November 17, 2021 by Steve Baker
In this Coaching to Flourish Live Q&A, your hosts John Andrew Williams, and CTEDU Assessor, Raj Anderson answer the following questions:
Explore the boundaries of coaching and how to stay in the coaching lane.
On the topic of Powerful Questions, the following points were made:
"It's in the listening that makes the question powerful." – John
"If you're asking an open-ended question, on something you're most curious about, not what you think you should be curious about, but what as a human being empathetically listening to another human being, what is it that you really, really want to know for the sake of the person you're listening to, it's going to be a powerful question." - John
"Having a powerful curiosity is the key to the question. When you deeply listen, your curiosity muscle starts to operate." -John
"When you have active empathy, when you really listen to your client and you trust your natural curiosity, pretty much any question you ask is going to be a powerful question." – John
"Just ask the most obvious, curious question in the moment." - Raj
The topic of therapy versus coaching yielded the following takeaways:
"[As a coach] I have often worked with clients who are working with a therapist, and that is an incredibly powerful set-up, and I would suggest that." – John
"How do you see coaching being different from the therapy that you're having? We want to be mindful of the 'feel' because if somebody has been in therapy for a while, they're used to a different kind of 'feel' of a session. I really needed to design that alliance and talk to them about what a coaching session was going to look like, and also, how they wanted it to be different. What were the goals that would be different in therapy and coaching and what might be the ones that are aligned?" - Raj
Speaking on a Gratitude Mindset, Raj explains:
"It's life-changing for me. It helps me reframe, helps me to count my blessings. It helps me to shift my state when I'm not in a great place. I practice gratitude every single day."
"For me, I feel that gratitude is one of those things like a muscle and like anything else the more you practice it, the stronger it gets, and things start to change." - John
About Coaching to Flourish Live Q&A Sessions:
Coach Training EDU™'s founder, John Andrew Williams, and CTEDU Assessor, Raj Anderson, host our weekly Live Q&A Sessions. During these sessions, you can ask any coaching question on your mind and hear the answer right from our founder!