5.1 Building your skills
If you’re interested in becoming a coach, you will probably already have many relevant skills and attributes, such as empathy and the ability to establish rapport. But you may need to work on developing some of the others, for example listening and summarising.
Watch coaching expert Dr Julia Yates explain how to build relevant coaching skills in the following video.
To build your coaching skills, you might look for opportunities to listen to and support your colleagues. Practice asking them challenging questions and ask them for feedback regarding whether they were helpful.
You can practise building rapport by talking to strangers (in an appropriate setting!) and trying to find some common ground.
Benefits to your own career
Becoming a coach can bring advantages to an individual in many areas of life.
Van Nieuwerburgh (2017, p. 182) describes six things that you can start to do every day:
- Listen to others
- Allow for choices
- Show an interest in others
- Provide helpful feedback
- Believe in others
- Encourage others to identify meaningful goals.
Apply these rules to every day conversations with your family, at work etc. and you’ll see a difference in the quality of your interactions with other people.
If you currently lead a team, adopting a coaching approach can enhance team relationships and allow you to communicate more effectively with them.
Julia Yates shares what she has gained personally from becoming a coach in the next video.
One other reason why many people consider coaching as a potential career is the opportunity to set up your own business. If you crave autonomy and flexibility alongside all the other elements listed – coaching could be the career for you!