What is Professional Coaching, Anyways?

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Are you confused about what Professional Coaching is and isn’t?  When you think about coaching, do you think of a sports coach, an acting coach or a financial coach? The term coaching is mistakenly used by lots of professions to mean training, therapy, consulting, or mentoring. What is Professional Coaching, anyways? A Professional  Coach is not only trained to have a professional conversation with their clients but they are also bound by professional standards and ethics.

What is Professional Coaching, anyways?

The Professional Coaching Conversation

In a Professional Coaching conversation, the coach asks and listens, opens up possible solutions that are out there for you and helps to move you forward to get you where you want to go. This conversation is thought-provoking and inspirational and it will help you to create the future you want. A Professional Coach is trained in coaching behaviours and competencies. A Professional Coach is your accountability partner, your advocate and your champion!

International Coach Federation’s Definition of Coaching.

According to the  ICF, coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is especially important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honour the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:

  • Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
  • Encourage client self-discovery
  • Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable


What do you REALLY want?

Why is it IMPORTANT to you?

Who do you want to become?

What is your true passion or purpose?

What will motivate you to take the first steps to get you there today?

As a Goals Coach, I can help you come up with answers to these questions!


P.S. Do you have an upcoming challenge, stretch goal or opportunity? Leave me a comment and let me know what it is!
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About Sandra

In a previous life, Sandra was an adult educator, counsellor and trainer. While running a successful direct marketing business she became passionate about business, social media and coaching. She strives everyday for a life full of health, wellness, adventure, passion and purpose!

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