Coaching helps people to tackle ‘blocks’ that are stopping them moving towards the sort of life they want. It is not about giving advice or telling clients what to do. It is about removing the obstructions that stop clients making changes, reaching their goals, and achieving a more balanced life. Coaching helps clients to tackle dissatisfaction and disappointment in their life, and may also help them to tackle issues of self-esteem and lack of confidence.
Life coaches support and encourage people to help them fulfil their potential and make the most of their lives. Business coaches and executive coaches support clients in a particular area of their life, whether with the development of their business or of their career, whilst relationship and divorce coaches focus on their clients’ personal lives.
Working as a coach may involve:
… as well as many other aspects.
Some coaches work within a larger business, often in a corporate setting, whilst many others are self-employed.
Coaches may work from an office or they may visit clients in their own home or meet them in their workplace. In some cases it is helpful to visit the client at home or in the work
place, to try to address their issues in the context in which they crop up. At other times, however, it is more helpful to take the client right out of their familiar environment, allowing them some distance and perspective on their experiences. A growing number of coaches work with clients online, either by email or by video-conferencing.
Life coaching is not regulated in the UK, so anyone can work as a life coach if they feel they have the necessary skills and qualities. However, many clients favour coaches who have qualifications and membership of a professional organisation.
Find out more about training as a coach with the Coach Training Centre.
You can learn more about working as a coach by visiting the coaching directory at Life Coach UK.