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The coaching market has been booming for some years now. More and more people are taking advantage of coaching in order to develop their personal and professional skills.
The results speak for themselves. Many clients succeed in mastering challenges and growing beyond themselves through coaching.
In this article you will learn what coaching actually is and how a qualified coach can help you to develop personally and professionally.
This article also explains what is important when you want to get started as a coach yourself. In this context, we will tell you which qualities and skills are necessary to establish yourself as a coach in the highly competitive market in the long term.
What is coaching?
You can't teach people anything. You can only help them discover it in themselves. - Galileo Galilei
The focus of coaching is the personal and professional development of people who want to improve their reach one's full potential want to. With a coach at your side, you can reach goals faster, change ways of thinking and achieve success in your personal and professional life.
A coach is therefore an expert in a specific field (e.g. business management) who accompanies you through methods, strategies and techniques on your way to personal and professional development. The coach's approach is interactive and process-oriented.
However, the coach does not convey any truths that he feels are universally valid. Rather, the coach supports you in gaining your own insights that will help you to move forward. Coaching takes place in very different areas. The most common areas in which coaching is offered are listed below.
The most common areas of coaching:
- Job & Career
- Love & Partnership
- Health & Nutrition
- Personal development
- Self Management
Why should you be coached?
Our life is marked by ups and downs. Some days we feel invincible and could embrace the whole world with feelings of happiness. On other days, however, the world pushes us to the ground with full force. We are thrown off course by strokes of fate or despair because we are not making progress in life.
This is where coaching comes in. Through self-reflection, coaching helps us to better understand our inner programs. The goal of coaching is therefore to develop personally in order to lead a happy and fulfilled life.
With a good coach at your side, you will succeed in achieving your personal and professional goals. Problems and challenges can be solved with a good coach. Below we have listed the most common reasons why people seek coaching.
The most common reasons for coaching:
- Dissolving inner blockades
- Search for the meaning of life
- overcoming fears
- Improving social skills
- Stress reduction
- overcome strokes of fate
- Improve leadership skills
How exactly does coaching work?
Serious coaching follows a clear structure. This is divided into 7 phases that help you to achieve your professional and private goals. We would like to introduce the 7 phases to you in the following.
The 7 phases of coaching
#1 The preliminary talk
Before you start coaching, you should first find out whether your coach really suits you. Does he represent the same values? Do you like his methods? Is the coach able to help you solve your problems and challenges? You can often arrange an initial meeting with your coach by phone. Have courage.
#2 The Objective
Once you have found the right coach, it is important to formulate clear goals. What do you want to achieve in the coming weeks and months? In which areas of your life do you want to develop further? Your coach will help you at this point to find out what you really want.
#3 The actual analysis
After you have defined your goals, you go to the as-is analysis. Your coach takes a closer look at your current challenges. He helps you to solve these challenges by offering you concrete tips that you can immediately put into practice (e.g. overcoming heartache).
#4 Feedback & Reflection
As soon as you have applied the first methods, techniques and strategies to the respective topic, you will receive initial feedback from your coach. This allows you to develop a deeper understanding of your challenges and inner programs.
#5 Practical Work
Now that you have the necessary methods at your disposal, it is a matter of incorporating them into your everyday life. In this phase it is crucial that you stay on the ball and don't lose your drive. The key word is: discipline! Because now it is all about internalizing your knowledge and making it a constant habit in your life.
#6 Performance review
The performance review is the next round of feedback and reflection. This is now about analysing your development that you have made in the past months and weeks. What has changed? What challenges have you been able to master? In which areas of life have you improved?
#7 The final call
After the coaching is before the coaching. As soon as you have had your final meeting with your coach, it is crucial that from now on you can go your way successfully without your coach. You should now have internalized the contents so much that you are no longer dependent on your coach.
What makes a good coach?
In order to give you clarity about what really makes a good coach, we would now like to list several characteristics. These will help you to do so, to find an expertwho supports you in successfully mastering your problems and challenges.
5 Characteristics of qualified coaches
- Many years of experience in one field
- Proof of training for his activity
- Customer opinions about services
- Specialization in one subject area
- Places the client in the centre
Conversely, of course, there are also characteristics that indicate that the coach is a low-skilled person. We would like to reveal these characteristics to you at this point as well, so that you can protect yourself from dazzlers who only want to make a quick buck out of you.
5 characteristics of bad coaches
- Is an "all-rounder" without specialization
- Cannot provide real references
- Cannot provide evidence of qualifications
- Conveys pseudo-scientific truths
- Believes to have found the absolute truth
Coaching, training, therapy, mentoring, supervision: these are the differences
The term coaching is often not clearly defined. This often leads to confusion with other fields of activity, which are similar in essence but different in practice. We would now like to reveal how exactly coaching differs from similar disciplines.
Coaching focuses on the personal or professional development of the client. Through various methods and techniques (for example Neurolinguistic programming) the client should be encouraged to self-reflect. Coaching is therefore help for self-help and thus a way to help the client to reach his full potential in different areas of life.
In a training course, the client is taught exclusively skills (for example, self-management). However, self-reflection is not the first priority, but rather exercises to help you achieve a specific goal. Here is a concrete example. Klaus H. (47) is Manager in a medium-sized company. He finds it difficult to appear confident at meetings. Therefore, he learns methods in training to control his insecurity.
Mentoring focuses on the transfer of specific knowledge in a particular area (for example, method acting). A short example of this is also provided. Sebastian W. (22) is a budding actor and wants to conquer the stages of the country. He is therefore looking for an experienced mentor in this field. The latter will share with his new student the experience he has gained during his career.
The focus of therapy is the treatment of mental disorders and diseases (such as depression). Therapists are usually trained experts in a specific field over several years. For example Behavioural Therapy.
The term supervision is often used in a business context. Accordingly, supervisors are experts in a specific field (e.g. controlling). Supervisors support companies in solving existing problems, conflicts or challenges. In this context, such experts try to bring different processes closer to the company in order to move it forward.
Become a coach yourself
You have the goal to become a coach yourself and are still looking for the right Training? You have the dream to help other people to a better life through your knowledge? But you don't know yet how to go this way?
It is not easy to establish yourself as a coach on the market. But what is the reason for this? Why is it difficult for the majority of coaches to make a living from their services? There are 5 reasons for this, which we would like to tell you now.
The 5 most common reasons why coaches often fail:
- Unclear positioning
- Wrong target group
- Bad marketing
- Unclear offer
- No Internet presence
To help you get started in the coaching business, the Greator coaches Walter and Christina Hommelsheim have developed a exciting online webinar where you learn what it takes to get started as a coach.
You learn this in the online webinar:
- What is really important in coaching
- Which coaching methods work sustainably
- What are the biggest challenges for coaches
- What skills you need as a coach
- What are the requirements to become a coach
You can now watch the online webinar for free. Click here to register.
Conclusion: Coaching helps you to develop personally and professionally
In this article you have experienced how coaching can help you to develop personally and professionally. You will also learn what makes a good coach who can help you overcome challenges in your personal and professional life.
In addition, we have shown you in this article what is important if you want to be successful in the market as a coach. So if you have been thinking about becoming a coach yourself for some time, we would like to invite you to a free online seminar with Walter and Christina Hommelsheim.
In the webinar you will learn what is really important in coaching and how you can successfully hold your own against the competition as an expert. You can register now for a free webinar here.
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