What is Coaching?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching
this way: "Professional Coaching is an ongoing partnership
that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their
personal and professional lives. Through the process of
coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their
performance, and enhance their quality of life."
I explain to friends “you know how many people are
unhappy with where they are in life? Well, as a life coach,
I help them design and create the life they love”.
How does coaching work?
Life coaches help individuals do and be their best in
all areas of their lives. A coach supports, empowers
and holds their clients accountable. A coach tells the
truth with compassion. A coach helps the client define
their vision, uphold their commitments and access their
passion. A coach assists their client in making their
dreams come true. Life Coaching is all about helping
you get from where you are in your life to where you
want to be.
Life Coaching is in most cases conducted over the phone,
but can also occur via email, face to face individually,
or even in groups.
What benefits can a client
expect from coaching?
People who experience Life Coaching often tell us that
for the first time in their lives they find answers
to “deep questions” like who am I? Why am
I here, what brings me joy? How do I create a life I
love, NOW? Generally clients say coaching helps them
Who benefits from coaching?
- Get clear on what they truly want
- Consider more options
- Dare to set bigger goals
- Achieve goals more quickly
- Finish what they start
People's motivation during Life Coaching tends to come
from one of two scenarios: either they want to move away
from something or they want to move towards something.
In any case Life Coaching is about positive change in
one or more areas of life, e.g.
What would my typical coaching
session be like?
- Life transitions
- Self Confidence
- Stress levels
In the simplest scenario, you and I schedule a time to
talk once a week on the phone. You set the agenda while
I ask objective, probing, but supportive questions to
help you get clarity, set reasonable goals and follow
through to completion. Often there is homework which requires
some action in between sessions and these are reviewed
and refined during the next session. Depending on the
issue and your preference, I might use follow-up emails
or short telephone calls in between sessions. The format
and timing vary with the client, I am very flexible, and
you are in charge, but what seems to work best for most
clients is a 45 minute session once a week, for 12 weeks