What is Coaching?
Coaching, with a professional coach, is the practice of supporting an individual, referred to as the client, through the process of achieving a specific personal or professional result. The structures, models and methodologies of coaching are numerous but are predominantly facilitating in style; that is the coach mainly asks questions and challenges the client to find answers from within himself/herself based on their values, preferences and unique perspective.
A. Life Coaching
Life coaching is a practice that helps people identify and achieve personal goals. Life coaches help clients set and reach goals using a variety of tools and techniques. Life coaches are not therapists or consultants; psychological intervention and business analysis are outside the scope of their work. Life coaching draws inspiration from disciplines including sociology, psychology, positive adult development, career counseling, NLP, mentoring and other types of counseling.
B. Business Coaching
In business, coaching refers to a method of personal development or human resource development. This field of coaching is becoming a distinct area of practice for individuals and in organizations. A casual business practice of coaching is the act of providing positive support and feedback while offering occasional advice to an individual or group in order to help them recognize ways in which they can improve the effectiveness of their business. This can be provided in a number of ways, including one-on-one, group coaching sessions and large scale organizational work. Business coaches often specialize in different practice areas such as executive coaching, corporate coaching and leadership coaching.
C. Career Coaching
Career coaching focuses on work and career or issues around careers. It is similar in nature to career counseling and traditional counseling. Career coaching is not to be confused with life coaching, which concentrates on personal development. Another common term for Career Coach is ‘Career Guide’, although career guides typically use techniques drawn not only from coaching, but also mentoring, advising and consulting. For instance, skills coaching and holistic counseling are increasingly of equal importance to careers guidance in the UK.
D. Financial Coaching
Financial coaching is an emerging form of coaching that focuses on helping clients attain their financial goals. In contrast to financial counselors and educators, financial coaches do not provide financial advice to clients, nor do they focus on providing financial information. As such, financial coaches do not need to be experts in personal finance. At its most basic, financial coaching is a one-on-one relationship in which the coach provides encouragement and holds the client accountable to financial goals.
D. Personal coaching
Personal coaching is a process which is designed and defined in a relationship agreement between a client and a coach. It is based on the client’s expressed interests, goals and objectives. A professional coach may use inquiry, reflection, requests and discussion to help clients identify personal and/or business and/or relationship goals, and develop action plans intended to achieve those goals. The client takes action, and the coach may assist, but never leads or does more than the client.
E. Health and Wellness Coaching
Health coaching is a way to help individuals “manage” their illnesses and conditions, especially those of a chronic nature. The coach will use special techniques, personal experience, expertise and encouragement to assist the client in bringing his/her behavioral changes about. Health and Wellness coaches can also assist the client in maintaining good health while working towards disease prevention.
F. Dating and Relationship Coaching
Dating coaches are coaches whose job is to direct and train people to improve their success in dating and relationships. A dating coach directs and trains his/her clients on various aspects of meeting and attracting long-term partners and meeting more compatible prospects. The focus of most programs is on confident and congruent communication. Dating coaches may focus on topics important to the art of dating: interpersonal skills, flirting, psychology, sociology, compatibility,fashion and recreational activities. Theories of persuasion, history and evolutionary biology, body language, humor and street smarts all play a role in our coaching methods.
G. Conflict Coaching
Conflict coaching may be used in an organizational context or in matrimonial and other relationship matters. Like many other techniques of this nature, it is premised on the view that conflict provides an opportunity to improve relationships, to create mutually satisfactory solutions and attain other positive outcomes when differences arise between and among people.
H. Victimization Coaching
Victimization Coaching is a type of life coaching that educates people who consider themselves as victims of crime or those who fear victimization. Coaches work with groups of people to assist them on how to identify and approach potentially hazardous situations.