Tips on How to Be a More Effective Coach

What a treat to have guest speaker Suzie Doscher, top coach in Zurich and NMC Alumna, to share her
personal and professional experiences, advices and wisdom with a group of excited coaches, mentors
and personal development enthusiasts. Witty, straightforward and welcoming, she has answered some
of our most pressing questions and doubts in a 90-minute Q&A, effectively empowering all of us with
practical tips and renewed motivation. Here are some of the golden nuggets.
Valuable skills for a coach:
● Intuitive listening skills: Listen between the lines, to what the client is not telling you.
● Ask insightful questions, this will further your clients thinking.
● Always be curious: Being curious and being able to lockdown the client's motivation to work on
● Trust and listen to your intuition: If you are connected to it. It does not only tell you something
about your client, but also about yourself.
● Don’t be reactive: When in doubt……..out. Sleep on it, you will know what is right for you on the
next day.
To be effective in coaching:
● Empower yourself as a coach to empower others and help them become the best versions of
● Anyone with good training can become an effective coach, provided they actually have a
deeper understanding of what coaching is and are open to constant development.
● In order to be effective and achieve valuable results with your clients you need to let go of your
own fears. This will allow you to truly be there for the client and sense what that person really
● It is important to know your natural strengths and connect them with your values.
● Do not lead or guide a session. You do not have all the answers. Be non-judgmental.
● Be sensitive to what your client needs. Feeding back is important and has its place, but
knowing when to do so is important.
● It takes daily maintenance to be the best version of ourselves – We are all work in progress. Stay
on top of your growth, take the necessary “me time”.
● When a little voice comes up saying something negative – Deal with it there and then.
● Creating space prior to the session is important. Find what works for you: Meditation, walks,
connecting with nature or recapping the previous session, among others, can help.
● When entering the Industry: Network! See what the community can share.
● Niches are very good for marketing – Clients go with what they are ready to work on.
● Connect with what you are passionate about and what the reason is you chose to be a coach. If
you are passionate about helping your clients, this will come across.
● As a leader you should take time out to get to know your team and reflect on how to help them
give their best.

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