Coaching others to coach
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8 Building your coach developer 101 guide

The main discussion points from this session that you might share and discuss with colleagues are described in Table 1 below.

Table 1 Some proven practices coach developers can contribute towards asking good questions and listening actively

Practices and ideasDescription
24. Questioning trapsMultiple questions and leading questions are both traps that contribute towards ineffective practice. Inappropriate use of ‘why’ questions can make coaches defensive.
25. Why, how, what questionsUse clear and open ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘what’ questions that require deeper thinking. Allow coaches time to answer and let their answers dictate the flow of the conversation.
26. Coaching ideologyAsking questions ‘inside-out’ addresses ideas and beliefs about coaching. This type of questioning opens dialogue about the purpose of coaching and why coaches view coaching in the way they do.
27. Active listening Use small verbal and physical gestures during dialogue to convey that you are taking a real interest in what coaches are saying. For some coach developers: listen more, talk less.

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