In the World of Coaching, Questions Rule

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Six Famous Friends - Mindmap by Cat Wilson

Six Famous Friends – Mindmap by Cat Wilson

In the world of coaching, questions rule. Clients can expect to hold court with a curious guide. But, do you know what questions do? What value do questions bring?

Questions are meant to bring information to the floor.

Clarify – Specifically what do you want?

Deepen – When you get what you want, why is that important?

Test – When you get what you want, because … how will it be in the future?

Ah Ha – When you look back on that time, what did you learn?

Rudyard Kipling said, “I had six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names were: Where, What, When, Why, How and Who.” As you can see in the mindmap, they lead the way.

Coaching is a process where the client is honored with having the answers. This means that the coach doesn’t give answers, because coaching is not consulting nor therapy.  Inside the client has all the answers. The coach takes their client inside where it is safe to explore.

By asking questions, coaches help clients get to know themselves, open up possibilities, revisit dreams, introduce themselves, and take creative control of their own lives. If your coach is “telling” you what to do, then you are working with a consultant. In the world of coaching, questions rule, because they guide the client to his or her highest and best possible life!

When you want to become more, live better, or reach higher into possibilities, please consider me as your resource. I’m here for you. Call me at 503.816.5104.

“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” – Rudyard Kipling

 

Be Playful and Draw on the Wall

Be Playful and Draw on the Wall - Cat Wilson

Be Playful and Draw on the Wall – Cat Wilson

Although I’m not sure if my mother would have approved, I would have loved to draw happy faces all over the wall.

Today, I train how to draw mindmaps and do graphic facilitation on the walls at Apositiva in Portland. Corporations call me in to work with teams in these visual processes, such as Intel Corp, The Standard, Tri-Met, and others.  It certainly makes the meeting or training more interesting!

In coaching, my clients come for a session and we work out what they want on the wall. I’d like to show you some of them, but they are generally personal or corporate secrets, and so it stays on their walls.

If you’d like to see how it can work for you in coaching you on a challenge or to work with an idea you can contact me to meet me here in Portland, or I can meet you online in Google, Fuze (where it’s recorded), and other online forums. Let me know how I can assist you to be playful and draw on the wall!