Coaching to Flourish Live Season 1, Episode 45

November 04, 2021 by Steve Baker

Coaching to Flourish Live Q&A 11.2.2021

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In this Coaching to Flourish Live Q&A, your hosts John Andrew Williams, and CTEDU Assessor, Raj Anderson answer the following questions:

What advice do you have for coaches when they feel overwhelmed and find it hard to "show up" and focus? (1:02)

What was your biggest coaching fail, and how did that impact you (good or bad) as a coach? (15:08)

What should someone look for when selecting a coach? (25:05)

Powerful takeaways:

Explore the importance and power of listening.

As a new coach, John reminds us of lessons he learned early:

"In the first couple of years, I learned to trust it (the coaching process). I learned to trust that if I do this work, the coaching clients are going to come." – John

"Expect the overwhelm. Expect that it is going to be hard. Expect that you are going to have to find an outlet that will distract you, but to choose those outlets extremely mindfully." – John

"I think it takes a full 25-30% of your energy when you're starting out in business to get yourself out of procrastination holes and get into moving forward." - John

In the exploration of feeling overwhelmed as a coach:

"You know . . . coaches need coaches too. Sometimes we need a sounding board ourselves. Just because you're being of service to someone else doesn't mean you might not need someone to hold space for you." - Raj

"I know when I get too overwhelmed, or I can't focus or can't show up, I just haven't been taking care of myself very well." - Raj

In discussing the power and purpose of listening: 

"Literally, we're paid to listen. We are paid listeners. It's an art form. Part of the art form is not having restrictive, limiting beliefs when you're listening. It seems like that should be easy, but it's way, way harder than it seems and looks." - John

"As a participant [in a coaching group], I needed that space not to feel judged; I could feel the energy in there. I could just be me – a human being, not [my job titles], just a human being, and the biggest gift to me in that space is being felt and seen and heard just as a person with no judgment. It's the biggest gift you give someone and receive as well." - Raj

Raj reminded us of a powerful quote she keeps close:

"At the end of the day, people won't remember what you said or did. They will remember how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

 


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! 

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