Most coaches I know are excited to see how the profession is growing and being embraced by clients. I’ve heard coaching described many ways. It’s an accountability mechanism, a performance enhancer and it is an effective motivator.
Coaching provides the support and framework to assist a person to get what he or she wants. But, like someone told me recently, the real benefit of coaching is to assist a client to determine *what* he or she really wants.
Effective coaching is created by the combination of the right technical skills along with the energy and presence a coach brings to a relationship. Listening on a deep level, asking powerful questions and providing a framework for goal achievement are integral tools and skills. But that is only half of the equation. A coach uses his or her energy to create an environment that is filled with trust and that feels safe. A coach listens to a client without judgment and has an engaging spirit of curiosity.
I think potential clients can feel hesitant to call a coach for help because they know that coaching is about achieving a goal but all they know is they feel stuck. They can’t articulate what it is they want; they just know they where they are now is not working.
My clients regularly tell me how they appreciate being heard on a deeper level so that they can gain clarity about a professional decision they are making or a situation they are facing at home. It is a role I feel grateful and honoured to play as they are making significant choices about their future.