What is Coaching?
Coaching is a means of empowering individuals to help them achieve their goals and objectives more efficiently and effectively. It is a structured conversation between the Coach and the Client that focusses on the future and the achievement of goals or objectives.
In simple speak, the Coach asks open, non-leading questions. The purpose of those questions varies but generally they help the Client to define their ideals, then figure out how to achieve them.
If Performance is Potential minus Interference, a Coach raises their Client’s awareness of their Potential and helps remove their Interference to maximise effectiveness and responsibility for action.
What Coaching is Not
A Coach won’t provide advice or suggestions as they are not a mentor, counsellor or therapist. A Coach will not help you come to terms with a past experience or trauma. This is the domain of therapy.
If you start a series of Coaching sessions and it becomes clear that Coaching is not the correct support mechanism for you, this will be discussed with you directly to find a suitable solution.
If you’re unsure whether Coaching is for you, answer the questions here to find out whether you’re in the right mental space for Coaching or whether you could benefit from Coaching.
How does Coaching Work?
The Coach guides you through a process or a model that allows you to navigate from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow. There are many different models available but a key one is GROW; an acronym for the phases of the model: Goals, Reality, Options, Way forward.
The purpose of the model is to provide a framework off which the Client’s specific objective can be reviewed and assessed. The Coach will guide the Client through the framework by asking questions, listening to your responses, and understanding your specific challenges while remaining impartial, non-judgemental, and not offering advice. As the process is followed the framework is built up until a clear path forwards is identified at the end of the session.
The Coaching framework allows the Client to step up and out of their normal everyday thinking to see their Ideals from a fresh perspective.
Who is Coaching for?
Coaching is for everyone and anyone who has an aspect of their life that they want to improve or advance.
It could be in work, love or play. It doesn’t matter as long as it is future focussed and goal orientated.
How can Coaching benefit you?
The benefits of coaching are numerous; they range from the obvious to the more subtle. You will find the key ones below:
- Goal Achievement – Through the use of Coaching best practices, achieve your version of success by identifying your key goals, the path to take you there, and the motivation to make it
- Empowerment – Increase your self-belief and confidence as you advance yourself towards your ideals
- Self-Awareness – Come to a better understanding of your own internal beliefs, values and processes and use this to increase your effectiveness
- Altered Thinking Processes – Change the way that you experience and process the world around you in order maximise how you interact with it
- Personal Growth – Make consistent steps towards becoming your best self
- Improved Option Identification – Find new solutions, opportunities and possibilities by re-questioning assumptions previously held as truth
- Motivation Re-Engagement – Find your ‘Why’, the fundamental driver behind your desire to get from where you are to where you want to be
Fundamentally one of the key benefits of Coaching is what the Clients learn about themselves.
What does a Coaching session consist of?
Coaching is a conversation that generally takes place over the telephone/Skype or face to face. Normally the Client contacts the Coach at a pre-arranged time and date.
During the Coaching session the following points will be discussed:
- A review of the previous session and the actions that had been identified;
- Identifying the goal for the session;
- Reflecting on the current status in regard to the identified goal;
- Identifying potential ways forward that take the client closer to the goal;
- Agreeing actions;
- Summarising and closing out the session.
Each session will be from between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the needs and priorities of the client.
Who will know what has been discussed during the Coaching session?
Coaching sessions are confidential.
The Coach will comply with the Coaching Code of Conduct that will be shared with you prior to beginning the Coaching interaction.
Only in extreme situations will this confidence be breached, such as the intention to harm oneself or another.
What does the Coach need from the Client during a session?
In order for you to fully benefit from your Coaching, you are expected to be fully prepared for each session with at least an idea of the topic or area of your life that you would like to progress, develop or improve.
Coaching sessions are more productive when distractions are kept to a minimum. Therefore, please arrange matters such that you are in a disturbance free environment during the Coaching session.
It is highly recommended that you come to a session with a pen and paper because there are multiple points during the Coaching session where it is highly advantageous to make a note of key points.
Finally, please bring anything else that you feel would benefit you during the Coaching session; such as a drink to stay refreshed, or a diary or agenda to note actions.
I want to begin being Coached – What do I do?
Please go to my Contact Page and complete the form stating that you’re interested in my Coaching services. I will then contact you with an enquiry pack that will allow us to organise the frequency of our sessions, payment, contact information.
This would then be followed by an Intake Session which will start us talking about you and the ideals that you wish to work towards.