Coaching, what is it?

It is vital before setting out on your coaching journey that we fully understand what coaching is, and probably more importantly, what it isn’t. I often hear from trainee coaches “oh, I do a lot of that already;” They mistake Q&A for coaching.

Whilst Q&A is undoubtedly a great tool, we need to look at the intent or purpose of the question being asked.

If the intention is to lead the coachee to a particular answer or to direct them to a predetermined answer or solution we have in mind for them, this is not coaching. In coaching, we get the learning out, not put the learning in.