My husband and I were taken to task by our son on this topic. I had him read the pages for this topic on his way to school one morning to practice his reading. You know the saying: a little knowledge…. hmmmm. My son got some information on what power listening was about and after he finished his reading, he turned to his father and I and in a triumphant voice said: you see, based on what this topic discusses, mommy and daddy, you both do NOT listen to me. And mommy, if you are going to be a coach, you have to work on your power listening.
Well, he was right. I had gotten into a bad habit of NOT really listening to him especially when he talking about his tv shows. I would make the required noise to indicate that I am hearing him but I was not listening to him.
Doing the course is certainly teaching me to develop myself on a personal level as well as teaching me the skills that are required to be an effective coach.
Power Listening is one of THE most important thing that a coach can do for his client. The coach will listen for what truly inspires a client, lightens them up, excites them, frees them and keeps them from resignation. Along with that, the coach will listen for what would fulfil that inspiration and listens for what gets in the way. Above all, a coach listens to a client as a magnificent, extraordinary person; as their greater self, and relates to them that way.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” (Ralph Nichols)