Painters have brushes, musicians have instruments, and coaches have coaching techniques.
Coaching techniques are tools used during coaching sessions to guide your clients through transformations and create results.
There are so many different techniques available out there, every coach needs to know how to use the right one and the right time to get the most out of it.
Here are 3 game-changing coaching techniques every coach should know:
Technique #1 – The Wheel of Life
This technique is great for any first coaching session as it guides your client to take a step back and assess their current situation.
The truth is, change will always come on a daily basis. Our priorities will change and we need to work around them not to lose sight of our direction and goals.
Ask your clients to draw the wheel of life on a sheet of paper and divide it into the main categories: Physical Environment, Business/Career, Finances, Health, Relationships, Romance, Personal Growth, and Fun and Recreation.
Then, ask them to classify these categories to determine which ones need more focus and energy boost to regain balance and satisfaction in their lives.
It’s a great way of identifying what to work on with your clients to help them achieve the results they look for.
Technique #2 – The Moonshot Technique
If you have a coaching client, they probably already have a goal in mind. But what if their goal is not ambitious enough? Or what if they’re not sure if that’s what they really want?
The next technique you want to have handy is for creating goals that inspire and motivate your clients.
So, how does this technique work?
Dive into your client’s dreams and motivations until you identify what are their hidden passions they might’ve lost on the way or didn’t realise they had.
Ask your client to make up a list of the most important ones. Out of this list, have them select the “Moonshot goals.”
These are the goals they’ve probably considered at some point in their lives, but rejected them as being “impossible” or because “they’re not good enough.” Those are the ones you want to focus on. The ones that might seem like the most difficult ones to achieve.
Make sure these goals are as specific as possible as it’ll help you guide them through their coaching journey to achieve them.
Once the goals are clear and concise, help your client break them down into smaller steps and co-create an action plan for your clients to reach those goals.
Technique #3 – The Spheres of Influence
This technique is usually recommended for clients who are at an overwhelmed or helpless point in their lives and need a massive boost.
When people try to control situations or problems that are not in their control zone, frustration knocks on the door and drives them crazy.
The magic in the Spheres of Influence Technique is that it’s a quick and effective way to guide your clients back to the parts of their life that they can control, but maybe don’t feel aligned with.
What you need to do is guide your clients through creating a list of the things they can control and the things they can’t. Identify the items they have some kind of influence over.
Then, ask them to make a list of the factors that are creating a feeling of frustration, unease or sadness, and determine if they are within the circles that can be modified by their influence or not.
After this technique, coach your client to focus on what they can change – inside the spheres – and let go of the factors they can’t change – outside the spheres.
The technique gives a broad view of the situation around the client and the ways to approach each of the stressing factors with a list of alternate solutions.
The right selection and combination of coaching techniques can create a powerful coaching session for your clients.
So, try these out. See which works for you and which don’t. Go ahead and create your own version of these techniques customised to your style and your clients.
The more you master your techniques and methodology, the more you master the art of coaching.