EXPLORING THE WORLD OF COACHING
Issue 1: Dec 2005
newsletter is intended to bring you thought provoking ideas related to
coaching, whether you are a coach, thinking of becoming a coach or work
with a coach, there will be something for you.
Your contributions will make this a truly interactive journal, a place
for you to share your ideas.
If you would like to contribute in any way or let others
know what is going on then please contact Christina on 0118
the last 5 years I have wondered if the world has changed into a coach
training paradise. I have heard that in the U.K. alone 6000 new coaches
are being trained each year, there has been an explosion of coach
training organisations and the coaching community has grown as a result.
a population in the U.K. of 6 million it will take a long time train
enough coaches to work with everyone who wants a coach.
not at all sure what has brought about this sudden rush of people
wanting to help others to grow and develop, and I must admit that I like
the idea of people becoming more self aware and interested in taking
charge of their future, it seems very empowering and will be of great
value to the world.
I become concerned however is the dreams and hopes that people are being
promised and the disappointment that has quite often ensued when they
are unable to build a business that generates sufficient work and
therefore can people who have been in this profession for many years
offer as support and wisdom to anyone wanting to retrain or take up a
career as a coach. How can we help people to be realistic about the
process of building a business that will generate enough income whilst
helping the new coaches to gain in experience and confidence during
those tough times.
1983 I have been offering my services and facilitating change both in
the corporate and personal world and I have not always found it easy to
find enough clients avoid the ups and downs of selling a service rather
than a product. I seem either to have had so much work that people had
to wait three months to see me followed by times of famine, and I have
had to learn to deal with this over the years.
would have valued someone to guide me who had overcome the difficulties
I faced and that is what I would like this journal to offer.
How can we as established coaches and those finding their place in the
world work together and share experiences.
newly qualified coaches to-day find life much easier because coaching
has become port of our every day world? Will they learn about marketing
and join up with others to create successful businesses or will they
also find that there are times of feast and times of famine. It is my
hope that with good media coverage, many of them will have a rewarding
career and help start the creating of a world that is changing and
empowering people to take charge of their destiny.
short while there will be much more stringent regulations about what
level of training will be required for someone to call themselves a
coach, especially one that is working with internal change.
will mean also that if coaches are really interested and keen to make
this a profession that is taken seriously then there will need to be
structures and ethical principles that are agreed and adhered too.
Supervision will probably become an accepted method of continuing
professional and personal development.
Where do you as a Coach
get your support?
quite surprising to me that little is said or mentioned about support or
supervision in the coaching profession, although the Association for
Coaching is now accrediting coaches and those who are accredited agree
to have regular supervision.
coaches have little understanding about the purpose of supervision and
therefore never think that it is something they could benefit from.
may have little understanding about how supervision can be helpful on
many levels. Firstly having someone who will help with gaining
understanding about what might be going on for a client at a deeper
level is very supportive.
role of the supervisor is to support and challenge practice, it is to
help with gaining professional development by being objective and a
witness to what is going on in the coaching relationship.
Supervision will help raise awareness to blind spots and areas that are
being overlooked because being in the coaching relationship sometimes
means getting drawn into the clients issues and therefore becoming part
of the problem rather than part of the solution.
Having had supervision for most of the time I have been coaching I find
the time and money spent has been worth the effort.
know that if there is a client who is not progressing as I would have
hoped a talk with my supervisor will help me to think of things in a new
and different way, it may even give me confidence to try out something
which I would not have naturally thought of.
Supervision stops me getting into a rut of doing things in the same way,
but most importantly it is a check and balance mechanism which means I
dont feel I am out there doing it alone, it means I feel as though I
have someone to turn too who will be beside me and guide me during those
difficult issues and for that I am always grateful.
Although for many coaches they may feel that supervision is un-necessary
I would challenge you to try it out and see what you get form it, test
out the water and you may be surprised just how valuable you will find
coaches, who have been working in the field for many years, have
reported that getting a supervisor was one of the best choices they have
made in years.
Are you all geared up and ready?
of the things I still miss at Christmas time is the dreaded office
party, that time when people get too drunk to remember what they have
said, but everyone else does. Apparently Xerox are making thicker glass
on their photocopiers to take the weight of various heavy parts of
peoples anatomy that are shared with the rest of the party goers.
I have missed for some years now is the getting together of people I may
not have seen for many months and catching up with what has been
happening in their world.
have recently joined several networking groups, not because I think this
will bring me some work, but because I want company of people who are
also people who have similar areas of interest.
bonus to these activities is the invitations I have received (and
accepted) to several Christmas lunches so I will have to be careful not
to overindulge so much that I need the assistance of a health and
fitness coach in the New Year.
keep yourself from becoming too isolated make sure you take this
opportunity to celebrate your success and share your experiences with
others who may be just like you.
New Year and setting
Looking ahead to 2006
about what you want to achieve in 2006, what do you need to do to
achieve the goals you are about to set yourself?
Review 2005 and see what you have learnt from your experiences.
spend all out time trying to help others to get their life in order and
forgetting to help ourselves or asking someone else to assist us on our
journey are we engaging in as much development as we need to, to make
sure that we are doing the best we can for our clients. It is rare that
a year goes by without some new issue raising its head to be looked at
with the helping eye of a trusted practitioner.
Perhaps there are some goals that you would still like to achieve and
you could get the support of someone just like you.
Have Your Say:
is the first journal I have written and I am sure I will get better at
it as the time goes on. I would like this to be a question and answer
newsletter which has contributions and questions from you the readers,
so please contact me with any thoughts, any questions, even any courses
or offerings you would like to make or advertise here, it is currently
free, however if the workload gets too big then that might change.
Please send in your questions, you stories or anything you think would
be of interest to other people. I am particularly interested in courses
you are taking that you think would benefit others.
Dr. Delia your Coaching Agony Aunt will
help you to find solutions to any issues related to coaching. She has a
team of highly trained individuals who will assist with: Marketing,
Training, Clients, and Personal Development, anything that is getting in
the way of your practice. A bit like supervision on line.
Group (A) will start 1st Wednesday of Feb 2006 (1st) and run
monthly. Time 4.00 7.00
This group will offer supervision to Executive Business
Career Coaches in particular
Group (B) will start 3rd Thursday of Feb 2006 (16th) and run
monthly. Time 5.30. 8.30
This group will offer supervision to experienced coaches
from any field of coaching.
Group (c) will start on 4th Wed of Feb 2006 (22nd) and run
monthly. Time 6.00 9.00
This group will offer supervision to Life Coaches
Supervision Experience 18th March 06
Finding your Direction 13 14th May 06
Discover your Inner Space 10 11th June 06
For all of the above events contact Christina Bachini 0118
Finding your Niche
Special event over 3 days with marketing specialist Angela
3-Day weekend 21st 23rd January
3 days over 3 Months 15th Feb 15th Mar 5th April
Please contact Angela
Tel: 01628 810638 or
you want to add any of your events on this calendar
Christina Bachini on 0118 979 0677