What is coaching?
The International Coaching 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.”
In other words, throughout a series of sessions (an engagement), the client and coach work together to define and pursue the client’s goals and objectives.
Is coaching different than consulting or counseling/therapy?
Consulting is recognized as the giving or sharing of expert advice. Clients hire a consultant to tell them what to do about a problem or how to complete a task.
Counseling/Therapy is done by a licensed counselor or therapist and is generally used to help clients work through unresolved or difficult things from their past that are impacting their lives today.
Coaching, meanwhile, meets clients where they are currently and helps them envision and build towards the things they want in their future. It is designed to move them from where they are to where they want to be. Coaching is not the process of giving advice, but rather empowering clients to use their knowledge and resources to find their own answers.
What benefits can I get from coaching?
Clearly defined goals and objectives
Clarity of purpose
Identify strengths and areas for growth
Make informed decisions
Increase confidence in self and abilities
Establish greater follow through and personal accountability
Improved satisfaction in career and home-life
Achieve goals and objectives faster
How do I know if coaching is right for me?
If you are open to exploring new ideas and motivated to make a change, give me a call!
Our initial consultation is complimentary and it will give you a feel for coaching, help you clarify what you would like to get out of a coaching engagement, and form an understanding of how we would work together.