Coaches help with more than just a self-esteem boost. There are plenty of ways to work with a life coach who fits your individual needs, whether at work, at home, or even both!
Do you get butterflies, or lose confidence and become a quivering wreck, when faced with challenges?
We all feel that way sometimes.
Consider this scenario with one of my clients: here was this vibrant, tall, good-looking guy with the right qualifications, but his career was headed nowhere. He had changed jobs twice in five years and had never been promoted. He said despite dealing honestly and cordially with people, they never seemed to like him and never appreciated anything he did.
A closer look revealed that he lacked confidence and credibility when speaking with others, and rarely smiled. He was a loner who did not ask for feedback from senior colleagues. He lacked self development and growth, with a poor outlook of his organization.
The solution to his problem was a complete executive image makeover along with training and coaching. At the end of the program, he was able to determine what he wanted in his career, why he wanted it, and who was going to help him achieve it. Six months later, he joined Procter & Gamble’s marketing department in a senior position and got two successive promotions. He reflected:
“I am now able to communicate my ideas with people, and they actually listen to them.”
At some point in our lives you might feel stuck, wondering about your purpose in life. You can also experience a midlife crisis or a deep need to mold yourself into someone better.
How can you make the changes you want? The answer often lies in self improvement with the help of a life coach. The International Coach Federation reported that 80 percent of people who used coaches experienced positive changes in their life — and, when asked if they would use a coach again, they said they would. And one study by a career planning company showed a marked increase in confidence by people who had worked with a coach.
Not sure if working with a coach is right for you? Here are 15 ways you might be able to benefit from a coach: (Click here to tweet this list.)
1. Define your career goals
A coach will help define your career goals and guide you toward achieving them.
2. Manage your career according to an effective action plan
Keeping to a set of defined goals for your career can be daunting. A coach will help you improve and grow based on your action plan — without derailing.
3. Self esteem and self confidence
A coach will help you boost your confidence level and analyze your weak traits by focusing on developing new skills that will boost your self esteem.
A coach can help you determine your personality type and help you learn the best ways to interact with those working around you.
5. Communication skills
A coach can help you practice effective communication skills for better interaction with your colleagues, team members and friends.
6. Interpersonal skills
Your coach works with you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, with the aim of balancing your deficits with new skills that will enhance your interpersonal skills.
7. Work performance
An assessment of your current performance at work is performed, and scores determined by comparing that performance to your goals. Adjustments are then made so you can better deliver your duties at work.
8. Work/life balance
Is your work suffering due to pressure at home, or vice-versa? A career coach can help you deal with the emotional side of your professional life.
Are you a workaholic that neglects your well being? A coach can help you achieve great health and help you manage stress effectively with simple relaxation exercises.
10. Career opportunities
A coach can help you with a solid plan to seek opportunities for your career growth. Your coach will assess your talents, abilities and true potential and easily put your finger on the pulse of the job market.
11. Personal organization
Is everything out of place? You can overcome clutter with actionable plans laid out by a coach.
12. Business management
Coaches help you become a better manager. They will assess the tasks ahead and help you develop best practices.
13. Time management
Maintaining your schedule can be tough, especially when you have so much to do. A coach can help you create and stick to your schedule until effective time management becomes natural.
14. Team effectiveness
Do you find it difficult to blend into the corporate culture of your organization? A coach can help you with a better grasp of the corporate world, and encourage effective team participation.
15. Financial organization
A coach can help you strengthen your financial stability, discipline and investment planning.
Whatever the challenge you’re facing, there are many resources to help you get on track. If you’re not sure where to turn first, a coach might be a helpful companion for your journey.
Have you ever used a coach or thought of getting one? Share your experience with us in the comments!
Alta Chatterjee is a career coach, consultant and a published author, with over 25 years of coaching experience. Grab a copy of her free case study, How To Get Promoted.