Glossary of Coaching Terms

Assessment: A way for a coach to understand their client’s goals and where their client is at physically, mentally and spiritually. Assessments may measure strengths and skills, or may identify areas for improvement.

Awareness: A value used in many different coaching areas to determine how cognizant a client is of their own mental, spiritual, and physical well-being and development. Awareness of one’s self and development is absolutely essential for progress.

Awareness Training: Often taking place in a large group, this training allows individuals to develop a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them. Utilizes techniques such as meditation, relaxation and visualization to increase awareness.

Business Coaching: Designed to provide owners from all sectors and industries with essential skills for business success. Helps businesses to understand their place in the market and how to foster both customer and employee satisfaction.

Career Coach: These coaches help individuals discover their ideal career paths and seize upon opportunities. Development of interpersonal skills and attention to life-to-work balance may be areas focused upon by career coaches. Learn more about career coaching here.

Clutter: Unnecessary objects which inhibit productivity and well-being. Clutter can be environmental, physical, emotional and spiritual. Some individuals also suffer from cluttered schedules. These messes can affect concentration, energy, success and personal happiness.

Coach: One who offers support, advice, skills and tough love, whether it be in the office or on the playing field. A coach plays a vital role in the spiritual, mental and physical development of their clients.

Coachable: Denotes that an individual is ready and willing to target problem areas and grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. These individuals are open to helpful suggestions and criticisms. They accept their flaws and can work to grow past them.

Cognitive: Having to do with internal mental processes. Cognitive processes are those which allow people to perceive objects and events, think, remember and solve problems. They are separate from emotional processes and are handled differently by the brain.

Consciousness: Literally, being awake or able to perceive. This is the state of being aware of one’s self and one’s surroundings at a profound level. Denotes a type of awakening gained by sustained mental, emotional and spiritual labor.

Counseling: A variety of activities which help individuals identify and overcome troubles in their lives. Generally led by an experienced coach, struggles and opportunities are analyzed, allowing clients to gain the skills to better their lives.

Development: The growth or enhancement of abilities, skills and self-awareness. This is the process through which all living organisms grow and adapt to their world. Highly developed individuals are successful, compassionate and well-rounded.

Evaluation: A system which allows understanding of the mental, physical and spiritual state of a client. Allows progress in individual areas to be measured continually. Enables coaches and clients to continually refine target areas and goals.

Executive Coaching: A system to help individuals develop the skills and acumen needed to succeed as business professionals at the executive level. Focuses on interpersonal skills, striking a good work-life balance and developing leadership abilities. Learn more about executive coaching here.

Facilitator: An individual who supports coaching goals through acting as an advocate for physical, spiritual, mental and emotional growth. May encourage conversation and interaction in group coaching sessions or may introduce and explain new tools and ideas.

Feedback: Reactions and responses gathered in order to gauge the success of an individual, group or business. An essential part of the coaching process that allows further refinement of an individual’s understanding of the areas in which they struggle.

Health: The overall well-being of a person, community or business. A measure of how well one can endure and develop mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Encompasses the whole person or community, inside and out.

Intervention: The active entry by a third party in order to stop or correct a harmful or detrimental behavior. Aimed at allowing a person or business to achieve optimal health and to better their chances for success and self-awareness.

Intuition: Often referred to as a sort of sixth sense. The natural feelings or inclinations of an individual towards others and the world around them. Can be developed to increase and strengthen awareness.

Life Coaching: A process by which individuals learn and practice the necessary skills and abilities to lead successful, happy lives. This form of coaching can target emotional, spiritual, mental and physical self-awareness and development.  Learn more about life coaching here.

Lifelong Learning: The process of continually striving to learn and understand new information and practices. Offers a way for individuals to grow continually and to stay in touch with their selves and their world.

Lifestyle Coaching: A system in which individuals are encouraged to evaluate their skills and struggles and to improve their overall well-being. Can target particular trouble areas or can develop current strengths to allow for greater success and awareness.

Meditation: The practice of concentrating quietly on a set idea, mantra, theme or goal. Used to encourage the development of consciousness and greater self-awareness. Found in many spiritual and religious traditions from all over the world.

Mental Clutter: Inessential bits of information, thoughts and worries that keep a person from thinking clearly and making good decisions. May inhibit productivity and lead to depression or a feeling that one is not healthy.

Mentor: An individual that supports the self-work of those who are striving to improve themselves emotionally, spiritually, mentally or physically. Provides a safe space and sounding board for individuals as they struggle to overcome adversity and reach their goals.

Mentoring: A system of providing support to individuals as they seek to grow, whether personally or in their capacity as businesspeople. Generally pairs individuals from similar fields or who share similar interests to facilitate greater success.

Milestone: An important goal or achievement that is used to mark an individual’s earnest efforts to grow physically, spiritually, mentally or emotionally. Can be used as an incentive for individuals who are struggling with their personal growth plans.

Mindfulness: The state of carefully considering how one’s actions, words and deeds affect others around them. Allows individuals to think about their impact within the broader community and on planet earth. Typified by a concern for the well-being of other living beings.

Model: A successful individual or system, which is used as an exemplar of what can be achieved through hard work, dedication and attention to one’s self or business. Often a leader in a certain field or practice.

Module: One component or part of a system. Often used in training to target different goals and skill areas. Can be either a large or small part of a program or system.

Motivation: Both something which encourages action or growth and a personality characteristic of those who continually work to improve themselves. Can be an overall goal or desire which helps individuals stay on track with improvement plans.

Needs Analysis: A form of research or inquiry which allows coaches and clients to understand what particular areas should be developed in order to allow for greater self-awareness and success. Especially useful for businesspeople and executives.

Needs Assessment: Can be done as a part of self-evaluation or by an outside party to determine what is necessary in order to facilitate personal or business growth. Evaluates key deficiencies and is essential to a coaching plan.

Nutrition: The way in which humans and other living organisms use food, vitamins and minerals to develop and sustain life. Good nutrition is the keystone of good health and an important component of any fitness coaching.

Performance Analysis: A system used to rate how well an individual or a business completes tasks and meets goals. Used to track development, identify growth areas and develop growth plans.

Personal Growth: The act of developing physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. Measured by an increase in self-awareness, happiness and ability to respond to challenges encountered in daily life. The goal of almost all coaching and improvement programs.

Physical Clutter: Unnecessary purchases, material objects and trash that crowd in on a person’s work or home space. Such clutter can inhibit productivity and lead to an overall feeling of fatigue or depression.

Relationship Coaching: Helps individuals develop the necessary strengths and skills to have successful personal, business and romantic relationships. Focuses on communication, compromise and interpersonal skills. Fosters strengths and identifies problem areas by assessing current and former relationships. More about relationship coaching here.

Spirituality: An individual’s desire or ability to be in touch with the wider world. A sense of connectedness to other living beings and to the earth. Need not take place within a traditional religion or religious setting.

Strategic Planning: Developing a system or plan that facilitates both long-term and short-term growth. Particularly useful for executives and other businesspeople who need an excellent path by which they can meet certain goals and expectations.

Stress Management Coaching: Designed to help individuals learn to manage the troubles and stresses that they encounter in daily life. Often uses relaxation techniques, exercise and meditation to teach individuals how to overcome struggles with stress.

Team Development: Coaching or training that designs to improve the overall performance of teams in business and organizational settings. Encourages greater communication skills and cooperation in order to enhance team vitality, morale and success.

Therapy: A type of counseling that helps individuals move past emotional, spiritual and mental problems in order to find greater happiness and success. Can be used to target long-term issues and provides clients with tools to improve their emotional well-being.

Trainer: An individual who facilitates group or individual training activities. Introduces new ideas, goals and tools. Works closely with clients on a regular basis to provide support and assure growth. Fulfills many of the same duties as a mentor while providing ongoing education.

Training: A system used to increase the abilities, skills and productivity of an individual or group. Can target mental and emotional well-being as well as physical well-being. Often used by businesses and organizations to support success.

Values: The stated beliefs, standards, ethics and morals of an individual or organization. Drive behavior and how individuals perceive themselves and their place in the world. Can be used as a positive motivator for self-improvement.

Weight Loss Coaching: An overall system of support that helps individuals to improve their health and shed unnecessary pounds. Focuses on eating habits, physical activity and emotional and mental struggles which might hinder weight loss success.

Wellbeing Coaching: Designed with the intent of allowing individuals to better their overall health. Targets physical, emotional and spiritual health in order to support the whole person in their daily life and struggles.

Work Life Balance: The equilibrium between how much time a person spends in their job and how much time they spend at home, with family and friends. A good equilibrium supports long-term health and happiness.

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