To enhance your coaching skills using insights from coaching blogs, we’ve gathered seven unique perspectives from professionals, including a life coach and a CEO. From applying active listening from blogs to incorporating the GROW Model, discover how these experts have successfully applied blog information in their coaching practices.
● Applying Active Listening Techniques
● Using Blog Strategies in Coaching Sessions
● Customizing Blog Tips for Individual Needs
● Golf Instructor Utilizes Visualization Techniques
● Teaching Others to Reinforce Learning
● Utilizing Feedback from Surveys and Forms
● Incorporating the GROW Model
Applying Active Listening Techniques
Looking into coaching blogs, I’ve found that they often emphasize the importance of active listening. In my practice, I once had a client who felt unheard in her relationships. By applying active listening techniques, I learned how to mirror her feelings and thoughts.
This validated her emotions and allowed me to guide her towards mindfulness exercises tailored to her needs. She then became more self-aware and communicative, ultimately transforming her relationships.
So, while blogs offer various pieces of advice, mastering the basics like active listening can lead to transformative and more productive coaching sessions.
Using Blog Strategies in Coaching Sessions
One specific way to use and apply information from coaching blogs to improve coaching skills is by implementing new techniques or strategies learned from these blogs in real coaching sessions. For example, as a CEO, I once came across a coaching blog that discussed the importance of active listening in coaching relationships.
The blog emphasized the significance of fully engaging with the client, giving them space to express themselves, and refraining from interrupting or providing immediate solutions.
In my subsequent coaching sessions with team members and employees, I consciously applied this newfound knowledge of active listening.
I focused on being present in the conversation, asking open-ended questions, and allowing the client to share their thoughts and ideas freely. By doing so, I created a safe and supportive environment where the client felt valued and heard.
Customizing Blog Tips for Individual Needs
I treat the information on coaching blogs as a guide rather than a protocol; the advice given is great, but only if it applies to a coach’s situation directly. So, one-way coaches can improve their skills through blog tips is to customize them for themselves and for their clients.
Do not treat them as one-size-fits-all. For instance, if a coaching blog leans more towards a hands-off approach, I have found that it does not work well for every client.
Some people need help to the point of handholding, which is okay, but it’s important to recognize and implement it effectively as a coach.
Golf Instructor Utilizes Visualization Techniques
As a golf instructor, I’m not just a passive consumer of information; I actively look for ways to apply what I learn from these blogs to my own coaching practice.
Let me share an example. I came across a blog post that suggested using visualization techniques to help athletes overcome performance anxiety—it intrigued me. So I gave it a shot and guided my players through visualization exercises, adding them to their pre-shot routines, and encouraging them to picture themselves executing their roles perfectly during rounds. Over time, I noticed an improvement in their confidence levels.
This method wasn’t just useful for my athletes; it proved beneficial for me too. I began visualizing my success as a coach, picturing the team’s victories, and even my effective responses to challenging situations. The results were astounding. I was more confident, my decision-making improved, and I felt more connected to my team.
Teaching Others to Reinforce Learning
There’s so much great information out there on coaching and personal development. Learning how to apply this to our own coaching skills can be tricky. One thing has been found to be extremely helpful.
Whenever something powerful that will help clients is discovered, it is taught to someone else. Others are shared with what has been learned in one’s own words. This helps make it one’s own and cement the ideas in the mind.
Utilizing Feedback from Surveys and Forms
Blogs have some great feedback mechanisms available. Coaching experts often have surveys and forms up on their blogs. These surveys are for collecting feedback from coaching clients. I have found them quite useful in my experience. They have helped me improve my coaching methods and get more clients.
Coaching blogs often share some excellent techniques. These techniques are really helpful and add to my coaching toolkit. They often break things down step-by-step, or in abbreviations. This makes them easier to remember for my clients as well. So, they are a great way to use coaching blogs.
Incorporating the GROW Model
One valuable way to leverage coaching blogs for skill improvement is by learning new coaching techniques or methodologies. For instance, a blog discussing the GROW model (Goal, Reality, Options, Will) was found, which was then incorporated into coaching sessions.
This framework helped structure conversations with clients and led to more effective goal-setting and problem-solving discussions, ultimately enhancing their progress and coaching effectiveness.