What is Coaching?

If you search for the term ‘coaching’ you will find yourself reading and explanation something like this ‘Coaching is a form of development in which an experienced person, called a coach, supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing training and guidance.

My goodness it all sounds so stiff!  And you are left thinking ‘what does that mean? All the time the internal chatter is saying “I’m not looking for someone to give me textbook answers, I’m not looking for criticism and a long-winded programme of payment after payment without tangible results.  I just want to know what I can do with this a$$hole at work or why has my childhood friend become a real pain, or why does my partner not understand me, or how can I get a pay increase, or if I can get out of this job, this relationship, this course of study. Yes, getting positive movement around any or all of these topics can be uncovered through coaching.

The good news is that YOU ARE your own best asset, and what coaching will do, is to turn all those thoughts on their head, focus on what you do want, examine situations and relationships, perhaps look at learning styles and personality traits, communication skills, take a snapshot of your emotional intelligence, disarm some limiting beliefs, or maybe something as simple as short, effective exercises that allow us to look at things differently.

Yes, there are many types of coaches and the coach’s style and personality often add to or take away from a coaching session, but the best coaches are those who actively listen, ask open-ended or reflective questions that make YOU think and support you though this newfound information.

Remember, it is all just information.  It is what you do now with that information that informs your next step.

What are some of the benefits of coaching?

  • See yourself more clearly.
  • See others more clearly.
  • Learn new ways to respond rather than react.
  • Learn to leverage existing strengths.
  • Higher levels of empathy.
  • Build better relationships.
  • Increased levels of motivation.
  • Better social skills.
  • Achieve what you want.
  • Improved leadership abilities.

If coaching is for your then please take a look at my tips for finding a coach;

  1. Determine if they are trained and certified.
  2. Ask them about their coaching style.
  3. Ask what methods and tools they use.
  4. Determine the cost.
  5. Determine their availability.
  6. ALWAYS have a consultation first.


If you are ready to unlock yourself, to set yourself free, to step out of life’s cages and say to yourself, your people, and the world “HERE I AM” Then please reach out by booking a discovery session or email maire@smaoineamh.ie Congratulations on taking that first step!