From boosting confidence to clearing out distractions, here are 13 answers to the question, “What are the most beneficial rewards of a coach-client relationship?”
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- Increased Confidence and Self-esteem
- Better Time Management
- Enhanced Creativity
- Shared Commonalities
- Asked the Right Questions
- A Life Transformed
- Stayed Present
- Found Worthiness
- Personal Growth
- Lifelong Results
- Someone Always Has Your Back
- Recognized and Celebrated Small Wins
- Cleared the Space
Increased Confidence and Self-esteem
Personally, I believe that coaching can help people gain confidence and self-esteem. When people know what they want and why, they are more likely to make choices that make them happy.
As an example from my own life, I’ll tell you about a client who was stressed out by their workload. They frequently doubted their own judgment and lacked self-assurance. During a few coaching sessions, they could recognize their abilities and begin applying them to their work. As a result, they felt more positive about themselves and their abilities which showed in their work.
Gerrid Smith, Chief Marketing Officer, Joy Organics
Better Time Management
Coaching may help people improve their time-management abilities, allowing them to make better use of their time and reach their goals more efficiently.
A client I worked with was struggling to reconcile their job and personal life. They complained they had no time to relax or do anything they wanted to. I coached them for a short period and could plan a strategy for better time and task management. They can now devote more time to their personal lives, and work is less of a burden.
Edward Mellett, Co-Founder, Wikijob
To me, coaching is a powerful tool for unlocking one’s latent creative potential, which, in turn, can inspire one to come up with novel ideas and practical approaches to problems. The benefits of this increased inventiveness extend to many areas of one’s life, both professional and personal.
A client was experiencing writer’s block. They felt they were at a loss for what to do next and were looking for fresh ideas. They could unlock their innate ingenuity and come up with fresh concepts after just a few sessions with their coach. This boosted their productivity and happiness in the workplace.
Kenny Kline, President and Financial Lead, BarBend
A major benefit of a coach-client relationship is being able to relate to one another’s experiences. When a client is working through an issue, having someone who has been there before can be comforting and helpful. The coach can guide the client toward finding their own solution with empathy and compassion because they have experienced something similar.
Because I have changed jobs myself, I have been able to relate well to my clients trying to do the same. I am living proof that it is possible to move into a completely new industry and role, and that gives my clients hope and motivation that they can do the same.
Kelli Anderson, Career Coach, Resume Seed
Asked the Right Questions
Teams always expect coaches to come in and provide the right answers. What they don’t realize is they already have the right answers; they just haven’t asked the right questions. When you ask basic questions like, “What does it cost to find a client?”, “Why do they need us?”, “What product will provide them the most value?”, and “What is the easiest way to provide that product?”, things change.
To answer those questions, you have to go searching, and in that search, you will find the answers you need to not only survive but thrive, adding more value to your clients than you thought possible. The key is to start with the right questions.
Kevin Jacobs, Fraction COO and EOS Integrator, Business-Simplified
A Life Transformed
Going through my coaching journey for over several decades, the one thing that continues to show up consistently is the importance of being firm yet flexible. Knowing that your client comes to you to push them to achieve more and doing it in a way that works best for them.
I remember challenging my clients to dream bigger and do more, while equally giving them the space to learn, grow, and transform. Just like any delicate balance, if you are too firm you will crush them under the weight of the pressure, and if you are too flexible they will run all over you and never get their desired results. But when you hit that sweet spot of being both firm and flexible, they transform their life, allowing you to both celebrate in the magnificent process they have taken.
Clifford Starks, Consultant and Coach, Starks Enterprises
A coach-client relationship is built on trust; the coach’s ability to stay present supports the client to take uncomfortable action toward their goals or desired outcomes.
Today I worked with a knowledgeable Artificial Intelligence Business client seeking investors; he didn’t have a coherent plan and was focused on things that would not optimize his success; I stayed present, listened, and helped him expand his awareness of what the next action steps would be.
He went from looking for resources to being resourceful. If I had not stayed present, he would have continued to focus on past failures as a distraction and stayed stuck. Staying present as a coach gives you the clarity to support your client.
Simone Fortier, CEO and Founder, Simone Fortier Enterprises Inc.
Growing up, I was told I would never be successful. In my early years of work, I always thought I would be further along than I was. I found myself self-sabotaging, returning to what I had been told as a child.
One benefit of a coach-client relationship is increased self-awareness, which creates a meaningful life that you love. Present-moment awareness is key! I love who I am and who I am becoming. “You are worthy of love and respect, no matter what. Believe in yourself and your worth.”
Anna-Marie De Giorgio, Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer, Super Charge UR Life
A benefit of a coaching relationship is the inherent opportunity for personal development; to integrate your values with your mindset and habits for aligned action-planning and next steps.
Strategy needs the right mindset to successfully implement and achieve it. Recently, I was coaching a young professional. They were constantly thinking of what was ahead professionally, but could not articulate or define the steps needed to achieve this big goal and be accountable for the coming changes.
Over the course of our coaching relationship, this individual put in the work and left a message for me: “The last few months have been so eye-opening in recognizing what I value, prioritize, and really need in both my professional and personal lives.”
In a healthy coach-client relationship, by establishing rapport and trust with each other, there is a stronger connection and, in return, the relationship naturally brings about self-reflection and personal development.
Jenny Carrillo, Coach, Jenny Carrillo Coaching
Coaching is a dynamic partnership. The coach creates an environment that enables the client to identify and uncover any hidden blocks and to identify their true goals.
Then, the coach provides support, accountability, and clarity, while diminishing limitations and magnifying possibilities. The process is enjoyable as the client’s changes are positive, productive, and life-filling. The results of the partnership are life-changing and long-term, benefiting the client’s mental and physical health.
Alaine Nolt, Certified Health and Life Coach, Alaine’s Transitional Coaching
Someone Always Has Your Back
My clients always know I’ll be there for them in good times and not-so-good times. As a coach, you play many roles: teacher, advisor, mentor, cheerleader, and friend. When you agree to be someone’s coach, you must understand your role will change depending on the day or situation.
Your purpose is to ensure your client has the best opportunity to accomplish their stated goal. The reassurance that at least one person on the planet believes in them and will be there to support them is all many clients/students need to transform their vision into a reality.
Frank Kitchen, CSP, Professional Speaker, Frank Kitchen
Recognized and Celebrated Small Wins
Sometimes clients are so focused on the future goal that they don’t give themselves credit for what they’ve done. One of my clients was very hard on herself, and she dismissed progress because it wasn’t fast enough for her. I stopped her and helped her to review her recent wins. She got quiet and said she hadn’t thought about it that way and really appreciated it. We celebrated her wins and that helped her to continue moving forward.
Laura Browne, Director of Training, Coaching, and Diversity, Career Tips For Women
Cleared the Space
When I meet with clients, they’re often joining our call on the heels of back-to-back meetings with no breaks. Their brains haven’t had time to process new tasks that have been added to their to-do lists.
One coaching technique I learned from the Neuroleadership Institute is an activity called “clearing the space.” The client and I will take time before every session to name and set aside the many things that are swirling around in our minds, so we can focus specifically on the purpose of our call. Clients have told me this has become a routine part of their daily lives, clearing the distractions to create more impactful results.
Tamara Norris, Manager, Diversity, Leadership, and Organizational Development, Insight Enterprises