The expert’s mask
The expert’s mask
How important are the tools and techniques of coaching? It’s a question that I’ve been mulling over recently.
There was a time I thought the key skill of a coach was pulling the right tool out of the toolbox at the appropriate time. Now I’m not so sure.
The other day I gave a talk in front of a group of coaches It was inspiring. There was something in the air; an atmosphere of connection and love. It was like we all saw beyond the disguise and masks that we all wear. We were all in touch with the same loving warm feeling and it nourished each and every soul.
After the talk a man came to speak to me. He was completing an ILM level 7 qualification and his head was full of theory and techniques. All this intellect and analysing was getting in the way of connecting with his clients. He wanted a simpler way.
This is similar to the way I feel about my coaching. I am stripping back the tools, techniques and ideas that I once saw as essential. These tools were the ‘mask’ that I once wore; it’s hard to coach through a mask.
I used to think it was the technique that worked the magic, I now realise it connection (both human and spiritual) that makes the difference.
If this kind of coaching appeals to you then you’ll really enjoy learning about the Three Principles.
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