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What is Coaching?

Firstly, I would like to invite you for a FREE 30 minute Coaching Session, so you you can experience coaching for yourself. Ultimately, Coaching helps you to overcome any blocks that are holding you back from achieving your vision and ultimate dream.

One question I get asked all the time: “What’s the difference between coaching, mentoring, counselling and training?”

Coaching:

Focuses on who you and where you are today and who and where you want to be going forward.

Coaching focuses on where you are today and how you are being. Furthermore, on your desired outcome,  where you want to be. And, what you need to do and how you need to be to achieve that.

Often, people want to work on a mindset shift to push through feeling stuck or overwhelmed in some way.

How does it work?

We establish your expectations of me from the outset, for instance; how firmly you want me to challenge you if you seem to be “getting in your own way”; what (if any) accountability you want, etc.

Coaching does not focus on the past, as counselling may. As a coach, I help you to gain clarity and a deeper understanding of what’s involved to reach your vision. Also, greater self-awareness and motivation to achieve your desired outcome by helping you to find your own answers. I do of course make suggestions from time to time, if I believe they would be useful.

Here is a wonderful quote from Nancy Kline: “How far does your mind go before it needs mine?”

I specialise in working with entrepreneurs, from start-ups to scaling up a business to masterclass. Having been an entrepreneur myself for 18 years now through highs and lows, I can help you to come through too!

You will always have a solution to any challenge (even if it isn’t apparent). I ask a series of powerful questions to “unlock” these from the sub-conscious mind, and hold space for you to let these emerge.

As you progress through your coaching sessions, you will gain: –

  • clarity on the “Big Picture” of your life, personal aspirations and goals, as well as business ones, and bringing all of these into alignment;
  • self-awareness and growth, e.g. identifying any self-limiting beliefs that have been holding you back, perhaps without you realising;
  • support and insights as you progress towards your goals. While we want to achieve things on our own, it can be a lonely place. Having a coach to work with you, gives you that accountability and support that can seem elusive when you work alone;
  • Mindset awareness and growth to help you achieve your vision and scale up in the future (if that’s where you want to go).

For coaching to be most effective, I offer a minimum of six sessions. The first will be a clarity session to take a “Helicopter View” of your life, purpose and goals. In the second to fourth sessions, we will work on the bigger picture vision you have established and set milestone goals to achieve that. The sixth session will be a consolidation of your journey, celebrating what you have achieved, your learning along the way and where you go from there.

Mentoring:

This is a relationship between an individual with experience in a particular field and a person within the same field who is looking for guidance to learn and grow in that field.  The mentor shares his experience and knowledge, acts as a sounding board, advises.  There may be achievement goals set by the mentor or learner.  The achievement of these goals can bring about new goals to help the learner gain more insight and advance in their career.  There may be some awareness of the character of the learner that comes out of the mentoring relationship, but this is not the focus.

Performance Management:

This is the monitoring of the achievement of goals of a person.  Performance management may be by an experienced or inexperienced person in the field.   There is not necessarily a defined relationship between the person working to achieve the goals and the person monitoring the achievement.

Counselling:

This can be related to therapy-based assistance that uses psychological methods (and sometimes tools and methods very similar to those of coaching). Counselling may use techniques that focus on the understanding of past situations to help deal with current situations.  There is some understanding of who the person being counselled is (qualities and characteristics that arise in coaching as well).  The counsellor tends to gain an understanding of the situation and the person, and then helps the person to explore their options on next steps of growth.

I would also like to throw “training” into the equation because I’ve noticed that many companies offering training services and call it coaching.  My guess is this is because of the connection of coaching to sports where a coach would provide instructional information on how to perform better.

Training:

This is the teaching of a specific task or objective.  This is usually provided individually or in groups.  The trainer may or may not have a further relationship with the trainees.  The trainer provides specific instructional information regarding a specific topic.  Training usually has specific steps or routines to follow in order to achieve the desired goals e.g. 5 ways to become a more effective speaker.  It does not look at the intrinsic qualities of the trainees that could assist him/her in achieving the training objective, as coaching would.

There are definitely overlaps between the various disciplines.  To better serve our clients, we work to clarify when we are coaching, mentoring, counselling or training to help them gain the full benefits from each.

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