What is coaching?

The word coach comes from old French, meaning a vehicle to transport people from one place to another. The very first use of the word coach in English occurred in the 1500's to refer to a particular kind of carriage, a vehicle to transport people from one place to another. Hence, in a metaphorical sense, we can say that a coach accompanies a person to go from his/her current situation to his/her desired goal. A coach stimulates a client to move forward and to unleash his/her full potential.
Through the process of coaching clients (or coachees) we generate new possibilities for action and obtain superior results. Coaches can act as catalysts, accompanying their clients in their self-discovery and growth adventure.

FAQs:

1. Is coaching the same as therapy?

Certainly not. Each of them has different functions, is based on different principles and fulfills different needs.

In therapy, one works with patients. In coaching, we talk about clients or coachees.

In therapy there is a supposition about the patient being ill or having a problem. In coaching we start the process firmly believing that the client is healthy, self-sufficient (although he/she might not know it yet) and with plenty of resources to use. The coaching process will serve as a booster to fully exploit the coachee’s potential and help him/her to reach his/her goals. Coaching is action-focused and future-oriented.

A therapist gives counsel and advice, showing which steps to make and the path to be followed.

In coaching, coachees set their own path, and the coach will only accompany them with a supporting attitude and challenging questions. The coach will, so to speak, lighten up the client’s own route. The client will try things out, decide on his/her own and makes corrections as he/se goes, whenever actions do not lead to the expected outcome.


2. Is coaching something new?

The essence of coaching has its origin in the art of maieutics used by Socrates. He used to challenge his pupils by asking demanding questions thus forcing them to find their own answers.

3. How long does a coaching process last?

It depends on the case. It can take anything between 4-8 sessions spread out over several months.

4. ¿ How long does a coaching session take?

What is coaching?

The word coach comes from old French, meaning a vehicle to transport people from one place to another. The very first use of the word coach in English occurred in the 1500's to refer to a particular kind of carriage, a vehicle to transport people from one place to another. Hence, in a metaphorical sense, we can say that a coach accompanies a person to go from his/her current situation to his/her desired goal. A coach stimulates a client to move forward and to unleash his/her full potential.
Through the process of coaching clients (or coachees) we generate new possibilities for action and obtain superior results. Coaches can act as catalysts, accompanying their clients in their self-discovery and growth adventure.

FAQs:

1. Is coaching the same as therapy?

Certainly not. Each of them has different functions, is based on different principles and fulfills different needs.

In therapy, one works with patients. In coaching, we talk about clients or coachees.

In therapy there is a supposition about the patient being ill or having a problem. In coaching we start the process firmly believing that the client is healthy, self-sufficient (although he/she might not know it yet) and with plenty of resources to use. The coaching process will serve as a booster to fully exploit the coachee’s potential and help him/her to reach his/her goals. Coaching is action-focused and future-oriented.

A therapist gives counsel and advice, showing which steps to make and the path to be followed.

In coaching, coachees set their own path, and the coach will only accompany them with a supporting attitude and challenging questions. The coach will, so to speak, lighten up the client’s own route. The client will try things out, decide on his/her own and makes corrections as he/se goes, whenever actions do not lead to the expected outcome.


2. Is coaching something new?

The essence of coaching has its origin in the art of maieutics used by Socrates. He used to challenge his pupils by asking demanding questions thus forcing them to find their own answers.

3. How long does a coaching process last?

It depends on the case. It can take anything between 4-8 sessions spread out over several months.

4. ¿ How long does a coaching session take?

Anything between 45 minutes and 1,5 hours.

5. Is it possible to coach on the phone?

By all means. It is certainly possible to coach through distance. The only thing that matters is to create an alliance between the coach and the client upfront and to develop trust.

6. What are some typical challenges for coaching?

Whenever you want to define ambitious goals in order to take your destiny (private or business) in you own hands.
Any time you feel you want to change your present way of life.
Whenever you feel you are stuck and do not know which way to go.
If you realize you need a little push to take you own decisions and just need someone to listen attentively without judging you. Whenever you need someone to hold the mirror for you, so you can see clearly, understand the situation and decide by yourself what is best for you.
And many others…

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