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What Happens in a Coaching Speciality Lab?

ICA's Coaching Labs are practice based classes that allow students to refine their coaching skills whilst exploring coaching within a niche specific context. We have 4 broad Specialist Streams and 1 Portfolio Stream in which students explore topics, practice coaching and develop their coaching portfolio.

Each Lab class has an assigned topic which provides a framework for the learning and discussion. Each topic ties back into one or more of the ICF competencies and is designed to provide authentic and relevant discussion and exploration of the coaching concept and related competencies.

A short 10 minute coaching session is also included in each Lab. This provides students with the opportunity to explore and experiment with their coaching  within a specific context. The coaching sessions are deliberately “role play’ style with the trainer asking for volunteers to be both the client and the coach.

Monthly Topics and Schedule

International Coach Academy hosts a global coaching community.  For ease of scheduling we have selected New York Eastern time to display events.  You can convert this to your location using a time conversion tool such as www.timeandate.com

December 2016 Topic

How to be Confident, When You Are Not yet Competent

For new coaches, one of the biggest blocks to confidence is doubt in oneself. We might worry that we do not have enough experience or education. We might feel like a fraud. I mean, what if, at some point in the session, we don’t have an answer, or don’t know what to say?

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January 2017 Topic

Tips for the Mindful Coach

When clients come to a coaching session, they often start with lots of details about what happened, with who, what she said etc. Coaching helps clients dig deep to discover an awareness around what is underneath the story, the emotion that is holding the challenge in place or the reason the client brought this to the coaching session.

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February 2017 Topic

Don't Fence me in!. Creating Structures that Will Free You Up!

Most folks think of structure as something that makes you feel confined or limited. But the lack of structure can feel even worse. Consider a different kind of structure, for example, like the walls in your house which keep you protected from the elements. Or your TO DO list which helps you get things done.  Structures really help us stay organized and on track especially in those areas where we find it difficult to achieve. For example, you have a commitment to healthy eating. What structures would you put in place to make sure you eat healthy, because it can be pretty challenging, right?

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February 2017 Topic

Ethics and Coaching

As a coach I always cringe when I see a life coach represented on TV or in a movie. I know that the coach will probably be vacuous, lacking substance and full of sh*&t. Sometimes it is actually quite funny. I love a laugh as much as the next person, but it does leave me wondering - what have life coaches done, or not done, to deserve this stereotyped portrayal?

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March 2017 Topic

Coaching is not the goal

Coaching is about finding a solution but that is not the goal. You heard right…it’s not about solving a problem. For example: I coached a woman today who is struggling with pursuing her art, raising a family and helping her husband with his business. After listening closely, I heard she had the planning and scheduling down pat but was still feeling weary, unfulfilled and stuck. Her struggle or stuck-ness came from thinking she should be able to do more, be more and create more.

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March 2017 Topic

It’s all about the Question – Coaching Tips About Appreciative Inquiry

Coaching is a strengths-based way of bringing about change and growth. In this way, it has a strong alignment and connection to the field of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). Appreciative Inquiry encourages us to notice and specifically identify what is working and what is strong in ourselves and in our organizations. It does not deny negative data or information, but chooses to notice it and move on.

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April 2017 Topic

How To Stay In Observation and Away From Judgement

Understanding the differences between judgement and observation is key to masterful coaching. Easier said than done as we often don’t realize we are in judgement. Letting go of our opinion and being more observant are practices that can greatly enhance your ability to effectively coach.

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April 2017 Topic

Bring Your Experience With You

Blended coaching is a trend where people are taking their prior expertise and creating a hybrid with their coaching competencies.

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May 2017 Topic

There's Feedback, and Then There's Effective Feedback

When it comes to effective feedback, most of us think it is more blessed to give than to receive. We have maybe a natural hesitancy about receiving feedback. However as a coaching competency it is a very powerful way of helping our clients move forward.

Coaches give feedback for one reason only – to help their client to move forward. So it is neither positive nor negative. In coaching we look for effective feedback.

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May 2017 Topic

Are all clients coachable?

Are all clients coachable?  Fact is not everyone is prepared for the often challenging process involved in making a change.

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June 2017 Topic

Intent as a Driver of Change

Imagine a world where you decided to create an intent that was always about honoring other people. How would an intent like this play out in your behaviors?

Having such an intent would drive your actions, your attitudes and your approach. It is clear to see why intent is a critical aspect of coaching. But we don’t always know what our intent is So how do we find out?

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June 2017 Topic

Self-Awareness in Three Not-So-Easy Steps

Self-awareness is a powerful tool to help you live the life you’ve always wanted rather than settling for whatever comes your way. Self-awareness is the foundation of personal growth and success and is essential to leadership, self management and professional success which in turn helps you live a happier, more fulfilling and genuine life.

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Previous Topics

Stay Away From The Story

When clients come to a coaching session, they often start with lots of details about what happened, with who, what she said etc. Coaching helps clients dig deep to discover an awareness around what is underneath the story, the emotion that is holding the challenge in place or the reason the client brought this to the coaching session.

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Gratitude Is A State Of Being

Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life. In fact, gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. and may also play a major role in overcoming challenging life events. Recognizing all you have to be thankful for – even during the toughest times of your life – fosters resilience.

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Creating Stucture

Structure is not the kind of structure that makes you feel confined or limited. It’s the kind of structure, like the walls in your house, that allow you to stay free of the elements. It’s your TO DO list which help you make your commitment a reality. Structures really help us in those areas where we find it difficult to stay on track.

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Fallacy vs Fairness

If you believe that the world is fair or unfair, then this is going to be like a frame or set of glasses that you are looking through and every experience you see will be interpreted by this framework.  But, it is possible to change those glasses and change the way you view the world.  This is where the coaching skill of being able to reframe a perspective is so valuable.

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