07 Jun WHAT COACHING IS NOT !
When I introduce my self as a “Coach”, people often ask me “is it like a sports coach?” or “ is it like counseling?” or “is it like consulting?” and I start to explain what coaching is. On the other hand sometimes to explain what “something” is, it is also important to share what “something” is not? So I would like to share a very brief and sharp explanation “what coaching is not ?” Reference, Erickson International website (https://erickson.edu/)
Unlike therapists and counselors, coaches don’t focus on the childhood or past experiences that might be the root of the way a person lives or feels. Instead they help their clients get clear on what they want in the future, why they want it, and how they are going to achieve it.
Consultants diagnose the needs of an organization or individual and offer their own solutions based on their specialized expertise to ‘fix’ the problem; solutions which they often implement for the client as well. Coaches use tools and processes to help clients to generate their own solutions and then hold them accountable for following through.
Someone new to coaching might hear the word “coach” and think football, but sports coaches generally are in charge, setting the goals and the path to victory. Teaching, correcting, and managing are all skills a sports coach would use. Professional life, business or executive coaching is the opposite; it’s the client who sets the goals.
If you would like to learn more about what coaching is or what it is not, please feel free to join me at my Refresh Yrslf Coaching Introduction event on 27th June 2018.
ABOUT AYŞEN TOPKAYA
Ayşen works as an ICF Accredited Certified Coach and Human Resource Consultant. She lives and works in London and is the owner of UDA Consulting.