Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Coaching But Were Afraid to Ask

Kristyna Zapletal
4 min readDec 3, 2021

Almost every week, I get 1–2 emails complimenting me on my FAQ page. It always goes along the lines of “thanks for explaining everything in such detail,” or “now I finally know what it’s all about, huge thanks.”

I’ve also discovered — multiple times — that other coaches plagiarize and copy-paste whole chunks, often word for word, into their own websites. For this, I highly recommend Copyscape — a plagiarism checker, but make sure you sit or pour a glass of wine before you do.

That’s why I’ve selected “the best of” so even people who come here to read my blog posts can benefit from learning about what coaching is and what is not.

So let’s dive right in.

Do you need a coach?

No, you don’t.

But seriously, do you need a coach?

You don’t need a coach, just like you don’t need a personal fitness trainer or a nutritionist, for example.

Everybody has the capacity to improve the quality of their own lives.

However, you can choose to hire a professional to help you with your body, your mind, or your career, given that:

  • They provide clear added value and expertise.
  • They guide you in an efficient, supportive, and sustainable way.
  • It’s what you want, not what others have told you to do.
  • It won’t place an excessive financial burden on your family or business.
  • You’re genuinely committed to your personal growth and are ready to work hard.

What is a coach good for?

A coach creates a safe conversational space where you can express your feelings, share your challenges, and work out a plan for your future.

They don’t judge and they don’t make decisions for you.

They provide support, guidance, and encouragement to help you achieve both your short-term goals and long-term visions.

What is a coach not good for?