Coaching is not only a benefit for those being coached. It is of tremendous benefit to those doing the coaching. Seeing progress and new thinking through the eyes of a person you are helping is of tremendous value and reward. However, there is another layer of application beyond the coached and the coach. In fact, the principles of coaching, once learned, can be applied in almost every situation we face. Therefore, learning the skills of coaching can literally help everyone at one level or another!
Each member of The Clearpoint Group has been trained as public speakers. All of us have a lot of ‘flight time’ as speakers in religious, non-profit, military and business settings. As speakers, we have teen trained to do the ‘telling’ asking our audiences by default, to do the ‘listening.’ Many people are gracious and allow this weekly or sometimes more frequent one way communication to be an acceptable part of their lives. It makes sense to most people because their parents used lectures, commands, and demands as the primary means of raising children. However, most people experience a moment of stark reality when they move from being parented to a college campus environment, for instance, in which their success is no longer dependent on agreeing to the agenda of another but developing their own agenda. Teachers, mentors and peers begin to ask questions rather than give pronouncements and for many people, the difference is a huge challenge. There is a vast chasm between being told something and encouraged to explore that same thing by oneself.
SELF DISCOVERY IS THE MOST POWERFUL ENGINE OF LEARNING AND CHANGE
One of the central tenets of coaching is that self discovery is the most powerful engine of learning and change. Therefore, the best form of communication in leading and influencing others rests on asking open ended questions that prod someone’s thinking – challenging their pre-suppositions and adopted opinions. Learning the art and practice of asking strong questions is akin to a communication ‘tectonic shift’ for most people. Let’s face it. All of us are more wired to take action based on knowledge we believe in or acquire rather than the imposed knowledge or beliefs of others. We can take it or leave it, discard or accept someone else’s opinion. Yet, when the pieces come together in our own head through our own thought processes, logic flow and internalized truth, we are forced to consider deeply the question of ‘what to do about it.’ Imagine the benefits of being on the side of the equation that promotes that kind of personal change. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg regarding the kinds of benefits coach training can bring to our work or personal relationships.
WE CAN HELP
The members of The Clearpoint Group are trained to train others in learning new patterns of communication and leadership. This training is most effective for teams of related individuals who serve the same mission or organization. However, we often throw open the doors to basic Coaching Skills Training to the general public. If we can serve you in learning new skills for yourself, your team or executive board, please sign up to receive our email newsletter or schedule a discussion about the format, timeline and materials for a tailored Coach Training effective in your context.
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