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Definition: A pair of Coach is a trained expert who supports clients (coachees) in a goal-oriented and solution-focused process.

The coach supports the client in developing their potential Objectives to achieve and overcome personal challenges.

Coaches work in different areas, such as Life Coaching, Business Coaching, career coaching or health coaching.

Tasks and role of the coach:

  • Active listening: The coach listens carefully to the client and shows Empathy and understanding.
  • Ask questions: By asking specific questions, the coach encourages the client to think and helps them to take on new perspectives.
  • Goal clarification: The coach supports the client in defining their goals and ensures clarity and focus.
  • Resource activation: The coach helps the client to recognize and use their strengths and resources.
  • Development of options for action: The coach works together with the client to develop new options for action and solution strategies.
  • Motivation and support: The coach motivates the client to pursue his goals and supports him in implementing his plans.

Qualifications and training:

  • Training to become a coach is not regulated by law in Germany. However, there are various reputable training institutes that provide certification Coaching-Offer training.
  • Reputable training courses usually cover subject areas such as communication, psychology, coaching methods and Ethik.
  • Many coaches also have professional experience in related areas, e.g. B. Psychology, human resources or management.

Important qualities of a coach:

  • Expertise: The coach has in-depth knowledge of coaching and the relevant methods.
  • Social skills: The coach has strong social skills such as active listening, empathy, strong communication skills and the ability to deal with conflict.
  • Personal integrity: The coach acts according to ethical principles and is subject to confidentiality.

Differences to other advisory activities:

  • Therapist: In contrast to therapists who deal with psychological problems, the coach focuses on the client's present and future and supports him in achieving his goals.
  • Advisor: While consultants often make concrete suggestions for solutions, the coach encourages the client to develop solutions independently.

Keywords: Coach, coaching, coach training, coaching methods, client, goal setting, problem solving, resource activation

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