What is the role of a Coach?

Simplistically my role as a coach is to increase a client’s awareness of themselves and their situation, in order to identify what they want to achieve and what they need to do to achieve it. 

I do this by : 

Being Positive & Professional - Having a positive attitude is vital in setting the right mood for the coaching relationship. A Coach should be an uplifting influence on the client and should strive to always provide value, be responsible, reliable and trustworthy. 

Using the GROW model effectively and flexibly - As a Coach I will have a clear and in-depth understanding of the individual stages of the GROW model and the importance and value of exploring each. This means making sure that the goals set by the client are specific, measurable, achievable and time bound, as well as in line with their core values and beliefs. I work to raise my clients’ awareness of their current situation and help them explore what they could do in order to get closer to what they want, ensuring they are clear on what specific actions they have agreed to take and that they are committed to doing so.  

Effective questioning - A successful coaching relationship greatly relies on the Coaches’ ability to ask questions which encourage the client to learn about themselves. As a result, Coaches are experts in asking questions which require the client to reflect and verbalise their thoughts, dreams and desires.

Active listening - As well as asking the right questions, a Coach requires the ability to actively listen to the client’s responses and be acutely aware of both what the client is saying and what the client isn’t saying. It is my job as a Coach to be 100% laser focused on what my client is sharing with me and to increase their awareness by highlighting anything which they may be indirectly saying, i.e. pointing out a change in body language or tone of voice or passing comments which imply a limiting belief such as “ I know this will sound stupid but..”

Awareness of values and beliefs - Coaching takes a holistic approach and as such it is important for a coach to ensure that the client is aware of their values and beliefs and that whilst guiding the client through the goal setting process, attention is paid to ensuring that the impact on those values and beliefs is considered. Additionally, the client may be holding on to negative or limiting beliefs which could be stopping them from achieving what they want. In such instances, it is my responsibility as a Coach to help the client become aware of and subsequently challenge those beliefs. 

Being able to build rapport - The coaching relationship creates a safe, confidential and non-judgmental place for clients to share some of their most raw thoughts and deepest desires. As such, Coaches need to be able to quickly and effortlessly build rapport with clients, ensuring they feel comfortable and safe opening up and sharing information about their lives. 

Being aware of the client’s thinking style - A way to quickly build rapport and effectively connect with clients is to become aware of their preferred thinking style. Having this awareness allows me as a Coach to use words which my clients can relate to, making the questions I ask tailored to their individual preference and easier to understand. 

Keeping to the client’s agenda - Coaching is not about giving advise or telling clients what to do. A Coach should never project their own experiences, opinions and judgments on to clients. It is my responsibility to always keep to the client’s agenda in an unbiased and non-judgmental way, whilst providing a framework that ensures that the client is focusing on the future and on how to move forward.  

Providing the client with accountability - As a Coach I will be a sounding board, I will help my clients review their progress, find the motivation to take action, reflect on learnings and provide encouragement to ensure that they remain on track. I will also ensure that clients have a clear and agreed action plan with specific time lines and strategies to minimise the likelihood that the actions won’t be taken. 

Providing Structure - Coaching sessions need to follow a framework to ensure that they don’t turn into casual conversations. Clients are guided through a learning process during each session, this provides them with a clear structure to work through  in order to - understand what outcome they desire, become aware of what is stopping them at the moment, think about what they could do to move forward and decide what they will do to make progress in the fastest and most effective way. 

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