5 Essential Coach Skills

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Coaching Does Change Lives

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We've selected 5 of our core curriculum modules and packaged them up for you in a ebook. This resources draws on the key foundations for any coaching relationship and showcases not only what coaching is, but also what it isn't. Each module offers every day tools you can use to improve your life, or the life of those around you.

Our 5 Essential Coach Skills Ebook includes the full module, as taken directly from our ICF Accredited Curriculum, along with opportunities to join a live class.  Modules include the following

Module 1: What is Coaching?

Coaching involves dialogue between a coach and a client with the aim of helping the client obtain a fulfilling life. This is achieved by helping the client establish what is important to them and by clarifying their values. With the client’s input the coach co-creates value-based goals and a plan to achieve them. Through collaboration, the coach supports the client to achieve these goals.

Module 2: Releasing Judgement

A strange thing happens when human beings feel that they are being judged. The first response is to feel guilty, even if it‟s only for a very short time. Nobody likes feeling guilty. It is one of the most damaging and distressing of emotions. When guilt surfaces, the standard human response is to try to relieve it. Let‟s consider that concept for a moment. Those who judge others usually justify it to themselves on the basis that the judgement has some basis in “truth” or “expertise”. However, our knowledge of the way human minds work, tells us that the “truth” of the judgement doesn’t make one iota of difference.

Module 3: Active Listening

Very few people actually listen deeply. Many times in conversation people are thinking more about what they want to say next than what the other person is changing. As a coach you need to develop deep and active listening skills

Module 4: Powerful Questions

Questioning is the cornerstone of coaching. When done well, it is the skill that most distinguished coaching from different forms of personal or professional development.

Module 5: Creating Action

Action is not just about "doing things" it can also be reading, or talking to someone, or thinking. It can be anything that moves your client from where they are now to where they want to be.

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What Sort of Coach Could I Be?

There's no limit to the type of coach you can be and at ICA, we encourage coaches to develop their own unique coaching model and portfolio. This communicates to your future clients who you are as a coach and the services you will offer.

How Is Coaching Different to Mentoring, Therapy or Consulting?

Do I Need a Niche?

At International Coach Academy we recommend coaches choose a coaching niche so they can define the problem they want to help people with. Often your coaching niche will combine your past industry experience, life experience, interest and expertise to define a type of person or type of problem you want to coach around. For example if you had no corporate experience it would be hard to be an executive coach. But if you had an autistic child you could be a coach for parents with autistic children or if you were a school teacher or a mother you could coach kids or parents around specific issues you were familiar with.

We are not empty vessels when we come to coaching. We have life experiences and knowledge that we can use in our coaching practice.  For example if you wanted to be a coach because you want a quit the rat race and lead a less stressful life, the fact that you had a stressful life will actually help you to understand your clients stresses.

So we choose a coaching niche because it helps you define out of all the people in the world, who is it that I can and want to help?

Can I Coach Outside My Niche?

When you train to be a coach at International Coach Academy you will be able to coach anyone and you can coach anyone. The reason to specialise in a coaching niche or to choose a coaching niche is to focus your marketing activity and to promote your business to a specific group of people.  This does not mean you can't coach people that are not in your target demographic. Often coaches choose to coach people within an industry they previously worked in an area they are passionate about or coach people through a problem or challenge that they went through for example a divorce coach, an entrepreneur coach, an ADHD coach or a grief coach.  In our experience coaches attract a certain type of client and if a coach has chosen a particular niche and keeps getting clients wanting coaching in a different area of life the coach can change their niche.  This is why coaching whilst completing your coach training helps you to define who you want to coach and narrow down your coaching niche