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Coaching: The Art of the Compelling Conversation

A compelling conversation naturally generates accumulative energy leading to purposeful and positive action



Philosopher and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, "Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." He also said, "To put your ideas into action is the most difficult thing to do."


Enter coaching and the compelling conversation.

Coaching is a collaborative and exploratory relationship between a coach and a client motivated to do self-discovery. The purpose is to establish and connect the client's potential (strengths, talents, and skills) and apply it to achieve a goal, dream, or possibility.

When you find yourself ready for change or to take action but find yourself stalling, the most potent next step is to hire a talented coach to get you moving forward and facilitate keeping you on track.


To do this, coaches engage in the art of what I call "compelling conversations." A compelling conversation naturally generates accumulative energy leading to purposeful and positive action using the skills of deep listening, intuitive curiosity, discerning discussion, powerful questioning, and celebration. All skills a trained coach learns through an accredited certification program.

A coach who skillfully facilitates the coaching relationship and the art of the compelling conversation, in combination with your willingness to be in it, creates success.

The safe and confidential environment created by the coaching relationship offers a client the space to recognize and reveal self-made obstacles, limiting beliefs, assumptions, and negative self-talk for review and reframing-- and ultimately reinvention. The experience of coaching and participating in a compelling conversation is transforming.


People get coached to be more fulfilled

Whether you are a leader managing people, an independent contributor, a professional, or an emerging entrepreneur, everyone wants fulfillment in their work life. For you, there might be one or many reasons to engage with a coach on your journey to higher satisfaction:

  • Discover and apply untapped potential

  • Transition to a new life or work experience

  • Build and strengthen the soft skills needed to reach goals

  • Forward positive action to complete a project

  • Enhance creativity and innovative idea generation

  • Move beyond perceived limitations

  • Navigate tricky situations or conflict

  • Recognize new levels of possibility

  • Make decisions and take the next steps

  • Practice stress management to be more effective

  • Safely expand comfort zones to accept new opportunities

  • Become more available and supportive to others

Three considerations when selecting a coach

  1. Selecting the right coach for you is wholly personal. On the heart level, you want to feel a connection with the coach, and perhaps there is implicit energy generated when speaking with the coach that gives you confidence in working with her.

  2. Great coaches can coach anyone. Keep in mind that selecting a coach who once worked in your industry will not ensure your success. A coach who skillfully facilitates the coaching relationship and the art of the compelling conversation, in combination with your willingness to be in it, creates success.

  3. Anyone can say they are a coach these days, and many do. Check credentials and be sure that the coach you choose has gone through an ICF-accredited training program and practices continuous learning to enhance skills. It is also helpful to review testimonials.

 

How many times have you taken an assessment, read it, and then tucked it away, never to refer to it again? StrengthsCORE™ is a customized program built around the results from Gallup's renowned CliftonStrengths Assessment. The client moves through discovering and appreciating their unique set of Strengths to applying and accelerating them in real work life experiences.

 

Get Inspired!

Get to the core and gain momentum to bring out the best of yourself. The world needs us all to step up and share our gifts. No time to waste! If this got you thinking (and feeling something good), schedule a Discovery Call with Kristina Mercier, CPC, today!

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