The role of a coach is generally one of being a guide for the person who is seeking to be coached. A coach has the knowledge, experience and skills to assist with identifying personal development needs, setting realisitic and well-defined goals, devising strategies and specific plans for achieving goals, and providing feedback to assist with evaluating progress and results. The emphasis is on 'assisting' rather than doing it for the person, rescuing them or giving them unsolicited advice. Effective coaches know that most people have the ability to discover their own answers and to self-correct once they have developed some self-awareness. The coach's role therefore, is to work along side the person they're coaching, to navigate life's terrain together and to pass on their wisdom, knowledge and skills during the journey.
Life Coaching, as distinct from sport or business coaching, is as it suggests; focussed on guiding people with regard to how they are 'living' their life, helping them to clarify life goals and exploring strategies to achieve their goals effectively.. Life Coaching can cover a whole range of areas that impact one's quality of life and wellness; including all areas of the Life Balance Wheel.
Our coaches have broad life experience and are trained in the specific skills required to lead people through the coaching process (see 'Coaching Cycle' image below).
'Master coaches live their creed'
The coaching process involves asking questions to assist the client to identify needs, goals and potential strategies for acheiving desired outcomes. It also involves 'listening' more than 'telling' people how to live their life. The coach listens and becomes a 'sounding board' for the person they are coaching to help them clarify their understanding of what is needed, what is important and what potential possibilities and choices they have to get where they want to go.Giving respectful feedback with the permission of the client is also a valuable part of the coach/client relationship.
All coaching sessions are confidential and conducted respectfully and supportively, regardless of the issues that one wishes to address. We can also refer people to other professionals such as medical, mental health and financial professionals where appropriate.
Seminars, workshops and books provide awareness and education but coaching is where the rubber meets the road because its about applying learning to your personal situation. We encourage clients to have a minimum of 3 coaching sessions and follow up sessions over the longer term when needed.