What does a principles-based coaching session look like?
How does it differ from a traditional coaching session? What is the difference between principles-based and traditional coaching? In June 2016, I (Liz) was coached by Jamie Smart. The session had a profound impact on me personally. Here’s a unique opportunity to see Jamie Smart in action as a coach and to understand what he was thinking as he was coaching.
Jamie Smart has produced an extraordinary resource that shares his perspective as a coach at each stage of the conversation. You can download it here.
If you want to know what was going on for me as the coachee – then you download Liz’s (my) response to the coaching with Jamie Smart here.
The Coaching Session with Jamie Smart
Background: The coaching session was an impromptu session. Prior to it I had been talking to and interviewing Jamie. We were collaborating on an event and I was recording some promotional videos. At the end of the interviews Jamie invited me to experience coaching. We switched on the video again and this is what the coaching session looked like.
At the time of the coaching I was on one of Jamie Smart’s courses that was designed to help coaches to both develop their grounding in the principles and to develop their business through creating packages for clients.
What was going on for Jamie Smart as the coach?
Jamie Smart has transcribed the coaching session and annotated what was going on for him. You can download a copy of the PDF here. It’s such a wonderful behind the scenes look of what was going on.
Have you ever wondered about the dynamics and process of a principles-based conversation? This transcript gives a enlightening overview of what is going on for Jamie Smart.
It’s a great insight into seeing when he shifts to ‘education’ around the principles and when he gives advice and practical help. When it comes to Principles-based coaching it is useful to see that there are no tools and techniques.
What was going on for Liz as the coachee?
My memory of the coaching is clear. It felt wonderful. When I remember back I connect with the feeling I experienced at the time.
During the coaching I had a strong ‘knowing’. I realised at a deep level that this was the kind of coach I wanted to be. This was the kind of impact I wanted to have with my clients.
I have been coaching for over 10 years – principles-based coaching is in a different league to what I’ve been trained in before. It has the potential for profound and impactive change.
If you haven’t already downloaded my experience as the coachee you can do so here – if you’d like to learn a bit more about principles-based coaching you can do so here. Elsie Spittle has also shared her experiences of coaching from a Principles-based approach, it’s great to hear her thoughts in this article on Elsie Spittle and 3P coaching.
About Liz Scott & Stuart Newberry
Liz Scott & Stu Newberry are Coaching Skills trainers and 3P practitioners. They help develop coaching cultures within schools and organisations. Liz & Stu use their understanding of the 3Ps within their training and are experiencing great successes and results in the organisations they are working in. Download an Introduction to the Three Principles here. Find out more about Liz & Stu at Liz Scott Coaching and Training
About Jamie Smart
Jamie Smart is an best-selling author and international trainer and facilitator. Find out more about Jamie Smart here