As a coach, preparing for coaching is essential to ensure that when you enter your session you are tuned in to your client and can focus entirely upon them without being distracted.
Preparation doesn’t mean that you are going to plan exactly what you say and where you will take the coaching session, after all the questions you ask will be a response to what the coachee raises in the session. However there is some physical and some mental preparation you might find helpful.
‘Creating inner space’ is a term used to describe the process of clearing your mind of thoughts, emotions, experiences and opinions so there is space in your mind to receive and process new information.
By creating inner space you will focus more fully on your client in the session, listen more effectively and help them work to their agenda rather than your own.
Co-active Coaching: New Skills for Coaching People Toward Success in Work and Life by Laura Whitworth, Henry Kimsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House, and Phil Sandahl (Paperback - 15 Feb 2007)
The Coaching Manual: The Definitive Guide to the Process, Principles and Skills of Personal Coaching by Julie Starr (Paperback - 8 Nov 2007)
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