Excerpts from Client-Centered Coaching
A chapter in Coaching Perspectives IV
Tiffany Kalinka shares:
- Being a coach is a great way to give back and feel good about the difference you are making all at the same time.
- Cultivating a client-centered relationship is what I believe to be the key component to a productive coaching relationship.
- The three ways to cultivate and keep a client-centered coaching relationship are to develop great empathy, ask open-ended questions, and become a sounding board.
- As a professional coach, we have a responsibility to the client. We ensure that the client is creating their own path and making decisions based on their values and beliefs (rather than those of the coach).
- Powerful questioning is a core competency for professional coaching. An open-ended question invites fuller reflection and expression.
- In order to be a true sounding board we must refrain from expressing our opinions.
- Becoming well-versed and practicing these strategies in daily life will, in turn, help you acquire the skills to coach.
The Coaching Perspectives series of books (one is published each year) provide great insights from many different coaches. The above excerpts are examples of some of the concepts explored in more detail including specific how to tips.