Why does coaching work?

Successful coaching has several prerequisites. The client must be committed to change, to be willing to identify and pursue new goals. The coach must have a background, aptitude, and skills that help illuminate the client's circumstances and allow identification of a feasible path forward. The client and coach must be compatible as partners and be able to establish trust and candor in communicating with each other.

Sometimes, just the act of speaking thoughts out loud to an unbiased listener can help bring clarity. Other times, the coach may help build awareness of classic adult patterns or dilemmas that might inform the client about his or her situation. In most cases, the coach will suggest "practices," or specific new behaviors, for the client to take on and practice routinely. And, for some clients, having someone to whom they feel accountable for progress is a useful accelerant to change.