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What is a coach and how can one benefit you?
A good coach will:
- work with you and assist you in bringing out your potential
- will not impose their world views on you – they will meet you where you are
- be flexible with you – they allow you to be who you are and work with you from that standpoint
- won’t make any assumptions about you – you will both be learning through the process
- knows how to “be in your shoes” in order to bring out the answers that you seek
- knows how to get you to learn more about yourself and understand yourself better
- may not have all the answers, but certainly knows how to direct you to find them
- knows how to really listen to you and hear beyond your words
- understands what your motivations are
- knows that you are whole and complete and capable of achieving whatever you want in life and career
- knows that your past doesn’t equal your future
- knows that you are limited only in your own mind
- realize that rapport is critical and will take the time to get to know you
- be curious and ask questions to get you to your goals
- has the courage to challe
- will work with you on developing your skills – they don’t give you advice!
- will challenge your self limiting beliefs
- is flexible and doesn’t have an agenda as to where you should go during a session
- will support you in your pursuit of your goals
- knows how to motivate and inspire you
- won’t criticize you or your goals
- will truly care about you and your goals
- will have high standards for themselves, and in turn will hold you accountable in yours
- … and last but not least – have appropriate certifications and credentials necessary in order to be effective*
Why have a coach?
- Because you want a sounding board
- Because you want direction in your career
- Because you want better work and life balance
- Because you’re looking for a higher level of fulfillment
- Because you want to improve your life all around
- Because you just want to figure out a few things
- Because you know that the ROI on coaching is huge when you do the work
How coaching is different than therapy and consulting
The field of coaching has been growing exponentially and is projected to grow even more because of the results that people are getting. But sometimes there is confusion in the perception of coaching vs. therapy and consulting.
The biggest difference in coaching and therapy is that your coach doesn’t claim to have the answers. Your coach will assist you in finding your own answers. Coaching isn’t based on the past – it’s based on action and what can happen in the future. Sometimes a past event may be used as a point of reference, but your coach won’t try to figure out why it happened. When we change our actions, our mind will change as a result – therapy tends to go in the opposite way in that if they can change your mind, then your actions will change. Both viewpoints have a very valid place in our lives. Your coach should know when a person is in need of therapy vs. coaching, and will be honest about it and point you in the direction of the right therapist for you.
It has been proven time and time again that the coach approach gets absolutely amazing results.
How coaching is usually done…
Most coaching is done over the phone, and in some cases is done over the Internet. While coaching can be done in person, it’s generally not as convenient due to the difficulty in scheduling for travel, privacy considerations, etc. Because the telephone and Internet are such a great avenue for coaches and clients:
- coaching can be done any time and from anywhere in the world
- there’s not a travel time consideration
- because of the absence of travel time, the scheduling of a session can be done with very little prior notice
Most coaching sessions last between 55 and 75 minutes, depending on the topic and work to be done.
* At this current time, there are no licensing requirements for coaches. Unfortunately, anyone can hang their shingle out and call themselves a coach. It’s important to know that your coach has ICF credentials and that their education has been mostly accredited by this organization. Each of my coaching certifications has been accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and I subscribe to their values and ethics in my coaching practices.
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