“I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.”
― Brene Brown
What is coaching?
The demand for coaching has grown in recent years and continues to do so. To start with, I want to ask you a question – What is your understanding of coaching?
The ICF defines coaching as ‘partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.’
Thus, coaching is a conversation, or a series of conversations, that one person has with another. What makes the conversation different is the impact the conversation has on the person being coached. An effective coaching conversation challenges, guides and encourages someone’s understanding, learning, behaviour and progression.
- Working collaboratively at the same pace.
- Conversations with purpose.⠀
- Breaking new ground which can be challenging yet encourages a deeper conversation (& outcome). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Go deep.
- Identify possibilities.
- Change the way you think (e.g. remove limiting beliefs that could be holding you back). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Coaching is not: Mentoring, Counselling, Training, Management and Consulting. These are very different things.
Coaches are great in identifying when a client can be shying away from the wider picture and pointing out (with the client’s permission) any limiting beliefs that may be keeping them back from achieving what they want. A good coach will push individuals to the limits and will help them grow and get what they really want out of their life as a whole.
As an individual, you may work really hard in your life, however at some point we all hit certain walls and have blind spots. A good coach can help you recognise and address them.
While the coach is not your colleague, friend or mentor, they will support and help you to succeed and reach your desired goal. The right coach will hold you accountable and challenge you in ways that may feel uncomfortable at times. However, with their support you can grow, learn and succeed. An experience coach will never tell you what to do or even offer advice. Instead, the role of the coach will help you identify your options and come up with the best choices based on the goals you want to achieve.
Coaching is about using the right type of questions. Questions hold the power to cause us to think, create answers from ourselves, that we believe in and act on our ideas. Asking questions moves us beyond passive acceptance of what others say and do. Questions honour you as a person and communicate your values as an equal.
It is important to note, that coaching is confidential, safe and is proven to work!
“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment”
― Oprah Winfrey
As an Leadership and Career Coach, I am qualified and experienced in a neuroscience-based and therapeutic coaching techniques: Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
This is in addition to my knowledge and experience with more traditional coaching practices as a Certified Professional Coach, which include (but not limited to):
- Art Therapy
Together we will discover the right approve approach and method for you which will enable you to gain deep insight and understanding of your mindset, the way you think and show up in your world.
As known as: NLP.
What does it mean?
- N = Neuro is the physical components as well as the mental and emotional components of our neurology.
- L = Linguistic is the language that we use, and more specifically, how we communicate with others and ourselves.
- P = Programming is the way our past experiences, thoughts and emotions affect all areas of our lives.
What does it look like in practice?
As an example, we may use the following NLP coaching methods in your sessions:
We find where it first happened which will help you work past any limiting beliefs that are preventing your progress. Unwanted negative emotions and feelings, and limiting beliefs can have a huge effect on our mindset and progression.
An anchor for when you want to feel calm, confident, motivated, or any other powerful state of being. One that you do for yourself. This technique is about harnessing a good feeling to pull on, in times of self-doubt.
Mastering the ability to look at something differently. First, we will look at the habit such as mindreading then develop ways to alter your mindset to open for more flexibility and understanding around situations.
“Every day, you have the power to choose our better history — by opening your hearts and minds, by speaking up for what you know is right.”
– Michelle Obama
Dedicated to doing the right thing
To add to my corporate background and to what I believe is key, ethical and professional:
I have a Professional Coaching Diploma with Full Circle Global. Specialising in Leadership Development, Full Circle Global are approved by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as a training provider.
With this qualification, I became a member of the ICF Gold Standard Coaching Body, where I am working towards gaining ACC level accreditation.
In addition, I also have a Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner & Coaching qualification accredited by NLP Association of Excellence. Additionally, I have a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) diploma which was awarded by Renaissance Therapy.
As a life-long learner I regularly understand CPD course and at least 1 LinkedIn Learning course a week!
I am also fully insured with Tower Gate. And I have regular supervision and training so I can provide the best service to my clients.