I’m often asked to explain coaching in a way that people can relate — often relating it to something with which they’re familiar. There are many ways to illustrate it, but I like thinking about coaching like getting an education. Your college professors in school are coaches…
You signed up for a particular course to progress further toward your chosen major or degree and the selected class is necessary to help you achieve that goal.
There is a syllabus — a road map — that you’ve agreed to follow to gain the knowledge about the subject matter the course is covering.
Together, with the professor’s help, you will end the course with more knowledge on a particular topic than you began it with, but the professor didn’t learn it for you. The professor merely provided the tools and context for you to come to your own conclusions about what knowledge you gained on the subject matter.
Below is a quote from Chris Brogan‘s recent newsletter. The quote is shared with his permission, and I would encourage you to sign up for Chris’ newsletter yourself – it’s always full of useful, thought-provoking information.
The following is Chris talking about coaching, how coaching is all around him and the value coaching has on those individuals and businesses that use it.
“I had coffee and then dinner with S. Anthony Iannorino (http://thesalesblog.com) in Las Vegas the other day, and our conversations have really been sticking with me. One detail that I wanted to share was that we both talked about coaching and its benefits. It’s funny how once you think about something, it comes to you over and over. “Coaching” falls into that category with me right now.
Anthony was talking about his experiences with acting class and some other coaching that he’s doing, plus talking about how he’s a sales coach and consultant, who helps people understand the value creation method of sales. I told him that I was about to have my first session with Dr. Nick Morgan, a famous speaking coach, who has helped several people get much better at professional speaking.
I’m Surrounded by Coaches
Jacqueline has certifications for being a nutrition coach, personal trainer, fitness coach, a certified endurance coach, a yoga instructor, and many more skills. She’s like a coaching machine. She’s learned how to help people in a gazillion ways. So why wasn’t coaching very much on my radar?
Rob is a Touchpoints coach and a professional educator, and that’s one of the ways I work with Rob, is that I get him to coach people as it pertains to our business. How could I be surrounded by coaches and not still realize how important that process is to success?
I interviewed Harvey Mackay a little while back ( http://www.chrisbrogan.com/mackay/ ), and he talked about many things, including just how many coaches he used still to get the results he wanted. Harvey has a tennis coach, a business coach, a speaking coach, a writing coach, a joke coach (I’m not joking), and more. He uses lots and lots of coaches to get where he goes. He runs a hundred million dollar plus business, is a multi-time New York Times Bestseller, and still gets coaching.
What Does Coaching Do For You?
Do you use coaches to gain success? Are you investing in yourself? Are you finding your way through to your goals by working with someone who keeps you pegged to your commitments? What does coaching do for you? What would you get coaching in, if you were going to invest in a coach?”
Posted by: Nick Ventuerlla