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The Top Five Mistakes Coaches Make in Their Sessions Series #1

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A lot of coaches think the thing they need to be a good coach is a strong set of tools. While knowing and working with a suite a tools and processes might make you a good coach.  It won't necessarily make you a great coach.  

Too much reliance on tools can limit the effectiveness of your coaching, because you can only go as far as your tool or process will take you.  It can also limit the types of clients you can work with. There are some processes that work a lot of the time. However, there is no one sized fits all option for every client, all of the time. 

When all a coach has to offer is what's in the tool bag coaches end up doing something we call, "tool tossing".  That means they either try to force a client into a specific process, whether it's a good fit or not, or they keep tossing tools hoping they will find something that lands.  

Tool tossing keeps you from actually listening to your client.  It prevents you from being present.  When it doesn't work it creates a lot anxiety for both the coach and the client.  

 

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