At We Are Tabono, we take a coaching-based approach in everything we do – both through our online course and workshops, and with our 1-to-1 clients. So what happens when you decide you want some coaching for you and your business? How do you even get to that point of making the decision? How does coaching work?
Coaching is a fantastic way to make a shift and see progress. We all get stuck. We can all feel as though things are drifting in the wrong direction. Or even that we don’t know which direction we should be going. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed – like there’s too much to do and we don’t know what to do next. So what do we do?
It’s natural, as someone working alone, to feel pretty lonely, and to not know who to speak to when things are more challenging. Sometimes, we will of course turn to friends or family to discuss what is going on, but this can actually be more difficult than we might anticipate.
Friends and family love us and care about how we are. They may take some interest in our business and how it’s all going. And in order to look out for us, they may well be very tempted to tell us what they think we should do. This can be hugely appealing, especially if we’re facing a challenge, but having someone to tell you what to do can also be far from ideal.
Why? Well, being told what to do is disempowering. It’s someone else’s decision based on their values’ and their outside view of your life and your priorities. It’s rare to follow what someone else tells you to do and find that it sits perfectly and that you now feel things are in the right place.
Why is coaching different?
So how does coaching work? Why is it so different? Well, for a start, the aim of a coach is to get you to decide what your next steps should be. We do all of this without telling you what to do. We may at times make a suggestion, but we will be looking for you to consider that and whether anything about it feels right for you.
Our approach is to ask you questions. To get you to be clear on your values and on your direction, and to help you work out what in your life as a whole (not just your business) needs attention and action in order for you to feel happier, calmer, more focused and like you’re making progress.
Sound good? It is! So, what’s the process if you decided coaching was something you wanted to try? How does coaching work?
It is absolutely essential that you have a great rapport and strong trust with any coach you choose to work with. You’re making an investment, and you need to feel very comfortable with the coaching relationship.
We always meet with our clients before deciding whether we will work together. Not only do you need to feel comfortable, but we need to ensure that this is going to be a coaching relationship that will benefit you, and that we feel confident we can help. An initial meeting is an opportunity for us to get to know you a little bit, and vice versa. There is no obligation to continue.
If our meeting goes well and we feel a mutual rapport, then we could progress things in terms of deciding how much coaching support you require. Rather than offering standard packages, we like to make a decision based on what each individual client needs, and how we best feel we can support you in terms of length, spacing and amount of sessions
Once we’ve worked out the details, we (and you) will be raring to get going. Coaching is, after all, an uplifting process. Sometimes it can really push you to think outside the box, which can be challenging. However, the positive boost clients get from working with a coach, and the heightened sense of motivation and productivity that you gain is well worth taking some time on those tricky questions!
As we work through your coaching sessions, we like to keep in touch. Accountability is a huge positive of having coaching sessions. Often, when working alone, we have no-one to be accountable to, which is when things can start to slide. Being accountable to your coach for any personal or business goals you decide to set, is hugely motivating.
As the coaching process moves forward, we make sure you keep setting goals and making progress. As mentioned above, coaching rarely just focuses on just one area. Balance is enormously important, and you have a whole life in which you need to achieve it. So we take time to ensure you know which areas of your life really need the focus, and we keep you moving forward.
So now that you know more about how coaching works, and if you’re keen to find out more about about how it can work for you personally, why not get in touch? Let’s set up that initial meeting! We’d love to get to know you, and to work with you, as you start making progress.