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What is coaching?

The International Coaches Federation (ICF) defines coaching as, “partnering with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
It is a partnership between a coach and client that can enable and enhance through choices, powerful questions, reflection, and behaviour the clients own desired goals and outcomes.

Clients come for coaching to answer these three questions:

  • What do I want to do with my life?
  • What is stopping me from doing it?
  • What am I going to do about it?

What is a coach?

A coach is a trained professional with expertise, skills and competencies that can enable and guide a client to set specific, achievable, realistic goals within a set time frame and create an actionable plan to reach them. They support clients on a journey to rediscover their own strength and abilities, this can include excelling in the workplace, becoming happy and fulfilled at home, exploring your potential, managing health conditions, and achieving life ambitions.

A coach is a partner that holds the client accountable to reach their own goals. A coach helps their clients to become the best versions of themselves. They empower clients to make, meet and exceed professional and personal goals and provide a toolkit of teachings to confidently face challenges and overcome barriers.

A coach will not tell their clients what to do, instead, they will use powerful questioning techniques to help them uncover the answers for themselves. They also provide an objective, unprejudiced and empowering space for their clients to explore any limiting beliefs or challenges they may be facing.

Who hires a coach?

People hire a coach for their knowledge and tools and to assist in enabling them to explore new areas with greater clarity. People hire a coach to provide an external perspective that’s necessary to see things that they otherwise cannot see and to ask questions that others may not ask and to hold the space while these questions are answered. Typically people who hire a coach for the following reasons:

  • Career advancement and promotion
  • Decision-making in your personal life
  • Reaching a specific health, well-being,and fitness goal
  • Making a large life transition
  • Rebuilding after a breakup or divorce
  • Romantic, family or work relationships
  • Launching a new business or expanding an existing business
  • Financial independence and security or Increasing your income
  • Establishing clarity around life vision, values, and goals
  • Balancing work and home life
  • Improving relationships
  • Making more time for doing the things you love

What happens in a coaching conversation?

Coaching is a creative partnership between a coach and client. The coaching conversation, which typically last up to one hour often begins with establishing the coaching relationship of transparency, honesty and trust between both parties.

During the coaching conversation, a coach will ask you their client many questions, such as “what you want to achieve in life?”, “what areas you would like to improve in your life?” and “where would you like to see yourself in the future?”.

This will then lead to assessing where the client is and what their goals and objectives are? A coach supports the client through every conversation using tools, powerful questioning, skills and the expertise required to help their clients reach their goals.

A coach will work in partnership with their clients, ultimately it is up to them to challenge or reflect upon certain ideas they have to help them move forward with their life. Clients are never forced to make decisions they don’t feel comfortable with and all conversations are confidential, allowing the client to explore their thoughts and feelings privately in a safe space.

A coach will continue to inspire, motivate, support and move their client on their journey of self-discovery and growth. The coach also nurtures their clients accountability to increase productivity. The end goal is to enable the client reach their goals by their own actions.A coach should may also offer support and feedback to help you to stay focused on your goals and will occasionally set you tasks and objectives to work on outside of the coaching conversations.

Benefits from working with a coach

  • Provide you with the tools to better equip you to work through solutions to specific problems in the future and assisting you to achieve greater personal/professional success.
  • Help you gain greater clarity and direction around your purpose, passions and mission in life and a renewed motivation to succeed.
  • Increase motivation and bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
  • Provide you with the tools to use your strengths and abilities to their full potential.
  • Dramatic improvement in your health and wellbeing and a significant increase in your energy levels, leading to high levels of creativity.
  • Assist you learning to engage in being fully present and take ownership of your own behaviour and an increased understanding of other people’s behaviour, leading to improved relationships on all levels.
  • Help you with goal setting and developing a plan of action to achieve your goals leading to more abundance in all areas of your life.
  • Help you with making better decisions in life.
  • Help you to create different systems and structures to increase your productivity.
  • Provide unbiased feedback and support and hold you accountable when it comes to achieving success and reaching your goals.
  • Assist you in overcoming obstacles, low confidence, irrational and limiting beliefs and insecurities that have been holding you back and stuck in a rut by boosting your self-esteem and confidence.
  • Give you clarity about what you want, why you want it, and how you can get it, from increasing your finances to getting the job you’ve always dreamed of.
  • Help you to feel more calm, confident and in control, increase optimism, motivation, resilience, and fulfilment in all areas in your life, helping you gain greater clarity and confidence.

The coaching process

Working in partnership together we will identify and work through the barriers that have been holding you back and step outside from your comfort zone helping you to achieve everything you want in life, find your purpose, overcome your fears, identify your limiting beliefs and unlock the answers within so you can begin to work towards living your dream life.
I can help with issues big and small. I can help you whether you’re stuck in a rut or already feel successful. Ultimately, it is in your control whether you achieve your full potential or not, I can help take you closer to the life you really want to lead. So whether you want to find a more satisfying career, make a difficult decision, need support dealing with tricky relationship issues, or simply want to get better with time management, together I can help you find solutions and help you to achieve your all your goals.

What are the coaching stages?

First stage
The first life coaching conversation is called the “Discovery Conversation” where we will look to gain an overall perspective of our clients life, their strengths, passions and aspirations in life before identifying their dreams and goals and which areas they seek to improve or are currently unhappy with.

Second stage
After the initial conversation, the coach and client agree further individual conversations where they will identify goals and achievable objectives, likely barriers and develop an actionable plan and set expectations and commitments need to reach these goals.
After each conversation it is up to the client to go away and work on what has been agreed over a specific timeframe that they have committed to.

Final stage
When the client has reached the goals they had identified at the outset of the coaching process and subsequent ones that came up on their coaching journey, the current working relationship will reach its natural conclusion.
The coach will spend the final conversation recapping the clients progress regarding the goals achieved, new strategies, techniques ,habits, increased motivation, confidence, improvement in health and wellbeing, clarity gained and limiting beliefs identified and replaced with ones that actually serve you.
These improvements and changes will have been gradual and for the client this recap will shine a light on the progress the client has made since embarking on their coaching journey and assist in making a direct comparison on far they have come in their personal and professional development and bolster their confidence, focus and life purpose even further.

Quite often, the client may return to the coach for help with new goals or dreams or if there have been significant changes in their life they need assistance or direction with.

Coaching is not

  • Telling, teaching, training, mentoring or giving advice
  • Counselling, therapy, or consulting
  • A quick fix or correcting mistakes
  • Telling you what’s right or wrong for you and your life
  • About managing performance
  • Solely focused on fixing problem behaviours
  • Mentoring
  • About judging, evaluating, assessing or critiquing you or your life in any way.
  • For everyone