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•    What is coaching?
•    What are some typical reasons for working with a coach?
•    How does coaching work?
•    Why is coaching so effective?

•    Does coaching work for everyone?
•    What is the difference between counselling, consulting, mentoring and coaching?

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What is coaching?
The earliest definition of the word 'coaching' literally meant to transport someone from one place to another. Today, the one thing that all forms of coaching seem to have in common is that people use it to help them to move forward or create change in their lives.

The International Coach Federation, an international body that regulates the coaching profession, describes what professional coaches do as providing:
“... an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives.
Coaches help people improve their performance and enhance the quality of their lives. Coaches are trained to listen, to observe and to customise 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.
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Why would I want to work with a coach?
There are many reasons that you might choose to work with a coach, including but not limited to the following:
•    You lack clarity on what a rewarding and fulfilling life looks like and the choices you have;
•    You might be
facing a challenge, stretch goal or opportunity and it is urgent, undeniable or exciting;
•    There is a
gap in your knowledge, skills, confidence, or resources;
•    There is
a desire to speed up the results;
•    There is
a need for a course modification in your personal or professional life due to an obstacle;
•    You n
eed support in identifying your core strengths and how best to leverage them;
•    You
want to achieve a better work-life balance or a simpler, uncomplicated life;
•    Your
desire and need to more self-manage and better organise;
•    You need support in
setting and/or laying out a plan to achieve certain goals;
•    Your
desire or need for change requires taking solid steps forward and accountability.

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How does coaching work?
Put simply,
coaching is a conversation, or series of conversations, that one person has with another. The person who is the coach intends to produce a conversation that will benefit the other person, the coaching partner, in a way that relates to the coaching partner's learning and progress. The coach helps the client to gain clarity on exactly what they want to accomplish and assists them in creating a plan of action to make it happen - providing support to enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that the client already has.

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Why is coaching so effective?
    Coaching helps to focus on the things that are important to you. It can help you to see what you cannot see on your own, often because you are too close to your own situation. This includes ways you may be holding yourself back and opportunities that you may not recognise.
Coaching provides structure, discipline, and regular focused attention to what you want to achieve. The coaching process allows you to break down those big goals that may seem unrealistic or unachievable into a series of manageable steps.
Goals become clear and specific. You agree with your coach on specific actions that will move you ever closer to the results that you seek. It is the outcome from those actions that achieve success.
The coaching relationship helps to keep you on track and accountable for the actions you take in pursuit of your goals. By holding yourself accountable to yourself and someone else, you create momentum and take the needed actions to reach your goals.
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Does coaching work for everyone?
Coaching can work for everyone who really wants and is ready to change. To be most effective coaching requires a commitment from you. You have to put in the work. Much like keeping fit - if you don't go to the gym and work out, you're not going to see the results in the mirror.

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What is the difference between counselling, consulting, mentoring and coaching?
Here is a common metaphor that coaches use to explain the difference between counselling, consulting, mentoring and coaching.

Let's say, you wanted to learn to ride a bicycle -
A therapist - would help you discover what is holding you back from riding the bike. They would go back into your past to discover what kind of experience you had at an early age with a bicycle.
A consultant - would bring you a bicycle manual and tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the workings of a bicycle. The consultant would then depart and return six months later to see how you were doing.
A mentor - would share his/her experiences of bike riding and the lessons that he/she has learned. The mentor would bestow all the wisdom they had about bicycle riding to you.
A coach - would help you get up on the bicycle and then encourage and support you while running alongside until you felt comfortable enough to go it alone.

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