The Simple Coaching Circle
If you’re short on time, tell the person up front how much time you do have and stick to it
If you’re distracted in the moment, ask to have the conversation at a better time for you
Look directly at the person speaking
Ignore your own thoughts, keep you attention on the person speaking
Leave note taking to the end, you’re there to listen, not fix
You can’t think well if you expect interruption
Even if you think you know what they’re going to say, still don’t interrupt, they need to say it
Do interrupt if it is an emergency or if you need to signal you are coming to the time available
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Everything leads back to ATTENTION
Trust the Circle
My thinking for this piece was inspired by a Lunch ‘n Learn session I ran for Sysdoc on coaching skills and draws on the thinking of Nancy Kline and the Thinking Environment and this article from Ozan Varol for the Next Big Idea Club. This is a revised version of the letter originally published as Three Simple Coaching Techniques You Can Use Right Now.
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