People often ask me how does a coaching conversation differ from one with a good friend, family member or a trusted co-worker?
It’s a valid question, so here’s how I usually respond:
Talking with friends and family is really important. Having a connection, developing and maintaining close personal relationships is key to leading a fulfilling life.
But hiring a coach is a way to consciously and intentionally raise your own bar… to help you figure out who you are at your best so you can be open to a world of possibilities. To have an unbiased partner as you discover what gets in your way and to develop an action plan towards your goals. A coaching conversation is all about you. Your agenda. Always.
Here’s what some of my clients say about what makes their coaching conversations unique;
“My coach is not afraid to point out if I’m “not playing full out” but she does this in a delicate and sensitive way so that I’m motivated, not to defend my actions, but to “get into the game.”
“The coaching conversations always leave me empowered to move forward with my life in a positive way.”
“Our coaching conversations are like no other conversations I have with anyone else in my life. My family and friends have a caring but underlying “agenda” for me and the choices I make. My coach trusts my ability to choose my own path and guides me every step of the way.”
When you are ready to have these kinds of conversations, find a coach whom you want to work with. It’s the logical next step in identifying what’s important to you, what’s next and how to get there.