Personal coaching is focused one-on-one coaching tailored specifically on the clients most important goals, interests, challenges and needs. Coaching follows a standard process but customized to each individual client. Because the coach is working one-on-one with the client, personal coaching sessions are much more focused and tailored for each client when compared to group coaching sessions with multiple clients.
Personal Coaching Process
The process begins by clarifying what the client is looking for from coaching. This may involve using assessments, asking questions and helping the client get in touch with what they really want and identify specific goals, objectives and priorities.
An important principle in coaching is that clients are ultimately responsible for their actions and doing the work to achieve the results they want. The coach serves as a facilitator, supporter, or guide, but doesn’t “do the work” for the client.
After helping the client get clear about what they want and what is most important to them, the coach helps the client develop strategies and action plans to achieve those goals.
Once a solid plan is in place, the coach supports, encourages and guides the client in taking the actions necessary to implement their plans and achieve their goals. Personal coaching can be particularly valuable in helping clients take action and overcome challenges.
Personal coaching provides the motivation, accountability, and support structures, to help clients executive and perform their best. This may include monitoring progress and having regular “check in” sessions to deal with obstacles and challenges that come up along the way.
Coaching can also help clients develop new skills, see from new perspectives and gain the knowledge and insights needed to empower and help them achieve their goals.
Overcoming Inner Obstacles Through Personal Coaching
Personal coaching can also help clients become aware of and overcome inner obstacles that may be holding them back. The coach serves as a “mirror” that allows clients to see their own behavior from a new perspective. A coach may help clients see counterproductive patterns, language and actions that need to change in order to achieve goals.
Once these counterproductive patterns are identified, coaching can help clients with the strategies and skills needed to overcome these challenges and develop more positive behaviors, attitudes and mindsets.
Personal Coaching Focus Areas
Depending on the client’s interests, goals and needs, personal coaching can focus on one or more of these areas:
- Career coaching – Focused on helping clients advance in their career and/or transition to a new/better career
- Professional & executive coaching – Focused on helping clients perform and execute better at work
- Health and wellness coaching – Focused on developing healthy lifestyle habits and taking better care of themselves
- Relationships coaching – Focused on improving communication, conflict and other important relationship skills
- Work/life balance – Focused on establishing healthy boundaries between work and personal life and making time for all important life areas
- Business coaching – Focused on helping small business owners grow their business by attracting customers, making more sales and increasing profits
- Success coaching – Focused on helping clients develop the skills, mindsets and strategies they need to succeed and achieve their goals
Working one-on-one with a personal coach can be a very rewarding and valuable experience.