LIFE COACHING DEFINED
…”Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Coaches help people improve their performances and enhance the quality of their lives.
Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customize their approach to individual client needs. They seek to elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they believe the client is naturally creative and resourceful. The coach’s job is to provide support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has”…
International Coaching Federation – Australasian Region
THE ROLES OF THE LIFE COACH
1. Listen to the client’s ‘reality’
2. Support and encourage the client
3. Offer constructive criticism and valuable insights into behavior
4. Challenge, inspire and assist the client to ignite their passion
5. Hold the client accountable
6. Facilitate the discovery of purpose and direction
7. Guide progress towards the client’s defined goals
8. Soundboard beliefs and thought process to discover gaps and incongruities
9. Expect more of the client than they often expect of themselves.
HOW DOES LIFE COACHING DIFFER FROM CONSULTING ?
A consultant uses their own expertise to create solutions to a problem the client is experiencing. Consultants are ‘advisers’ and complete the work for the client.
A Coach, on the other hand, empowers the client to find their own solutions by listening and providing a soundboard – they are not in the business of giving advice. Further, a coach always ensures the client creates his/her own results.
HOW DOES A LIFE COACH DIFFER TO A THERAPIST OR COUNSELOR?
The Coach assists the client to create their future by defining specific goals and progressing towards them. A Coach asks ‘where are you right NOW, and where do you want to be’. The coach encourages the client to take action in measurable steps and in defined periods.
The role of the therapist or counselor is far more discussion based in terms of seeking to discover why the client feels a certain way. The focus is generally in the past and explores how those circumstances affect the client’s current emotional experience.
Beyond Success Coaches recognize the importance of emotions with respect to blockages that can make success elusive. Unit work also explores specific past issues that the coach can soundboard with the client, but the focus is always on moving forward.
IS THE LIFE COACH THE SAME THING AS A MENTOR?
The title of ‘mentor’ usually suggests that the person has achieved the goals sought by the person they are mentoring. A good Coach can assist the client in areas where they have had no previous experience at all.
IS A LIFE COACH SIMILAR TO A TRAINER OR A TEACHER?
Teachers and trainers have a specific set of instructions and information they convey to their students. In contrast, the subject area of coaching is driven by the client. It allows the conversation and consequent action to unfold during the coaching process rather than having a prescribed agenda.
The teacher/trainer and student relationship is defined by the one person having expertise in an area which the student seeks to learn. The relationship between the coach and the client is a partnership in which there is no distinct expertise difference other than the skill of the coach maintaining focus on the client rather than on themselves.
QUALITIES OF A GREAT LIFE COACH
A great Coach forges a goal-oriented, results-focused alliance with their client, and helps them fearlessly recognize limitations, identify strategies that will overcome them and implement those plans effectively.
A great Coach also:
• Believes in the amazing and untapped abilities that people have and seeks to draw those out of the client
• Is a supporter and facilitator of people’s dreams
• Knows how to listen and ask just the right questions, when to challenge and when to support
• Puts aside all judgments and lets the client start with a fresh sheet of paper to redesign their life
To move ahead in their chosen fields, most people must get the education and the skills – one way or another. We either chose to be educated , or we end up learning from mistakes. Life moves on with or without us !
Therefore, gaining personal development skills, the emotional intelligence and self esteem, paves the way for easier management and better decision making through life to ourselves, our relationships, children, careers, finances …
The one on one Life Coaching would not only be potentially life changing (or at least of a significant benefit to the individual on a personal basis), but they would be able to learn skills that they could use and help others too, so the benefit is carried on and passed to many more.
The Beyond Success coaching system is very ‘user friendly’ where we are able to connect with people where ever they might be as long as there is an internet connection and a phone.
It comes in a structure of 11 modules each comprising as many units.
Some of the subject address: Life Management,
Vision & Values,
Time Management and Procrastination
Money and more.
Each client is treated individually so the coaching also addresses any issues that a they would like to discuss or which might be of more relevant nature at the time. It’s all about the client !!!
The Beyond Success coaching units are emailed to the client and they ‘ do the homework’ and send it back to me. To discuss any questions or issues that might come up, a telephone contact is made with the client ( or a face to face meeting can be arranged if we are in the same place at the time )
To raise public awareness of the benefits of Life Coaching, free public speaking engagements can also be organized subject to availability.
As a Success/Life Coach, using the unique Beyond Success system, I consider it a privilege to assist people from all over the world, to be the best they can be, to live productive lives, and help make the world a better place.
Beyond Success is Australia’s premier training and personal development organization founded by Paul and Mary Blackburn and it is where I have completed my Coach Training.
Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss life coaching , or to book the free public speaking event for your company, group or office .