A life coach encourages and counsels clients on a range of professional and personal issues. Life coaching is distinct from giving advice, consulting, counseling, mentoring, and administering therapy. You hire a coach to help you with specific professional projects, personal goals, and transitions. Three Styles of Coaching. There are three generally accepted styles of coaching in sports: autocratic, democratic, and holistic. Each style has its benefits and drawbacks, and it’s important to understand all three. Depending on a client’s needs, private coaching sessions can emphasize the fundamentals of a certain sport, a specific skill, or other aspects of athleticism like speed or endurance.