A certified professional coach guides an individual in identifying his or her barriers so that he or she can see them in a new light. In doing so, the certified coach enables the client to think, decide and act with more confidence.

With the support and expertise of a certified coach, you will optimize your productivity, you will feel motivated and interested in taking action and moving towards your goals. You will easily and quickly obtain results that seemed difficult to achieve. With me, coaching will lead you to tap into your roots and reach your full potential.

Here are some reasons why you might want to be coached by a certified coach:

I have important and significant goals to achieve
I feel alone
I can’t find a solution
I have lost the confidence of my team
I have a difficult decision to make
I am not achieving my goals
I am working hard and feel my life is not well balanced
I need to recover from a setback and I don’t know how
I want to become a better manager
I need to structure my organization, my training plan, my athlete development
I am dealing with difficult employees, I want to preserve my team and myself
I want to develop and improve my leadership
I need to manage conflicts in my team
I want to manage my stress
I am ending my athletic career and I don’t know what to do next
I want a new position, a new career
I want to mobilize my team
I want to bounce back after a bad performance
I want to develop my potential
I am looking for well-being and a balanced life
I am preparing for a change of life or career
I want to have a beautiful transition and a beautiful retirement
I want to take action, I want to change things

Many people confuse these three roles and it’s normal.The role of the mentor is to transmit what is useful to know and do in a given situation. The mentor shares a knowledge that he or she has already experienced. This is based on the idea that the mentor knows more than the client in a specific area.

The role of the consultant is to participate, to varying degrees, in the implementation of a chosen solution. The consultant recommends a solution thanks to his expertise, the analysis and the diagnosis of a problem (or a particular project) related to his field of competence. We rely on the idea that the consultant is an expert in his field and that he has the solutions.

The role of the certified professional coach is to bring his client to realize that he is an expert of his own life. The coach relies on the idea that the client has, within himself, the solutions to achieve his results. The coach helps his client, the expert, to enhance his own expertise and creativity through the mastery of ICF skills.

The role of the certified coach is to create a bond of trust and a privileged partnership with his clients in order to create an environment that is safe for them. This environment allows clients to truly introspect and engage with their own ideas and solutions, without relying on someone else to find their own answers. The certified coach will similarly help his clients identify what is hindering them so that they can remove the obstacles that are interfering with their ability to grow naturally and achieve the goals they have set. These goals are identified by the clients, who are recognized as being in the best position to assess their own situation.

In the context of his coaching sessions, the coach puts the emphasis on action. This allows him to guide each client towards the definition of his objectives and the achievement of his professional and personal goals as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The sports psychologist aims to reconcile the athlete with his or her mind. Among other things, it helps to avoid barriers, fears, stress, uncontrolled emotions and to react better to recurrent and negative thoughts.

The mental trainer aims to prepare the athlete according to established plans. He is more focused on his performance and the result that the athlete seeks to obtain in the short and medium term, from one competition to another.

The professional sports coach reconciles the two approaches by using different techniques. He masters the skills of a certified coach and adopts a dynamic of exploration and discovery of energy leaks rather than a dynamic of avoiding barriers, fears or stressors.

Through powerful questions, the certified sports coach helps the athlete find solutions to get rid of his or her limits, promote awareness and bring out their full potential. He supports the athlete by giving him the space to design his own progression plan, according to his objectives, through the best actions for him. For the coach, the athlete is in the best position to know what he needs. The coach acts as a knowledgeable and a trustworthy guide. He supports the athlete by establishing the framework of the coaching, but it is the athlete who does the work, by committing himself towards the achievement of the results he has chosen.

I offer two types of coaching.

For the achievement of specific and realistic objectives that have a short time issue (e.g.: interview coaching), I offer flash coaching sessions. This type of coaching requires a great deal of commitment and action on the part of the client but is worth every minute.

Depending on the client’s needs and the type of coaching that will be most beneficial, I also offer coaching sessions that can last up to one year. This type of coaching also requires a high degree of commitment (e.g., career transition or leadership development coaching). My clients are always free to end the process when their goals are met or when they feel ready to take action. Generally, sessions are set twice per month and typically lasts 60 to 90 minutes. The terms and conditions are outlined in a service agreement (coaching agreement) that the client and I agree upon before the sessions begin.

First, I will ask you if you are committed to your journey and how you will demonstrate this. You must be willing, open-minded and you must trust the process. To move forward more quickly, you need to be willing to do the introspection and listening needed, be willing to step out of your comfort zone and receive constructive feedback. You must be willing to show courage, and self-discipline in order to move from words to action.

I will also ask you to prepare for your coaching session by filling out a preparation document and sending it to me 24 hours before our meeting. Occasionally, and by agreement, I may ask you to fill out a document between sessions, this will help you achieve your goals.

Finally, you will need to be kind, flexible, trusting and loving towards yourself. This will allow you to develop your full potential, to go through the transition periods with calm and confidence and to achieve the results you want in an amazing way.

The individual coaching process takes place in a climate of trust and partnership between the client and the coach. It is the responsibility of the coach, the guardian of the process, to ensure that this bond of trust is well established.

Coaching is about achieving an individual’s personal and professional goals more quickly and effectively. The coach focuses on what is most important to the client, asking important questions that provide straightforward insights into the client’s situation. These questions lead to the key moment of coaching: awareness. Using direct language and a constructive feedback approach, the coach leads the client out of his comfort zone to propel himself. Through self-awareness tools and stimulating challenges, the coach helps the client explore the possibilities available to him and examines his best strategies.

The coach will put all his experience, knowledge, skills and network at the client’s disposal in order to support him in the realization of the changes he wishes to make. Along the way, the coach will help his client see what he needs to achieve his goals, always respecting the fact that he’s in the best position to know his own solutions, take responsibility, take action and commit to his coaching process.

Team and group coaching sessions are based on the same principles as individual coaching sessions. It is an agile and interactive process focused on the achievement of collective goals. However, it is important to make the difference between a team and a group since the coaching process and techniques used are different.
A team has a common goal while a group has a common interest.

A team is a group of individuals with complementary skills. These individuals are committed to achieving a common goal according to specific performance criteria. The team accepts shared responsibility for the process and for achieving results.

A group is also composed of individuals. Their skills may be the same or different, but they share a common interest in coming together to develop their talents and potential, for example, in their professional or management practice.

Team and group coaching is therefore an agile and interactive process focused on achieving collective and individual goals. As a member of a team or a group, it’s a process that greatly serves both individual and collective goals, on many levels.

Being a coach has become fashionable in recent years. It is important to understand the differences between a mentor, consultant, therapist, counselor and a professional coach. Keep in mind that coaching is a standardized and authentic profession, studied in the best universities and based on a systemic approach (emergence of scientifically tested theoretical models). The training of a professional coach is based on the knowledge of the functioning of the brain (neuroscience) and on the adult’s capacity to learn (andragogy), to understand and to act (motivation theory) in a conscious and responsible manner (social and communication systems).

Choosing an ICF-certified coach guarantee that you will be followed by a recognized approach that includes the use of the 8 Essential Competencies developed by ICF. This ensures a better understanding of the skills and approaches used by today’s coaching professionals. It also protects you with a strict Code of Ethics, which governs the actions of all professional coaches accredited by the International Coach Federation.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is the world’s leading professional coaching association, with over 20,000 members in 140 countries and territories. In order to be certified, a coach must have completed extensive training as defined by the Federation, passed rigorous exams, and participated in ongoing training programs and periodic testing.

Founded 25 years ago, the ICF has set high professional standards by establishing an independent certification process and building a global network of professional coaches. It also exists to support and assure the coaching profession evolution through continuing education programs and ethical standards, to which its members must adhere.

The International Coach Federation is an official and recognized source of information on coaching research. The Federation works with organizations and professionals as well as with the general public.