Now they are professional coaches

By Duvinca | The world, the life & me | 24 May 2021

Currently we are seeing that "professional coaches" to motivate or "personal trainers" to train are proliferating, where are the usual tutors and mentors?

Surely, whether on LinkedIn profiles, professional blogs or common resumes, more and more people call themselves “coaches”. It is not that they have all suddenly become sports coaches, it is another kind of profession (which sounds good, and is in vogue). In fact, in many prestigious business schools there are also specialized coaching courses to learn how to be and how to practice, what exactly?

Is it about giving motivational talks? What experience do you have to have to be able to be one? Do we have to have been successful before in our career to preach to others? Is the function and objective to be achieved to inspire unemployed depressed people, or those who want to be successful professionals? Is it the same as a counselor? Is it only related to business or any area of our lives?

Many questions, many words, and that is precisely what a few allege: there is a lot of wordiness in all this. Others both consider it opportunism on the part of some who intend to sell smoke or empty words. Beyond possible debates, certainly as in any work activity, there are good and bad professionals. Serious, responsible and prepared people, who know what they are doing; and also others are simple charlatans who, as some would say, join the fashion trend of putting on a "cool" and original position in their business cards, always written in English language, just for show off.

Returning to the initial idea of ​​why people talk so much about this type of positions now, it is curious that, at the same time, other terms are being somewhat relegated to very specific areas.

Do you remember what a tutor was? That teacher who at school wrote the exam marks and met with the parents to tell them that their child had progressed adequately (or not), or that other teacher who during the university stage agreed to guide you in the preparation of the thesis or the final project career. And what did they do? They controlled, helped, advised, guided... they monitored your progress, work and evolution for a certain time. In theory, those who were good, were interested, get to know you or know what could be more helpful, or intuit where your steps would go.

On the other hand, mentors, is it the same thing? This figure seems to go a bit further, it can fit in more varied situations. In addition, in some cases there is a deeper relationship, perhaps also of a more professional nature. For example, there are large companies that in their area of ​​social action participate in corporate volunteer programs, where some of their level employees (executives, managers, etc.) offer some of their time, a few hours that they dedicate to mentoring amateur projects , from university students, from young entrepreneurs, from motivated unemployed... They speak to them and give them useful clues for their future, perhaps the most important thing is to share their vision and experience. It is not about motivating with beautiful and well-chosen words (like a marketing slogan) but rather about giving them your informed opinion about the real world of the company, the one out there, and also advising them through their own example and knowledge about what they know about, be it viability, investment, planning, etc. Maybe mentors are a bit more similar to personal trainers.

What is the bottom line? Commitment and honesty. Not only motivation.

Beyond knowing well the communication techniques to get the message across, you have to really know. It is not enough just to take a course and learn theoretical logic, you must also have a certain real background, because life gives you experience, and that experience, a teaching. For example, what gets to inspire more than transmitting that time when you failed for a specific cause, and even better, what was done to get up and try again. It is clear that it is also necessary to know how to do it and above all, to want to do it. For that reason, I speak of commitment. And to tell realities, and not stories and morals, hence the honesty.

Wouldn't it be great to recover these figures, if there were more programs or professionals like those in companies, and not just the classic human resources department? Thus, in our professional development we would have a mentor or we would end up being one.

The point is that, regardless of whether it is a new professional title, the essential thing is an honest approach to the person, their particular situation, interest and a true follow-up. In that way, it is about providing that feeling of security of having someone back there, someone who will listen to you, then help and motivate you to make you feel capable of deciding how to continue...

But remember, in life, as in sport, your personal trainer or professional coach can motivate you, although in the end it is you who have to move your ass.




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