Coaching in many countries is still looked upon with skepticism by many people. The understanding being that counseling, psychology and tutoring is coaching.
Although there are elements in coaching and mentoring that could have aligned to these professions but there are differences.
Some myths about coaching
o The role of teachers and coaches is to 'fix' a person so that he / she can 'come right'.
o Coaching provides a 'quick fix' to redress inequalities at work.
o The purpose of coaching is to make the coach look good.
o Coaching is easy just show the person how to do the job.
o Coaching is a human resources function.
o Coaches and mentors are born.
o Anyone can be a coach or a mentor.
o Mentoring and coaching are the same thing.
o Mentors and coaches are perfect human beings and make great role models.
o Mentoring and coaching is a new buzz word.
What is Life Coaching?
"Life coaching is a series of processes and a variety of techniques that can be applied to your current situation to create a happier and more fulfilling way of being."
[Teach yourself Life Coach. Jeff Archer].
Everyday every one of us go through a series of actions and or thoughts which are part of a Life Coach process. However we do this without even realizing it. The majority of the time, if we do continue with a promise we break that promise and return to our old ineffectual or insecure self. We all do this, so do not get a complex about being different.
You can be different. It is possible to lose those extra kilos, to build your self esteem, to handle a relationship problem more effectively, to access a loss or handle conflict, to know what you want from life, having more fun, to be more effective at work or simply to be able to say 'NO'.
You might just be looking at different issues, or you might want something more specific in life.
With Life coaching you can target definite specifics in your life that you wish to improve. Coaching gives you guidance, self observation and feedback. Life coaching is an ongoing relationship where you learn and your coach learns with you take action and responsibility.
How is Life coaching conducted?
An initial meeting would be arranged between yourself and the prospective coach. During this meeting you requirements would be discussed and a way forward would be discussed. ie if you want to communicate once a month, once a week or twice a week. How do you want to communicate face to face by telephone or email chat. If you are going to meet face to face where you will meet.
It is important to realize from the outset that you are in charge. If you are not comfortable with the coach you do not have to use him / her. If you are not comfortable with the question process you must say so. You set the agenda right at the beginning of the relationship. Costs can vary from coach to coach. But this is an agreement that is established in the beginning to suite your pocket.
Source by Rob Lindegger
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