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Seven Fears New Coaches Have (and Why They’re Unfounded)

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It is perfectly natural to have fears when starting out on a new venture, of any kind; whether it’s our first time in a kayak, first time ordering a coffee in a foreign language, or first time sitting in front of a client about to coach them. Whenever we stretch…

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How a Life Coach Can Facilitate Profound Change

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The role of a life coach is to support and facilitate individuals to achieve profound change and to fulfil their potential. It’s an honoured and privileged role and can be immensely rewarding and itself life-enhancing, as a career. However, how to be a life coach doesn’t itself come with a…

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Is Becoming A Life Coach The Right Path For You?

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We’re professional coach trainers, we’re going to try and sell our life coaching courses to everyone, right? Well no. We have a good bit more integrity than that. The reality is that life coaching as a profession is not the right path for everyone. It’s not even the right path…

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Time to drop niche and think context instead?

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To niche or not to niche? That is the question! And it’s a question you’ll hear a lot in the coaching world. It’s discussed endlessly in books, blogs and forums about how to create a coaching practice. It’s a topic worth talking about, of course, but I’d like to look…

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wake up and smell the coffee: mindfulness in coaching

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Have you had a coffee today? Do you remember it? For many people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of mindfulness is meditation, stillness and quietness. But is this accurate? And how could this be useful in coaching which is a conversation based approach to change?…

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Omnipotence

have we been seduced by the myth of omnipotence?

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“If you can dream it, you can do it!” runs the famous Walt Disney quote. But is this really true? Is it helpful? And what is it doing to your coaching? I have several concerns about the myths being created within the personal development world, and I have often used…

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Nine qualities

nine qualities of the coaching conversation

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“But all you do is listen and ask questions? What’s so special about that?” In one guise or another, this is a question (or challenge) often posed to me and, no doubt, other coaches. What’s missing from this common caricature of coaching, though, is the quality of the listening and…

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is coaching supervision really so super?

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OK, I have to admit a vested interest here. I’m a coaching supervisor, so it’s pretty obvious what I’m going to conclude! But bear with me. As a supervisor, I find the work I do with coaches fascinating, rewarding and enjoyable. And I believe that it’s immensely valuable, important and…

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Useful question

is this the most important coaching question you can ever ask?

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What do you think the most important coaching question is? Indeed, is there one? Surely there are so many that there can’t be just one. There are so many factors that come into play that there can’t be just one question: “One Question to rule them all”, as Coach Frodo…

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