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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

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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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How to Start Building a Coaching Culture in Your Organization

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The culture in an organization is extremely important to how well an organization thrives. If it lacks the proper leadership mindset, the organization could be at risk of failing or, at the very least, not living up to their full potential available from harnessing the vast knowledge base of their current employees. A coaching culture in an organization can help to increase productivity, encourage employee development, promote employee satisfaction which will lower employee turnover and entice new talent to join. This improves the bottom line for the company and creates a better overall atmosphere for everyone.

Leaders in an organization who understand coaching can inspire their teams to collaborate effectively and produce greater results. They realize that it isn’t just a set of rules or tactics they need to use, but it is a mindset of how they interact, encourage and involve their team. A coaching culture can help to create these leaders and improve the overall culture of an organization.

Before an organization chooses to move forward with coaching, there are a number of questions they need to answer, such as:

  • Can the time be effectively allocated to properly learn?
  • What strategies can be put in place to measure the ROI of coaching?
  • Are there enough funds allocated to complete the necessary steps?
  • Are the employees and managers on board?

 In addition to answering the above questions, there is a coaching readiness assessment test for organizations on our website at http://www.coachingoutofthebox.com/coaching-quotient-assessment/coaching-readiness-assessment-for-organizations.

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