Why Coaching Matters

I spend a fair amount of time watching TED talks as I’m fascinated to hear what people (often experts in their fields), have to say on all manner of subjects. I’m also keen to learn about areas I may have little or no understanding of, to grow my knowledge of areas I do have an understanding of, and to watch the incredible presentation skills of those invited to talk at TED.

Many people don’t understand what coaching is or why there is a need for coaches. In a talk I watched last year (which I’ve finally got round to sharing!) Atul Gawande eloquently presents a powerful argument for coaching: self improvement and growth. Although the focus of his talk is specifically about his experiences of coaching and its impact within a work environment, the principle can be applied to anything in life; if you want to improve you must: have a clear view of reality, have self awareness, be willing to reflect and you must have direction to move forward, all of which a coach can assist with.

Watch this talk to learn how coaching can be utilised for personal development and growth and you’ll see the positive impact, not only on the individuals being coached, but the knock on effect on those around them.


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