Personal Development Coach

My hope with this page is to provide some background information on the concept of personal development coach.

When I do a keyword search on Google, I get lots of listings for coaches, but little in the way of background information, so I look to Wikepedia for help with the background information, and I will provide a link to Wikipedia at the bottom of this page.

I know lots of my peers in the counseling field are moving in this direction and the definition below is a good beginning point for information gathering.

"Coaching is a method of directing, instructing and training a person or group of people, with the aim to achieve some goal or develop specific skills. There are many ways to coach, types of coaching and methods to coaching. Direction may include motivational speaking. Training may include seminars, workshops, and supervised practice."

Origins of the Term Coaching

The name allegedly recalls the multitasking skills associated with controlling the team of a horse-drawn stagecoach.

By the 1880s American college sports teams had -- in addition to managers -- coaches.

Some time in the 20th century, non-sporting coaches emerged: non-experts in the specific technical skills of their clients, but who nevertheless ventured to offer generalised motivational or inspirational advice.

Recent practices in performance coaching in non-sporting environments focus on non-directive questioning, provocation and helping clients to analyze and solve their own challenges, rather than offering advice or direction.

Types of Coaching

Life coaching is a practice with the aim of helping clients determine and achieve personal goals. Life coaches use multiple methods that will help clients with the process of setting and reaching goals.

Coaching is not targeted at psychological illness, and coaches are not therapists nor consultants.

Life coaching has roots in executive coaching, which itself drew on techniques developed in management consulting and leadership training.

Life coaching also draws inspiration from disciplines including sociology, psychology, positive adult development, career counseling, mentoring, and other types of counseling."

The coach may apply mentoring, values assessment, behavior modification, behavior modeling, goal-setting, and other techniques in helping their clients.

Government bodies have not found it necessary to provide a regulatory standard for life coaching, nor does any state body govern the education or training standard for the life coaching industry; the title of "coach" can be used by any service provider.

Multiple coaching schools and training programs are available, allowing for many options (and sometimes causing confusion) when an individual decides to gain "certification" or a "credential" as they apply to the coaching industry. Multiple certificates and credential designations are available within the industry.

There are six self-appointed accreditation bodies for life coaching: the International Coaching Council (ICC), the International Coach Federation (ICF), the International Association of Coaching (IAC), the Certified Coaches Federation (CCF) and the European Coaching Institute (ECI)International Guild of Coaches (IGC).

No independent supervisory board evaluates these programs, and they are all privately owned. These bodies all accredit various coaching schools as well as individual coaches, except the IAC which only accredits individuals.

Some assert that life coaching is akin to psychotherapy without restrictions, oversight, or regulation.

The State legislatures of Colorado after holding a hearing on such concerns, disagreed , asserting that coaching is unlike therapy because it does not focus on examining nor diagnosing the past.

Instead coaching focuses on effecting change in a client's current and future behavior. Additionally, life coaching does not delve into diagnosing mental illness or dysfunctions.

According to a survey of coaching clients, "sounding board" and "motivator" were the top roles selected for a coach.

Clients are looking for a coach "to really listen to them and give honest feedback." The top three issues in which clients seek help are time management, career, and business.

Personal coaching

Personal Coaching is a relationship which is designed and defined in a relationship agreement between a client and a coach. It is based on the client's expressed interests, goals, and objectives.

Personal Coaching is a learning process. A Personal Coach may use inquiry, reflection, requests and discussion to help clients identify personal and/or business and/or relationship goals, develop strategies, relationships and action plans intended to achieve those goals.

A coach provides a place for clients to be held accountable to themselves by monitoring the clients' progress towards implementation of their action plans.

Together they evolve and modify the plan to best suit the client's needs and environmental relationships.

A Personal Coach acts as a human mirror for clients by sharing an outside and unbiased perspective on what they are observing about their clients.

A Personal Coach may teach specific insights and skills to empower the client toward their goals. Finally, a Personal Coach encourages the client to celebrate the achievement of milestones and goals.

Clients are responsible for their own achievements and success. The client takes action; and the coach may assist, but never leads or does more than the client.

Therefore, a coach cannot and does not promise that a client will take any specific action or attain specific goals.

Personal Coaching is not counseling, therapy or consulting.

These different skill sets and approaches to change may be adjunct skills and professions.

The Personal Coach recognizes his/her limitations, and refers the client for other services as ethically required.

Business coaching

Business coaching is the practice of providing support and occasional advice to an individual or group in order to help them recognize ways in which they can improve the effectiveness of their business.

Business coaches work to improve leadership, employee accountability, teamwork, sales, communication, goal setting, strategic planning and more.

It can be provided in a number of ways, including one-on-one tuition, group coaching sessions and large scale seminars. Business coaches are often called in when a business is perceived to be performing badly, however many businesses recognize the benefits of business coaching even when the organization is successful.

Business coaches often specialize in different practice areas such as Executive Coaching, Corporate Coaching, and Leadership Coaching.

At least two organizations, the International Coaching Council (ICC) and the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) provide a membership-based association for professionals involved in business coaching.

The ICC and WABC also provide an accrediting system for business coach training programs. The ICC has currently over 1,500 members from over 50 countries.

Business Coaches can also gain creditability by joining a franchise or firm.

Business coaching is not the same as mentoring.

Mentoring involves a developmental relationship between a more experienced "mentor" and a less experienced partner, and typically involves sharing of advice.

A business coach can act as a mentor given that he or she has adequate expertise and experience. However, mentoring is not a form of business coaching.

A good business coach need not have specific business expertise and experience in the same field as the person receiving the coaching in order to provide quality business coaching services.

Health coaching

In the world of health and wellness, a health coach is an emerging new role.

Health coaching is becoming recognized as a new way to help individuals "manage" their illnesses and conditions, especially those of a chronic nature.

In both sports and health, a "coach" is a person who observes, gives objective feedback, teaches, helps to develop a plan of action, and holds another responsible for their actions and commitments. The coach will use special techniques, personal experience, expertise, and encouragement to assist the coachee in bringing his/her behavioral changes about.

Dating coaching

Dating coaches are coaches whose job is to direct and train people to improve their success in dating and relationships.

A dating coach directs and trains his/her clients on various aspects of meeting and attracting long-term partners and meeting more compatible prospects. The focus of most programs is on confident and congruent communication.

Dating coaches may focus on topics important to the art of dating: interpersonal skills, flirting, psychology, sociology, compatibility, fashion, and recreational activities.

There has been a stigma attached to those who seek help from dating coaches. Some counterarguments to this stigma are that most people have dating coaches in the form of older siblings, charismatic friends, or honest lovers; and that it is socially acceptable to seek coaches in other, potentially less important aspects of life such as guitar playing.

A response to this is that dating is easier than activities like guitar playing, and coaches should be unnecessary. A counterargument to that response is that there are many people who have been out of the dating world for so long that the techniques that used to work for them (such as going out to bars) no longer work; and some people have barriers that they need to deal with before they can be successful.

Conflict coaching

Conflict coaching is a specialized niche in both the fields of coaching and conflict management.

Conflict coaching may be used in an organizational context, for matrimonial and other relationship matters and is one of many conflict management tools for helping people improve their conflict management skills and abilities.

Like many other techniques of this nature, it is premised on the view that conflict provides an opportunity to improve relationships, to create mutually satisfactory solutions and attain other positive outcomes when differences arise between and among people.

Sports coaching

In sports, a coach or manager is an individual involved in the direction, instruction and training of the operations of a sports team or of individual sportspeople.

Brain Fitness Coach

Underlying all of the coaching fields that Wikipedia speaks to above is a healthy brain, where all the neurons involved in listening, for example, or executive planning, are getting exercised regularly, and are available to fire in concert with other neurons in that circuit. If neurons in a circuit are not getting exercised, the brain marks them as inactive, and deletes them, to use a computer term. Then I have fewer available to sort through background noise for the needed information and the result is "senior moments" for example, where I cannot find the word I want.

It is now possible to use any number of computer programs to provide novel challenge to neurons, and keep them available for providing solutions to my life issues.

For coaches, these tools are mandatory, I would think.

I like to boot up two programs on my computer and use them while I work, for a quick, refreshing break between tasks. The links are below for those two.

Whole Brain Fitness

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Mind Sparke Brain Fitness Pro - Software that makes you smarter

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Would you share what you are most grateful for? Your story could be just what another person is searching for to renew themselves? Thanks.

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