9 favorite coaching session starts and 2 really crummy ones


How do we start a coaching session? It is usually the coach who initiates the conversation by a question or an invitation to the direction the conversation might take. In our SF Masterclass, we collected a few beginnings and thought we’d share them with you. “How would you like to start the session, would you […]

The short guide to great chemistry meetings


The initial conversations between coach and prospective client are often called “chemistry meetings”. They are often free of charge and take maybe half an hour to an hour. In these meetings, the prospective client and the coach get to know each other to get a feel about if they would be a good fit. This […]

Coaching for diversity and inclusion?

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I was speaking to my colleague Lina-Maria Kotschedoff about coaching and initiatives to further diversity and inclusion. During our conversation we found that a coaching mindset and coaching skills already go a long way: coaches are natural supporters of diversity and inclusion! Here is why and when: Coaching individuals Coaches see their clients as resourceful […]

Celebrating progress – 2 cool coaching hacks!


What would I write if it weren’t for the participants in my trainings, free coaching meetups and my mentees! A few weeks ago, I noticed a really cool “coaching move” used by one of my mentees. He is a very senior German coach who is taking mentoring to get credentialed as MCC (taking ICF Onboarding […]

More homework!

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Last week, I blogged about “homework” and several wonderful people took up the opportunity to discuss this question in the “Free Coaching Meetup and Exchange” (register here: www.solutionsacademy.com/registration) — thank you Navneet for picking it up! We used part of the Coaching Meetup to collect ideas for experiments that coaches can invite clients to do […]



Last time, we talked about collaborating with the client to collect learnings before, during and after a session and also mentioned the ICF core competencies which ask the coach to “partner with the client to transform learning and insight into action and to promote client autonomy in the coaching practice” in Core Competency 8. In […]

Collecting learnings during a coaching session


Section D of the updated ICF core competencies is titled: “Cultivating Learning and Growth” and the related competency is named “8. Facilitates Learning and Growth”. The fact that this is the last section of the core competencies sometimes makes people think that “Learning and Growth” only happens at the end of a coaching session when […]

Hot Tips for Group Coaching


Group coaching seems “en vogue” — it seems that every year, we have a new kid on the block: Working out Loud, Mastermind Groups, Action Learning, Reflecting Teams, Thinking Circles etc. These are all wonderful models who are all very similar and have a lot of overlap between them. You can do 2 things now: […]

Start to practice coaching: now!

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“But I don’t know how to practice!” or: “Yeah, but I don’t have any clients!” and: “You can’t coach your friends, can you?” Some of my students have gone through the phase of not-knowing-how-to-start and actually, starting is the only way to learn. In our classes, we always encourage our students to coach right after […]