Coaching sessions should center on the client's feelings, thoughts, emotions, beliefs and background experiences. The client needs to feel listened to by an open mind, not one that is judging him or her. After all the client seeks to be in a safe, trusting and honest and non-judgmental atmosphere. It should be a space/place where they are be able express themselves freely, and feel encouraged to explore their own thoughts and emotions. It is a space where no pressure should be felt. Bringing judgments into a coaching session can only taint it, this would be dangerous territory to enter while working with a client, and it would undermine the objective.
As coaches are human beings with their own issues and individual backgrounds it is essential to clear some inner space prior to each session. This means put your own mood, thoughts and opinions on hold. This will make room available for the clients needs. There must be no emotional involvement on any level for a session to be effective.
Reasons to be a non-judgmental coach:
Being a judgmental coach offers no benefits for the client, or the coach, as negativity makes achieving constructive results very difficult. In my opinion being a non-judgmental coach means being a professional coach with the right values, and offers all the benefits the client deserves.
Suzie Doscher is an Credentialed Life Coach focusing on Personal Development, a Certified Facilitator of the Now What?TM Coaching program and one of the founders of The Coaching Group of Switzerland www.coachgroupofch.ch, for more info about Suzie visit www.suziedoscher.com and Self Help Author: BALANCE - A Practical Handbook for Life's Difficult Moments
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