Blog – Coaching Skills Just Beyond the Basics

  Life is full of temptations and some temptations are distinct to a particular calling.  For those of us called to be coaches, the temptations we face pull us away from effectiveness and toward mediocrity (or downright failure!).  The worst kind of temptation is the one we didn’t realize was a temptation – we just

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  For several years, CAM has offered The Coaching Exchange. It is a great way to get paid coaching hours, and by joining our exchange, we will connect you with one coach and one client. This is a bartering system, and it counts as paid coaching. It has worked well for hundreds of coaches. You

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  My high school football team was not very good.  They averaged one win per season, and the rare win usually came against a much smaller school.  However, to listen to the cheerleaders, you would have thought our team was championship caliber.   The cringe-worthy play on the field rarely altered the exuberance and positivity from

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  A major mistake a coach can make is agreeing on the topic too soon. At the beginning of a general coaching conversation, the client isn’t completely sure exactly what the topic is. A coach needs to spend time helping the client clarify exactly what the issue is. My analogy for this is the topic

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  You are probably more cynical than you think. Cynicism is the belief that people only act out of their own self-interest. Of course, this is always true to some extent, but the cynic changes their behavior because they don’t believe people will show up at their best. Cynicism is a nasty virus in North

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  Perhaps the most difficult coaching conversation a coach can ever have is the one that lacks focus.  Focus-less conversations go in circles, they skip across the surface of issues, and they bounce around without ever creating any helpful awareness. In other words, they are a waste of time.  They can also be frustrating –

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