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Effective Modern Coaching by Myles Downey

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– Chapter 16 –

The art of coaching

I am coaching someone, a woman. We are in front of about 50 people at a conference. I have never met her before today, so I know nothing of her job, the company for which she works, the nature of the business, or her personal background. I am nervous, and a little distracted. I want to do a good job and present the effective coaching model as best I can. The subject matter of the coaching session is complex, and I am struggling to understand. I can hear in her voice that there is a little emotional energy wrapped up in the issue. I wonder if I would not have been better off if I had chosen someone else to coach.

I pull my chair a little closer and bring my attention back to what the woman is saying. After a ...

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