHT the specific strategies and tactics on how to jump start a  business online. That is why when you work with me, it’s a mixture between traditional life coaching and business consulting.


Is coaching worth it?

I used to think the coaching industry was a scam until I hired a business mentor,  fast-tracked my success, and got my money back through finding success running my own business.

Like you, I was skeptical. That’s why for the first few months figuring out my business, I went the “Do-It-Yourself” route… which ended up being a disaster and super stressful. Eventually I got frustrated and decided to hire a coach. This then became one of the best decisions I made.

Don’t get me wrong though, you can TOTALLY learn everything yourself. Just  buy multiple courses, go on a bunch of free 30 minute coffee chats with people you want to learn from, and try to google everything.

OR, you can “skip the line” and just have someone else who’s made all the mistakes already tell you exactly what you need to do and how to do it… and if I were to be completely honest with you: people who want serious results will pay for it.

When you hire a coach or a consultant (which btw, at the end of the day is really your mentor), you are investing in them teaching you everything they know so you can fast-track your results. You are also hiring them to keep you accountable and challenge you on your ideas so you can really be the best you can be, and so you don’t have to do whatever you want to create, alone.

The choice is yours..



What is Neuro-Linguistic Programming?

Neuro-Linguisitc Programming is the primary method I use for life coaching and it is what I am certified in. This is the same coaching method that Tony Robbins uses… So if you like how Tony Robbins coaches, then you’ll like NLP.

Btw, if you plan to work with me, just know that 80% of my coaching is mostly about business strategy. However, I use NLP tactics to help you if you get mentally stuck (which is where the mindset part kicks in!)

Anyways, there’s tons of different definitions of NLP on Google that I personally find pretty confusing… so here’s the definition that I wrote in my NLP exam (haha!):

NLP is a personal development tool that allows us to decode how our brain is wired (ie: how we naturally react to things, perceive things, etc). By having this heightened awareness on how we as humans operate day to day (both consciously and unconsciously), it allows us to use it to our advantage by improving the way we communicate, how we process information, and how we develop as people.

Here’s a video from Project Life Mastery where he explains it further and shares a couple of techniques:


If you have more questions specifically about working together, shoot me an e-mail at hello@vanessalau.co.

Please note I do not offer free coaching aside from my existing public resources (Youtube Channel and The Fearless Boss Network Facebook group).
Any emails soliciting free coaching will be redirected to existing material I offer.