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What is a coach?

When defining coaching, it's useful to think of the other kind of coach: a vehicle. As with the 16th-century origin of the word as a means of conveyance from one village to another, as a coach I take my clients on metaphorical journey and facilitate them in reaching an education or career destination. Continue reading below for more definitions of coaching.

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What is coaching?

Still not sure what I mean by coaching? Take a look at the definitions below which all reflect the kind of coaching I offer through transformEd coaching.

  • "Coaching is unlocking people's potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them." (Whitmore)

  • ‘"Put simply, coaching is a conversation, or series of conversations, that one person has with another. What makes the conversation different from others is the impact that conversation has on the person being coached (the coachee)."  (Starr)

  • "A coach is a person who helps me to think through how to get from where I am to where I need to be.." (Joy & Pask)

  • "Coaching is the art of facilitating another person’s learning, development  and performance. Through coaching, people are able to find their own solutions, develop their own skills and change their own behaviours and attitudes." (Gilbert & Whittleworth)

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The benefits of coaching

For the individual, coaching provides

  • greater clarity about options, barriers and next steps;

  • a sense of empowerment;

  • increased confidence;

  • improved performance through ownership of setting and achieving goals;

  • an increased sense of wellbeing

For the organisation, coaching enables

  • a workforce able to set and achieve their own developmental goals;

  • more satisfied and motivated employees;

  • recognition by staff of how their own values align with those of the organisation;

  • more confident staff able to interact well with colleagues.

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What to expect

If you've not had professional coaching before, this is what you can expect.

  • A  FREE no-obligation discovery call to meet me & ask any questions.

  • A signed contract between us agreeing such issues as frequency and location of the sessions and confidentiality.

  • A one-to-one conversation (or series of conversations), focussed on you, your goals, next steps, progress and outcomes.

  • Conversations during which, above all, I listen but also ask questions, summarise and feed back to you.

  • As appropriate - and with your agreement - the use of coaching tools. This could involve sorting cards, exploring quotations, a focus on visual representations or diagrams.

Contact me with any questions or ask these in

your no-obligation video discovery call.

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