Coaching teaches and directs through encouragement and advice. This use of the term 'coach' has been around for many years and historically related
to sports. It has only been recently that non-sporting coaches have emerged. These non-sports coaches are not experts in the specific technical skills of their clients, but they have experience and training
in offering motivational and/or inspirational guidance and advice.
The goal of a coach is to help the client and/or organization develop more rapidly, be more efficient and effective, and experience more satisfaction in life. Coaches work with clients
in almost any area including personal relationships and personal growth, business, career, finances, and health. A coach tries to help a client set better goals, take more action, make
better decisions, and make use of their natural strengths. A good coach is able to carefully listen to a client, observe their behavior, and then customize help to the individual client
and elicit solutions and strategies from the client. The coach provides support and guidance to enhance skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has. While the coach
provides feedback and an objective perspective, the client is responsible for taking the steps to produce the results he or she desires.
Coaches tend to specialize in one or more of several areas: career coaching, transition coaching, executive coaching, business coaching, systemic coaching, organizational or corporate
coaching, and life or personal coaching.
The terms Life Coach and Personal Coach are often used interchangeably. Life and personal coaching is based on the client's
expressed interests, goals, and objectives. The initial task involves the coach and client working out a mutual understanding of the scope of work and documenting that understanding
often in the form of a contract. Then the coach helps the client prioritize needs and look for ways to facilitate improvement.
A Personal Coach may use inquiry, reflection, requests, and discussion to help a client to identify personal, business, and/or relationship goals, and then to develop strategies and action plans. Through
the process of coaching, clients determine what steps they need to take and the coach helps the client to be accountable by monitoring progress. In general, coaches do not give a lot of specific advice
and they do not offer therapy. A Personal Coach acts as a mirror for clients by sharing an outside and unbiased perspective on what they are observing about the client.
There has been, and continues to be, controversy about 'coaches and coaching' in that there are no official regulatory standards for coaches and there exists a wide variety of certificate
and credential designations. Accordingly, little if any formal training is required for a person to call themselves a coach and to offer their services. Additionally, in many circles,
the practice of life and personal coaching is seen as a method of practicing psychological counseling and psychotherapy
but without the training, restrictions, oversight, or regulation of the psychological profession. In its design, personal and life coaching is not counseling or therapy. However, in
practice, the distinctions are often blurred. Coaching does, in fact, draw from a wide variety of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, counseling, and mentoring, and a coach
may indeed use many of the same techniques (for example, values assessment, behavior modification, behavior modeling, and goal-setting) that are used in psychological counseling and
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