When And How To Hire A Great Coach ?

It seems that under the increasing pressure at work due to the economic crisis, people are more willing to deliberately invest in their life and self-care. For them this is becoming more evident in today’s fast-paced environment. Look at yourself and around you, people are so busy dealing with all the information they receive and send,  that they barely take the time to stop, think and then look inside themselves to identify their life purpose and use their skills and resources for personal development.

1-What is coaching?

According to the International Coach Federation, Personal and business coaching is an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses or organizations. This is not counseling nor consulting nor therapy: ask your coach what are the differences and discuss eventually to be referred to other professionals. From CEOs to women re-entering the workforce, people looking for a healthier life style or a transition into a new career, almost everyone can benefit from working with a coach who fits her or his needs as a champion.

2-Is coaching right for you?

Why? If you feel trapped or frustrated in your current position, need help to clarify your goals, set priorities for your life or communicating better – consider finding a coach.

Who? Determine the type of coach you want based on your needs. Hire a coach with the right background and experience, who fits your needs and your style.  To find out, always ask for a complimentary coaching session.   Google the coach’s name and check what he or she is saying on platforms like Linkedin, Twittter or Facebok  and blogs.

Where? Sessions can be held in person or on the phone/Skype, .All conversations are confidential.

When? Sessions can last between 30 minutes to 60 minutes. One regular session weekly schedule works well.

How? Look for highly personalized coaching services and programs

  • Business or Career Success
  • Life Enhancement
  • Personal Success

3-The Coach Role

A coach, will:

  • Actively listen to you
  • Help you clarify your objectives
  • Identify means to evaluate results
  • Identify your internal and external resources
  • Give you honest feedback
  • Encourage you to move into action
  • Observe your actions,
  • Support you in every step you take.
  • Acknowledging changes
  • Not judging you or giving you unsolicited advice.

When people are inspired, they don’t need motivation- Thomas J. Leonard.

4-Tips on how to get the most of your coach ?

Use your coach as a resource, not as an answer.Your coach has lived a lot, seen a lot and coached others who are facing similar challenges. Your coach has been trained to listen, inspire, educate, manage and guide.Your coach has been trained to initiate conversations, share ideas, make requests, clarify your thinking and support your decisions. Your coach does not have the answers. But you do. Your coach will help you discover them for yourself.

Come to the coaching call prepared, with an agenda.It’s your goal and vision. It’s your life. It’s your problem. It’s your opportunity. So, get what you want out of each session, don’t wait for the coach to initiate. Come to each session with a list of questions, a concern, an opportunity, you want advice about and/or a problem to solve. Set the pace and the coach can help.

Inspire the coach, in good times and bad. A coach wants to be inspired by you, your actions and what is happening in your life. It’s easy when things are going well, but how do you inspire the coach (and yourself) when you’ve hit a snag? You do it by being human, fully communicating about your feelings, by listening to the coaching and stepping back up to the plate when you’re ready. A coach wants to be inspired, not impressed.

Get yourself heard. Being fully listened to is an integral aspect of coaching. The more you are fully heard, the more you can accomplish. So, make sure your coach is hearing all of what you’re saying, even if you can’t articulate it fully. All you really want in life is to be fully heard.

Underpromise, don’t overpromise.Sometimes you may find yourself promising yourself and your coach too much.Experience has shown that most clients do better promising less and accomplishing more. Playing catch up with too many promises to too many people robs you of energy. Underpromise, produce more; enjoy the surplus.

Coaching can require energy: emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Take extraordinary care of yourself while being coached. There is no point to wealth without your health.

5-What happens during Individual Coaching Sessions?

  • Assessment tools : help you setup your goals, agenda for sessions and track progress towards your goals
  • Conversations: honest, direct and open discussion of deep-seeded ideas or wishes; careful process of feedback
  • Action steps:  specific methods to get you unstuck and help you realize your goals
  • Homework: assignments that continue work from your session or get you thinking creatively

Claim and schedule your FREE Coaching Session now: Email : aegros@zestnzen, Skype AnneEgros

Anne Egros’ Summary: Anne Egros, Pharm. D, has over 20 years experience in Fortune 500 global companies based in USA, Japan and Europe. From research and development to strategic planning, strategy implementation and operation management, Anne has developed her cross-cultural leadership by working with people from a large variety of cultural backgrounds. Prestigious global companies such as Sanofi-Aventis, L’Oreal, Henkel or Euro-RSCG have recognized Anne’s leadership and team building skills. Anne has worked and lived in some of the most amazing cities in the world such as Paris, London, Basel, Tokyo, New York or Atlanta.

Coaching credentials: I am trained as a professional coach by an accredited ICF program for ACC certification : http://www.Coachinc.com

Key Personal Values:
Teamwork,  Creativity, Diversity, Integrity, Results-oriented, Passion

Specialties: Global Executive Coaching, Career Coaching, Personal and Professional Development.

Clients:Expatriates, Managers and Leaders working for global companies Women and men   in their 40’s and 50’s seeking a new career, re-entry in the work force or personal development

Contact Information:

Email: aegros@zestnzen.com

Linkedin Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/anneatlanta

Web site :  http://www.zestnzen.wordpress.com

About Anne Egros

Zest and Zen is a blog about Expat Life Challenges, Global Leadership, Intercultural Communication, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Change Psychology, Life Transitions
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