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Author: Yannick Jacob, Siawash Zahmat & Nicki Drab

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Does what it says on the tin: We talk about coaching. We, that is Yannick, Siawash and Nicki. We love coaching, collectively got a tonne of experience, knowledge and charm; and we all felt it was time to give something back to our wonderful coaching community. Whether you're a life coach, work with organisations or practice any other form of coaching, you can ask us anything and we'll discuss it for and with you so you can learn, grow and develop your practice and business skills!
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Explaining what coaching is (and isn’t) is an important part of the process for coaches who set up the working alliance and contract for an effective coaching space. Metaphors can help tremendously to help clients grasp and understand coaching. Since there’s a broad range of what coaching might look like and entail and everybody seems to have their own definition and approach, our resident coaches Yannick, Siawash and Nicki decided to each share one metaphor that they sometimes use to explain the differences between coaching, therapy, mentoring, consulting, teaching and being a friend. In the process we’ll talk about surfing, driving a car and mountaineering, and we find that these metaphors are richer and more versatile than we had thought. _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, continue the conversation or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
Nicki wanted to give her coaching practice a business boost and asked us how to choose the right kind of programme out of the jungle of available courses online. Without advertising any specific courses or programmes, in this episode we’re talking about the criteria and questions that are important to consider before making such a choice. We’re talking about how to find out which programme might be a good match, how to make sure you’re not getting scammed or sucked into large investments by a charismatic salesperson or marketing material. And we’re hearing first-hand about one coach’s journey through the jungle of business programmes. We’d love to hear your perspective on this. Do join the conversation! _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, continue the conversation or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
Marina is one of the many coaches who I recently talked to about how essential goal setting is to our work as coaches. Can we coach someone without having a clear agenda? Does it need to be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound)? Is it okay if the goal emerges along the way? What if it’s vague? Should we spend time making it more specific? Is it still coaching if we start a conversation without having a clear anchor to our work? In this episode of Talking about Coaching our hosts Yannick Jacob, Siawash Zahmat and Nicki Drab are exploring all of these questions and more and we’d love to hear your perspective too!_____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, continue the conversation or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
Silence - one of the most powerful interventions during a conversation. Yet, so many people are deeply uncomfortable when nobody’s talking. Many coaches, especially when they’re starting out, are overly concerned with providing value or not to make the client feel uncomfortable, that they often fill silences quickly during a coaching session. Sometimes it’s best to speak, sometimes it’s best to hold an uncomfortable silence. What do coaches need to know about how to use silences in their practice? How might we contract for it? When are they not useful? And is it still coaching if we were to spend the majority of our time not talking? This and more we discuss in today’s episode. We hope you find value in it. _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, continue the conversation or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
Imola asked us how we prepare for a coaching session, so in this episode we each share a few things we do ahead of seeing a coaching client that help us prepare for our sessions. We’d love to hear what you’re doing to prep for your sessions and coaching clients. _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, continue the conversation or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
Coaching stands and falls with the quality of the relationship between coach and client. And then there are hundreds of different coaching approaches and millions of different coaches and coachees. How do you make sure your client is a good fit? How can you tell that the service you have to offer will be a good match for your client’s wants and needs? In this episode our resident coaches Yannick Jacob, Nicki Drab and Siwash Zahmat discuss how you can make sure that you’re working with the right kind of client. _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, continue the conversation or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
Assunta asked us the question that many new coaches have on their mind. It can be difficult to ascertain how much to charge for their coaching services. Some coaches jump in with high ticket fees, others coach for free until they find the confidence to charge for sessions. Following up from Episode 5, in this episode Yannick, Siawash and Nicki discuss the most important factors that play into setting your prices and suggest practical ways that will help you decide how much to charge your clients for coaching. For more talk about fees check out Episode 5 (How much should I charge for coaching?) and Episode 7 (Is any coach worth $5000?)_____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, continue the conversation or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
 Accountability is a powerful motivational force. Feeling accountable to someone is a major driver of behaviour for many people. We said we will do it, so we want to keep our word, not embarrass ourselves, preserve our integrity or whatever else is driving us towards the result. Most people work well with deadlines. Sometimes it is enough for a client to have the next session booked in to feel accountable. But there is a lto more we can do as a coach to harvest the power of accountability in our coaching. However, there are also downsides around key issues such as dependency, responsibility or or how it may affect the coach-client relationship, so we need to tread carefully when using accountability in our coaching. In today’s episode we’ll be talking about the benefits and pitfalls of working with accountability as a coach. _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, would like to talk to us about coaching or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoachingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
 Kelly asked us whether it may not be advisable to provide too much value during her consultations as she had a few clients who ended up getting what they need from the first session and then didn’t sign up for the actual coaching. In this episode of Talking about Coaching our resident coaches Yannick Jacob, Siwash Zahmat and Nicki Drab discuss what plays into this, how we might navigate a situation in which the client gets so much value they consider not signing up for a coaching package or further sessions and how we might use this as an opportunity. _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, would like to talk to us about coaching or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
You’re sitting there, all ready to coach, but your client isn’t turning up. Or you’ve prepared for your coaching session and blocked the time in your calendar, perhaps even said "no" to other clients or friends, but then your client cancels at short notice. How do you deal with this kind of scenario? We’re here to shed some light on what’s important to consider when this happens to you and offer some practical suggestions in how to deal with these situations. _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, would like to talk to us about coaching or generally support what we do: Ask us a question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoachingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
Do I need a niche?

Do I need a niche?

2020-06-2521:46

One of the most frequently asked questions of coaches who are just starting out is whether they need a very specific niche in order to be successful at signing up new clients. Some coaches will argue that it’s best to niche as narrow as you can, so that your clients know you’re speaking directly to them. Others will tell you that they are simply “life coaches” and they work with anyone on anything and operate successfully. And then there’s anything in between. So it’s a confusing subject and today we’re trying to shed some light on it, talk about the various ways in which we might niche and discuss the question of whether we need a niche at all when running a coaching business. _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, would like to talk to us about coaching or generally support what we do: Ask us a question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoachingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
Some coaches take copious notes during their coaching sessions. Others never write anything down. Many write reflections after their coaching sessions to keep track of actions, achievements or specific contexts that they then review before the next meeting. In this episode we discuss note taking and how it can aid or hinder the coaching process and relationship. _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, would like to talk to us about coaching or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoachingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
Some coaches work session by session on a pay-as-you-go basis. Most coaches, however, work with their clients as part of a series of sessions packaged together and sold as a unit. Some call it their coaching programme, coaching offer, coaching journey or coaching package. The question we are discussing in this episode is how to best package your coaching sessions and whether that’s a good idea to start with as well as how you would know how many sessions a client needs to get what they want from the coaching. _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, would like to talk to us about coaching or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoachingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
The current coronavirus pandemic has shook most of us. Some coaches are busier than ever as they help clients make sense of what’s happening and transition into a new way of life or business. Others struggle severely to keep their businesses and psychological wellbeing afloat.Over the past few weeks we’ve talked to a lot of coaches about what we can do to help our communities, how we can serve our clients in this time of need, tips and techniques for our businesses and a whole range of other topics to help coaches and clients navigate this crisis. Join us for a special edition of Talking about Coaching in 3 parts. If you have anything to contribute please don’t hesitate to make your voice heard. And if you’ve got any follow up questions, we’re open to another special. All our best wishes for you and your clients! Yannick, Siawash and Nicki_______________If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, would like to talk to us about coaching or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoachingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
The current coronavirus pandemic has shook most of us. Some coaches are busier than ever as they help clients make sense of what’s happening and transition into a new way of life or business. Others struggle severely to keep their businesses and psychological wellbeing afloat.Over the past few weeks we’ve talked to a lot of coaches about what we can do to help our communities, how we can serve our clients in this time of need, tips and techniques for our businesses and a whole range of other topics to help coaches and clients navigate this crisis. Join us for a special edition of Talking about Coaching in 3 parts. If you have anything to contribute please don’t hesitate to make your voice heard. And if you’ve got any follow up questions, we’re open to another special. All our best wishes for you and your clients! Yannick, Siawash and Nicki______________If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, would like to talk to us about coaching or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoachingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
The current coronavirus pandemic has shook most of us. Some coaches are busier than ever as they help clients make sense of what’s happening and transition into a new way of life or business. Others struggle severely to keep their businesses and psychological wellbeing afloat.Over the past few weeks we’ve talked to a lot of coaches about what we can do to help our communities, how we can serve our clients in this time of need, tips and techniques for our businesses and a whole range of other topics to help coaches and clients navigate this crisis. Join us for a special edition of Talking about Coaching in 3 parts. If you have anything to contribute please don’t hesitate to make your voice heard. And if you’ve got any follow up questions, we’re open to another special. All our best wishes for you and your clients! Yannick, Siawash and Nicki______________If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, would like to talk to us about coaching or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoachingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
An interesting challenge we come across in our work as coaches is when our client talks so much we barely get a word in. How can we coach them to keep them focused and on track without (rudely?) interrupting them or missing out on important information? In this episode our resident coaches Yannick, Siawash and Nicki talk about ways in which we can contract to interrupt, how important it is to frame our coaching space and agree on how we work with out clients and how we can respectfully get a foot in the door of our clients' growth. _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, would like to talk to us about coaching or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoachingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
Trainee coaches often ask: "Is it better to see coaching clients face-to-face as compared to video calls like Zoom or Skype or telephone coaching?".Even experienced coaches have, in my experience, often not really reflected on how and why they work the way they do. It just so happened that they do most of their coaching the way they do and it's worth zooming in on this interesting topic.Truth is all formats have their pros and cons and in today's episode we're discussing what some of these are. What are your preferences? _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, would like to talk to us about coaching or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoachingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
You may have been in this scenario before: A client approaches you for coaching but along the way you get the feeling that they might be in need of a therapist. Maybe there's a past trauma, they want to delve deeper than you feel comfortable or perhaps you're at your wit's end and feel they need a different sort of intervention. How far can you go? Where's the line? How can we know? What to say? And who makes the rules anyway?In this episode our resident coaches Siawash, Nicki and Yannick discuss the topic of coaching vs. therapy. _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, would like to talk to us about coaching or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoachingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
Some coaches charge tremendous amounts for a single session. We've heard various different versions of the above question over the years and wanted to address how in some instances this is justified while in others you're probably being scammed. _____If you'd like to stay up to date with new episodes, would like to talk to us about coaching or generally support what we do: Send us your question: http://bit.ly/talkingaboutcoachingSign up to our mailing list (no spam, no sales, just a quick shout about new episodes): https://mailchi.mp/afc10fc74492/talkingaboutcoachingWatch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2cC6sgHdLuhBdRqxQNPYgListen to and download all episodes: http://talkingaboutcoaching.buzzsprout.com/Like our Facebook page: http://fb.me/TalkingAboutCoachingJoin our Facebook community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3023068731067611/Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoachingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/talkingaboutcoaching)
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