COACHING DOES CHANGE LIVES

These 5 Essential Coach Skills have been selected from our library of modules as being the key foundations for any coaching relationship. These are everyday tools you can use to add value or create change in your life.  Our faculty are on stand by to answer any questions. So, drop into our facebook page, or send us an email and we'll connect with you. Enjoy!

Robyn Logan (CEO)
International Coach Academy

#1 - Put On Your Coaching Hat

Coaching is often confused with consulting, mentoring, therapy or counselling.  But, it's very different.  Let's use the analogy of riding a bike. A consultant is likely to instruct you on where to sit, where to put your feet, when to pedal when to brake. And, then you are on your own. A Therapist might explain why it is important for your self-esteem or psyche, for you to ride the bike to be successful. A Mentor might share their experience or expertise of cycling and advises the most effective way they’ve found to ride.

But, your coach will approach this a little differently.  They will ask you if you need instructions on how to ride, what style or colour of bike you might want to ride, and where you would like to go. They then run alongside you, 'checking in” to see if you’re enjoying the experience and asking how you feel about the experience and where to from here.

#2 - The Art of Active Listening

Have you ever wondered why everybody says they are a good listener? Is it because we place little value on this skill or is it because people see it as such a natural part of being human? Yet how many people could you say are really good listeners? You may know one or two people but that is about all. However we all see this as a skill we need to have but how much time do we spend thinking about the depth of this skill?

A powerful listener is someone who is able to focus on what another person is saying without getting distracted. A powerful listener has intense focus. A powerful listener is present in the moment of the conversation.

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#3 - Asking Powerful Questions

The power of questioning is enormous. A great question has the capacity to stop the receiver of the question in their tracks, and get them thinking in a different way that sparks a new awareness. The ability to ask powerful questions is related more to a coach’s ability to listen actively and stay in the moment than having a list of “guaranteed” powerful questions in your back pocket. While we never know which questions are going to be the most powerful for a client, a coach has a huge impact on the possible success of a coachee by the thoughtfulness of the question they ask, and the precision of the language they use.

#2 - The Art of Active Listening

Have you ever wondered why everybody says they are a good listener? Is it because we place little value on this skill or is it because people see it as such a natural part of being human? Yet how many people could you say are really good listeners? You may know one or two people but that is about all. However we all see this as a skill we need to have but how much time do we spend thinking about the depth of this skill?

A powerful listener is someone who is able to focus on what another person is saying without getting distracted. A powerful listener has intense focus. A powerful listener is present in the moment of the conversation.


The Art of Asking Powerful Questions


Releasing Judgement


Creating Action

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