What is coaching?

The term 'coaching' itself comes from the Anglo-Saxon word for 'carriage', which is a means of transporting something from one place to another. A life coach, therefore, is an individual who guides another individual from where they are in life, to where they want to be in life.

What is a Life Coach?

A life coach is someone who aims to help and empower others to make, meet and exceed personal and professional goals – including excelling in the workplace, becoming happy and fulfilled in the home, exploring the self and the world, and achieving ambitions. By harnessing specialist techniques based on core psychological principals and natural intuition, life coaches provide clients with the tools to confidently face difficult situations, push past emotional barriers and eventually view life with fresh, hopeful and enlightened eyes. Just as sports coaching enables athletes to hone themselves into the fastest, strongest, most tactical competitors in their disciplines, life coaching helps people from all professional and personal backgrounds improve their strengths and build upon their weaknesses to make the most of their lives.

How does life coaching differ from consulting, therapy, sports coaching, or a best friend?

Life coaches may or may not have a background or experience in your field. A coach is a life specialist, an expert on helping you develop all areas of your business and personal life. Unlike many consultants who propose a solution and leave you to implement it, we, the life coach, stay with you to help you integrate the changes, new skills, and goals to make sure they really happen. This is one reason why coaching is so effective–it is one thing to have the information and quite another to actually make the change!

What happens during a life coaching session?

Life coaching sessions will typically be for a specific duration, often between 45 minutes and 90 minutes. Sessions can be conducted over the phone, face to face, over email, via Skype and occasionally through instant messaging. During the session, your life coach will ask you about what you want to get out of life, what areas you're unhappy with and where you'd like to see yourself ending up. Although a life coach will work with you, it’s often up to you to challenge or reflect upon certain ideas to help you move forward with your life. You will never be forced to make any decisions you don't feel comfortable with and all sessions will be confidential, allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings privately. Life coaching is often seen as a partnership between you and your life coach, who will gently encourage you to explore how to make positive changes in your life. A life coach should also offer support and feedback to help you to stay focused on your goals.

How many life coaching sessions will I need?

You can have as many or as few life coaching sessions as you like. Because many life coaches operate over the phone or via the Internet, the sessions can easily fit around your schedule. Some people hire a life coach once every few months, some people have a session once a week. Often, it is entirely up to you to decide.

Is life coaching expensive?

The cost of a coaching session will depend on a number of factors, including the type of coaching you require, one on one or group, the length of the session and location. On average, coaches can charge anything from $75 to $300 per session (business and corporate coaching can be more expensive). Many coaches offer a free initial consultation, and some may be able to offer discounted services. Also, some coaches offer monthly packages, which can include 4-10 sessions per month. This offers better a value per session.

What can a life coach help me with?

Life coaches utilize effective techniques to help their clients in all aspects of life. If you've ever struggled with anything - whether it be sticking to a diet, changing career, moving out of your comfort zone, standing up for yourself at work, keeping a stable love life, starting a business, or achieving those things you always wanted to do (the called 'bucket-list' activities), then consulting a life coach could help you. A life coach will approach things pragmatically. Through questions and exercises, he or she will try to get a good idea of how you look at the world. From this, they will be able to identify the most effective route to your goal. However you approach life, your life coach will be able to tailor your sessions to fit.