What is a professional coach? A little history The coaching comes from the maieutic art initiated by Socrates and described by Plato. Socrates describes this science as the art of “giving birth to the spirits of their knowledge”. Thanks to questioning, feedback and reframing techniques, Socrates made people aware of their contradictions and thus helps them question their beliefs, to reconsider their position, to refine their thinking. Timothy Gallwey was the first to describe a coaching method designed to take into account the mental preparation of top athletes. He then refined his practice to meet the performance challenges of companies….