Legal Coaching for family law self-reps is something inspired by, but not the same as, executive coaching, which has been around for a long time. (NOTE 2) It draws upon much of the experience and lessons of executive training but has a different objective.
- Executive coaching helps a person be better at their job. A long-term objective.
- Legal Coaching helps a self-rep perform better in court. A short-term objective.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching “as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” It goes on to say:
“Professional coaching focuses on setting goals, creating outcomes and managing personal change.”
The IDF sees coaching as an ongoing professional relationship that helps people produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses, or organizations. It helps clients improve their performance in general and at their job.
Legal Coaching is also goal oriented. But it’s a short-term exercise aimed at improving performance to achieve a specific outcome. It’s not designed to improve your ability to do your job better. It’s designed to improve your ability to represent yourself in court in this one case better.
Coaching starts with where clients are now in their family court matter, and helps them do what they can to get the best possible outcome with the material before the judge.