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How Do You Support Someone In Achieving Their Dreams?

by Coaching Out of the Box

Most people you will encounter have dreams, ambitions, goals or desires. They want to do better, be better and achieve more. How they get to this point is what stops them from achieving their dreams. Quite often they will need help along the way and may not know where to turn or who to speak to in order to get this help.

Les Brown is quoted as saying, “Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.” As a coach, this is very true. We strive to help others build themselves up to do better. Our goal is to see them achieve their desires. But how do we go about helping them do this?

  1. Help them establish their goal. Discuss their values and what is important to them.
  2. Develop these goals into a specific plan. Encourage them to define what they are wanting to do and how they will know when they have achieved their goal.
  3. Help them assess whether their goal is achievable or what obstacles they might face that can be overcome or may not be overcome.
  4. Encourage them to prioritize their actions to achieve their goal.
  5. Help them write out their goals and plans, including any steps required to reach these goals. A specific plan is important to have and even more important to have on hand in case they run into problems in the future.
  6. Try to help them work out alternatives in case there are obstacles they can foresee.
  7. Offer encouragement along the way.
  8. Check in with them to see how they are progressing and if they need to discuss their plan further or refine some of it.
  9. Celebrate their achievements with them. Celebrating is always more fun with someone else. This additional encouragement may be all they need to go on to the next steps, especially if the path becomes harder.

Once the person reaches their goal, you will hopefully feel accomplished as well. You were instrumental in their process and that makes their success your success too!

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How Do You Learn To Ask The Tough Questions?

by Coaching Out of the Box

Questions are a very important part of a dialogue with clients. Asking the right questions can not only help a coach gain insight into their client's needs, but also into their values and beliefs, which feeds their responses and attitudes. In addition, the right questions can trigger a response within the client to their own issue that they may not have been able to come up with previously. It may not even be that the coach has a solution to the problem, but that they have asked a question that opens up a new line of thought for the client and there is a realization about a solution they came to on their own. Ultimately, these are the questions that can bring about change. Coaches believe that their clients are intelligent and already possess the understanding to achieve the results they are anticipating.

Tough questions can help the client step out of their normal way of approaching a situation and see it in a new light. These questions aren’t necessarily aimed at gathering more information from the client, but rather to entice the client to consider different reactions or thoughts than they already have. Questions should be timed appropriately, well articulated and well chosen. Fewer and less complicated questions are generally considered the most effective in coaching conversations as they leave more of an opening to the client.

Coaching questions can be a fantastic tool, one that is used to cut away the typical and mundane responses, to reveal the unexpected.  It may take creativity and practice to narrow down the appropriate questions for each client and their unique situation, but a practiced coach will learn how to formulate their questions effectively. Learning to ask the tough questions begins with practice and an understanding of what outcome is expected. If a coach expects a client to be an expert in their situation, they simply need to guide the client to the answer with the right questions.

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What Does It Take to Be a Good Coach?

by Coaching Out of the Box

If you are a coach currently, or interested in becoming one, you may have asked yourself at some point, “What Does It Take to Be a Good Coach?” Although some of the answers can vary by situation and person, there are some aspects of being a coach that are invariably important. A good coach is an effective one; one who sees positive changes in their clients.

The following are important skills for an effective coach to use:

  • Active listening. Coaches need to understand their clients and in order to do this, they need to be able to listen to them.
  • Feedback. Provide positive, constructive feedback to help clients understand better; this does not necessarily include solutions for the issue.
  • Trust. Clients need to be able to trust their coaches in order to progress. Coaches need to be able to establish trust with honesty and confidentiality.
  • Value them. Don’t judge them but help them learn how to grow and develop.
  • Ask questions. Learn about people’s values and goals by asking them insightful questions. Values & goals are driving factors and influence people’s actions, motivations and decisions. Knowing these will help you understand them better.
  • Be approachable. Put people at ease with you by being pleasant and warm.
  • Be compassionate. People want to know they are being understood and not condemned.
  • Lead them. Do not provide all the answers or do all of the talking. Lead the client to find answers for themselves so they do not have to be reliant on you to move forward in the future.

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How to Use Laser Speaking to Communicate More Effectively

by Coaching Out of the Box

 

In today’s business world time efficiency is essential. In meetings and discussions, there may be a tendency to speak for longer and to reiterate the same point to ensure it is heard. Unfortunately, this takes up time and may cost other speakers from being able to establish their points as well. The answer to this is “laser-speaking”. This is an efficiency tool that keeps conversations to the point and precisely identifies what the speaker is trying to communicate without unnecessary additional information or time-wasting. It allows a point to be made by an individual without the background story or long explanations being provided. Participants are encouraged to use as few words as possible to convey their point or respond to another’s point.

There are many benefits of using such tools, especially in a coaching setting. The following is a brief list of the positives associated with laser-speaking in a business setting:

  • Maximizes the time spent in a meeting or group communication
  • Requires people to think before they speak and keeps them focused
  • Assists with being able to understand the points being made – people can feel they are being heard
  • Makes discussions more direct and answers more specific
  • Prevents domination by one speaker
  • Prevents loss of interest or zoning out

Start using laser speaking in a group by identifying the practice and the benefits associated with it. When people understand the underlying reasons why this tool is useful, they are more likely to be open to using it.

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