Coaching Basics

The basics of coaching are often overlooked by many practicing coaching professionals and it is important to understand these preceding basics outlined here before you enter into a long-term contract with any coach. You need to protect yourself to make sure you are getting the premium services that you deserve. Not all coaching is equal and you will recognize best practices from less than desirable ones after you finish this Coaching Basics e-book. Service is a form of Leadership and it is my hope that you become the Elite Leader of your life.

Coaching: What is it? ———————————————-

Professional coaching is a relatively new industry that incorporates positive attributes from various disciplines concerning human interaction into one pure concentration. The coaching industry has had dramatic year over year growth and is moving towards a unified certification system under the guidance of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). The coaching profession is involved in multiple niche areas, but the universal definition of a coach includes being an advocate, a sounding board, cheerleader, accountability partner, truth teller, and supporter.

Coaching is revolutionary – It provides a conduit for expert communications and enhances overall self-awareness which is the major component in leadership success. The essential tools for navigating through life that are taken for granted are illuminated and enhanced with the coaching process. The positive psychology and strengths-based movements are coupled and enhanced with professional coaching.

The aim of a professional coach is to guide clients to reach their personal potential, meet prescribed goals, aid in developing self-awareness, provide support to reach a positive outlook, and gain a fulfilling life. A coach is a personal resource that frames perspectives, provides multiple situational perceptions, security, and encouragement to aid in client self-esteem, and act as a sounding board that helps focus client goals in a positive direction.

Studies have shown a gain in intrinsic and monetary value when acquiring a coach to aid oneself on the journey of life and at the workplace. Coaching has provided extensive contributions to personal and professional development over the last twenty years and has been defined as a separate discipline. There are numerous functional coaching models that support the coach to provide expert assistance to clients.

Creating Awareness ————————————————

Creating self and social awareness is a continuous process which involves a clear understanding of our minuscule processes and their connection to the connected world. The self is composed of our beliefs, mind, body, and spirit. Development of the inner self must be desired by the individual to create the necessary effort to evolve. Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, or the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change”. Not taking appropriate action to become self-aware provides the shortcoming of becoming stagnant and not advancing as a person. Self-awareness is a strong trait that great leaders possess – Individuals need to understand who they are before they can lead others. Action steps to develop self-awareness include: identifying patterns and strengths in everyday life, developing specific goals, becoming surrounded by others that value self-awareness, keeping the body and mind healthy with sufficient sleep and exercise, and working diligently daily towards improving important attributes.

A coach facilitates methods to create self-awareness for their clients by guiding them to comprehend their attributes, and structures systems to gain access to self-awareness. A professional coach provides the following services for clients to reach their potential: actively listening, clear forward feedback, action planning, encouragement, and being a supportive figure that monitors progress. Feedback is a powerful tool for improving self-awareness when used correctly. As a coach, one needs to provide timely non-judgmental, honest professional feedback.

Role of a Coach ———————————————–

Being a coach is about knowing your own strengths, who you are, and what you value. Coaching is about self-awareness, personal & professional development, and living a life full of positivity and possibility. Being a coach is about experiencing life, facing fears, creating solutions, and advancing along-side your clients. A coach must be non-judgmental, accepting, and supportive of others by understanding their strengths. A coach guides the client and holds the client accountable, but the client is in control of the developmental speed of progress. A coach is a listener, a supporter, and a sounding board for the client. A coach empowers the client to overcome internal fears and guides clients to succeed by reaching goals. A coach helps identify areas of need and helps the client solve problems to advance their journey of reaching their full potential. Coaching is a tool that enhances human development in personal & professional ventures. Professional coaching is to human development as what Apple was for technology. Coaching is the conduit for advancing overall success. Coaching removes barriers, enhances self-esteem, positive outcomes, and perspectives.

Coaching Basics Summary

This short but all important Coaching Basics report is a smaller version of my e-book which provides an in-depth look into the coaching process and what a potential client should expect from the journey. The above introductory concepts regard the coaching relationship and cover the basics that should be expected from a professional coach. There are more advanced coaching techniques that are not discussed here such as goal setting and work-life balance. This approach was designed to provide a quick introductory tutorial to help support the coaching decision.

Professional Coaching is revolutionary and is the applied side of theory which enhances overall potential in a shortened duration of time. The benefits from coaching are endless and each client receives varied results because it is truly a case by case development. The clients who receive coaching are more successful than their non-coached counterpart. Coaching is an interactive process that is goal driven and the client is expected to take action to increase their value in life. Coaching is used in all areas of life and represents the new frontier of human development. Positive psychology and the strength-based movement are intrinsically tied to professional coaching. An example of the power of professional coaching includes multi-rater feedback (360) – Multi-rater feedback does not harm or benefit the client independently, but provides extraordinary results when paired with professional coaching. Coaching has been shown to enhance overall performance in several studies:
Luthans, F. & Peterson, S. J. (2003). 360-degree feedback with systematic coaching: Empirical analysis suggests a winning combination. Human Resource Management, 42: 243-256.

 Seifert, C. F., Yukl, G., & McDonald, R. A. (2003). Effects of multi-source feedback and a feedback facilitator on the behavioral influence of managers toward subordinates. Journal of Applied Psychology, 88: 561-569.

 Smither, S. W., London, M., Flautt, R., Vargas, Y., & Kucine, I. (2003). Can working with an executive coach improve multisource feedback rating over time? A quasi-experimental field study. Personal Psychology, 56: 23-44.

Do your research before entering into a contract with a coach because it is your responsibility to protect yourself from inappropriate service.

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I build my business through word of mouth and referrals – The ideal client is someone who is looking to invest in their personal and professional development, motivated to achieve, open to constructive actionable feedback, ready to learn new concepts, values multiplicity of relationships, and is dedicated to reaching their full potential.  Million Dollar Coaching services provide new innovative perspectives that enhance overall production and self-efficacy, enhanced focus on what matters, and helps identify the unnecessary concerns that does not deserve explicit attention.  We co-develop techniques to be more structured and more proficient, help unravel the complexities of all situations, and provide clarity which enables my clients to save valuable time and become more efficient.  I specialize in Leadership & Management development, Career Management, Business development, Positive Life Coaching, Organizational Psychology, and Emotional-Social-Cultural Intelligence. Our coaching process operates in a safe, completely confidential space that provides complete awareness and full support.

The one qualification for my clients is for them to be motivated to be the leader of their life and have a burning desire to be their best. I use my skills to support, guide, actively listen, motivate, and to provide actionable feedback concerning strategic goal setting and related situational awareness.

If this is you or someone you know – Lets connect and create synergy to overcome any obstacle.

– Thank you for your time and I hope this guide supports you on your journey –

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Keith Lawrence Miller, M.A., PCC, BCC, CPRW

Elite Pro Coach | Ivy League Resumes

ICF Certified & Credentialed Coach (PCC) | Board Certified Coach (BCC)

M.A. Columbia University | Organizational Psychologist

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