There is something I want to get better in my 1 on 1 coaching practice. I observe that from time to time I cannot help offer suggestion to the coachees. I have been telling myself not to, but the temptation is high.
In chatting with a number of practitioners, I came to realise that the problem is what I focus. I focus my mind on NOT to offer suggestion. The more I think of suggestion, the more easily I give suggestion. Intsead, I should remind myself to listen. Challenge myself to really understand what the coachee said. Listen with the tone, facial expression, context, etc.
In short, my listening position should be â€˜Listening to understandâ€™ rather than â€˜Listening to give suggestionâ€™. Specifically, I should keep this question in mind:
â€˜What else can I do to REALLY understand him / her?â€™