Tuesday 18 June 2013

How I coach

There's so many different reasons for having coaching and so many different people able to provide it that it can be difficult to determine who's the best person for you. It's one of the reasons I pulled a Pinterest board together trying to show the breadth of coaching available including the whys, the whats, the whos and the hows.

The condensed version is - if you have an area of your life where you're not progressing as you'd like, or need to do, then coaching may help. That is - it will help you move from where you are towards where you want to be.

Who's best able to help you do that depends on many things touched on in the Pinterest board and will include:
  • the area you need coaching in - life, work, relationships, finance, business and so on.
  • what specifically is stopping you achieving what you want
  • your level of motivation
  • the timescales involved
  • the resources available
  • whether you have confidence in the coach and think you'd work well with them
I'd suggest my specialism isn't holding your hand for weeks or months as you progress along your journey. It's also not about me trying to persuade you that you need to change.  There are many wonderful other coaches who can do these things.

What I love, and am good at, is helping you when you've got a few of the following going on:
  • stuck in a rut
  • up a creek without a paddle
  • aimless
  • unactualised (if there is such a word?)
  • dissatisfied
  • unmotivated
  • finding relationships with others difficult or strained
  • not reaching your potential
  • burnt out
  • paying too high a price for what you are doing
  • unsure what to do next
  • and yet motivated to want to do something about it
Often the means of getting things moving requires:
  1. understanding of how you're feeling
  2. insight into what's happening
  3. identifying what's holding you back
  4. releasing the setbacks or barriers to future success
  5. clarity of where you're headed
  6. a short sharp push or pull, or a metaphorical kick... sorry I mean - more motivation
  7. agreement of an action plan to facilitate progress
  8. action to be taken in line with the plan
  9. monitoring of progress to check you're on track
Time sometimes means this process takes place over a number of sessions over a number of weeks. However if possible I'd prefer to work with a client for a day (or occasionally two) and complete steps 1-7.

If you'd be interested in finding out more please do get in touch.

Alison Smith
Inspiring change inside and out

alison@thepurchasingcoach.co.uk +44 (0)7770 538159

Tools I use to support my coaching in a business setting might include NLP, Frameworks for change coaching process, creative whack pack, oblique strategies, landscaping your life, and in a personal setting the Transformation Game and collage cards. They're used because they're really effective at getting at what's holding people back.
You may also want to read my blog "But I don't do fluffy soft skills" - especially if you're doubting that coaching would help.

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