Coaching: coach versus client

The Coach

For a coach, coaching is a process that relies heavily on honest, two-way communication, through a structured verbal dialogue. A coach will ask the client many questions that will open up the client’s thinking to help them be imaginative and creative when formulating a solution for their issue. The coach carefully listens to and observes the client during the coaching sessions, assists with measuring performance, and provides appropriate feedback if requested or urgently required.

They make a significant investment of time before, during, and after the coaching session to assist their clients. A major aim for a coach is to help the client focus and act on achieving relevant goals and action plans designed and set in place with the support of the coach. For a coach, coaching also involves having the courage to carefully address challenging topics, while maintaining a client’s confidence and self-belief towards their plans.

The Client

For the client, coaching involves obtaining clarity, focus and direction around a chosen area of life or business. Coaching helps make the client’s chosen topic achievable so that they can progress it to the desired state through the use of various techniques applied by a coach. Clients who choose to use coaching are approaching change in a structured and manageable way using carefully designed goals and action plans.

Coaching is a means by which a client can explore their options in a confidential, non-judgemental manner. By working with a coach, a client will become self-correcting through forming a habit of asking very intelligent questions and meticulously assessing their own behaviours and choices they make.

With the help of a coach, clients can unlock and release their full potential through fresh new thinking to develop and achieve the positive changes they require.

Written by Prashant Jadav. For more information about coaching and personal development support, please get in touch here.