A Coaching Model Created by Aurora Heinemann
(Yoga and Wellness/Pet Loss, UNITED STATES)
The “Lotus” Coaching Model supports this definition, while blending my own individual coaching personality and style. Listening is the fundamental basis of my coaching approach. Only through active listening can a coach observe and learn what the client is seeking and what their personal strengths are,
to provide support to enhance the skills, resources and creativity that the client already has.
(ICF website 2006) Listening is the platform a coach needs to accomplish this and
elicit solutions and strategies from the client. (101-Coaching-What is it? ICA LL1)
Listening “openheartedly”, means to listen openly and without passing judgment. This is the only way to build and establish trust with clients. Through this basis of trust, the client feels they have a safe space to open up, explore themselves, what they want and how to go about getting it, thus creating goals and their own pathway to their intended or discovered success. The coach asks powerful questions, creating dialogue and reflecting back to the client what they have heard and understood, creating clarification, thus creating discovery and direction on what the clients seeks in terms of goals and successes.
It is very important for the coach to acknowledge what she “hears” the client saying. Through this and other simple validations, the client feels united with their own journey to their self proclaimed goals and successes. A client will only successfully reach their goals and successes by discovering their own pathway. The coach is the client’s primary tool for this and the client is asked for any “takeaways” at the end of each session.