Can you teach someone how to coach, or is it a skill set that is inherent? We believe that the truth is found somewhere in the middle. Most student at ICA will tell you they have been ‘coaching’ all their lives. Coach training is a place to fine tune and advance your natural curiosity to help others succeeded.
(0:00 ) Can I learn to be a coach?
(0:17) Is coaching learned or inherent?
(0:29) The truth is in-between: a bit inherent and learned.
(0:32) Your life experiences & interests have lead you down the path
(0:46) Many students have been ‘coaching’ without realizing it
(0:59) Coach Training helps you to assess and fine tune your skills
(1:04) Teach your stills that do not come naturally
(1:12) 3 areas to look at to see if the skill is learned or inherent
(1:24) #1 do you have a passion and curiosity in other people’s stories?
(1:40) #2 do you have a commitment to learning and development?
(2:08) #3 do you have a positive and optimistic outlook on life?
(2:30) Listen to yourself… there is likely a coach within you already!
Coaching is both Inherent and Learned
There is a lot of debate in the coaching industry whether or not the skills and attributes or the core competencies, as we call them in coaching, are learned or are they inherently part of that person’s behavior and makeup. Now, I really believe that the truth hangs somewhere in the balance. Chances are your life experiences, your interests, have led you down this path to look into coaching… so you have a bit of a coach already inside of you. Maybe you have coached someone yourself informally, which is often the experience with many new students, as they have been doing coaching all along without really realizing it. Maybe you are the person that somebody comes to in your circle of friends or family for support; someone to lean on…. so, chances are, there is a bit of that already within you.
Fine tune your skills
What we do in coach training is we take those skills and put them on the table and help you to fine tune them. There are skills that may not come natural to you and they take more effort and practice in order to master them. There are 3 main areas to look at when deciding whether or not coaching is something that is inherent or if it is something that is learned. There are 3 things to look at for anyone who is thinking about becoming a coach themselves.
Do you have a passion and curiosity about other people’s stories; really do you have an interest in other people. I often describe this to students as being an investigator, having an extreme interest in the person in front of you or on the phone, if you are coaching over the phone.
Do you have a commitment to learning and development for yourself? Much of what you do as you go through coach training is learning skills and techniques of how to be a coach, but on top of being a skills course, it really is a personal and professional development course as well. This is ongoing even after graduation: you’ll continue to learn and see things in the world differently. That commitment to learning and development is key
Having a positive and optimistic view about life in the future. Coaching is all about developing something new and taking action inspired, action for the future. Your positive viewpoint will transcend into your client’s experience as well.
So in closing, is coaching inherent or is it something that you learn? It’s a little bit of both, but listen to yourself because chances are there is a bit of a coach within you already.
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