What is Coaching?
Coaching can be defined as two people - the professional coach and the client - sitting down together and finding out about the client's talents, skills, goals, and so on and helping them to find the confidence and skills that they need in order to achieve improvements in their life, whether professional or personal. It is particularly useful for helping someone to make a change in their life when they are unsure as to how to do it themselves or don't feel that they can. You can look at a coach as being a personal trainer for your life.
Professional coaching is talking to a coach about things that you want to achieve in your professional life, that is, in your workplace and as part of your career. The coach will sit down with you and help you work out what you want from your work life and ways that you can achieve that. They will help you to set clearly defined goals and give you strategies that will help. Coaching can help you to advance in your chosen career, assist you in moving to a different career, help you in returning to work, help you to cope with a redundancy, and help you to be a more effective manager.
The coach can also help you improve your communication skills, which are vital for just about any field of work, and also to improve other skills such as sales, marketing, and so on. If you need to improve specific skills related to your job or if you need to learn more skills, the coach will help you find ways of achieving this while not destroying your work life balance.
While coaching is very valuable in the career side of things, it is just as valuable in your personal life. By talking to the coach about the things that you are satisfied or dissatisfied with in your personal life, they can help you to find ways to improve your life and find happiness and self esteem. For example, they can help you to create a work life balance that works for you so that you are not neglecting either aspect of your life. This could include solutions such as flexible hours, agreeing not to work overtime, making time to spend with your children without interruptions and so forth. They will also create strategies to ensure that you are not spending time with negative people, that you are leaving enough time for yourself to do the things that you enjoy, and so on.