Beginning an effective working relationship with a coach for an area in your life needs to be first based on trust. It is very important that you find a coach you feel connected with and who you can build rapport with. This will enable you to feel confident in your coach if you understand that they have your best interests at heart from start to finish.
Before you decide to book a coach, here is a few things you will need to think about;
IS THE LIFE COACHING INDUSTRY REGULATED?
At present (spring 2016) no, there is currently no official regulation in force, meaning anyone can set up a life coaching business with no qualification. However, that doesn’t mean to say there won’t be regulations in the future. As life Coaching is still bigger in the U.S than in is in the UK and American Life Coaches tend to have official qualifications, it won’t be long before the U.K catches up. There are literally hundreds of Life Coaches out there who have simply started up with little or no idea about life coaching itself and certainly have had no training, and as it is highly emotional areas of a person’s life you are dealing with, you won’t want to be handing over hard-earned cash to any one. So in short, if you are serious about seeing a coach, make sure they have the right background and education to satisfy your doubts. It is better to see a coach who is a certified professional than not. Someone with training is going to know all about confidentiality, Code of Ethics, Active Listening and Case Studies. Someone who is not qualified won’t necessary know these things, and these are vital if you are going to offer a service on this specific level.
WHAT IS COACHING?
Any type of specific life coaching by a professional, is going to be designed to assist you in attaining the successful results in your personal or professional life that you desire. Professional coaches are 100% committed to helping you realise your goals. By this, they will support you and guide you, helping you overcome obstacles whilst you learn more about your skills and your strengths. A coach will show you highly effective methods and techniques whilst being there for you as you as you wish the relationship to continue you. A coach can be with you long or short-term and this is usually discussed on the outset when you work together on your expectations.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A COACH?
All professional coaches are trained in what we call, ‘active listening.’ This basically means they have been trained to listen to your problems, give you their complete and undivided attention, support you while you are talking, managing their own thoughts, enabling them to listen non-judgementally, openly and consistently. Their job is also to observe your language and the way you speak, this assists and identifies negative thought patterns which may be holding you back. Each client to the coach is individual and their approach to each session is as flexible as need be. A good coach will be able to shift the focus of the goal tailoring each session you have together to fit the current need. A good coach won’t tell you what to do, but instead, will help you find the answer within your own abilities. Good coaches are non-judgemental, they will expect the highest professionalism from themselves and never discuss private and personal details with a third-party. The role as a professional coach is to assist clients to identify important goals and priorities; strategize on how to reach goals using action plans and to overcome the obstacles that may hinder them.
HOW LONG WILL I NEED A COACH FOR?
The coaching relationship you have with your coach is an ongoing partnership, and the term is often discussed before you begin your coaching. This will be worked out through a contract you will both sign which defines expectations, personal boundaries and financial agreements. The coach is there to work with you in order to develop a relationship utmost trust, respect and confidentiality in order to provide a safe and fully accepting environment. This will enable the client to explore their full potential. You may find that you need further sessions and this can be discussed roughly three-quarters of the way through your arranged contract.
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