Coaching & NLP
Coaching combining NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming)
I like to describe coaching as an approach to conversation. It is a style, as well as a set of tools and techniques, that a coach (me) can use to enable a coachee (you) to think differently, more positively and creatively about a situation, event or even a singular thought that's holding them back. By taking control of your thoughts and understanding what you're aiming for you can actualise your dreams and make them reality...
Coaching comprises a series of 3 or more discussions between a coach and a coachee. The sessions begin by defining what you, the coachee, are looking for from the sessions. Through them you work towards that greatly desired end-goal. Coaching itself offers new angles to think in, new questions to consider, and can change your entire way of being, allowing you to become more relaxed, peaceful and able to smile more.
NLP is part of my tool-kit! It comprises models, activities and techniques to enable the coachee to look at their own patterns of behaviour and thinking. They can give you the space and the understanding to see where your values are potentially in conflict with your own behaviour; or how you can align your values and your actions so that you can a new, more beneficial, perspective. NLP takes you right down to looking at what information your senses are absorbing and how you are translating this to thoughts and feelings that are affecting your everyday behaviour.
The journey a coach and coachee take together is one where the coachee is the wisdom, the navigator and the captain. A coach believes, wholeheartedly, that the coachee holds all the answers to their own questions and can truly achieve their goals and overcome any obstacle, secure in the knowledge that their coach is with them all the way. Believe me, YOU can ...
Life coaching is just that, coaching you towards a more fulfilling, purposeful and enjoyable life! Almost any dream, goal or desire can be used as a life coaching goal! Topics that life coaching can assist with are listed below, but it is by no means complete as the list can almost be infinite!
- Developing better self-awareness
- Becoming empowered
- Defining your goals
- Increasing your confidence
- Learning more about yourself
- Exploring your values and behaviours
- Strengthening your relationship with yourself and others
- Overcoming obstacles
- Releasing self-limiting beliefs
- Improving interpersonal skills
- Losing weight
- Kicking habits
- Reducing anxiety and stress
- Learning tools to create peace and calmness in your life...
Business coaching is very similar to life coaching in regards to structure, format and tools used. The difference is where the goals and outcomes sit. When a small business owner uses business coaching he/she will have their business' objectives at the focus of the sessions. They can even use business coaching to define those objectives and set up a plan to go forward.
Larger companies who use business coaching can use it for similar purposes to help define objectives and overcome obstacles. They can also incorporate business coaching into their employees' Personal or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) plans. 1-2-1 or group coaching can help employees align their own objectives with the business strategies, improving their performance and efficiency.
A list of business coaching topics could include (but are not limited to):
- Bettering your communication skills
- Increasing client numbers
- Increasing profits
- Achieving targets
- Improving inter-office relationships
- Increasing motivational and leadership skills
- Developing self-awareness
- Working with uncertainty and ambiguity
- Developing empowerment in yourself and your team
- Improving time management
- Developing influencing skills