What is Coaching?

Woman sitting writing in notebookCoaching services are processes that aim to improve performances and focuses on the “here and now” rather than on the distant past or far future.

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There are various models of coaching, considering the coach as a facilitator of learning rather than as an expert.

There is a huge difference between teaching someone and helping them to learn.

In coaching, the coach is helping the individual to improve their personal development and performance.

Good coaches believe that the individual always has the answer to their own problems but understands that they may need help to find the answers.

John Whitmore quotes “Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.”

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Timothy Gallwey and his insights into “the inner game” revolutionized thinking about coaching.

In his book, The Inner Game of Tennis, he suggested that the biggest obstacles to success and achieving potential were internal, not external.

His insight was that coaches could help individuals to improve their game by distracting them from their inner dialogue and the critical voice that said “Not like that!”

Gallwey’s real insight was that this didn’t just apply to tennis, but that individuals generally have the answers to their problems within themselves.

The essential part of coaching is to help people learn to silence that inner voice and allow instincts or their subconscious to take over. Sometimes that means distracting it, sometimes it’s about exploring the “worst-case scenario” and removing any fear.

Coaches identify the stage at which an individual is at to use the right sort of language to help them move to the next stage. After all, it’s difficult to try to improve a skill if you don’t know that you lack it.

Many coaches will recognize the significant overlap between their role and that of a teacher.

Here is a summary of 3 different “learning methods”:

Comparison Chart of 3 different Learning Methods

My conclusion

The term “coaching” means many different things to different people, but it is generally about helping individuals to solve their problems and improve their performances.

If you need further advice on how a Coach could benefit you, or how to take the next step, or if you just need a helping hand to show you how to move forward, do reach out to me for a discovery session.

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