Where does coaching come from?
The word was first used in sports for a person who helped an athlete train and improve their performance. All top athletes have a personal coach. From there, the idea spread to all walks of life. A significant event in this expansion was the publication of Timothy Gallwey’s book, ‘The Inner game of Tennis.’ This book used ideas from sports coaching in a much wider way.
Is professional development coaching right for me?
Coaching is about helping you move past your current self-limiting automatic behaviours that are holding you back. Sometimes we don’t see ourselves as other’s see us, coaching helps you to uncover your hidden strengths and support your weaknesses. It opens your mind to hear critical feedback delivered in a non-judgemental way. Coaching is positive, we don’t dwell on past histories or try to unpick childhood trauma, rather we focus on what is happening right now, and how you use your current resources to manage yourself better. Ultimately coaching is about setting goals and taking action.
What happens in a coaching session?
Our first sessions are about exploring what is going on for you right now and uncovering where you feel stuck and where you need to develop your skills. We determine what you want to focus on and what results you want to see from your coaching programme. We will explore your behaviour patterns and how you relate to yourself and others around you. We then discuss practical steps you can take to achieve your goals. There is often homework for you to complete between sessions, and we spend time discussing any difficulties that you have encountered implementing your action plans.
What is expected of me?
Taking a coaching programme isn’t a decision you should take lightly, you’ll need to commit to regular coaching sessions lasting up to an hour and a half each time. You’ll need to commit to taking action outside of the sessions, even when this action feels uncomfortable and challenging. You need to develop a critical and open mind, you need to question yourself, your behaviours and your motivations. Sometimes you’ll find out things about yourself that are unpleasant or difficult to accept, this is a normal part of the process. But the role of the coach is to help you see past unhelpful behaviours and help you achieve your best potential.
Interested? Book a free 60-minute coaching session