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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

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

Life Coaching

When to call a life coach?

In a complex and changing world where stress and uncertainty dominate, life coaching aims to empower you to regain control over your life and make your life more meaningful.
The life coach allows you to find solutions that are unique to you to help you achieve goals or solve various difficulties. It offers you different levels of intervention according to your needs and wishes:

Personal development

Develop your talents (your qualities and your abilities)
Know how to manage your emotions better
Learn to know yourself better (needs, values, qualities, self-confidence)
Improve your self-esteem and confidence
Work on assertiveness (eg knowing how to say “yes” or “no” according to your feelings)

Help with the solving a specific or daily problem:

Relationship and communication difficulties
Difficulties in managing certain emotional states (stress, anger, frustration)
Lack of energy (fatigue, sleep problems)
Lack of organisation (procrastination, time management problem)
Low self-esteem (complex, shyness, feeling of rejection, difficulty in imposing oneself, integration problem within a group)
Everyone may encounter difficulties related to a change, expected or not, and coaching allows you to apprehend this new situation and restore a balance that was momentarily broken.

Help in driving change and decision making

Personal (lose weight, create or participate in an event, new disciplines, find a healthy lifestyle)
Family (engage or move forward in a relationship, start a family project)
Management of a particular event (marriage, retirement, pregnancy, break-up, mourning, moving, accident, change of life, appearance)

Help with the realisation of a project

You will be accompanied in the realisation of your project after having identified with your objective(s). With a life coach, you will then define a plan together of actions necessary to reach your goal. To meet this challenge together,  you will overcome the blockages that are yours (it can be unconscious blockages).

Development and realisation of a life project

Your goal may be precise, but it may also be more general, so you might want to be “good”, “feel okay with yourself”, or “no longer suffer”.
The first basic step will be to discover and write your life plan. Through the definition of your project, you will be guided in the discovery of your needs, your passions and the values ​​which constitute the foundations of your being and your existence.
Building a full, harmonious life in line with your values ​​is a real challenge. To meet this challenge, you will be guided to overcome blockages or difficulties throughout the coaching process. Through questioning and unconditional support, you will define the concrete and realistic objectives that, once achieved, will contribute to the realisation of your life project.
According to your wishes, you may work with the following themes:
Live an authentic and meaningful life, in accordance with your needs and values
Listen to your deep needs
Harmonise the various areas of your life (for example, find a balance between work and private life)
Re-motivate, search for sources of weariness and restore meaning to your life
Identify your talents and your strengths and optimize them
Develop confidence in yourself and life in general
Define realistic projects and action plans
Create quality relationships (intimate, social or professional relationships)
Put joy in your daily life and dare to do according to your heart

Learn more

Coaching is inspired by the reflections of the philosopher Frederick Hudson. According to him, life is a journey, without a point of arrival or lasting end, and we are constantly in motion. It is precisely adaptability to change that sometimes proves difficult. Historically, coaching is born from the request of people wishing to be helped at a specific moment of their evolution. A need that could not be answered by the usual psychotherapies.

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.

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.


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!

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!