I soon discovered why when I won a series of free sessions at a conference. I remember being awestruck time and again by my responses to exercises and questions. Many times words like these tumbled out of my mouth: “I didn’t realize how important that (goal, thing, person) is to me!”
Since discovering the value of coaching during that initial experience, I have regularly signed on for 1:1 and group coaching for different personal and professional goals.
Now, I also coach. My clients are writers. During each 5-week series, I have watched their writing creativity and expertise notably improve, even soar. As a coach, I facilitate their progress, but it’s their commitment to their intentions, goals and dreams that makes it happen.
Here are some of the benefits I have personally experienced by having a coach:
- Accountability to someone else to meet my personally-scheduled deadlines
- A nonjudgmental, compassionate listener
- Giving “voice” to my goals by stating them out loud to another person
- Being able to ask “dumb” questions without feeling embarrassed
- Valuing my professional growth by investing in it
- 1:1 access to the knowledge and expertise of a professional