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What is Coaching and How Does it Work?

Sometimes in life you can see where you want to be but have absolutely no idea how to get there.  You can see the obstacles and barriers to your success but don’t quite know how to get over them.  Coaching can help you to bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to be.

Some coaches work in a completely non-directive way.  They ask questions and allow you to formulate your own plan based on what you already know.

Some coaches, particularly performance coaches, work in a very directive way.  They will tell the client exactly what to do to make a difference – for example a coach might tell a tennis player to extend their reach by an extra 2cm on the serve to maximise power.

I work in a semi-directive way, which falls somewhere between the two.  I will never tell you what to do but I might help you to increase your skills and knowledge so that you formulate a plan based on the best information – not just on what you already know.

I will listen to you, properly listen to everything you say and try to understand what you really want from life –  personally and professionally.

I will help you to understand yourself and your challenges and will enable you to see potential ways forward.  It’s up to you which way you go.

Once you have decided on a way forward I will support you to set goals (where appropriate) and work creatively to help you take each step towards them – this may include elements of counselling, one-to-one training or involve engaging with external support.

Finally, I will encourage and support you throughout the journey, will challenge you to stay on track and keep your promises to yourself and will be your cheerleader when you reach the finish line.

At the end of the process you should feel happier and more in control with a genuine sense of achievement.  You will also have gained some self-awareness and/or have developed some sustainable new skills.

I work predominantly with women but also with couples and businesses.

If you still have questions please contact me to find out how I can help you.

I even offer an initial consultation free of charge so you can be sure that I am the person you want to work with.

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