What is the Skill Base of Coaches?
Taking our courses will give you a wide coaching skill base to work from. The coaching skill base will be both theoretical and practical. You will understand the different approaches to coaching. And when is best to apply each to help your client move forwards. Other skills need to are mastered as well for a complete coaching skill base.
These are your unswerving self belief and self-confidence in your ability to be a brilliant coach. And to question your clients to get the results they need.
The most important things in your coaching skill base are your personal qualities.
The main qualities of a great coach;
- You want to make a significant and positive difference to other people’s lives
- You are able to practice active and purposeful listening
- You are good at empathising with the situations of others
- You understand that you don’t always need to know the answer to someone’s problems
- You are able to not judge people
- You should interested in the variety of humanity. And curious about ‘what makes people tick’
- You are able to give ‘tough love’ and challenge someone when they need a ‘push’ to motivate them
- You are observant of body language, voice and words spoken
- You are positive about yourself and others to help them reach their potential
- You are willing to learn how to communicate clearly and effectively
- You are an honest and ethical person who will stay within professional guidelines
After this course you will be able to;
- Ask not tell
- Empower others through self-learning not leading by instruction
- Give people the opportunity to learn decision making skills.
- help people with their self-belief
- then to use initiative and challenge themselves further
- Be able to find what motivates the individual coachee or a whole team
- Allow others to know you ate listening to them and respected for what they have to say
- You will be the catalyst that allows a coachee to reach personal goals. By identifying and destroying obstacles to success
- Help people to defuse both inner and external conflicts.
These lists are by no means exhaustive. Coaching demands that a person has to be determined to learn, develop and grow.
Which is why coaching provides the perfect setting for you to draw from your inner well of knowledge. Knowledge that you have engendered during your lifetime.
Coaching has a positive effect on people. Hence coaches are often drawn by their innate desire to help people reach their goals.
All forms of coaching requires intent listening to all the words said by a client. These words provide lots of subtle signs and ‘hidden’ messages. This allows the coach to understand fully what is happening for the client.
A coach needs to be able to ‘see’ the world from the client’s point of view. In effect using the client’s map of the world, not the coaches own.
Life coaching demands that you ignore any of your own beliefs. Thus, allowing the client to explore their world and obtain their own answers. This means coaches do not need to have the ‘right’ solution to their problems.
Coaching skill base – Self-belief and confidence
One of the initial slides for the first presentation of the course has the title ‘You are being coached’. It is my firm belief that for you to be able to ‘walk your talk’. You need to experience personal coaching yourself.
During the course you will be coached throughout. On attendance courses you have 1-2-1 sessions with a faculty member and a ‘peer buddy’. This process allows you to develop your self-belief and confidence as a coach.
Many home study students employ an external coach to help them through the course! What better experience can there be?
Coaching is not about giving advice or solutions to your client. It is about helping them discover their own answers. Many coaching students find this a difficult challenge to master. We all like to give advice and ‘nurture’ people along. To counteract this; the CCA courses are experiential. And involve a significant amount of practice time. This is to test out your evolving techniques in pairs or groups of 3 people. This is one of the hardest things to master in the coaching skill base.
Home study courses do not contain this element. But, you will have to practice on people you know.
One thing that helps students overcome the ‘I must give advice’ instinct. Is the asking of the right type of questions.
Questions are powerful and if you want people to think, then ask them a question. Not just any question but well thought out, probing and insight provoking ones. This allows your client to discover their answers and become motivated to take action.
Coaching skill base – Asking Questions
Coaching is all about asking the right questions so it is obvious that you need to have an enquiring mind. Through questions a coach is able to challenge the client in various ways.
- clarity of objectives
- be honest to themselves
- create a focus on the present and the tasks ahead.
With practice a good coach will detect any signs of:
- flagging commitment
- flash of discovery, the moment the ‘light bulb goes on’ that turns on the client’s motivation
Once you become a confident questioner you will be able to coach just about anyone. Regardless of their occupation or situation. You do not need to be an expert in what they do or how they feel. But one in how to get them from where they are to the goal they desire.
Coaching is about personal empowerment, this means the client has gain inspiration. Inspired by your unswerving belief in their ability to reach their full potential.
Coaching skill base – Communication
Being able to communicate at many levels is vital for good coaching. Such as voice, expression, body language, etc.. So your ability to do this is essential. All coaches must study, learn and understand the power of open communication. There should be no hidden agendas. The relationship should be built on honesty and integrity.
There are differing styles and approaches of coaching. This is why at Cressingham Coaching Academy we teach you several different approaches. So that you, the coach, have a variety of tools to work within your sessions.
These all have several things in common and outlined below:
- Asking powerful and probing questions to elicit the true goals of the client. And what the challenge is behind the goals
- Using that insight to establish clear set goals and identified outcome.
- Develop motivation through specific actions with committed time-frames. To achieve those goals and outcomes
- Identify the existing strengths of the coachee and reinforce them
- Release the client’s ‘buried’ confidence, self-belief and abilities
- Coaches must always challenge the assumptions of the client. These often cause limiting beliefs and become excuses for past and present failure
- Seeking out the true motivations for a client’s goal. To ensure that it is theirs and not what someone else wants them to think and do
- Give real time honest feedback to the client’s behaviour or language
- Depending on the approach used, and only when appropriate,
- Give a conceptual framework to the client. To allow them to explore their emotions, behaviours, problems and blockages