What is coaching anyway? (Part 2)

Happy people have two things in common. They know exactly what they want and they feel they’re moving toward getting it. That’s what makes life feel good: when it has direction, when you are heading straight for what you love.

– Barbara Sher

At it’s heart I think coaching is about helping people move towards what they love, as that quote above describes. But how exactly do coaches do that? 

If you read my previous post on this topic you’ll have heard some of my thoughts on the matter, but for now, let’s hear from some other coaches. What do people studying coaching or working as coaches think it is all about? What do they find themselves doing? 

Here are the thoughts of some of my fellow students in the Barbara Sher coach training course I’m doing:

Maggie says: Coaching to me is…………………helping people to help themselves. Encouraging people to dream big and remember that absolutely anything they would love to do is possible by breaking down the goal into small action steps and starting on something small enough that can be done tomorrow – no matter how you feel. “Follow the yellow brick road”

Franks says: For me, coaching is a 6-Step-Process:

  1. Listen closely. LISTEN
  2. Get an understanding of the client‘ s world. UNDERSTAND
  3. Start a dialogue. TALK
  4. Set goals. AIM
  5. Melt resistance. OVERCOME
  6. Stand by me. STAND BY

Erika says: A coach supports others to develop themselves to sustain changes and to make things happen. The coach does not take over the work of the client, but leads and motivates by using specific questions and exercises. Coaching is helping people help themselves.

and maybe my very favourite of all:

Stella says: Coaching is getting your hand held while getting your ass kicked while figuring out what you want and going after it!