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Episode 19: Coaching Through Anger

If you have been putting into practice everything from the Getting Started series, you're probably starting to generate interest in your coaching. So on this episode, we're covering what you should do when someone approaches you and says “Hey, I'm interested in learning more!” Because sometimes, that can be one of the scariest parts of the process.
Coach with Clarity Podcast - Coaching Through Anger

19: Coaching Through Anger

There's so much going on in the world today that's causing many of us to deal with unwanted or uncomfortable emotions and anger is certainly at the top of that list.

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Show Notes

There's so much going on in the world today that's causing many of us to deal with unwanted or uncomfortable emotions and anger is certainly at the top of that list.

For many coaches, anger can be a particularly difficult emotion to support our clients through because it can feel so personal, even though it's merely the client trying to express some pent-up emotions within the context of our coaching session.

That's what we're looking at today, in the second episode of my miniseries on coaching through difficult emotions. We're going to explore the types and sources of anger, how to know when it might be time to refer a client to a mental health provider, as well as steps and strategies you can use as you coach your clients through anger.

Hopefully, this episode will be a first or continuing step in your journey to deepen your coaching skills and step into the powerful and knowledgeable coach you can be.

Topics covered

  • Going beyond the labels of positive or negative for our emotions
  • How to determine when a client's anger goes beyond the scope of coaching
  • What is anger?
  • The physiological side of anger
  • The different triggers of anger
  • Why frustration and annoyance are often made worse by making it all about ourselves
  • The meaning behind explosive outbursts of anger
  • How people use aggressive anger as a tool for maintaining power and control
  • Why I often find it appropriate to refer clients with recurring, aggressive anger to a therapist
  • Why many of us are experiencing justifiable anger right now
  • The relationship between justifiable and aggressive anger
  • Harnessing your anger and privilege to support Black and brown people and racial justice
  • Why thinking about anger as a secondary emotion often works against our mission as coaches
  • Supporting our clients by re-framing anger as a tandem emotion
  • Taking your personal safety into account
  • Why always important to tune in to your gut, especially when dealing with anger
  • The 5 steps I use when coaching through anger

Resources mentioned

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Well, hey there, friend. Welcome to another episode of the Coach with Clarity podcast. My name is Lee Chaix McDonough, and I am so honored that you are joining me for another episode. If this is your first time listening to the Coach with Clarity podcast, I am particularly grateful andI hope you find today's episode helpful. 

You can certainly listen to it on its own, but it is the second episode in a miniseries I am doing on coaching through difficult emotions. So last week I covered the emotion of sadness, and you might find it helpful to listen to that episode first. But there's also no reason why you can't simply dive into the show today as we explore another difficult emotion that often comes up when we are coaching our clients, and that is the emotion of anger.

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