How is coaching different than talking with a good friend?
While you may have an exceptional friend to talk with, consider what we may expect from in a professional helping relationship.
A professionally trained coach will…
- Understand your psychological needs and processes for supporting those needs.
- Be prepared to be fully present and focused on you and your topics.
- Have a clear understanding and intention about the purpose of the time together.
- Be reliably consistent in their conduct and skillful in the interaction.
- Be responsible for their own feelings and responses in the relationship.
- Maintain an appropriate blend of empathy and objectivity for your needs and challenges.
While some people may have a friend who functions like this, with a skilled, professional coach there is no question that the coach is there to give you complete and undivided attention the whole time. There is a clear role for the coach’s position and a clear purpose for this conversation – the coach is there to facilitate a process by which you can make progress toward changes that you desire for yourself.