In honor of International Coaching Week - May 18th - May 24th - I figured I'd spend some time answering the most common top three questions I get asked about coaching.
Q: Who hires coaches?
A: Honesty, anyone and everyone.
Think about sports team. Each team has a coach and some of the players even work individually with their own.
Same thing for the rest of us. Individuals hire coaches to help accelerate their career, improve their health and wellness, foster better relationships and build stronger communication skills.
Companies and organizations hire coaches to improve teamwork, management / employee relations and productivity.
And this is just the short list.
Some clients come to me wanting to focus on setting and achieving goals and we end up figuring out that actually, that’s not at all what they want. What they really want is to pare down their goals and have more free time. It’s all different and ever changing - which is EXACTLY why I love it.
Many of the most successful people in the world hire coaches. Executives, photographers, engineers, school teachers, stay at home moms, etc. I mean even Anthony Robbins - who sometimes is referred to as the father of the coaching industry - has a coach!
Q: It seems like there’s a bunch of different types of coaches out there.
How do I know which one is right for me?
A: It’s true - there are a ton of different types of coaches out there.
More than I could list.
In order to figure out what type of coach you want to work with, you first have to figure out what you’re looking for. If you’re looking to find your career path, you want a career coach. Looking for something along the lines of health and eating right? Check out a health and wellness coach.
If you’ve ever worked with a coach before, then you’ll know there tends to be crossover at some point between your professional and personal life. The majority of my clients are creatives and let’s be honest - when you’re a creative, the lines between personal and professional life are often blurred.
Truth is, if you’re looking for coaching on a specific issue, I’ll bet you can find a coach that specializes in that.
And here’s the thing:
The message among coaches is basically the same, the difference is in how it’s delivered.
Make sure you find one that resonates with you otherwise you may not find yourself motivated to do the work and then it’s a waste.
Q: What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?
A: A lot of people ask this question and while on the outside, therapy and coaching can look similar, they’re actually quite different. Therapy is often rooted in the past. While coaching may dip and dive in it, the ultimate goal is to move forward. Therapy focuses on healing whereas coaching is more about reaching a desired goal or outcome. Therapy often focuses on the problem while coaching focuses on the solution.
Keep an eye out on my social media profiles next week as I'm giving away a free (60) minute coaching session.