Ask, Don’t Assume

Ask questions before coaching. As coaches, we understand the value of asking questions and not going off of our assumptions. Before you start coaching, you need to ask questions. As part of the first ICF Core Competency, communicating what coaching is and what it...

Listen, Don’t Tell

Brene Brown may rightly be called the chick lit of life coaching. If you are a coach and have not read Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, or at the very least, watched her TED Talk, hopefully this blog post will change that. Disruptive Engagement Brene is a vulnerability...

The Power In Trusting Your Intuition

So you’re finally getting good at following the classic elements of a coaching session. Checking in with the client and reviewing his action steps from the previous session. Check! Setting a clear session agenda that explores his learning, being, and doing that...

Make a Metaphor for the Measure of Success

A metaphor is the dessert in a coaching session. Ah, there’s nothing quite as sweet as a metaphor about a metaphor! As a coach and avid reader, I find a lot of delight in metaphors. They are right up there on my list of ways to play with words, second to puns of...

From My Future Self: Make the Most of Your Training

This week I’ve been reminded of the power of visualizing, sitting across from my future self and having coffee. No matter how many times I’ve walked through this future self coaching exercise, there’s always something new and impactful for me in the present moment....

Are you Working too Hard as a Coach?

Are you working too hard as a coach? Are you filling the silences? Is your heart racing? Are you out of breath because you’re doing all the talking? Do you feel like you’ve been doing all the work in your coaching sessions and trying to provide all the right answers...
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