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ICF Core Competency 7: Evokes Awareness

Show Notes

DEFINITION: Facilitates client insight and learning by using tools and techniques such as powerful questioning, silence, metaphor or analogy.
  1. Considers client experience when deciding what might be most useful 
  2. Challenges the client as a way to evoke awareness or insight 
  3. Asks questions about the client, such as their way of thinking, values, needs, wants and beliefs 
  4. Asks questions that help the client explore beyond current thinking
  5. Invites the client to share more about their experience in the moment
  6. Notices what is working to enhance client progress
  7. Adjusts the coaching approach in response to the client's needs
  8. Helps the client identify factors that influence current and future patterns of behavior, thinking or emotion
  9. Invites the client to generate ideas about how they can move forward and what they are willing or able to do
  10. Supports the client in reframing perspectives
  11. Shares observations, insights and feelings, without attachment, that have the potential to create new learning for the client 
WATCH: ICF Core Competency 7: Evokes Awareness with Giuseppe Totino, MCC
READ: 8 ICF Core Competencies (Updated) + PDF
  • Asking the question: this would be to go deeper for the client to process 
  • Shares Observations & Noticing: without any attachment
  • Silence: hold the space to allow their thoughts, feelings, and emotions to get to completion
  • What sort of questions do you ask without any attachment?
  • What ways do you encourage the client to make their own choices?
  • What stories are you telling yourself?
  • What’s one way you could move this forward?
  • What words or patterns are you noticing about your clients?
  • How do you "sit back" as a coach to notice?
  • What ways do you present thoughts without attachment?
  • What way do you let go of your own ego, as a coach?
  • What does “good” coaching look like for you?
  • What possibilities do you offer your clients
    • What if… ?
    • What are you taking away from this session?
    • What actions do you want to take from this?
    • What’s one way to move this forward?
RESOURCE: ICF Converge Conference
TOOLS: Limiting Beliefs (Coaching Exercises)

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