The first use of the term “coach” in connection with an instructor or trainer arose around 1830 in Oxford University slang for a tutor who “carried” a student through an exam.The word “coaching” thus identified a process used to transport people from where they are to where they want to be. The first use of the term in relation to sports came in 1861. Historically the development of coaching has been influenced by many fields of activity, including adult education, the Human Potential Movement, large-group awareness training (LGAT) groups such as “est”, leadership studies, personal development, and psychology.
These days Coaching is a form of development in which a person called a coach supports a learner or client in achieving a specific personal or professional goal by providing guidance. Coaching is about helping you to get from where you are now to where you want to be – much quicker and more effectively than if you were working alone. A coach puts the coachee in the driver’s seat, empowering them to take ownership and responsibility for their situation and solution.
Professional coaching uses a range of communication skills (such as targeted restatements, listening, questioning, clarifying etc.) to help clients shift their perspectives and thereby discover different approaches to achieve their goals.These skills can be used in almost all types of coaching. In this sense, coaching is a form of “meta-profession” that can apply to supporting clients in any human endeavour, ranging from their concerns in health, personal, professional, sport, social, family, political, spiritual dimensions, etc. There may be some overlap between certain types of coaching activities.
Coaching is a Transformation Process which uses a set of Tools and Techniques that enables the coach to help a person to reach their goals on their own terms.