" It is never to late to be what you might have been" - George Elliot.
Life Coaching is about raising individual awareness, embracing responsibility and increasing self - belief by focusing on future possibilities rather than past mistakes.
Using effective questioning and active listening skills coaching provides the catalyst to unlock each individual's true potential. It is not Therapy, Counselling, Mentoring, Managing or Teaching. It is learning. Learning through practical application of tried and tested strategies that give rise to an empowering belief that within each unique individual lies the potential to do more, be more and have more.
What can I expect when I contact a coach for the very first time?
- An opportunity to have your questions answered in person.
- The chance to make an informed decision as to whether the time is right for you to experience coaching
- Specific information on the structure of your coaching sessions.
- An indication of the financial investment required to reap the rewards of being coached.
'How' and 'When' can I be coached?
Because Coaching is a global phenomenon it is generally conducted by telephone. That said there is absolutely no reason why it cannot be conducted in person. In either instance it is at a time that is convenient to both coach and client alike.
What is the structure of a coaching session?
Once you have made the decision to experience coaching you will receive a welcome letter from your coach outlining the Coaching process. You will also be asked to complete a brief questionnaire to provide the coach with an overview of your profile. This is not an analysis it is simply to provide the coach with some background prior to your appointment. Subsequent to this you will be asked to ring the coach at a pre determined mutually convenient time to work through any particular issue of your choosing.
What issues can I be coached on?
Anything that you the client feel will benefit from the coaching process. This could encompass, but is not limited to issues relating to:-
- Career development.
- Job satisfaction.
- Internal Politic Management.
- Target achievement.
- Relationship's with Partner, Family or Friends.
- Time management.
- Quality of Life.
- Goal Achieving.
- Improved Financial profile.
- Business Expansion.
- Debt Management.
How is Coaching different from Therapy or Counselling?
In very simplistic terms it is a question of focus. Both Therapy and Counseling focus on past experiences to help move the client forward. Coaching draws a line under those experiences and focus's on where you are now and where you want to be. This is not to deny the effect that past experience can have on an individual but to move away from the pain of continually reliving those experiences in the name of understanding.
Coaching is an awareness of the past but a focus on the future. And as the enigmatic Paul Mc Kenna once said "The future is a great place to get interested in on account of the fact that this is where you are going to be spending most of your time."
How is Coaching different from Mentoring or Consultancy?
In short both Mentoring and Consultancy are dependent on Industry or task specific knowledge. Coaching makes no claim to have all the answers to every task or industry specific challenge, that would be ridiculous. But what it does have is an understanding of what underpins every one of these industry and task specific challenges. Human perception. The application of powerful questions and effective listening skills allow people to see things from a different perspective.
How do I know if Coaching can help me?
"If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting what you have always got. If you want something different to happen then do something different."
Coaching is different. It is the catalyst of change and it is the support mechanism to see through those changes.
Do you begin each day with an eager enthusiasm for the day ahead?, DO you have a clear plan of where you are and where you want to be one week, one month, one year from now?
Are you happy in all area's of your life, career, relationships, lifestyle and finance? If you even had to pause on any of these questions before answering, then Yes Coaching can help. If you answered yes to each and every one perhaps you should consider sharing your experience with others, maybe become a Life coach yourself.