In our latest Linking 2 Learn session, Network Coach ELIZABETH LLOYD gave a refresher on Coaching and shared some ways we can become good coaches to others in our community. Here's what we learned...
Build trust and confidentiality. As a coach, it is important to ensure that what is raised in a coaching session stays in a coaching session. A good relationship between a coach and a client can help cultivate deep trust during a conversation.
Ask powerful questions. It is said that the brain works best in the presence of a powerful question. When coaching, it is important to ask questions more than giving answers.
Be curious and encourage clarity. A good coach should want to know what is going on with the client. There also needs to be clarity so that both the coach and client know what the goals are and what is happening at the moment.
Make the session client led. As a coach, you may have an idea of which direction would be best, but it is important to let the client tell you what they want to look at, what their ideas are and the challenges that they face.
Be an active listener. Active listening involves paying full attention not only to words, but body language and voice as well. Check that you understand what your client is saying so that you are not tempted to put your own interpretation to what is being said. Also, let the client run through their thoughts without unnecessarily interrupting them. And lastly, do not be afraid of silence. Pauses are good generative spaces that encourage quality and depth in thinking. Click HERE to read some expert tips on how to be a good listener.
Have a vision. Coaching is connected to visualization. Having a vision in a coaching relationship helps both the coach and client know where they are going. A vision gives motivation, and makes it simpler to develop a plan. To understand the power of vision, close your eyes and imagine yourself biting a lemon. How would your body react? In the same way, if we are clear on a goal and imagine it exists, our bodies will start to respond as if it is happening.
Follow the GROW model. GROW is simply Goals, Reality, Options and Will. It helps visualize the goals you have, look at the reality, explore the opportunities to move towards your goal, and choose the things that you will commit to doing. To read more about the GROW model, click HERE.
Conduct a personal SWOT analysis. As a coach, you can help your client think about what they are good at, what they are less good at, opportunities they can use to grow and threats that can hinder them from achieving their goals
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