Written October 23, 2015 and updated May 23, 2018:
First off, what is coaching?
Coaching is “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” The coach is trained in asking the right questions to help you gain the insight you need to take the actions you want to achieve the goals you desire. Coaching is about helping you get from your point A to your desired point B.
What can coaching do for you?
There are many benefits of coaching, you can read some research on it through the coachfederation.org website or on my website in the coaching section. I am not going to talk about research but real life client benefits that they have shared with me. My clients enjoy the space that is given for them to process objectively their behaviors, choices, and actions. My clients enjoy the non-judgment, support, and accountability. They enjoy the challenge to think deeper and look at things from different perspectives. They enjoy feeling empowered by coming up with their own solutions and taking action. They have a sounding board. One particular client stated that it is very different from talking to their friends, where the emotions of the friends play into the conversation and at times they are not sure it is their emotions or that of the friend, so they appreciate that the coach's emotions are not in the conversation. There are so many more personal benefits but "life-changing" is a common theme among my clients.