To me, this section heightens my interest in the programme because it deals with “starting a coaching practice” very early in the course. There are several questions that are asked at the start of this session:
1. What would you like to do for people? What gifts do you have to offer, as a coach, that can make people become empowered?
2. Why are you a coach? What is the drive behind coaching for you to make things happen for people?
In trying to formulate an answer to Question1, I find that I have to slow my thoughts and focus on the question. I would like to help people in finding solutions to their problems. I like to enthuse people, to get them to feel the excitement in moving forward with their lives, the promise that the future holds, the success that could be theirs.
My gift is that I have a way with people. I can get them to relax and feel safe in my presence so that they will tell me about the important issues affecting them in their lives and their innermost secrets. They know that whatever is said is safe with me. I empower them, I give them encouragement, I feed their need to have someone to talk too about their problems and most importantly, I listen to them.
I am a coach because I want to enthuse people and see them succeed by achieving their goals. Their success will be my success.
By nature, I am a teacher. I have been teaching from since I was a teenager and the sense of satisfaction and joy that I experience is amazing. That is my drive behind coaching to make things happen for people.
Getting people to start coaching will be a challenge. Because Coaching is a relatively new profession, not a lot of people know what coaching is. But with persistence and dedication, I will get clients and I will be booked solid. The saying “you will get out of it whatever you put into it” holds true.