From Strong Worker to Professional Coach
Professional coaching is the interactive, results-orientated process whereby a coach works with an individual or group to help them achieve their goals and bring about their desired change. These individuals or groups are usually well-functioning in their daily life and they just want to do or achieve even better outcomes in specific areas. Coaches work with their present and future desired situations. There are no major dramas or traumas impacting on the individual or group at that point in time.
Professional coaching covers all the core areas of a person’s life and work– family, career, health, wellness, social belonging, communication, conflict resolution, time management. We encourage you to work within your area of expertise.
The coaching process expands the client’s knowledge and skills. They discover their own solutions to their problems in a supportive, facilitative environment with their Professional Coach.
As a Coach, your job is to provide objective, unbiased feedback to clients. Yours is not to judge or determine what clients should do or what they need, but to act as a facilitator so that they can figure it out for themselves. Sometimes family members or friends, well-meaning as they may be, think that they know what is best for someone else. However their ideas can conflict with what the individual believes is best for them. Hence Professional Coaches free their clients from expectations imposed on them by others.
People sometimes spend their entire lives doing what they are told they should do, or what their partner, family or society expects of them. What about doing what they really want to do? Some people h ave been caught up in this cycle for so long that they are not even sure what they want! But with the guidance and support of their Coach, they can find out.
In brief Professional Coaches:
- Aim to draw out a person’s potential and only input knowledge from outside when all else fails.
- Enable people rather than train them.
- Are reflective and flexible – allowing for personal transition on an individual basis.
- Make no assumptions – are not judgmental, nor prescriptive or instructional.
- Show empathy without becoming part of the problem.
- Seek to help the other person gain a better understanding of him or herself.