What is Coaching?

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Since the first modern coaching models were first developed during the latter half of the 20th century, coaching has rapidly spread across the world as both a profession and a communication technique that has been applied to everything from corporate management to personal growth. Professional life and business coaches have helped countless clients realize that they themselves hold the keys to success in both their professional and personal lives. Today, the coaching industry is growing faster than every as more and more professionals become certified coaches in order to improve their own leadership and mentoring skills or build a rewarding coaching practice of their own.

Coaching is a process of questioning, listening and assessing that leads clients to clarify their goals while determining the best method of overcoming obstacles and making their aspirations a reality. Although most people have a general idea of what they want out of life, professional coaches are trained to ask the right types of probing questions in order for clients to clearly articulate exactly where they want to be in the future. At the same time, many people have a muddled view of what has been holding them back, and coaches know how to lead the clients toward taking a good look at precisely what obstacles are standing in the way and the best way to begin moving forward.

The coaching process is centered entirely on the clients themselves and is focused on overcoming inner doubts and limiting concepts in order to for them to recognize their true potential. When coaching is done right, the client is always behind the wheel while the coach asks him where wants to go next and how he plans on getting there.

This article is a brief abstract from a core learning module included in a Coaching Jump Start program provided to our association and Power Practice Network members. As a member, you will gain access to our four key courses and Success Tools Pro, which provides a constant update of tools and resources for building your practice.

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