Personal coaching is similar to psychotherapy in the sense that both involve helping relationships that involve talking and acquisition of insight as the initial agents of change. In coaching, the work is more focused on achievement of the goals than on understanding why the goal was not being achieved previously. This is not to say that effective coaching does not bring about insight; it does. But the goal in Personal Coaching is more solution-focused than it is in psychotherapy. A positive coaching outcome would be expected to have a positive impact both on the individual’s professional and private lives. The term “Personal” is used, but the term should be thought of in a very broad sense. Coaching can be useful for anyone who seeks to improve workplace and/or non-workplace performance. Coaching is particularly helpful if an individual feels as though his/her decision-making abilities often seem “stuck” for some reason. Coaching can improve a person’s self-confidence and willingness to act and risk. For this reason, when it is effective, it offers an individual the opportunity to find a level of life satisfaction that had not previously been experienced.
Personal Coaching via the Phone
A tool for personal development that is growing in popularity is personal and professional (“personal”) coaching conducted via the telephone.
Personal coaching via the telephone has exploded in popularity because it enables individuals to take advantage of professionals whose offices might be located thousands of miles from where the client works and resides. In this way, friends from around the world are able to refer their friends and loved ones to the specific professional whose work facilitated their growth. In addition, many people report that coaching via the telephone provides them an opportunity to acquire help to which they simply would not otherwise have access, given their schedule. Since it is conducted over the telephone, this type of coaching does not require commuting time to and from the coach’s office. Perhaps more importantly, coaching clients can choose to work with their coach at any time to which the two agree. This means, for instance, that a client can choose to “meet” with a coach during 45 minutes of a one-hour lunch period and can still have plenty of time to eat lunch. Likewise, coaching clients can choose to meet with a coach in the early morning hours or in the later evening hours (this is a particularly good fit for clients who live in an eastern time zone who have a coach who lives in a central or western time zone).