Coaching is designed to help you get better at something. The right type of coach can help your hit a bat, for example. Or in this case, to elevate your communication skills to navigate any kind of conversation with ease.
It is a future focused, goal oriented working partnership.
An Important Distinction – Therapy, Consulting, Coaching
Just say for the sake of discussion, you want to develop your bike riding skill.
If you go to a Therapist, the Therapist might say, “Approach the bike. How does it feel? Do you have any previous experience with bikes?”
If you go to a Consultant, he or she will learn how to ride a bike if they don’t already know, and give you detailed notes.
If you go to a Coach, the Coach will say, ”Get on the bike and start riding and I’ll walk along beside you until you can do it yourself”.
Therapy focuses on insight to resolve past issues. Consulting is an exchange is information based on expertise. Coaching works with focused goal(s) until the goal(s) are achieved.