Core Coaching Competencies

As an ordinary, professional, certified or accredited member of the International Guild for Hypnotherapy, NLP and 3 Principles Practitioners and Trainers, you will incorporate the following competencies into your practice. 

Being effective in a coaching role, irrespective of the field, requires the mastery of certain core competencies. Here are twelve that are deemed critical:

  1. Attentive Listening: Coaches should give their full attention to what the individual they're coaching is saying, including both verbal and nonverbal communication. This involves not just understanding the words, but also detecting underlying emotions and themes.

  2. Effective Inquiry: Coaches must be skilled in asking open-ended and thought-stimulating questions. This can aid the individual in exploring their emotions, challenging their assumptions, and uncovering new insights.

  3. Clear Communication: Coaches must have the ability to convey messages in a straightforward, clear, yet sensitive manner, ensuring that the individual fully grasps the intended message.

  4. Fostering Self-awareness: Coaches should be adept at helping individuals recognise their own attitudes, behaviours, and beliefs that might be serving as obstacles. This self-awareness is typically the initial step towards transformation.

  5. Action Planning: After identifying the goals and hurdles of the individual, the coach should be capable of aiding them in devising suitable and realistic actions for change.

  6. Goal Setting and Strategy Formation: A coach should be able to guide the individual in setting distinct, achievable goals and forming a strategy to reach them.

  7. Monitoring Progress and Upholding Accountability: It's important for coaches to track the advancement of individuals towards their goals and hold them responsible for executing the agreed-upon actions.

  8. Establishing Trust and Confidentiality: Coaches must foster an environment of trust where the individual feels at ease discussing their thoughts, feelings, and challenges.

  9. Cultural Sensitivity: Coaches should respect and be aware of the cultural backgrounds, beliefs, and values of individuals, and modify their coaching approach to fit these considerations.

  10. Promoting Learning and Delivering Outcomes: Coaches should be capable of creating a learning experience for the individual and concentrating on delivering tangible outcomes.

  11. Emotional Acuity: It's crucial for coaches to exhibit a high degree of emotional intelligence to understand, utilise, and manage their own emotions in ways that alleviate stress, facilitate effective communication, sympathise with others, overcome difficulties, and defuse disagreements.

  12. Adherence to Ethics and Professional Conduct: Coaches must be familiar with and adhere to the ethical guidelines and professional standards of coaching, respecting the privacy and boundaries of the coaching relationship.

Remember, these competencies can be honed with practise and ongoing learning. Since each individual is unique, flexibility in applying these competencies is crucial to success.