Introduction to Coaching

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By John Plester

Welcome to this introduction to Coaching.

The first question is What is Coaching?

‘Coaching is a partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential’ International Coach Federation

'A collaborative solution focused, results orientated and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of work performance, life experience, self directed learning and personal growth of the coachee’ Association of Coaching

'.. it includes recognising the client’s readiness to undertake a particular task, in terms of both their will and skill. Overall the coach is aiming for the client to help themselves. And it is dynamic interaction – it does not rely on a one way flow of telling or instruction.’  Max Landberg, Author ‘The Tao of Coaching

'There is always an inner game being played in the mind, no matter what outer game you are playing. How aware you are of your game can make all the difference between success and failure in the outer game’ Tim Gallwey, Author ‘Inner Game of Tennis’

Types of Coaching

  • Life / Personal Coaching
  • Business Coaching (incl Manager as coach)
  • Executive Coaching / Mentoring
  • Performance Coaching
  • Sports Coaching
  • Career Coaching

Core Competencies of Coaching

Setting the Foundation

  • Meeting ethical guidelines and professional standards
  • Establishing the coaching agreement

Standard and Ethics

  • TRUST – Competence and Integrity
  • RESPECT for the client
  • CONFIDENTIALITY (Conflict of Interest)
  • AGREEMENT – Fees/ logistics/ cancellations etc

Coaching Practicalities to consider:

  • Form of Coaching – telephone/ face to face
  • Frequency / Packages
  • Fees / Cancellations / Lateness
  • Environment / Professional Image
  • Professional Support Materials – book / handouts etc
  • Coaching Agreement
  • Client Profile – Target market / USP

Co-Creating the Relationship

  • Establishing Trust and Rapport with the client
  • Creating a coaching presence

Communicating Effectively

  • Listening actively
  • Questioning powerfully
  • Communicating directly

Facilitating Learning and Results

  • Creating Awareness
  • Designing Actions
  • Planning and Setting Goals
  • Managing Progress and Accountability

This blog sets up the basic standards for being a good Coach. In the next blog, I will discuss the the hallmarks of what makes a great NLP Coach.


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