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Life Coach – Move Towards Solutions

A life coach is defined as a successful partner. It allows you to face a situation that seems difficult during a period of change or crisis, guiding and accompanying you. It is a helping relationship through personalised individual support based on listening and questioning. Life coaching is moving towards solutions rather than focusing on the problems. The goal of coaching is to achieve a defined goal. It is not necessary to have big plans to call a coach, the goal can simply be to achieve a certain well-being, to feel aligned with oneself. Through coaching, the person deepens their self-awareness and improves performances. They then become able to find solutions to their problems and can regain control of her life.

Who are the sessions for?

As a personal development tool, the coaching sessions are aimed at adults as well as adolescents who want to regain their self-confidence, change their lives and achieve their goals. It is for anyone who feels the need to to be supported and accompanied at a pivotal moment in his life. Through active listening and powerful questioning, coaching allows you to become aware of your potential and redefine your priorities. It is a question of offering a personal lighting of one’s needs by regaining self-confidence and learning to know oneself. The person coached will thus be able to determine their own priorities, objectives and potentialities and to face their future more serenely.
You have to go beyond and solve your difficulties alone with a common goal: YOUR fulfilment and YOUR personal success. Happiness is a treasure we ALL have the right to!

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Personal Coaching and Personal Development

Do you need support to move forward in your life? 
Do you wish to see positive changes, to take a new step personally or professionally?
Do you want to get out of an uncomfortable situation ?
Have you ever considered Personal coaching?

In which situation should I call a coach?

The coach can accompany you with:

Your objective or your problem, related to your personal and / or professional life, new project of life/change of life, decision making, new career orientation (reflection and career assessment, CV, cover letter, interview), position taking, self-confidence/self-esteem, managing emotions, letting go, optimised communication, conflict management, or any other situation for which you need guidance.

What is coaching ?

Coaching is a customised individualised accompaniment which, to achieve your goal, can enable you to:
Understand your operation and clarify your situation
Clearly define the direction in which you want to go
Lift blocking points that prevent you from reaching your goal
Make your resources and talents emerge

The coach is not:
A trainer: he does not dispense technical knowledge in order to develop the skills of the coach.
A consultant: the coach does not advise, does not give his opinion and does not provide an answer to the problem to his client; he helps him find the answers that are good for him.
A psychologist: the coach analyses the present to take the client to the future; the coach does not work as the psychologist and analyse the past. A psychologist answers the question “Why” and the coach to the question “How”.
A mentor/model: there is a tie between the coach and the coached; no notion of superiority.
A judge: the coach will not make any judgment whatsoever.
A “reporter”: the coach preserves the confidentiality of the information exchanged during a coaching session.

Where does coaching take place? 

It can be individual meetings, in offices, at home or outdoors (to be defined according to your wishes and possibilities). The duration, the frequency and the number of sessions will be defined together at the beginning of coaching, according to your needs. It can be a one-off session on a particular theme/a situation to unlock or get in-depth support on several sessions. In the latter case, the start of coaching will be formalised by the signing of a contract.

We offer you the opportunity to begin the sessions with a moment of meditation and have access to a massage chair and relaxing, promoting relaxation, to optimise the work done in session.

What are the benefits of coaching?

Coaching can bring you:
A new vision on your situation
Practical and accessible tools
Better management of your emotions
An ability to mobilize your resources and manage certain situations
Serenity and meaning

What is image and communication consulting?

It’s not a question of “Re-looking” but rather of “Good-looking”.
It’s not about imposing fashion trends, but about learning to showcase your potential, your personality and your purpose.
It’s not about feeling uncomfortable, it’s about making you feel good!
The image consulting is articulated around three benefits :
Colorimetry: discover the colors that sublimate you.
The morpho-visagisme: study how to enhance your face with hairstyle, makeup, glasses and other accessories.
The morpho-silhouette: learn to feel good through clothing (shape, fabric, color) and accessories.

What are the benefits of image consulting?

Image consulting can bring you:
A new vision of your potential
Practical tips to learn how to showcase you
Better confidence

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Why life coaching?

Why life coaching?

First of all, life coaching requires a personal commitment on the part of the coached, he must agree to make changes in his life. If this commitment is not respected, the results of coaching can be compromised.

In general, an individual may decide to call on a life coach for the following reasons:

He wants to go forward
He wants to welcome a change with serenity
Change your beliefs
Change your behavior
During a period of confusion
Undertake a complex situation
Solve difficulties
Find motivation to achieve a specific goal
Prepare an interview or meeting
Set life goals
Realise his dreams
When feeling dissatisfied with your life/feeling of well being

The reasons for life coaching requests

Life Coaching is for anyone who wants to be accompanied for a change in their life, be it an adult, parents, teenager, child, couple, student, retiree, employee or a business leader.

Here are some reasons for life coaching requests. They may be professional or focus on one’s personal life:

Mourning, divorce, separation
Have self-confidence and self-esteem
Higher or lower motivation
Addressing a difficult childhood or adolescence, a family conflict
Achieving personal goals
Relationship
Bad relationships at work
Decisions to take
Social phobia, shyness, conflict,
Performance to be achieved
Reach a state of happiness
Face his fear of success, overcome failures
Bad management of stress
Management of novelties, changes to integrate
Evolution or career change
Retirement, dismissal

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Listening: a key relational skill!

Has it ever happened to you that you did not feel listened to?
This situation is, after all, rather frustrating!
How did you feel then?
Anger? Frustration? Sadness? 
Could it be that when you do not listen to others, the person can feel the same thing, and that has a negative impact on your relationship?

LISTEN …

Listening may be the most beautiful gift
That we can do to someone.
It’s telling him, not with words
But with his eyes, his face, his smile
And all his body: you are important to me!
Listening is to start by keeping quiet
Listening is welcoming the other
With gratitude as he defines himself
Listening is not judging someone to be like this or that,
It’s learning to discover its qualities
Which are specific to him.
It’s open positively
To all ideas, to all subjects,
To all experiences,
To all solutions, without interpreting,
Without judging, leaving to the other his space
And the time to find the path that is his.
Be attentive to someone who suffers,
This is not giving a solution
Or an explanation for his suffering,
It allows him to say it and find
Himself his own way to free himself.
Listening is giving to the other
What we may never have been given:
Attention, time, an affectionate presence.
André Gromolard,
Author of “Mutual Listening” Editions Chronique Sociale 1998

What if you listen differently?

Your mission, if you accept it, will be to find a situation in your daily life where you will take the time to listen to the other, for real, without interrupting him and not paying him attention.
Note what happens; what do I feel?
And what does this change in the relationship?
In addition, if you want to learn how to create and maintain quality relationships with others, you can go to a life coach.

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What is a Life Coach?

What is a life coach?

Life coaching is about a personalised session where you guide the one being coached during the process of change, at a key moment in his or her life, to the complete achievement of his or her precise objectives.

What can a life coach help you with?

– manage your stress
– prepare for retirement
– to give a New chance to couples
– learn to better communicate with the others
overcome the loss of a loved one
– to choose the right orientation, professionally (for students too))
– learn to manage your emotions: anger, anxiety

In the professional world, coaching becomes an indispensable aid to advance individuals in key positions. It allows to unlock conflict situations. It can be practiced as a team or individually depending on the needs of the company. Managers can also find important support in the communication with their employees. Coaching allows you to advance and to more easily grasp your difficulties and to make your projects realisable. Positivism is an important part of a goal’s success as well as questioning.

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How to revive a relationship in 3 months?

Where are you in your relationship?

You do not know if you still love them, you quarrel regularly, you do not share anything with each other, you feel like you live next to each other, you wonder whether to leave, take a break or stay?

Yes, it can happen. Relationships is not always a barrier-free path. Everything depends on how to consider the obstacle:

“One can also build something beautiful with the stones that hinder the way.”- Goethe

And now imagine yourself as a fulfilled couple:
You succeed in dialog, you finally share privileged moments together, you rediscover those strong feelings you have towards each other and your family becomes a haven of peace where everyone is valued.

Does this make sense to you?

If your goal is to boost your relationship, then you must act now and get things back on track.
Your action depends on your success.
Are you ready to give up your relationship? To let him go without doing anything?
You are not alone anymore! A life coach can help you:
1- Identify blockages
2- Prioritise objectives
3- Implement solutions
The main mistake many couples do is to think that the other must change. To blame the other person prevents you from taking responsibility. This is why so many couples are out of breath after a few years.
The second belief of couples in crisis is they think they will be able to get by alone, that they will settle this between them. The solo method can work, or it will take much more time than a personalised coaching.

In reality, the main obstacle is to think that wanting help from the outside is a sign of weakness. Really?
Do you find that Barack Obama, who has been coached to become President of the United States, is a weak man?
And the other high-level athletes, influential men, business men, and other artists? Do you consider them weak people too?

What can you expect from a life coach?

– A dialogue
– A positive projection towards the future
– A tool kit coach for optimal communication
– Common life goals
– More regular shares
– Rediscovered desires
– A peaceful home
– And much more

3 months to boost your relationship, this is our promise

Our exclusive method will give you all the assets to save your relationship.

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What is coaching ? How to become a coach?

Coaching: definition

“Coaching is the art of helping a person to find their own solutions” according to Socrates. Coaching has no therapeutic aims, even if it is part of the disciplines of personal development. However, it may be relevant to accompany a therapeutic approach, to help better support a treatment or to generate behavioral changes beneficial to health. So far, the majority of publications have focused on the usefulness of additional training in coaching. Many health professionals (nurses, pharmacists, dentists and others) use coaching to help patients adopt new lifestyle habits, cope with changes, or cope with different treatments.

It’s easier to define what coaching is than what it is. Indeed, today, the term coach is very usurped and sometimes overused. A coach is neither a psychotherapist, nor a counselor, nor a mentor, nor a trainer. We could compare the coach to a private “motivator”. A bit like having your own sports coach, but for your professional or personal success. In short, the goal of the coach is to help his client to clearly define his objectives, to establish concrete strategies to achieve them and to persevere in his approach.

The preferred tool of coaching is questioning. Some coaches only communicate with their clients by phone or skype, others prefer face-to-face contact. By asking the right question at the right time, and through questionnaires, various communication exercises and scenarios, the coach tries to thwart the other person’s defense mechanisms. “And if you happen to fail in this project, what would be the impacts in your personal life?”, it helps him discover his strengths and weaknesses, redefine his values ​​and draw on the full range of his resources.

Between the coaching sessions, the client has exercises to do, whether theoretical (specify goals, find new strategies) or practices (adopt a new attitude with his employees or his boss, no longer nibble between meals). Another essential element, a coach does not give advice to his client, does not offer solutions and does not influence but rather helps him discover his own resources and make the most of it. As a sports coach, a coach can suggest strategies, motivate his players, demand the best of each; but he will never count goals. Only customers can reach their goals. They must therefore be solidly determined and willing to change

The benefits of coaching

Better manage your stress and your emotions
Restore self-esteem and self-confidence
Identifying your strengths and knowing how to value them
Becoming a player in your life: Act rather than suffer
Better live the phases of personal and professional transition: separation, mourning, dismissal, reconversion, retirement
Building a personal and professional life project, consistent with one’s personality and deep values

Coaching – In practice

The specialist

The term coaching is not protected, whoever can claim to coach. You will have to make sure yourself of the competence of the speaker. Certification by a professional association is a good starting point. But check the credibility of the association in question: number of members, code of ethics, possible recourse, etc. Most associations offer a referral service to their members. Some reputed coaches do not belong to any association. The relationship of trust and “complicity” with the coach are essential. Do not hesitate to consult people around you and ask for references. There are several coaching currents, some more humanistic, others more pragmatic. For example, members affiliated with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) are happy to use telephone or email coaching, while members of the French Coaching Society (SF Coach) prefer face-to-face meetings. Similarly, some coaches focus more on the development of the person (nutrition, fitness, family, career path, etc.) while others are more focused on resolving conflicts within companies or the development of professional skills (time management, creativity, communication skills, etc.). Although the duration and frequency of the meetings may vary according to the needs of the person and the model developed by the coach, the coaching programs are most often staggered over about three months, for a one-hour session.

One session

Coaching takes place over a period of 3 to 6 months, with sessions between 1 hour and 2 hours depending on the objectives, and in 2 stages: Step 1: Analysis and definition of the client’s objectives. The 1st session is dedicated to the establishment of a climate of trust and a benevolent framework between the coach and his client. It also allows the client to express his goal, which will be clarified in subsequent sessions. Step 2: Follow-up of actions. This step makes it possible to evaluate the actions carried out, analyse the results, what worked and what did not work, identify the obstacles encountered, the brakes and put in place new solutions. The number of interviews varies depending on the objective. Count between 6 to 10 sessions. Each session starts with the definition of the objective of the session and ends with a new action plan.

The different types of coach

The life coach

The life coach accompanies men and women to develop their resources and talents to achieve their professional or personal goals.

The company coach

He or she intervenes either for individual or team coaching on problems experienced in the company: How to be a good leader? How to communicate better together? How to prepare to better live his retirement?

The sports coach

He or she takes stock of his client’s sporting and physical goals by setting up a sports and/or food program.

The nutrition coach

He or she accompanies, advises and motivates his client (sedentary or athletic) towards a better diet while meeting his specific needs. There are still other fields of application of coaching. However, it is appropriate for everyone to be discerning to verify the seriousness of coaching professionals.

Specialist’s opinion

Coaching is always a voluntary and motivated approach of the client. Indeed, its commitment is essential and will facilitate the achievement of its objective in a sustainable way. Coaching is a process that can “shake up” and challenge beliefs and values ​​that have often existed since childhood. In this, we can consider that the coach is a developer of talents and resources for his client. And the latter will come out more confident and strengthened in his personal abilities. Be careful, however, to check the professional references of the coach (schools, diplomas validated with RNCP certification, code of ethics, referencing in professional directories) before you decide on one.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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