Let a Life Coach Guide You

Let a Life Coach Guide You

You have decided to look after yourself, to take into account your expectations and your needs, to act according to what you really agree with, and what is important to you.
Whatever your personal, professional, family, emotional situation, you have the resources to overcome obstacles. 
Perhaps you want to quit smoking, become slim, change jobs or positions, pass an exam, have the guts to approach this person who you like, or finally chase your dreams. In fact, you have managed to identify a situation, a state in which you would like to find yourself when you have succeeded. It’s already a huge step!
You are also looking for motivation and support. By clearly identifying your current situation and your success, each step you take, anticipating the obstacles to overcome when they come forward, you move forward and move forward faster.
Your coach accompanies you in each of these stages:
your questions, listen to you reveal your talents, highlight solutions that match and please you, value your commitments and your actions, with trust.
Your goal becomes clear and the road that leads to it too. Your coach becomes your partner in success!

Why Call a Coach?

Coaching is a process of accompaniment, valid for both individuals and groups, which helps you achieve goals more quickly.
If you want to be autonomous, that is to say to make your own choices and in respect of your own balance, the coach is there to guide you.
The role of the coach is to question his client so as to make him realise what prevents him/her from achieving its objectives, and guiding towards its solutions and success.
Depending on the purpose, the coach deploys the tools and methods to guide the client to define the actions to be taken and solve the problems encountered. In this sense, coaching is always tailored, for as long as the number of sessions are required, and depending on the issues raised by the client, whether personal or professional.
The coach is a professional who will listen and help you with relationships. He or she will accompany you on the way that you wish.
A coach is not an adviser, and does not intervene in your choices. Qualified to accompany an individual or a group in the achievement of his objectives, the coach is in this sense a specialist in human resources. 
By accompanying a person in the management of change who are on his way, the coach helps him use his resources, sometimes unsuspected, sometimes hidden under limited beliefs, and thus overcome the obstacles encountered, often by adopting new behaviours. The coach conducts a powerful questioning that generates awareness, which is the first step of the desired evolution.

A coach is not a therapist.

In coaching, the past only interests us as an example, these are our behaviours as they affect the expected results that matter to us; how do these results satisfy our values; how can we change our behaviour, our trust in ourselves, our relationships to others, to the world.
Professional coaching is for anyone who wishes to progress in the professional world, or to tackle a difficult situation at work.
Within the company, a superior often hires a coach for one or more members of his team, to accompany someone in his new job, to allow the potential to flourish and to achieve his goals.
In this context, a tripartite contract is established between the company, the coach and the coached, setting the objectives to be achieved in the coaching process and the expected result indicators.
Coaching teams also allow organisations to put in place solutions co-constructed to make a team perform better, strengthen its cohesion, achieve production or strategic objectives, co-build a vision of the future, accompany changes, at different scales of the organisation.

Why use a certified coach?

Why use a certified coach?

If we were talking about a doctor, a lawyer or an accountant, the question of recognition of the legitimacy and the training of this professional would not arise. A coach is a professional  who is coaching people and organisations. As such, it is important to master specific knowledge and skills. This article aims to better inform you about the requirements and prerequisites expected of any good professional coach. We hope that you will have all the information you need to make informed choices as a customer.

A profession which is not very known

Coaching professions are not regulated and certification is not an obligation. Today, anyone can claim to be a life coach or professional coach without having received specific training and without having to justify his professional practices or his experience.
This situation has many disadvantages and risks :
A lack of knowledge of the profession
The definition of the word coaching is not unanimous among professional coaches or among coaching organisations. In this context, it is normal for the public to misunderstand its prerequisites and requirements. There is distrust of this profession as a whole. Not knowing who the real professionals are, the general public is losing interest in the coaching profession. Many people are unaware of the benefits that a certified professional coach can bring.
Professional coaching comes from the art of maieutics. The art of maieutics initiated by Socrates consists of “giving birth to spirits”. To coach a person is to help him find his own solutions. Coaching is a helping relationship that deals with the human. Therefore, it is necessary to be vigilant. An unethical coach is not only likely to deliver a poor coaching performance, it can also have a negative impact on the clients personal and professional life.

Coaching Certification

Coaching certification allow coaches to:
Acquire fundamental knowledge in human, cognitive or behavioral sciences;
To lead a personal development work, allowing them to better understand all facets of their person;
Learn to manage human relations and interpersonal relationships;
To develop their know-how and their skills
The personal or professional coach who has not worked with these different aspects takes the risk of adopting a posture harmful to the one who is being coached. For example:
Counseling instead of accompanying
Impose one’s own vision of the world instead of helping the coached to clarify his situation by himself;
Lack of kindness, empathy and neutrality;
To seek to exert any influence on the one being coached, to maintain a dependence.

As a client (coached), why choose a certified coach?

The certified coach demonstrates a desire to self-regulate and acquire the professional skills required by this profession. It is a guarantee of seriousness and accountability.

What certifications are there?

Definition

According to the National Commission for Professional Certification (CNCP), a certification testifies the “abilities to carry out professional activities”. The certified title is thus issued to a professional deemed to have acquired the skills, aptitudes and knowledge necessary for the exercise of a trade.
In the professional world of coaching, two types of certification are authentic:
RNCP certification
RNCP is the acronym for National Directory of Professional Certification. These certifications are covered by the Ministry of Vocational Training.
In order for their professional coaching courses to be recognized RNCP, coaching schools must notably:
Provide proof that their training program is adapted to the skills required by this profession; Describe the different tasks that a certified coach must know how to do at the end of his professional training, then put those tasks in relation to actual professional situations; Provide information on the professional activities exercised by the students in their last three classes (do the coaches certified by these schools actually practice in the field of professional coaching?); Specify evaluation methods for future coaches and the procedures for issuing the certified title; Have set up a procedure for validation of prior learning and experience.
Alongside the RNCP certification, we find the ICF certification
ICF certification
The International Coach Federation (ICF) is one of the first professional coaching associations.
ICF certification should not be confused with RNCP certification. While the RNCP certification aims to ensure that individuals newly trained in individual or collective coaching have received a foundation of training recognized by the State, the ICF certification is not subject to any official recognition. It is however recognised in the profession and remains an element of additional credibility for the certified coaches who use it.
The certification process provided for by the ICF is a continuing education process who aims at professional coaches who have already finished their course in school. Indeed, the ICF asks all of its members to enter this certification program within two years of joining the association. This certification must then be renewed every three years.
To obtain their ICF certification, members must:
Have followed an initial coaching training;
Continuous and regular training;
Professional experience and a sufficient number of hours of practice;
Be supervised;
Commit to respecting the ethical code and ethics of ICF;
Sufficient knowledge of the 11 competencies identified as key by the ICF (eg being able to co-create continuous learning opportunities […] to undertake new actions that will most effectively generate the desired results);
Perfect their practice of the eleven key skills through mentoring.
The supervision is a process in which a professional coach (the supervised) is accompanied by another more experienced certified coach (the supervisor). The goal is to allow the supervised coach to benefit from an external perspective and to exchange with a peer around the difficulties he encounters in his practices. All coaching organisations (professional associations and coaching schools) recognise the need for supervision.
Where the ICF talks about certification, the EMCC talks about accreditation.

Alongside ICF certification, EMCC accreditation

Alongside the ICF, the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) is another major professional coaching association with approximately 900 members in France in 21 European countries, including France.
The EMCC accreditation process is equivalent to ICF certification. EMCC accreditation (also known as European Individual Accreditation – EIA) is a post-training, continuing education program, aiming at certifying the coach’s professional experience in the field and recognition by peers. This certification must be renewed every five years.
To obtain accreditation, the member coach of the EMCC must notably:
Have a number of hours of practice;
Send the association feedback from its customers;
Follow professionalization workshops;
To be regularly supervised;
Having carried out a work of introspection and analysis of its practices professional;
Commit to respecting the ethical code and ethics EMCC;
Master the eight skills considered key by the EMCC (Example: the coach must be able to “demonstrate awareness of his own values, beliefs and attitudes, admit that they affect his practice and use this self-awareness to maximise his effectiveness and achieve the client’s goals”).
Finally, it should be noted that the EMCC accreditation process is more demanding when the professional coach has not received training at a coaching school recognised by the association.

Recognition of training organisations by professional associations

Both the EMCC and the ICF, the two associations have implemented a procedure to validate the training process by different coaching schools. This procedure, independent of the RNCP certification, is called “EQA Training Labeling” by the EMCC, “ACTP Training Accreditation or ACSTH” by the ICF.
Professional coaching courses, having obtained their certification or accreditation, says their “coach students” benefits from:
A defined number of theoretical training hours in the classroom, around the “key skills” that a certified professional coach must master;
Of practical sessions of coaching interviews involving the future coach, a coached person and an observer;
Of feedback written about these coaching sessions;
Evaluation including a written examination and an oral examination;
Hours of mentoring.
Finally, obtaining a RNCP certification, an ICF certification or an accreditation by a professional coaching association does not deprive the certified coach, who wants to acquire specific skills, to follow additional training.

Specialised trainings

The certification, accreditation and labelling processes are aimed at acquiring coaching tools and general knowledge by the certified coach. However, depending on his affinities and past professional and personal experiences, the certified coach may wish to engage in a particular branch of coaching. The possibilities are numerous: company coaching, team coaching, collective intelligence, life coaching, executive coaching, change coaching, etc.
To improve professional practices, it is important that the certified coach follows complementary training, in addition to his basic training in coaching. This may include, for example, a specialisation in Nero Linguistic Programming (NLP), Transactional Analysis, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Systemic Organisation, Gestalt, Brief Therapy, Conflict Management, Diagnostic Profile Techniques. personality (enneagram, process communication model, MBTI, etc.)
Of course, all the knowledge and know-how acquired can not replace a self-study of the certified coach aiming to improve his skills and develop his coaching posture. They remain fundamentals such as active listening, the art of questioning, the meta position, neutrality, non-judgment, benevolence, empathy, common sense, to name just a few examples, which can not not be learned in a traditional way.
In conclusion, in the face of a profession that remains not regulated enough, certification, accreditation and labelling process provide benchmarks and tools for coaches wishing to engage in a process of professionalisation of their practices.

Life coaching to move ahead of the obstacles of life



Many famous personalities have a life coach. Why? They all use a personal development coach because they know that self-awareness is the key to success to navigate through the many obstacles of their lives. They are able to continue to take action that will direct them towards their goals, while their coach will constantly help them by reminding them of the course to keep and providing the necessary support.

The benefits of coaching

The most cited benefit of using life coaching is that it helps to increase self-awareness and this is the most indispensable condition for making the right decisions that change your life.
Personal development coaching, or life coaching, can really be seen as the next boom similar to what happened with IT, and many people consider coaching to be a growing profession today.
In general, it is possible to define the work of a personal development coach as helping people, where the coach will help you identify and achieve personal goals. A coach will help clients define and achieve goals using a variety of tools and techniques. Going from where we are to where we want to be is often obscured by many obstacles and uncertainties, which generates stress. If we do not ask ourselves the right questions, we will never be able to find the right answers. If we do not even clearly see the real obstacles blocking our path, how can we find a way to get around them? Sometimes we are so focused on what is wrong in our lives that we miss the opportunities that exist to take us to our solutions.

Call a coach

Applying to a personal development coach is a good way to help you move forward in life and overcome obstacles that prevent you from progressing.
It is difficult for a person to see the whole picture, all the options and all the factors that affect their quest to achieve their goals. This is where a life coach becomes priceless. They will ask the right questions to help customers become aware of their situation and help them make the right decisions. The right questions will unlock customer-specific solutions that have always been out of reach. Internal barriers may in some cases be erased simply with increased self-awareness and recognising one’s abilities and strengths.


Immediate benefits from the first session



Can a life coach really help? On which areas can it make you feel better? What is the purpose of having a life coach?

Definition of a life coach

A life coach helps to cope with a situation encountered on a personal or professional level.  We can call on a life coach at the arrival of a particular event such as a divorce or a dismissal, but also to get out of an existential crisis, boredom or lack of meaning.
The life coach wants to solve the problem as soon as possible. He is more interested in the present to build the future, not only the past. It is usually done on a short period.

Advance on his personal and professional life

Most life coaches have their specialty but they can offer their guidance both in the professional and personal life.

Here are some topics that you can work with a life coach:

Diagnose the source of problem at work and find solutions
Prevent or recover from a burn out (exhaustion), or a bore out (boredom), or a lack of meaning
Find a different professional path
Rebuild after a separation, avoid repeating the same emotional patterns in the future
Improve your relationship with spouses, colleagues and/or family
Learn to better manage your time
Worry less, be less affected by the annoyances of everyday life
Strengthen your self esteem and self-confidence
Etc!
If you think about a topic that is not in this list, feel free to contact a life coach to know if he can accompany you on this theme.

Usefulness of a life coach

Getting the guidance from a life coach can help you get out of a situation in which you have been going around for too long. At one point, we have to admit that we are having trouble moving forward unaccompanied. To be accompanied by a life coach is the assurance of moving forward, with more ease. It is to give yourself every chance to remove the thorn from the foot and not to recoil before the problem that “eats” us every day. Indeed, the deadlines set with the life coach motivate and “forces” you to move forward!
It is also very important to feel supported, to be able to evacuate your annoyances, as well as mental burden. Indeed, the life coach writes (together with you) your personalised action plan to be happier!


Individual coaching – A Question of Money?

Are you one of the people who thinks that the rates charged by an individual coach are too expensive? Have you ever considered working with an individual coach to carry out a project that you have been dreaming about for years and has not yet achieved or want to achieve a goal that is important to you? But you can’t because you think that the prices are too high?

Why use an individual coach?

Maybe you are experiencing some frustrations in your career path or in your life course. So you read books and searched the internet, and were then told that an individual coach could help you focus on what’s important to you and clarify your needs and aspirations.
You may be a leader, a leader who has organisational challenges and thinks he or she has tried everything without the desired success. You may also be experiencing difficulties with your partner and have heard that an individual coach can help you revive your relationship in 3 months?
Despite your everyday frustrations, your procrastination to take action, your fear of failing or being judged, your state of stress and helplessness, the perception that individual coaching is too expensive, slows down your desire to evolve and propel you towards a better orientation of yourself.

The price of individual coaching – A question of perception!

When you decide to spend your money to buy a new piece of clothing, a new phone, a new pair of shoes, a new car or go on a trip, how much does it cost?
Regardless, your perception is that you have something concrete to show and/or watch.
What to take into consideration is that when you choose to invest in your own personal development and professional with a life coach, the results are also tangible, as you will be able to see what your new approach is doing to impact you and your environment.
And even more, unlike the object you have bought, the well-being that you will have acquired by the individual coaching will be permanent.

Yes, but individual coaching is expensive!

Everything is relative in the perception of the tariff of individual coaching. Indeed, it’s expensive compared to what? In fact, ask yourself the following question:
“How long will the objects for which I enjoy spending my money, fill my sense of satisfaction?”
Even when spending on new things, new objects that at the time bring you little internal happiness, these are not permanent. Additionally, they probably cost you a lot of money as well.

The price of individual coaching 

You’ll probably agree that any athlete can work very well alone during his career. But we also know that without an individual coach, these athletes would have difficulty reaching a higher level of competition, improving their accelerated talent, increasing their level of motivation, increasing their level of skill development, and accomplishing their ambitious goals.
In the personal and professional life, it’s a bit the same thing that happens. You can work very well alone in your desire to accomplish and overcome your difficulties, but when you work with a coach, it’s like having an engine on your boat; you’ll be quicker to get where you want to be.
The question is:
“Is your personal and professional development a priority for you? ”
If so, go ahead, go for it and work with a coach, you deserve it!

Professional Coach- Making the Right Choice

What is a professional coach?

A little history
The coaching comes from the maieutic art initiated by Socrates and described by Plato. Socrates describes this science as the art of “giving birth to the spirits of their knowledge”. Thanks to questioning, feedback and reframing techniques, Socrates made people aware of their contradictions and thus helps them question their beliefs, to reconsider their position, to refine their thinking.
Timothy Gallwey was the first to describe a coaching method designed to take into account the mental preparation of top athletes. He then refined his practice to meet the performance challenges of companies. Gradually coaching extended to the personal sphere to meet a need for well-being, quest for meaning and personal performance.
Today coaching tools come from different areas of the humanities such as management, helping relationships and communication. Different professions such as teachers, managers, coaches, consultants, therapists, sociologists, psychologists, specialists in emotional intelligence, contributed to the emergence of this profession.
Proposal for definition
There is no official definition of the term “coach”. From an etymological point of view, the word “coach” comes from the English verb “to coach” which means “to train”, “to accompany”, “to motivate”. François Délivré, professional coach, recognized author in the field and co-founder of the Academy of Coaching School in Paris, defined the professional coach as an external third party whose job is to conduct a series of individual interviews designed to enable a person to achieve his objectives more quickly and to succeed in his professional or personal life. For Vincent Lenhardt, author on coaching, management and collective intelligence, coaching is “the accompaniment of a person or a team”.
The life coach is a trained professional and needs to know the approaches and practices of professional coaching, question techniques, conduct change coaching, motivation techniques, and personal development. Alongside these skills, and depending on his field of intervention, the coach will master a basic approach in psychology, human resources or psycho sociology such as systemic analysis, transactional analysis, neuro linguistic programming, and organisational theory.
The role of the coach is to promote the personal or professional development of a person or the development of a company. He is a facilitator. Thanks to the relationship of trust that is created between him and the coached, he helps the person who is coached to:
Better understand each other (thanks to objective feedbacks)
Take a step back from a given situation or certainties
Identify strategies, skills and interferences
Consider other solutions to solve a problem or achieve a goal
Drive the changes he wants
Find his own solutions

Distinction between professional coaching and other similar professions

Professional coaching differs from other helping relationships such as:
Therapy
The therapy aims to solve a psychopathological disorder while coaching is geared towards achieving a goal. Therapy focuses on the “past-present”, while professional coaching focuses on how and the “present-future” couple.
Consulting
The consultant provides advice and expertise to the client while professional coaching coaching aims to help the client find his own solutions.
Mentoring
Mentoring is a relationship in which a more experienced professional (the mentor) brings his or her experience to a less experienced person (the mentored). Professional coaching differs from mentoring in that coaching is not part of a “knowing-learner” relationship, but in the context of a co-development and co-operation relationship.

When to use a coach

Who uses a coach?
When you wish to get individual coaching (someone wants to develop their own skills or solve a problem)
Manager support (in this case, a company uses a coach for a manager whose skills she wants to develop)
Executive support (the manager brings a problem concerning his company)
For which objectives?
In the case of individual coaching (person-centered coaching also called individual coaching or, in some cases, life coach or personal development coach), the requests are various and can relate to:
self-esteem
self affirmation
Self-confidence
personal development
development of skills and abilities
the professional future
professional development
career management
a professional reconversion
starting a business (business coaching)
get out of his comfort zone
personal branding (in the particular case of an entrepreneur)
the leadership
support for change
emotion management
stress management
to mourn
mental preparation
speaking in public
the quest for meaning
to find one’s way
problems solving
learn to let go
know each other better
improving relationships (relationship coaching)
When coaching relationships, it is about improving your communication, your relationships, resolving a conflict, going out of a psychological game or going out of a power game.
In the case of coaching a manager, a project manager, or more generally a team leader (team coaching or professional business coaching), the cases of appeal are related to a specific need and strictly professional such as:
team management, a job, skills improvement, team cohesion, strengthen your managerial posture, internal conflict management in a group, the animation of meetings, project support
As part of the coaching of the leader (coaching organizations, strategic coaching, executive coaching, business coaching or business coaching) the topics are extremely diverse. It can be an accompaniment of:
leadership building,
effective decision-making,
to the clarification of objectives
refining the corporate strategy (strategic vision),
to the animation of the executive committees,
to change management
to improve the overall performance of the company

Why is it difficult to choose a professional coach?

The coaching professions are not very regulated and it is possible to find self-proclaimed coaches that has not done any training or acquired the skills required to perform well in this job. In these conditions, choosing a professional coach is not alway easy.

How to choose a professional coach?

Accreditation is a process of evaluating the professional skills of a coach by an accredited association. It aims to appreciate the pragmatic experience of the accredited professional coach, his skills, his posture, his reflections on his professional practice.
Respect for a code of ethics
Any good professional coach must be able to present you his ethical framework. The code of ethics represents a set of rules that the coach agrees to respect as part of his professional accompaniment, including:
the obligation of professional secrecy,
the confidentiality of exchanges,
the prohibition of abuse of power,
the establishment of a contract,
the fact of refraining from acting outside of one’s competence.
The supervision
Supervision is a process in which a professional is accompanied by a person of the same profession, more experienced (the supervisor). Supervision allows the professional coach (here called “supervised”) to:
interact with a peer when he encounters a problem with a client (the supervised coach can not effectively accompany a client);
avoid the phenomena of counter-transference (situation in which the coach is projected on his client and can not take a step back and remain objective);
improve your coaching practice.
A professional coach who is not supervised takes the risk of influencing his client according to his own frame of reference (his vision) and without taking into account the specific problems of the client.
Mastering a basic approach
In addition to coaching training and to be operational, the certified coach must master a basic approach in psychology and/or psycho sociology. If he works with a manager and a leader, he also needs tools to analyse groups and organisations.
Work on oneself
Coaching is a discipline dealing with humans, it would be dangerous for a client to be accompanied by a professional coach who has not done a therapeutic job on him. The therapeutic work of the certified coach allows him:
to have better knowledge of himself, of his behaviours, attitudes, motivations;
identify areas of darkness that may affect interactions;
to be independent outside the eyes of others.
The objective is that the professional coach has done a job on him sufficiently deep so that his own interference does not affect his objectivity. Otherwise, he could unconsciously influence the client according to his own frame of reference and not respect the individuality of the client.
The know-how of the coach
In addition to the skills previously described, the certified professional coach must have certain qualities such as benevolence, integrity, active listening, self-confidence, a positive vision of life, a form of wisdom and common sense. He must also be able to confront the client when necessary.
The feeling
Coaching is above all a relationship of trust and co-development. The first criterion involved in choosing a professional coach is the way you feel with him. Are you comfortable? What does your intuition tell you?

Coaching – Live fully!

So you have decided. You want to hire a coach to improve your life. Congratulations! Because for many people, it is not easy to ask for help. Then the question arises – how do I find a coach? 

The recommendation

Do you know someone around you who has already used a coach? If so, ask him if he/she would recommend the coach they had. If the answer is positive, you might have a potential candidate. Maybe your family knows of a good coach to. Ask around in your close circle first to see.

The professional meeting

During your personal or professional meetings, maybe have you discussed with a coach? Did you have a good feeling? If yes, contact this person. If life has put a coach on your path, it may be a message … or not ! It’s all up to you!

Coaching associations

There are several associations of professional coaches.

Internet

It is also possible to find a coach online. Simply use a search engine. Some coaches may also have a blog.

How to find a coach: the selection phase

Any coaching process starts with a first discussion with the coach. This is an opportunity to ask him questions and to feel how the encounter resonates in you.
Keep in mind that maybe the “best coach” won’t fit you. The challenge is to find a coach who appeals to you. To help you make this selection, here is a checklist.

Rational criteria

You can first base yourself on objective criteria.
Is the coach certified? The coaching profession is not yet regulated. Everyone can call themselves a coach. This is why serious coaching trainings propose to spend a certification attesting to the coach’s coaching abilities.
Which frames of reference does the coach use? Be wary of the coach who tells you of his “coaching intuition”. Intuition is useful but insufficient to accompany in a professional way. The coach must be able to justify the methodological tools he uses. Some examples: NLP, transactional analysis, systemic, Schutz’s human element, nonviolent communication. A coach without a frame of reference is more of a  guru!
How much does the coach charge? He must tell you that clearly. The price of a 1 hour session of coaching varies between 50 € and 100 € on average for an individual. Between 200 € and 300 € per hour in a professional context (manager or manager).
Do you prefer face-to-face or distance coaching? Face to face is the ideal situation for a coaching. Nevertheless, there’s also the opportunity to do distance coaching if you live far away from your preferred coach.

Irrational criteria

Many irrational elements influence your decision. Your feelings are key indicators!
Are you more comfortable with a man or a woman for accompaniment? Ask yourself the question sincerely.
Are you confident with this coach? When you met or heard him on the phone, do you feel trust? Trust is a key element in the quality of the relationship with your coach and for achieving your coaching goals.
Do you feel good with him? The question is simple but not necessarily easy to answer. Are you comfortable talking to him openly about your life?

In conclusion

Finding a coach is as delicate as finding a therapist. It’s all about choosing the coach that suits you. The quality of the relationship with him will probably prevail over all the rational elements. So listen to your heart rather than your head!

What is the purpose of a life coach?

A life coach – what for?

You may think that you can solve your problems alone and that the only coach you need is yourself. Yet in a delicate moment in your life, such as a move, separation, dismissal or change of work, you may want to receive outside advice, or support from someone who is not directly involved with your situation.

This is where the life coach comes in: he intervenes on concrete problems, helps you identify the changes and gives you the means to achieve your goals.

If you feel stuck in a situation that does not suit you, your coach will help you negotiate a life change and how to move on. In summary, using a life coach allows you to draw the future that suits you.

How does coaching work?

The first session aims above all to get to know your coach and tell him about your needs. Together, you identify the coaching goals and the means you are ready to implement to achieve them.

During the following sessions, your coach will help you answer your own questions, thanks to different techniques: NLP, Gestalt therapy, hypnosis, relaxation, etc. Be careful, your coach is not here to “heal” you: in the manner of a sports coach, he is there to help you find the resources and creativity that will allow you to solve your own difficulties.

Coaching, unlike therapy, can be very short: a few months, one session per week, one session every two weeks, even one session per month. Sometimes it takes very little to remove blockages! 

How to choose your life coach

Life coaching is open to everyone, and is not reserved for people with any disorder. Your coach is not a therapist. He is future-oriented, while the therapist is there to help you heal the wounds of the past.

If your goal is to regain your positive energy to move forward, choose a life coach. Do not hesitate to contact several life coaches.

You should also know that in France, the title of life coach is not subject to obtaining specific diplomas: think well to learn about the experience and techniques of a coach, before asking for life coach services.

And as in all areas, rely first and foremost on the coaches you are recommended to by friends!

Space To Evolve

Why use a professional life coach?

Companies that hire coaches to boost the performance of their employees, improve their behavioral skills or their “leadership skills”. In France, 90% of CAC 40 companies would call coaches. In Belgium, a survey of 943 HR managers revealed that 85% of Flemish companies, large or small, organize coaching sessions for their executives. Switzerland is also one of the countries which hires life coaches. “Many associations, NGOs and Swiss companies regularly call on coaches,” says Nathalie Ducrot, President of the International Federation of ICF Professional Coaches. At Nestlé, for example, the implementation of a coaching culture concerns all of its 340,000 employees around the world. ”

A coach to improve productivity

If the price of a coaching session is not negligible (between 300 and 700 francs according to coaches), the return on investment would be up to the financial efforts made by employers: 70% of coaches believe they can improve people’s effectiveness and productivity at work and 86% of companies say they have obtained a return on investment at least equivalent to the amounts paid to carry out the coaching process, according to a study by ICF. Séverine Jourdain, Head of Coaching at Nestlé, confirms: “Coaching impacts all employees in their way of interacting, communicating, engaging and meeting challenges. In addition to enabling greater job satisfaction, this culture of individual commitment and empowerment serves the business performance of the company.”

Originally, the word “coach” is derived from the old French “tick”. Like the coachman who once drove his passengers safely to their destinations, the career coach guides his clients towards their professional goals. Could they do it without him? “The individual does not use his full potential” say Odile Bernhardt-Cluzel, Francis Colnot and Florence Vitry, authors of the book “Understanding and practicing personal coaching”. The course of a career is also strongly influenced by the way a person looks at herself.

Realize your true personality

“The formatting of childhood – that little voice that tells us that you are not good enough to succeed or that you will not succeed – generates convictions that deprive the individual of his objectivity and constrain its potential”explains Nathalie Ducrot. Thus, those who believe that they are not good enough will suffer from perfectionism or find it difficult to promote their work and seek promotion. Conversely, the one whose beliefs are promising (“I always fall back on my feet” or “my work is appreciated”) will take initiatives to evolve and climb the ladder of his company with ease.

Choosing the right coach

It is necessary to choose the right coach. In this respect, the profession is not legislated. “Everybody calls himself a coach these days”, says Nathalie Ducrot. To avoid unpleasant surprises, it is best to find a coach in the network of professional associations or coaching schools. They have reference lists established according to specific criterias. Their coaches have also signed a code of ethics. “ICF describes eleven key coaching skills, including the requirement to set concrete and measurable goals so that coaching becomes a process that can be evaluated.

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