Trying to find a present for someone who is hard to buy for? Or, have you just procrastinated the whole holiday madness thing and haven’t quite gotten around to it?
Whatever the reason, consider giving the gift of coaching.
You don’t have to wrap it.
You don’t have to mail it.
You don’t even have to choose the coach; let the recipient decide what kind of coach they are looking for and who would be the best fit.
It’s a gift that keeps on giving.
A good coach can help someone see his/her world differently, so they pursue their goals and dreams. The tools and skills learned throughout the coaching process provide value long after the coaching sessions have ended.
Who can’t use that?
What Is Coaching?
In short, coaching helps people see outside their self-made box of limiting beliefs to create the results they want.
In the words of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), “The Core Energy Coaching process helps people tap into their inner purpose and passion and connect that with outer goal and tasks to bring about extraordinary and sustainable results.
In my case, I help clients peel back the layers of limiting beliefs, assumptions and negative interpretations that cloud their ability to even see their dreams. Many of my clients stopped dreaming long ago for a variety of reasons. I help them find their core values and passions; and then build the dream.
Benefits of Coaching
Any coach you talk to can tell you about the specific benefits of working with him/her. On a broader spectrum, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) lists the following benefits:
According to the ICF, 96 percent of companies and individuals who hire a coach would repeat the process. Now that’s client satisfaction.
Types of Coaching
Whether your intended recipient would like help with his/her business, a challenging relationship, decision-making, communication, losing weight permanently, or simply suffers from existential “why am I here?” angst, there is likely a coach that speaks your language. Broadly speaking, the coaching umbrella covers the following categories: small business, corporate, life, health and wellness, relationship, career, and transition.
Before you assume you can’t afford it, do some research. Many coaches offer complimentary sessions, so that people can try before they buy. Most coaches offer a variety of packages, group coaching, seminars or online, self-teaching course tools that can be more affordable than one-on-one coaching.
What to Look for in a Coach
Professional certification — This ensures that the coach has undergone training through an established program accredited by the International Coaching Federation.
Work style — Does the coach work primarily by phone, Skype or in person? You can do a google search for coaches in your area, but many coaches work by phone, so location isn’t necessarily critical. However, having similar time zones can be helpful, but again, some coaches like to be in a different time zone because it accommodates how they like to structure their days.
Specialization — Coaches often specialize in an area, e.g., relationship coaching for women who are separated. Find out whether the coach’s specialization matches your need.
Philosophy — By checking out the coach’s website, the language used and services offered, you can determine whether his/her philosophy matches yours and whether it’s time to set up a complimentary session.
The bottom line? Coaching can be helpful for anyone who is open to it. Do some research and keep an open mind. You’ll find just what you (or your recipient will) need.
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