Transform Your Career with Career Coaching
Do you need a career coach?
- Are you stuck in a rut, or facing a challenge that seems impossible?
- Have you been wanting to make a huge change in your life but don’t know where to begin.
- Is it time to take your business in a different direction and you need some help figuring out how best to do it.
That’s where coaching comes into the picture. Because a coach isn’t attached to the situation, they can help you see things from a different perspective, and they’ll be more objective. And if you struggle with confidence, being focused, or setting goals, working with a coach will help in those areas too.
So, let’s explore what career coaching is, and how it can help you in both your personal and business life.
What Is Coaching?
In the past when we heard the word coach we automatically thought of baseball coaches, football coaches, and anything else sports related. Things have definitely changed over the years! Now a coach refers to lots of different things because there are coaches for just about anything you can think of!
So, exactly what is coaching?
According to Wikipedia, it means:
a form of development in which an experienced person, called a coach, supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing training and guidance. The learner is sometimes called a coachee. Occasionally, coaching may mean an informal relationship between two people, of whom one has more experience and expertise than the other and offers advice and guidance as the latter learns; but coaching differs from mentoring by focusing on specific tasks or objectives, as opposed to more general goals or overall development.
Do You Need A Coach?
Any area of your life that you’re not seeing forward motion on is a potential invitation to work with a specialized coach, like a Career Coach.
You can read books, buy courses and all that – DO that, it’s good to be informed. But also think about how a coach can help you implement what you learn and be a support for your growth.
Our Ego always wants to be safe and safe means same – so maybe it’s time to shake that up.
In other words, the answer is yes. Yes, you need a coach 😉
What Kind of Coaches Are There & What Do They Do?
Life/Career Coach – a life/career coach can be the key to unlocking a more satisfying and meaningful life. They act as guides, helping you identify areas of growth while providing personalized strategies for reaching your goals.
There is a wide range of things a life coach can help you navigate like:
- Personal development
- Job loss / job change
- Time management
- Coping with grief
- Lack of self-confidence
- Managing stress
- Figuring out what your passions are (or purpose in life)
- Finding balance (i.e., balance between work and life)
- Better decision making skills
- Any change you’re going through or even uncertainty
- … and so much more!
Having said that, some life coaches only work in certain areas of specialty so it’ll be important to have a conversation with a potential coach to make sure they can provide specific help with the area you’re looking for support and guidance in.
Performance Coach – a performance coach can help you unleash your power! Yes, that may sound similar to what working with a life coach can do, but performance coaching is more like life coaching on steroids. With a performance coach, you’ll enhance accountability, acquire advanced skills and tools, and reach peak productivity – the perfect way to optimize both mind and body for high-level success.
Health & Wellness Coach – a coach that works in the health and wellness industry is there to support you on a journey to optimal health. They will work with you to develop a plan tailored just to you and your needs – a plan that may include strategies to replace less healthy habits with healthier ones. This might involve setting specific goals such as increasing physical activity, making some changes to your diet, managing stress, or getting enough sleep.
Relationship Coach – this type of coach can work with individuals or couples. They’re there to help you gain a deeper understanding of what your needs are, how you communicate, and relationship dynamics. They can also give you strategies that will help resolve any conflicts that arise in your relationships.
Spiritual Coach – a spiritual coach can help you explore your spirituality, developing a deeper understanding of yourself as well as the world around you to make positive changes that will help you find more happiness, fulfillment, and all-around wellbeing.
Money Coach – if you need some help setting up a budget, getting your spending under control and ensuring you’re putting money away into savings, a money coach is the coach for you. You’re going to have to be vulnerable here because they’re going to want to look at your whole financial picture. This means your income, spending habits, and the debt you have. This information will help them develop a financial plan that works best for you and your needs.
Business Coach – a business coach can be a great asset to you and your business! They’ll help you gain clarity if you’re feeling stuck and not sure of the direction you want to go or action to take. If you’re great at setting business goals but not so great at reaching them, a business coach is there to help you take action and move forward towards reaching those goals. From creating the perfect product or service to marketing your business and generating leads, they’ll support you and help you stay motivated.
Body Image Coach – this type of coach is here to guide you on a journey towards increased self-confidence, helping you rebuild a better relationship with yourself through acceptance and love but most of all by learning to accept your body as it is in this moment. Having an appreciation for all that your body does and building a better body image can be life changing.
Note: this coach may also be an intuitive eating coach because they often go hand-in-hand.
Intuitive Eating Coach – an intuitive eating coach will help you learn how to nourish yourself physically (and mentally too) by listening to your inner hunger cues instead of external expectations. They approach things from a weight-neutral place and often don’t talk about weight loss or dieting and instead help you heal your relationship towards food and your body image.
Mindset Coach – a coach who specializes in mindset helps individuals develop a positive and growth-oriented mindset. They’ll help you identify any limiting beliefs or thought patterns and then help you work towards a more positive and empowering way of thinking. This may include tools like affirmations, visualization, and more. They are there to guide you into learning how to take control of your thoughts & beliefs, so you have more confidence, awareness, and success in your life.
Career Coach – A career coach can help someone who is looking to make a career change but lacks the confidence to explore new opportunities. They can also help someone unlock their potential in their current career. Ultimately, they’re there to help you identify your professional objects and then create a roadmap for achieving them all the while supporting and guiding you through the process to take your career to the next level.
Speaking Coach – A speaking coach helps individuals improve their public speaking skills by teaching techniques for effective communication, presentation, and performance. They provide personalized feedback, support and guidance on various aspects of public speaking, including tone, pace, body language, and content delivery. Additionally, they may also work on building confidence, reducing stage fright and addressing any specific fears or concerns an individual might have. Through a combination of instruction, practice and constructive criticism, a speaking coach helps individuals become more effective and engaging public speakers.
Do you know there are coaches for just about everything under the sun when you dig deep down? There are Creativity Coaches who help you explore your creativity and when you find something you love you’ll find available coaches for the specific type of creativity you want to lean into. They might not call themselves a coach though, they may go by teacher, mentor, etc. Don’t let a title throw you off the hunt. Anything you want to do, be or create can be supported by someone!
What Are the Benefits of Working with a Coach?
Depending on the type of coach you work with, there will be different benefits. Let’s look at some of them:
- Set & achieve personal goals.
- Set & achieve business goals.
- Manage stress & anxiety better.
- Become more organized and productive.
- Develop a better self-image.
- Develop a better body image.
- Find your passions or life purpose.
- Manage your finances better.
- Heal your relationship with food.
- Let go of self-limiting beliefs and find a more empowered way of thinking.
- Dive deeper into spirituality.
- Learn strategies to better deal with conflict.
- Learn how to communicate better.
- … and so much more!
One thing to keep in mind – the benefits you get from working with a coach also depend on how willing you are to do the work. The more effort you put in, the better results you’ll see.
How to Find the Right Coach for You.
Just like most of us have found a great restaurant, awesome place to stay, hairdresser, or plumber – just to name a few – by getting a recommendation from those around us, the same can go for a coach! Start by asking those around you if they’ve worked with a coach, what their experience was, and if they’d recommend them. If you’re looking for a more specialized coach, than say a more general one like a life coach, be sure to mention the specific type you’re looking for so you’re not getting a bunch of recommendations for a type of coach you’re not looking to work with.
After you’ve gathered some recommendations, do some research. Check them out online, look at their websites, read testimonials, and even sign up for a mailing list if they have one, so you can get a feel for how they’re showing up and what they’re putting out into the world.
But don’t stop there! The next step is one that may very well be the most important – have a consultation call with them! This will let you meet “face-to-face” virtually (or maybe in person if it’s someone local to you). It gives both you and the potential coach the opportunity to see if the fit is right (personally and ‘professionally’) and whether or not the coach can offer you what you’re looking for.
After having a few consultation calls, it’s time to make your decision of which coach will be best for you and hire them!
Great, you’ve hired your coach – now what? Let’s look at what to expect from the coaching experience.
What to Expect from Your Coach & The Coaching Experience.
You may have heard the phrase “expectations are just premeditated resentments” before. This can definitely be true because when we have expectations about something and it does not go the way we expected, it leaves us feeling disappointed or even resentful. However, in the case of working with a coach there are some things you should expect. 😉
- An assessment/questionnaire of some sort – more than likely, your coach will send you a link to a document, or the document itself, to fill out. This is so they can get a better understanding of not only any challenges you’re facing, but your strengths and the goals you have. Yes, it’s not always fun having to fill something like this out but this will help your coach develop a plan personalized just for you! So, take the time to fill it out and be as in-depth with your answers as possible.
- Confidentiality – anything you talk about with your coach should be held in utmost confidentiality. You should feel comfortable sharing anything that comes up knowing your session and whatever you say is confidential and your coach will keep this information private.
- Regular sessions – most coaching relationships involve regular sessions, typically once a week or once a month, to keep the momentum going and allow for ongoing support. Some coaches include support via email, or an app called Voxer, for quick check-ins or to ask a question in between sessions. This is all stuff that should be laid out upfront before you even hire a coach.
- Participation from you – keep in mind that coaching is a two-way street. Meaning you must be all in and willing to participate fully. This will ensure you get the most out of your coaching experience! Exactly what does participating fully look like? It just means you’ll need to be open and honest with your coach, ask questions, but most of all take action on suggestions and guidance they give.
- Homework – yep, homework! Your coach is more than likely going to assign some homework between sessions to help you stay focused and make progress. This can include exercises, reflections, or taking specific actions.
- Being Empowered – your coach is going to help empower you to take action and reach your goals and full potential. The coaching experience is going to help you get a better understanding of yourself, look at things from a new lens (and stop telling yourself those old stories that are holding you back), and build the confidence you need to take action and go after what you want.
Have a Clear Goal in Mind When Working with a Coach.
With a clear and specific goal guiding your coaching relationship, both you and your coach will share laser-focused attention on reaching that goal. This shared focus helps motivate accountability and commitment while also allowing for progress to be measured along the way. When you establish firm goals, it’ll help you be on the track to success but it also means you’ll get the maximum value from your coaching experience.
How Do You Know When It’s Time To End A Coaching Experience?
During your coaching experience, it’s important to evaluate the progress you’re making. If you find you’ve made great progress and feel like you’ve reached the goals or outcomes you wanted as well as gained some necessary tools and skills, that may be a good indication it’s time to stop the coaching. And it also goes the other way – if your coach feels that you have reached your potential or specific outcomes/goals desired, and are no longer making progress, it may also be time to end the relationship. In both cases, it’s important to have an open and honest conversation to reach a mutually agreed upon decision.
As you can see, coaching can help you both personally and in business by helping you learn how to change your mindset, question your limiting beliefs and the stories you tell yourself so that you can open yourself up to more opportunities. But more importantly, working with a coach can help you get the tools you need to make the changes you want to make. So if you are feeling stuck in any area of life or business, consider reaching out to a coach! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what a difference it’ll make in your life!
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