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What is Coaching?


The dictionary defines a life coach as a person who counsels and encourages clients on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges. It is a profession that is uniquely different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling.

A coach skillfully meets clients where they are and guides them forward, identifying and acting on specific personal and professional goals. Clients may choose to focus on a wide range of topics, some of which are inter-personal skills, relationships, work/life balance, work transitions (such as entering, shifting, or exiting a career)…or life transitions such as empty-nesting, re-entering the workforce, retirement, and much more.

The goal is greater self-awareness so that the client can make the best choices for her/himself. In the coaching conversation we identify what is going on right now, what your obstacles or challenges might be, and choose a course of action to move forward. Coaching always includes action steps and your coach becomes an accountability partner to ensure that you do what you say that you want to do; and if you don’t, then the coach helps you learn why that is.

Many coaching clients are healthy, successful people who might feel a bit stuck, or who want to make a significant change in their lives. They want the support of their own personal coach to shift out of their head and get into action.

The Wholistic Coaching Coalition is a cadre of coaches with a variety of specialties ranging from personal, executive, financial, health, parenting, and leadership development. Our goal is to help women continually evolve into their best selves through personal and professional development activities and programs.

At our ‘Be You’ Evening Retreats certified professional life and business coaches facilitate programs that teach tools and strategies that will help you more consistently be your best, no matter where you are or what you are doing.

Our unique programs have a coach-approach where we ask powerful questions to help you discover what is best for you! We listen and accept you as you are while encouraging you to grow more into the woman you want to be.

It is very common for participants to leave the ‘Be You’ Evening Retreats feeling energized, excited to practice new tools, and hungry for more!

Our last ‘Be You’ event for this year is Be Coached on Wednesday October 24 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Be Coached will be a little different than the other retreats this year. Instead of being facilitated by just one coach, there will be five coaches on hand. Each one will lead a table topic discussion based on the tools and strategies that they presented earlier this year.

All are welcome! Whether you attended the programs earlier this year or not, this night is designed just for you!

If you missed a ‘Be You’ retreat…this will be your chance to catch up and hear highlights of the topic that you missed.


If you attended the original workshop and now you’re ready for more…this will be your chance to check-in and go deeper. You’ll have the opportunity to share where you are successfully putting the tools into practice as well as where you could use further development.

Whether you’re catching up on a program that you missed…or continuing to learn about a tool you’ve been working with…this event will be a great capstone to our year of Being More You!

At Be Coached, you will have the opportunity to visit 2 different discussions, so start thinking about the two that are right for you. Tables will fill on a first come, first served basis, so register for the retreat now and plan to arrive early to get your first choice.

Table topics are:

  1. Be Compassionate– Coach Laura will lead a discussion to cultivate and practice compassion for yourself and others.
  2. Be Independent – Coach Jane will teach tips to bring your values, vision, and voice into your personal finances
  3. Be Savvy – Coach Kelye will guide you through 5 strategies to be more confident in all that you do.
  4. Be Healthy – Discuss integrative nutrition with Coach Kim
  5. Be Soothed – Learn about the benefits of essential oils and bath teas with Coach Casey

This event is your opportunity to experience what it is like to be coached in small groups. Please consider this your invitation to join our coaches and our dynamic community of women-on-the-grow!

Come on your own or bring a friend. We promise you will feel welcomed and accepted.

We look forward to seeing you there! Learn more about Be Coached here.

Today’s author: Carol deLaski, PCC, is a strengths-based executive coach who guides individuals and businesses to be their best. For more information about her coaching services, and her book Lost and Found: Discovering Strength in Love and Faith, visit or email her at

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