“Coaching gives clients the opportunity to think what they’ve not thought, say what they’ve not said, dream what they’ve not dreamed, and create what they’ve not created.” Dave Ellis
The term ‘coach’ is often misunderstood and, as a result, misused. Unfortunately, there are a wide variety of coaches operating in the market, with varying levels of experience and training, and this makes it increasingly harder to define what a coach is, and what you should expect as a client.
At Siendo, we understand how confusing it can be to choose the ‘right’ coach, so Rebecca has compiled an FAQ to help to clear the muddy waters.
If you have any unanswered questions, please get in touch; we would love to hear from you.
What is coaching and what is the role of a coach?
Years ago, before I began my training, I had a very different view of what it meant to be a coach and what the process had offered to those who I had ‘coached’. You will find there are a wide range of definitions of what it means to be a coach, however, if in doubt – the International Coaching Federation (ICF) is always the best place to start.
As the leading global organisation dedicated to advancing the coaching profession, the ICF are passionate about making sure their coaches and the institutions that train them are well equipped to do their jobs.
There are some key characteristics that ICF believe you should look for in a coaching relationship:
- Coaching sessions should always be client-driven. You are the expert on your own life.
- During sessions, the coach will work in partnership with you to create thought-provoking and creative sessions that inspire you to maximize your personal and professional potential.
- The focus of the session will be driven by individual client needs, but you can expect that each session will involve: setting goals, creating outcomes, understanding any mental blocks, and managing effective personal change.
- Your coach should spent a large proportion of the time listening and using powerful questioning techniques to help you unlock that innate wisdom inside of you, so you feel empowered to solve your own problems.
According to the ICF, a great coach will:
- Discover, clarify and align with what the client wants to achieve
- Encourage client self-discovery
- Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
- Hold the client responsible and accountable
What Coaching isn’t…
- Athletic Development
Coaching is often thought of as a form of therapy, and even though there are elements that cross-over, the role of a therapist is far more anchored in resolving past pain and trauma. Although coaching may explore past pains and traumas in order to move forward, a coach will focuses on self-exploration, self-knowledge, professional development, performance enhancement, and better self-management.
What happens during a coaching session?
A powerful coaching session should be an enjoyable experience, even if it feels challenging at times. Sessions will last between 1 hour – 1 hour 30 minutes and the agenda will change from week to week.
To get the most out of your coaching experience, you are encouraged to think through what you would like to get from the sessions. Usually the agenda will be based around your goals and ambitions, as well as what areas you feel you are struggling with.
As a coach, I aim to provide useful exercises and pose powerful questions that can help to remove any limiting assumptions or mental blocks that are holding you back from achieving your full potential.
Towards the end of each session, we will create any accountability and action plans that arise from our discussions.
In order to reap the full benefits of coaching, a coachee will work on completing their stated goals in between sessions.
How can a coach benefit me?
Coaching can help with a variety of goals, which include:
- Learn stress management techniques
- Increase your levels of self-acceptance and self-compassion
- Understand and improve motivation
- Improve lifestyle choices to suit your goals
- Broaden your perception and help you see the bigger picture
- Increase self-awareness, specifically around your beliefs, habits, attitudes, skills, values and self-identity
- Remove your mental blocks
- Reduce your limiting beliefs
- Improve self-confidence
- Achieve professional and personal goals
How many sessions should I have?
The amount of sessions required will depend on the individual needs of the client and this will be discussed during your initial consultation call. That said, we have found that six sessions is the minimum requirement for sustainable change; change happens with consistent practice and reinforcement. As a result we don’t offer ‘one-off’ sessions unless a client has finished the whole course.
Will coaching work for me?
Coaching works for the majority of people, but not everyone. You must be open to challenging yourself to change. Coaching requires commitment and perseverance and, if you are ready to make positive change, coaching will work for you.
Are the coaching sessions face-to-face or online?
Rebecca offers both F2F and online coaching sessions.
Due to the social distancing rules during COVID-19, coaching sessions are only being held via Zoom or telephone. We have found this method to be just as effective.
Once social distancing rules have been relaxed, Rebecca will continue to offer F2F coaching throughout Oxfordshire, alongside online coaching.
If you are an organisation and you would like in-house coaching services, please get in contact.
Who will be my coach and what qualifications do they have?
Rebecca is the founder of Siendo and she will be your coach throughout your allocated sessions.
Rebecca spent many years training as a coach and a mental health practitioner, alongside collecting hands-on coaching experience while working within the corporate banking sector.
Rebecca completed her PG Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching with Barefoot Coaching in 2018. Barefoot Coaching are a market-leading training provider, accredited by the International Coaching Federation and the National Council of Psychotherapists.
Rebecca’s qualifications and professional memberships include:
- BSc Management – First Class Honors
- PG Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching – Chester University & Barefoot Coaching
- Approved Instructor in Adult Mental Health First Aid – MHFA England
- Accredited ‘ACC’ Coach and Member of the International Coaching Federation
- International Member of the Council of Psychotherapists
- Qualified Zen Yoga Teacher (200hr) – Accredited by the world-wide standards body Yoga Alliance, and the Independent Yoga Network.