Personal Coaching Pumps Up Your Professional Life
Coaches work with management teams and executives to assess the day to day issues of running a company, to evaluate current situations, identify the opportunity gaps and set goals and plan strategically for the future. Coaches help managers and business leaders to realize personal goals and align them with corporate objectives. Most coaching is concerned with the big picture of how an individual grows and fits into a corporate structure for personal and business success.
Coaching is a confidential ongoing partnership and support system that focuses on the client and his business, career, finances, health and relationships. As a result of coaching, clients set better goals, take more action, make better decisions, and more fully use their natural strengths.
Usually conducted on a one to one basis, with regular meetings and evaluation of progress, coaching requires a long term commitment from both the coach and the client. Engaging the services of a coach can be quite expensive. It is like having a personal trainer for your life. Its continuous and can be effective.
When you hire a coach you set goals you might not have set without a coach and you take yourself seriously because you want to get value for your investment and your motivation level increases dramatically. Usually, the objectivity and professionalism of coaching set it apart from mere informal advice.
Motivational speakers and programs are great for getting you keyed up, but as life happens that edge can wear off without continuous reinforcement and that is where for some individuals personal coaching has the advantage.
You can find personal coaches by looking for professional development or sales training experts in the yellow pages. You can also contact the International Coaching Federation (ICF) at —. Most coaches should offer a free thirty minute coaching session. Talk to at least three coaches before making your decision. Ask each coach questions such as:
- What do you value?
- What results have you had?
- Why would I want you to coach me?
The process of coaching typically involves an initial two or three hour personal meeting between you and your coach, followed by weekly half hour sessions, sometimes on the telephone. Change is not expected to be instant so coaches require a commitment of around three months. On average a coaching relationship lasts six months to a year, longer if you wish. That is why it is so important to pick a coach that will work best for you. You need rapport with your coach.
Fees range anywhere from $200 to $800 for the first three hour session. And you can expect to pay approximately $200 to $800 per month after that.
It requires a certain personality to hire a coach. If you are reluctant to look at things differently you may not be a good candidate for coaching. Working with a coach requires you to try out new behaviors. Coaching pushes you beyond what is normally your comfort zone.
Coaching is one of the hottest new trends to invade the business world and many believe that it is a professional development technique that is here to stay.
Personal Coaching is sometimes referred to as mentoring.
For simplicity we refer to a mentor in the traditional or old time way. See more below.
Tutors or mentors usually work with individuals to develop skills, talents and interests. Usually they help with a specific skill on a one to one basis either in person, on the telephone or on-line.
Tutors are private teachers, normally contracted and paid to help students work on academic subjects, augment classroom teaching, help in preparation for examinations. Tutors usually can tutor several individuals at once. For some this is a full time job. Colleges, universities, classified ads can direct you to a good tutor. There are some volunteer tutors but most often you have to pay for their services by the hour.
Mentors are similar to private teachers. They are wise and faithful guides or counselors, often retired or semi-retired benevolent and successful executives or experts. They volunteer their time and energy to guide and advise other, usually younger, individuals who have similar career interests to the mentor. The mentor takes his charge under his wing, shares experiences, works through problems, is available to answer questions and helps his charge reach his goals. Mentoring can be compared to an apprenticeship program. Usually a mentor works with only one individual or a long period of time. Mentoring is not usually advertised as a business. Service clubs, chambers of commerce, professional or business organizations can lead you to mentoring programs. It is normal to apply to join a mentoring program, it is a benevolent service.