Put simply, coaching is a process where a trained professional works in partnership with you to help you develop personally and/or professionally. It is a different kind of conversation, one where the focus is completely on you and the intention is to support you to get clear about where you are now, where you want to be and how to get there. Working with a coach is different to seeking advice and guidance from friends, family and colleagues because your coach has no history with you and no need or desire to steer you in any particular direction; you set the agenda. Your coach works with you as you are in the conversation, with your unique beliefs, values, strengths, wants, needs, motivations and challenges, supporting you to find solutions that are the best fit for you.
Coaches use effective listening and questioning, and other creative approaches that might be relevant to you or your situation. They will support and challenge you so that you can follow through on the changes you want to make; they’ll celebrate your successes with you and help you to grow from all your experiences. Time with your coach is time in which you can be authentically you, comfortable to share your upsides, downsides and everything in between, knowing that it’s all part of the journey towards the destination you want to arrive at.
For more general information on coaching, you can visit the International Coaching Federation (ICF) website: https://coachfederation.org/index.cfm