What is Coaching?
Coaching is a new profession.
- Assist people to identify specific goals
and then reach those goals faster and with ease.
- Provide client with the tools, perspective
and structure to accomplish more through a process of
- Reframe beliefs and create a point of
focus for clients to reflect upon.
How is coaching different from consulting,
therapy, sports coaching and having a supportive friend?
Coaching is similar to consulting. However, consulting provides
temporary or intermittent solutions. Coaching is a consistent,
on going relationship where the coach stays with the client
to help implement new skills, changes and goals. Another
distinction is that consulting often involves dispensing
advice, telling people what they should do. Coaching is
different in that it focuses on assisting an entity to discover
a solution on its own.
Coaching is not therapy. Where therapy brings
understanding and awareness of the past to a client; coaching
provides the support and strategy to make changes based
on the awareness a client holds. Coaching is movement oriented
and action based.
Coaching includes several principles from
sports coaching like teamwork, meeting and exceeding potential
in order to be one's best. Unlike sports coaching, the results
are not win or lose based. Coaches focus on strengthening
their clients' skills from the first session forward. Any
amount of coaching will benefit a client from this perspective.
A supportive friend is wonderful to have in
life, yet does not hold the objectivity and distance that
a coach does. A coach is a professional who is trusted to
work with you on the most important aspects of your life
and/or business. A coach offers a different perspective
of the truth because of the emotional distance the professional
Who hires a coach?
Corporations, for coaching related to:
- Leaderships and executives
- Small businesses and entrepreneurs
Individuals, for coaching related to:
Why would a corporation and individual
hire a coach?
- Career and transitions
Coaches are hired by corporations and people because:
- They want more.
- They want to grow and be more productive.
- They want to discover innovative ways of do things more
Coaches assist any client in attaining all three, quickly.
Does the coach work on personal goals or
Both! The 'common denominator' between a client and work;
a client and play; a client and relationships; a client
and productivity IS THE CLIENT. Coaching inevitably works
with all aspects of personal, business and professional
goals relating to who the client is specifically.
What is the focus of Coaching?
Coaches focus where their clients need them to the most.
Part of their discussions often include:
- Where are you now in relation to where
you want to be?
- What are your goals? Are they based in
- In order to get what you want from any
situation, what are the areas of strength and what are
the areas for improvement and focus?
By creating the focus of coaching around what
a client wants to achieve; coaches assist their clients
to maintain focus on that which will make them most successful.
Why does coaching work?
Coaching works for several reasons:
Why is coaching becoming so popular?
- Synergy between the coach and client creates
- Better defined goals support a client to
move toward those goals faster and effortlessly.
- The clients develop new skills, and these
skills translate into more success and a balanced life.
Coaching is becoming popular for several reasons:
- many people are tired of doing what they
think they "should" do and are ready do what
they "want" to do, understanding that they have
- People are realizing how simple it can
be to accomplish something that several years ago might
have felt out of reach. More people are creating the time
and resources to invest in themselves in this kind of
growth as they see the long term benefits.
- Spirituality. Our society is looking for
deeper meaning in our lives and work. Companies are looking
to innovative ways of growing themselves from the inside
out; starting with themselves and their employees.
Can I hire a coach just for a short-term
Yes. Some clients hire a coach to help them accomplish specific
goals or projects. Usually, however, the client keeps working
with the coach after that because of the synergy created
and the support the relationship provides in setting and
How long must I commit if I start working
with a coach?
Most coaches ask for a minimum 3 month commitment. There
is always the option to discontinue coaching immediately
if the partnership is not working for the client. Some coaches
ask for a written agreement or contract. For corporate clients,
a signed agreement is simply good business.
What does it cost to hire a coach?
The cost for coaching varies depending on the type of coaching
a client is looking for, the duration of coaching, whether
it is personal or corporate coaching and the nature of the
project (if there is one).