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Episode 159: The Art of Coaching: Next Level Listening

Next-level listening is at the heart of being a masterful coach. Today I’m exploring the traditional approach to active listening, what it means to be a next-level listener, and additional ways to approach listening that will enhance our clients’ experiences.

159: The Art of Coaching: Next Level Listening

As coaches, most of us consider ourselves good listeners. You care deeply about your clients; part of demonstrating that care is being a good listener. To help clients tap into who they are and what they want, we, as coaches, first need to ensure we completely understand our clients' situations.

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Show Notes

As coaches, most of us consider ourselves good listeners. You care deeply about your clients; part of demonstrating that care is being a good listener.

To help clients tap into who they are and what they want, we, as coaches, first need to ensure we completely understand our clients’ situations. That comes through actively listening when our clients are speaking to us.

In today’s episode, I’m exploring next-level listening as the second part of our art of coaching series. We’ll break down the traditional approach to active listening, including how the ICF defines it, what it means to be a next-level listener, and additional ways to approach listening that will enhance our clients’ experiences. Enjoy the episode!

Topics covered

  • Why every coach needs to understand next-level listening
  • What you’ll learn in our ICF-accredited Certified Clarity Coach Program
  • Why “listening actively” is one of the ICF core competencies
  • The central elements of active listening
  • How Stephen Covey’s five levels of listening apply to us as coaches
  • The intrapersonal aspect of listening
  • Taking note of your body’s cues while listening and centering your clients
  • Marrying your intuition with somatic responses

Resources mentioned

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TRANSCRIPT

 

Well, hello, my friend. Welcome to the Coach with Clarity podcast, my name is Lee Chaix McDonough. I'm your host and today we are continuing our series exploring The Art of Coaching. We're spending pretty much the months of April and May 2023 diving into what makes a powerful coach and how we can continue to master the craft of coaching. Last week, we kicked things off with a deep dive into coaching presence. We defined what presence was and the ways that we can develop our presence as coaches and why that matters, why it benefits the client when we are fully able to embody a coaching presence. And as we were discussing this last week, the idea of listening and the role of active listening came up a few times. And that's why today I wanted to focus our episode on what I'm calling next level listening. I think a lot of us, we hear listening and we're like, “Oh yeah, I know how to listen. I know how to be a good listener.” And I suspect that's true. If you're listening to the Coach with Clarity podcast, it's because you care deeply about people, you care about your clients. And part of demonstrating that care and concern is knowing how to be a good listener. So today we are going to explore the traditional approach to active listening or to good listening. And then we're going to look at what it means to be a next level listener and some of the additional ways that we can approach listening with our clients that will enhance their experience and support us in our development as coaches. 


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