Group A. What is coaching all about?
Group A. What is coaching all about?
is a new profession. Coaches:
- Help people set better goals and then reach those
- Ask their clients to do more than they would have
done on their own.
- Help their client to focus better so as to produce
results more quickly.
- Provide clients with the tools, support and
structure to accomplish more.
"My clients get focused and producing faster because
they have a coach."
How is coaching different
from consulting? Therapy? Sports coaching? A best
Consulting. Consulting. Coaching
is rather like consulting. However, the coach stays with the client to help
implement the new skills, changes and goals, to make sure that they really
Therapy. Coaching is not therapy. Coaches don't
work on "issues" or get into the past or deal much with understanding human
behavior. That knowledge may come as clients move forward toward personal and
professional goals that will give them the life they really want, but it should
not be the focus of a coaching relationship.
Coaching includes several principles from sports coaching, like teamwork, going
for the goal, being your best. Unlike sports coaching, most professional
coaching is not competition or win/lose based. Coaches focus on strengthening
their clients' skills, not on helping them beat the other team. Coaches look for
Best friend. A best friend is
wonderful to have. But is your best friend a professional who you will trust to
work with you on the most important aspects of your life and/or business? Have
both - a best friend and a coach.
What is the basic
philosophy of coaching?
Simply put, it is that we humans
are great, that we're all discovering what we really want, and that we can get
what we want faster and more easily by having a coach who's been there and who
can help us.
Who hires a coach and
People hire a coach because
- They want to grow.
- They want to do things more easily.
It's as simple as that. Coaches help a client get all
What happens when you hire a
but the most important are:
- You take yourself more seriously.
- You take more effective and focused actions
- You stop putting up with what is dragging you
- You create momentum so that it's easier to get
- You set better goals that are more exactly what
the coach work on personal goals or business/professional
Both, actually. With the line between personal
and business life blurring, as it is in the 90s, the coach is the only
professional trained to work with all aspects of you.
does the coach focus with an average client?
Coaches focus where their clients need them the most.
of their discussions often include:
- Getting the client's Personal Foundation
- Helping the client beef up their Reserve.
- Helping the client set goals based on individual
By including these with what each client wants,
coaches help their clients have fewer problems and focus on what will make them
the most successful. Clients really enjoy this approach.
does coaching work?
Coaching works for
- Synergy between the coach and client creates
- Better goals are set -- ones that naturally pull
the client toward the goal rather than goals that require the client to push
themselves to the goal.
- The client develops new skills, and these skills
translate into more success.
is coaching becoming so popular?
Coaching has become so popular (we estimate that there are
30,000 coaches worldwide) because there is consumer demand for it. There are
many reasons for this. First, as more people become self-employed or start their
own businesses, they want a coach's structure, support and wisdom to help them
be successful. Second, people are becoming more creative, selfish (in a good
sense) and excited about life. People want to do more, be more and get more, and
a coach is seen as a partner in this process. Third, time has become even more
valuable and people donít want to wait for anything. A coach can usually help
coachee get what they want faster.
Please, give me some context about
A personal coach does
just what an athletic coach or music teacher does, only in a fuller and bigger
way. A coach challenges you and takes the time to find out what winning in life
means to you. A coach is your partner in living the life you know you can
accomplish, personally and professionally. A coach is someone to hold you
accountable for your life, to make sure you really do live up to your potential.
No matter where you are in life, there is always a
desire for more. More success, more money, closer relationships, a deeper
feeling of meaning in life, etc. It is the nature of people to want to attain
more, become more, be more, and we all struggle with how to get what we're
Most people believe that "hard work and
doing it on your own" are the keys to finding the life, success, money, or
happiness that they seek. They believe that a price must be paid to attain what
they want, and often that price is poor health, not having enough time to enjoy
life, strained family relationships or lessened productivity. The saddest part
is that, even though this effort may result in more of something, it is often
not the something you had in mind, and you end up back where you started, or
worse, further from your real intentions.
Athletes and performers know about this trap. They know they need someone
else, a trained someone else to help them set goals, discover real needs, and
work effectively toward ultimate goals of excellence. So, they are willing to
hire a coach or a teacher. No serious athlete or musician would expect to
progress very far without one.
about people who are already doing really well in their lives. Why would they
need a coach?
They might not need a coach. But
it is helpful to find out: Are they doing what they most enjoy? Are they
tolerating anything? Is life easy? Are they going to be financially independent
within the next 15 years? Do they have what they most want? We've discovered
that, often, people need to expect more out of their lives. A coach can help in
dependency be created between coach and client?
Not really. The coach is a collaborative partner and works with individuals who want
to reach goals, not help resolve emotional issues. The coach is
helping the coachee to create a better future - more success, less stress and
a more regarding life. If a coachee is really needy or emotionally dependent, he
or she should see a counselor, not a coach.
coaching hurt someone?
No. Remember, coaches
aren't doing psychological work. They're not trying to control the client's
thinking. They're not cattle prods; they're partners.
hire a coach just for a short-term, special project?
Yes. Some clients hire a coach to help them accomplish specific
goals or projects. Usually, however, the client keeps working with the coach
after that because there are even more interesting things to accomplish.
long must I commit if I start working with a coach?
Most coaches ask for a three to six month commitment but usually let
you stop immediately if coaching is not working for you right now. Very, very
few coaches ask for a written agreement or contract. For the corporate client,
however, a signed agreement is simply good business.
does it cost to hire a coach?
working with individuals charge about $300 to $500 per month for one half-hour
call per week. Executive coaches charge more and some clients work with a coach
for an hour or two a week. It all works about to about $100 to $150 per hour.
Obviously, corporate coaching or programs is more, often running $1,000 to
$10,000 per month.
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FAQs: About the beginnings of the Coaching Profession
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FAQs: About Being a Coach
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FAQs: About the Training Programs
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