What Coaching Is
Transformational – Coaching is a profound experience that will not simply aid in solving problems/challenges and accomplishing goals, but rather transform the approach a client takes with any future challenges and goals leaving them living a much more empowered and impactful life.
Empowering – The alliance or partnership created in the coaching relationship creates a non-judgmental, safe, and courageous place for a client to expand, grow, and explore. This leads to incredible empowerment and excitement creating an amazing drive to go after the things that may have once been thought of as impossible or too difficult to achieve.
Goal-Oriented – Coaching helps clients to uncover and clarify personal or professional goals helping make them achievable while also challenging the client to stretch and grow. A good coach will also make sure to hold a client accountable for the actions and commitments they agree to in order to reach their goals while challenging them all along the way.
Transparent – The coach will be completely transparent about the undertones of the conversation and/or the relationship and ‘call-out’ anything that may be ‘danced around.’ This transparency is key in the coaching relationship. Without it, a client could simply be having a conversation with a friend who will likely allow the client to continue to dance around the subjects or sore spots that the client really does want to address but is showing resistance.
Direct/Interruptive – It is very easy to get caught up in the details of a situation or story however a good coach will interrupt a client’s story when it is not serving the client; not getting to the root of the matter. They will hold true to the client’s agenda, even when the client is not.
Supportive – Coaching is individual, personal support unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The attention to a client’s specific needs/agenda is all that matters to a coach, which results in empowerment and transformation.
Action-Oriented – Yes, a client can expect homework from a coach but it is the type of homework that results in meeting goals or creating the self-awareness that the individual client is seeking. Examples can include: journaling, creating lists, a challenge, a thought to ponder, a perspective to hold, etc.
Fulfilling – Coaching aids in designing a life that truly aligns with who you are, which leads to the experience of an incredibly fulfilling life. This experience cannot be fully communicated or described in words.
Coaching is “a partnership with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The ideal coaching relationship honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believes that every client is creative, resourceful and whole.”
~ The International Coach Federation
Coaching is incredible, personal support unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. It is a partnership that focuses solely on the client’s needs, which creates courageous and empowered personal and professional growth, self-awareness, and rapid achievement of goals leading to a very fulfilled and happy life as defined by the client.”
~ Laura Menze, LifeQuest Alliance, Inc.