On behalf of your clients, all of whom get better results in what they’re doing, and who they’re being when YOU become a better coach…here is Thomas’ article on developing a coaching edge.
The Edge is several things…
In other words, you have something more important to do than coddle your clients. Or be bored by their lack of commitment. Or impatient with their success cycle. You’ve gotten to a certain place in your life, not just in your coaching, where you’re just not that interested in the excuses, stories and wavering that clients tend to come with.
2. The Edge means having a very sensitive b.s. detector.
I am NOT one to call the client on their b.s. It’s my view that that approach is a power trip and not professional. However, I can/do detect inconsistencies in what the client is saying (and/or how they are saying it) and I do point those out, gently, simply, easily, fearlessly and in what’s called a ‘charge neutral’ tone, meaning there’s no ‘charge’ to my voice. It’s a clean communication. And it’s part of what the client is paying me for.
3. The Edge means having an opinion and sharing it.
Some coaches receive training from schools where they are taught that the client has all of the answers and that the coach should suppress the coach’s opinion so as to not get in the way of the client’s process.
This approach works for about 10% of the clients out there which means most of these coaches don’t have very full practices and I think this is a shame. It’s my view that a key part of why clients hire a coach is to hear the coach’s opinion about the client’s goals, situation, problem, dynamic or lifestyle.
Like it or not, the edgier, stronger coaches are the most financially successful.
Read the full article and tell us – how are you developing the Edge? How will it help you attract more clients?