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What is Coaching?  


Our members will tell you that "coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential."

 

The International Coach Federation states, “Professional coaches provide an ongoing partnership designed to help clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives.”  Coaches help people improve performance and enhance the quality of their lives. Through extensive training and ongoing practice, ICF credentialed coaches are listen deeply, ask powerful questions and create breakthrough insights for their clients. Unlike most other forms of personal development, coaches elicit solutions and strategies from the client; they understand that the client is naturally creative and resourceful. Since this creativity and resourcefulness is something that the client already possesses, the coach's job is to provide the support to enhance the skills and resources.

 

Some people confuse coaching with mentoring, counseling or therapy. Although coaching draws from several of these disciplines it is a distinct and independent discipline. Coaching does not take the place of these professions, nor is it in conflict with them. In fact, coaching often works in complement with these fields.

 

When searching for a coach, we recommend that you interview three different coaches to see who best fits your needs and style. Some coaches offer a sample coaching session to help you make a thorough evaluation, so take advantage of the offer.

 

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The International Coach Federation (ICF)
is the largest worldwide resource for business and personal coaches, and the source for those who are seeking a coach. The ICF is a nonprofit, individual membership organization formed by professionals worldwide who practice business and personal coaching.

To learn more information about ICF and coaching
ICF Code of Ethics
The International Coach Federation (ICF) has defined a code of ethics that professional coaches adopt.  Fundamentally, this code states that we honor the client as the expert in his/her life and work.  Coaches also believe that every client is creative, resourceful and whole.  With this as the foundation, the coach’s responsibility is to:
  • Discover and clarify what the client wants to achieve;
  • Encourage self-discovery;
  • Facilitate client-generated solutions and strategies;
  • Hold the client responsible and accountable
Read more about the ICF’s Code of Ethics
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The Central Florida Charter Chapter of the International Coach Federation (ICFCF) is a not-for-profit organization of professional coaches, committed to advancing the profession of coaching throughout the Central Florida region.
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