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Coaching Methods and Skills
Intensive Introduction (suitable for beginner to intermediate students)
Taught by: Jon Echanove

Personal Coaching is a confidential one-to-one space that enables people to get clarity about their lives and make decisions about the practical ways in which they may want to change their behaviour, beliefs and values, in order to face successfully the challenges of our daily personal and professional environments.
As humans we will be confronted at some moment in life with a challenge of unpredictable results. These challenges may be related with our personal (health, expatriation or romance) or professional lives (promotion, new management, new project, etc…) and they will have an impact on each other. Whatever the uncertainty we face our experience of it may provoke a felt sense of unease, or anxiety.
Our coaching approach aims at assisting clients to more effectively respond to the dilemmas and challenges of living and act in greater harmony with their chosen goals and aspirations.
This approach is particularly useful when individuals are facing big or sudden changes in their personal or professional lives (loss of or new relationships, change of career, entering a foreign culture, etc…) In addition, from an organisational point of view, the Existential approach has proved to be very effective when working with issues of transition or progression and advancement in work, communication conflicts with colleagues or team members, or redefining the meaning and purpose of the individual at work.

How it works?
We will engage in a one-to-one work for a total number of 6 to 9 sessions of 1 ½ to 2 hours, where you will be able to explore your concerns, needs or objectives in an absolute confidential manner.
In the first sessions, the client and the coach will work cooperatively in defining the goals and expectations of the coaching programme. In the following sessions the work will be focussed on exploring and discovering the clients’ approach to life (needs, values, beliefs, relationships…) and how it has shaped their behaviour. In through this exploration, and the support and challenge of the coach, that the client analyse their choices and behaviours. And possibly, look for new more satisfying ones.
The sessions normally take place every two to three weeks, to enable the client and coach to assess the progress and impact of the coaching work in the “the real world”.

How do I know if coaching is for me?
The most important parts of coaching are the willingness of the client to become an honest investigator of his/her life and the relationship between the client and the coach.
Before you engage in the coaching programme, you will have a “chemistry meeting”, free of cost, with the coach. This meeting will enable you to identify if the coach is a person that you would trust for this work, understand better the way of working and the method, but it also gives the coach the opportunity to confirm that the expectations of the client can be met through coaching.

What are people looking in a coach?
People use coaching in many different ways;
- getting used to some personal changes,
- clarify views on a particular important decision,
- struggling with one personal or professional relationship,
- facing loneliness and wanting strategies to cope with it,
- preparing for a promotion or exams,
- looking for creativity, etc…

What are the problems of the people that look for a coach?
The only problem of a person that contracts a Coach is that of being a nonconformist, of believing that life can be better and that they can influence that improvement through their behaviour.

Justin had recently found a job after many months of stressful unemployment. However, after the first weeks, going to work was not as pleasant as he had foreseen. With the help of the coach he was able to identify the reason of the uneasiness; the relationship with his line manager. The exploration of that relationship helped him realised how much fear of failure and need for recognition he was projecting. This realization was enough to enable him to engage in a different and more satisfying way with his colleagues and in particular with his line manager.

Elvira had recently moved to a new country after the family made a decision to follow a new promising professional opportunity for the husband. She had been very at ease with the decision and had decided to use the time in the new country to continue her studies. She had registered in a distance university course but surprisingly for her, despite the effort and willingness to do it right, the marks were getting lower and lower. She came to coaching trying to regain focus and strategies to reflect in the marks the effort she was putting into it. Coaching helped her to discover that behind the poor marks it was not the lack of studying method but the lack of enjoyment. Having moved to a new country she had left behind many of her important relationships. The lack of personal relationships was making her feel more and more isolated. She decided to engage in other activities that allowed her to meet people and be “outside”. She changed the amount of time and effort in the studies to a more sustainable and satisfying one.

Marion was fresh graduate, successful and confident. However, after a small car accident while she was on the driving seat, she felt that something had changed. Somehow, the relationship with her boyfriend was suddenly not as smooth as it had been before. Coaching helped her to see how scared she was of losing control and how much she was looking for protection after the car accident. However, paradoxically, the more protection she looked for in her boyfriend the less autonomous, independent and confident she felt. Finding a way to articulate those needs and share them with her boyfriend was extremely useful in developing further the relationship.

Tuition Fee: 660 RMB per session

Course Title: Coaching
Tuition Fee: Full coaching programme 6 sessions: 3800 RMB

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Registration Procedure:
Please register online first to reserve your place. You will then receive a confirmation email. Next, payment must be made on site at the ELC Learning Annex during the payment dates (you can come in person or send someone).

Please note:
Our classes are kept small for the students' benefit (generally between 5 and 10 people), so please register early to reserve your place. Your place in the class cannot be guaranteed until payment has been received. Any course that does not meet sufficient enrollment may be cancelled and a full refund provided upon presentation of your original receipt.