What is Business and Lifestyle Coaching?
The coaching/mentoring process can intensely increase the client's productivity, efficiency and motivation/morale. They will be able to use the resources and tools provided to improve their social and business life, as well as pushing them to reach their full potential.
How can you determine if coaching is right for you?
If you are eager to learn, grow and develop then having a Coach or Mentor as a guide and soundboard is one of the greatest tools you can use.
Coaching is a two way street. First you need to ask yourself if you are willing to put in the time & energy towards making changes. Action Taking is the most crucial factor of coaching, once the strategy is set you must be committed to taking the necessary actions towards your goals.
It is always ideal to know what you want from a coach, know your ideal next level of progress, know what you want to improve, know what you want to take away from your sessions and know your measurable time frame. However some people just know that they are not reaching their maximum potential, and do not know where to start. A coach or mentor can be crucial at times like this, they can not only lift you out of the rut, but put you on the golden road to success.
Difference between Consulting, Coaching, Mentoring and Training?
Individuals or companies use consultants for their expertise and knowledge in the field. While consulting strategies vary, the usual objective is the consultant will detect and analyze problems within the structure. Then typically prescribe and, sometimes, implement solutions.
The objective of coachingis that individuals (or teams) are capable of finding/producing their own solutions, with the coach offering supportive, discovery-based strategies and frameworks. Like Mru Patel, most mentors and coaches will have their own unique proven strategies.
A mentor is an expert who shares wisdom and guidance based on his or her own personal experience, and can include advising, counseling and coaching.
Training programs are based on set targets and goals cut out by the trainer or instructor. Though objectives are clear in the coaching process, they are set by the individual or team being coached- and the coach providing the guidance. Coaching has a more flexible curriculum, while
training programs have a set and established curriculum that the clients have to complete to progress.
What are some reasons someone might work with a coach?
An individual or team might choose to work with a coach or mentor for many reasons, the main one being the desire to grow and progress. Recognition of the fact that it's always better going with a proven guided strategy is another critical factor.
Some reasons you would hire a coach/mentor :
How can the success of the coaching process be measured?
Measuring the goals and progress of coaching and mentoring is crucial and can be done by looking at the external indicators of performance; have you passed your exam, did you get that job, did your presentation run smoothly, did you land that contract, did you learn how to use that strategy etc.The second way is to view internal indicators of success; are you happy, have you grown, has your confidence and morale grown, do you feel you are performing more on point etc.
Mru Patel always requires a Pre Coaching Questionnaire to be filled so both parties can see where the problem areas are and have a benchmark to look back on after the first few sessions. Through this you can also view your progress and ensure you don't get sidetracked.
How do I ensure you get the maximum out of your coaching?
The first rule for any coaching is that all information is treated in strictest confidence and should be very open to get the most out of your session. Mru's style and approach to coaching is unique in that he takes a realistic approach to life and explores the root causes why people behave and perform the way they do. He even explores specifically people's childhood experiences to point out some of the blockages and messes one carries that are often the cause of the progress. If you want to hit the ground running faster, you need to help your coach understand who you are and what you hope to accomplish.
Amongst other questions that Mru Patel will ask you, please answer these questions before your session and email them to Mru, so he can get a better idea of you as an individual. If you feel you want the time to explore them 1:1 verbally, then write down your answers and take them to the session.
The following questions can assist you in being better prepared to begin your coaching journey. Share your answers openly and freely with your coach so that your coach is able to adjust the approach that is best suited to your style and needs.
Your answers to these questions will allow your coach to better help you in gaining further clarity on your goals and to help you achieve them faster.
1.Do you have specific goals that you have written down and want to achieve those?
2.Explore some childhood and work experiences that are hindering you from that extra confidence in moving forward
3.Explore and write down all that baggage and messes you have in your head including stories that are often taking up wasted time too
4.Write down your dreams, ambition and what success means to you
5.What do you want to achieve from your coaching experience? Name 1 or 2.
6.What are your drivers and what motivates you to perform at your best?
7.Tell your coach about you and how you make changes and what's stopping you?
8.Who do you currently speak to for advice and how have they successfully given you feedback about your potential blind spots?
9.What could get in the way of a successful coaching experience?
10.What advice do you have for your coach about how to interact with you to make the relationship powerful and productive?
11.How will you know that the coaching process is working for you?
12.Everyone needs a coach, even if you are the world's greatest sporting player or the richest entrepreneur. What is the first step you could take that would make the greatest difference in your current situation?