What Is Coaching?

Coaching is about us together exploring an area in your life in which you want long-term change to occur. We spend concentrated and uninterrupted time looking at where you currently are, and where you want to be in the future. I support you in gaining clarity to effectively create and action the steps you need to take to achieve your goal.

During this process I’ll use different coaching frameworks and psychologically-grounded techniques which are adapted to your learning style, in order to raise your awareness and unlock new ways of thinking. This will allow you to look at the topic you’re grappling with through different perspectives. The sessions are a unique opportunity for you to be able to experience all of the above within an accepting and non-judgmental space.

Additionally, through this deep self-reflection you’ll equip yourself with your own set of personal development tools and learnings. This will aid you in continuing to make changes in your life long after our coaching together has ended.

There are many misconceptions about coaching. The most common is the comparison to your stereotypical local Sunday league football coach. They watch the player from the sidelines, pointing out what they’re doing wrong, and then telling them what they need to do to improve to get it right for the next time. They normally shout quite a lot too!

Business and personal coaching with The Power of Words and You isn’t a place where I listen to your issue and then inform you (or shout at you) about what you need to do differently. That would only lead you to become dependent on someone else’s advice in order to make choices and decision about your own life.

It’s not my job to provide you with the answers. You already have those; you just haven’t accessed them for yourself yet.

At the base of coaching is the assumption that you are your own person, whole and complete.

If you’re wrestling with a problem or decision then ultimately you also have the answer to it inside yourself too.

As you’re the expert in your own life and experiences, there’s no way I could have the same understanding as you on the subject you’re thinking about.

My role as coach is to ‘hold the space’ for you during our sessions and ask incisive questions, which allows you to dig into issues and thoughts uninterrupted. My questions are designed to challenge you and your current habit patterns as I actively listen and ‘hold up a mirror’ regarding the language you’re using and the thoughts you’re expressing. I’m the external reflective element that’s missing when you’re thinking on your own.

This is the basis and environment in which long-term transformational coaching and change (as opposed to ‘surface skimming quick results’ transactional coaching) takes place.

I offer this through the following:

Personal Coaching is designed for individuals who want to work on any area within their life. This includes career coaching.

Business Coaching is designed for working within organisations, with a particular employee(s).