What is Coaching?
Coaching is a tool that is used to empower individuals and help them reach their goals; it is a structured conversation between the Coach and the Client.
During a coaching session your coach will listen to you, ask questions, find out what your challenges are and, using a variety of tools, inspire you to reach your ultimate goal and aspirations. You will be encouraged to make decisions and take responsibility for these decisions.
How do I know Coaching is right for me?
Coaching can support you if;
- You don't feel you are currently reaching your potential
- There is a gap between where you are now and where you want to be
- You feel you don’t have the skills, resources or confidence to get something completed
- You are stuck and avoid making decisions
- You fail to stick to decisions you have made
- You are ready to entertain new and fresh ideas
- You are willing to take responsibility for what you desire
How is Coaching different to Counselling or Mentoring?
Mentoring allows a client to be supported by someone who is more experienced in the field they are working in. The mentor helps to identify weaknesses in their practice and shows them how to improve.
Counselling works to explore and tackle past issues causing anxiety or distress. Its aim is to support problems which may be serious and chronic.
During coaching sessions you may discuss issues in the past which have impeded your progress or influenced your actions; however the focus is firmly on making the changes you require to move forward towards your goals.
What will happen during a coaching session?
Coaching is predominantly carried out over the telephone/SKYPE or face to face. The usual procedure is that the client will contact the coach after arranging a convenient time and date.
You will be guided through a process of identifying goals and/or aspirations, considering where you are now and how close you are to achieving them. You will explore the options available to you and agree on actions to help you move forward.
What does the coach need from me during a session?
Some people come to coaching with very specific goals or aspirations in mind. Others choose coaching to help them decide what is important to them and what direction they wish to move in. Either way is a great start and you will make fantastic progress if you have a strong desire to make changes.
Giving yourself 15 minutes prior to your session to be in a quiet, interruption-free environment will really help to get your ideas flowing. You will also need to ensure that you have a pen and paper to hand and any other items that you may think will be useful such as a diary and a glass of water.