What Is Coaching?

A Coach is a Personal Change Expert.

Coaches help people like you grow faster, perform at higher levels, understand themselves more deeply, and live with greater purpose and fulfillment. In the same way that a personal trainer helps a pro athlete maximize performance, a personal coach can help you get the most out of personal and professional life.

What Happens in a Coaching Appointment?

Coaching appointments begin with a chance for you to report on your progress and end with a clear set of action steps you choose to take in the week(s) ahead. But what is that essential spark between you and your coach that makes the relationship so transformational?

Read on to discover four facets in coaching that lead to a fruitful outcome.

1. Coaching is a Transformational Conversation.

The biggest surprise for first-time clients is realizing that the coach isn’t there to give advice. A coach isn’t a counselor, consultant, mentor, or advisor. Instead, powerful, incisive coaching questions stimulate you to examine the things in life that matter most from new angles.

A coaching conversation should help transform the way you look at life.

2. Coaching is a Transparent Relationship.

A coach is a partner and confidant, your consistent supporter, and someone who knows you well enough to call out the best in you. A transparent relationship with your coach frees you to go to places you’ve never gone before.

3. Coaching is a Support System for Change.

With support, encouragement, and healthy accountability from someone who believes in you, you can do far more than you ever dreamed of accomplishing alone. A coach helps you stay on track, overcome obstacles, and convert your “want-to’s” into concrete steps that are put into your schedule.

4. Coaching is Continuous Leadership Development.

Coaches don’t give solutions. Coaches help you solve your own problems. Coaching is helping you learn instead of telling you what to do. By taking into account so many moments of your life, coaching allows you to build your capacity as a leader and a person, while conquering much bigger challenges in the future.

What Can I Work On With a Coach?

Just about anything!

Increased performance, discovering your destiny, getting organized, regular exercise, slowing down, turning a dream into reality—you only need to answer the question, “What do I want to accomplish?”

Coaching is about helping you learn. A coach is not an expert advising you in a particular field (that’s consulting), or someone more experienced who’s showing you the ropes (that’s mentoring).

Coaches are change experts who help you find the solution for your unique situation.

So if you want more from life—more growth, greater purpose, maximum performance—look into what a personal coach has to offer.