IntroductionCoaching: What It Is and Is Not

What is coaching, exactly? If you’ve ever played any kind of sport (team or individual), you’ve had a coach. This was someone who taught you skills, organized the team or class, and helped you do your very best each time you played. In the realm of professional sports, athletes may have a specialized coach just for one tiny aspect of their game. For instance, some golfers hire putting coaches, and some basketball players have coaches just to help them improve free throws.

Outside of the sports arena, “coaching” has a broader meaning but still carries the power and lifetime impact that traditional coaching brings to a person’s experience. According to the International Coach Federation, coaching is “partnering ...

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