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Coaching for Commitment: Achieving Superior Performance from Individuals and Teams, Third Edition by Dennis Kinlaw, Amy Zehnder, Cindy Coe

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7.3. Note-Taking

It is common for coaches to take notes during coaching conversations, but not a requirement. Note-taking is a personal preference and is a widely accepted practice by both the coach and PBC.

If you plan to take notes, prepare the PBC by letting him or her know your intention and try not to take so many notes that you are distracted or stop listening. Note-taking should be for the purpose of enhancing the coaching conversation and not a distraction. You can mention to the PBC that he or she is welcome to take notes as well.

If you do take notes, sometimes it is helpful to review the previous coaching session notes before you meet with your PBC again. This will refresh your memory of the action items you want to follow up on and ...

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