Lessons from the Certifiers

by Nina East

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Last month I shared key insights about the first of the IAC Coaching Masteries™. VOICE readers said the article expanded and strengthened their understanding of how to establish and maintain a relationship of trust—effectively and efficiently. This month we take a closer look at the second Mastery.

Mastery #2 – Perceiving, affirming, and expanding the client’s potential

You may remember the earlier version of this Mastery did not include the word “expanding.” But so much of what we do in coaching is help the client acknowledge “what is” in order to see beyond that to “what can be.” This involves going outside of previous comfort zones—beyond simply affirming—to bringing an expansive quality to the coaching.

Perceiving, affirming and expanding the client’s potential is not just in relation to what the client does, but also in terms of the client, him or herself. Who is the client being? What are they capable of? What are their gifts and talents? And what can all this mean for them?

Some coaches describe this as a “being” mastery versus a “doing” mastery—focusing more on who the client is and who they are being, believing in the client’s inner greatness, no matter what the external results happen to look like at the moment.

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About the author:

Nina East is the IAC’s Lead Certifier and the author of PersonalGrowthEnthusiasts.com. As a coach she works with personal growth professionals, helps coaches master the art of coaching and coaches students and their families through the complex and emotional transition from high school into college. Find her on the web at www.MyMentorCoach.com.


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