Community Coach Blog, Dan Rous, 29 April 2021
At our First Anniversary Celebration event on Monday, I officially launched a 1 to 1 coaching programme that is FREE for you, the lovely people of Camelon and Tamfourhill. This is not sports coaching, but personal development coaching to help you, the coachee, to fully live out your potential – whether that is personal or professional. The goal of coaching is for the coachee to discover insights about themselves, and to take action in reshaping their life.
The video below is my talk from the event where I explain what Coaching is and crucially, what coaching isn’t. This can really make a difference in your life and help you move into the potential that is within you – no matter what stage you’re at.
If you don’t fancy watching the video, then you can read things for yourself below that. Once you’ve watched or read, if you want to book in for a series of coaching sessions with me, or to find out more for yourself or someone you’d like to refer, then please email me at email@example.com and we’ll have a conversation. There’s also more information over at our dedicated 1 to 1 Coaching page.
What is 1 to 1 Coaching?
Coaching is an ongoing conversation that empowers a person to fully live out their potential – both personal and professional. The goal of coaching is for the coachee to discover insights about themselves, and to take action in reshaping their life.
The coaching relationship is expected to encourage insights, to facilitate greater personal awareness, to change behaviours, to initiate actions and, ultimately, to produce outcomes that satisfy the coachee. Much is expected of them: it is their responsibility to imagine, reason, identify, plan, decide, and implement their goals.
What Coaching Is
Coaching is about the coachee – their goals, their learning, and their growth. Together, coach and coachee will discover the potential within them.
Coaching is about learning – rather than teaching. The coachee is the expert on their life. A coach uses coaching techniques such as deep listening, open questions, encouragement, feedback, and always remaining supportive. The focus is on assisting the coachee in discovering insights and taking next steps in pursuing their calling.
Coaching is about action – the coachees action. Each session the coachee will determine 1-3 actions steps to take before the next session. It may be surprising how quickly the coachee will progress toward their goals.
Coaching is about all of the coachee – not just work or personal life. We all know that altering old habits and thought patterns is difficult. A coach recognises these patterns and will support the coachee as they change and grow.
What Coaching Isn’t
It is not therapy. Although many of the communication techniques are the same, like active listening, reflecting, use of questions, limited advice giving, etc., therapy focuses on the past to bring healing and unblock a person so they might move ahead. Coaching is future and action-oriented – for people who are basically free of debilitating psychological or emotional issues.
It is not mentoring. Mentors are experts in a particular field who seek to pass on their expertise to a person. Mentors provide knowledge, advice, guidance, correction, and encouragement to people who are newer and junior—by experience if not by position or age. Mentors usually play the roles of advisor and teacher to guide and impart knowledge and wisdom.
It is not training. In training, the trainer sets the agenda. Changes are imposed from outside the participant, via the trainer. In coaching, the coachee sets the agenda. Coaches use adult learning principles of self-discovery to motivate change from within their coachee.
It is not authoritarian. Did you have a tough sports coach who used to yell at you and make you do a million push-ups if you made a mistake? That’s not coaching. A coach will push a coachee beyond what they might think they can do, but will always be supportive. The coachee is in control. The desire and responsibility to choose and act belongs to the coachee – and them alone.
Why Does Coaching Work?
Coaching works because it brings out the best in the coachee; a coach believes that coachees can create their own best answers and is trained to support them in that process. During coaching sessions, a coach will:
- Listen. The coachees story is central. A coach is fully engaged in what they are saying, encouraging them to discover what their potential is.
- Ask questions. A coach uses questions to stimulate the coachees thinking and creativity. Questions are about possibilities and the future.
- Encourage. Everyone needs encouragements, and usually we don’t get enough. A coach will hold and honour their coachees vision, progress, and efforts.
- Facilitate while letting you lead. A coach facilitates learning and problem solving.
A coach is not in charge, nor do they set the agenda. A coach is simply here to help the coachee to engineer their future.
Why Use a Coach?
The reasons people want coaching are endless, and as unique as the person. Here are a few examples that motivate people to use a coach.
- To make significant life changes
- To make better decisions
- To set better goals and reach them faster
- To address changes in location or employment
- To reduce stress, isolation, or uncertainty
- To progress personally
- To improve your relationships
- To make a bigger impact on the world
- To be a better leader
- To better understand who you are
- To simplify or prioritize your life
- To evaluate your pace of life
Our Coaching approach
- Leverages Strengths
- Provides Clarity and Focus
- Instils Confidence
- Catapults Learning
- Fosters Intentional Progress
- Rubs Off on Others
- Encourages achievable Goals/Dreams
You will never maximize your potential in any area without coaching. It is impossible. You may be good. You may even be better than everyone else. But without outside input you will never be as good as you could be.Andy Stanley, The Next Generation Leader
So, does this sound like it could be of help to you or someone you know/work with? Then get in touch and let’s get started! Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to start the process.
Until next time…