What is a Coaching Model and why you should know about it?

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Coaching Models

In this article we will focus on understanding what do we mean by a coaching model, what is the purpose that these models serve.

A coaching model is a framework; it’s the underlying structure that you can use when you’re coaching someone. This structure consists of different components or steps. Each component or step has an objective which allows you to ensure that the coaching session is systematic and does not spiral into a roundabout chat. There are multiple coaching models but all of them are based on the primary understanding of what coaching is about.

So what is coaching all about?

As discussed in the earlier article, coaching is solution focused. So obviously one of the most important elements of coaching is being able to define the desired outcome. Once we know the outcome the next step is to assess the client’s current reality or situation. The clarity about current situation and outcome then helps us create a plan to move from the current reality to the desired outcome. Finally helping the client apply the plan into action on a consistent and systematic basis so that the client can achieve the outcome.

In short the four basic components of any coaching process includes: Outcome or Goal, Current reality or situation, systematic plan of action and finally action. Almost all coaching models include these components. Though different models will build up on these components and will have their own ways of exploring each of these components.

The most popular coaching model is called “GROW” which we will discuss in the next article. That said we at ICHARS use a coaching model that we developed in house called SOFT SEA or SO FACE THE SEA. The model in our understanding is a lot more comprehensive in itself and can be used seamlessly with hypnosis, NLP and to be true any other therapeutic or change process. The SOFT SEA model can also be used to create a systematic therapy plan for each of your clients. You will not just see a demonstration of this model in the class but also practice it with your co-participants.


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