As a Coach I regularly get asked the question; what is the role of a Coach and when do I know if I need one?
Perhaps reading this you have had some coaching sessions before and want to share this with a work colleague, a boss, family member or a friend who you know could benefit from this kind of relationship.
Perhaps you are trying to figure out if some coaching could be useful to you or your company because you have heard other people say how powerful it is, but you’re struggling to understand the reasons to invest and pinpoint the area of focus.
Or perhaps you are just wildly curious to learn about the reasons to get a coach because this is new to you, you are open to learn about how you could reach your full potential and make the most out of all areas of your life.
Whatever stage you are at with your curiosity let’s imagine now that you and I are sitting down together; I am going to ask you to answer a few questions to help you identify what type of coaching you may need.
Find out areas of your life where coaching could help you
Which area of your life are you looking to improve on right now?
Your answer to this may be your Personal, or Business life or it could be both.
Where is your area of focus?
You probably already have an idea where this is, but let me share a few examples with you to help you explore where the area of focus could be:
- Are you searching for satisfaction and success? Planning for the life or career you truly want, identifying your values and what really gives you meaning in life, finding your purpose.
- Are you wanting to be the best version of yourself? This could be your health, fitness, work, relationships, or behaviours.
- Are you planning and preparing yourself for something? Maybe a job interview, public speaking, or a particular challenge or event.
- Are you looking for a confidential sounding board? To be truly listened to, challenged and given a new perspective.
- Are you currently going through a different life stage or transition? Changing jobs, getting married, retirement, having a baby, redundancy, starting a business, ending a relationship, planning a new career.
Now that you have identified an area in your life that you want to improve and focus on, the 10 reasons below should help you understand how a coach can help you explore those areas and what their role is.
Learn 10 reasons to get a Coach:
- Coaching relationships are egoless. They see you as you show up in front of them without any titles attached to your name or status; they simply see you as you are and hold space for you with unconditional positive regard.
- Coaches are excellent listeners. When was the last time you were really listened to without interruption? Your coach will truly give you space and stillness to be able to hear yourself think.
- A Coach will ask powerful questions. Your coach will have learnt many powerful questions and strategies to help you explore and find the solutions or goals which are right for you. This creates a deeper dive into the problem and leads into new discoveries.
- A Coach will challenge and champion you. They will check your progress, follow up and hold you accountable!
- You set the agenda! – Whatever you want to work on a coach will support you. They will delve into what really matters to you in life and help you make a change.
- Coaches don’t impose their solutions. They will help you understand yourself and what inspires you, energizes you and even what holds you back. They will treat you as an individual.
- It’s refreshing and rewarding. A good coach will make it fun for you as well as offering you support, praise and challenge. You will have a pleasant experience in your sessions and walk away feeling extremely stimulated.
- Perhaps it’s your one opportunity to just indulge in pure “me time” Life can get extremely busy spinning lots of different plates at the same time, life in general can get in the way. This is your time. You pay for the coach’s expertise, and they partner you in your thinking. You don’t have to take turns in conversation – it is all about you!
- You can be entirely yourself. Free yourself from people pleasing or feeling the need to be perfect. With honest and continual, rigorous self-analysis this type of professional evaluation will give you skills that will last you a lifetime.
- Coaching is successful. Think about coach Phil Jackson with Michael Jordon or coach Tony Robbins with Serena Williams. Behind every successful sportsperson or businessperson there is a coach. Asking for help and support is a sign of strength. Coaches will successfully help you maximize your potential.