As coaches, we are driven by the desire to help people achieve their goals, explore new opportunities, ideas or possibilities and in some cases help build the foundations for a better life - what a great way to make a living, making a positive and lasting difference to others.
As coaches, we are driven by the desire to help people achieve their goals, explore new opportunities, ideas or possibilities and in some cases help build the foundations for a better life – what a great way to make a living, making a positive and lasting difference to others.
When we first work with a client, we endeavour to get to know them, what makes them tick, what potentially motivates them, drives them on, holds them back, delays them or propels them forward.
As the famous song from the Rogers & Hammerstein musical the King & I puts it “getting to know you, getting to know all about you”.
Many coaches are fortunate enough to work with clients long enough to gain this understanding and get to ‘know’ their clients. The time it takes can vary from one or two sessions, to many, many more! In some cases you never find out because your client has already decided to leave you before you have had the opportunity to do so.
Having an understanding of DISC can help you understand your clients in minutes instead of hours or even months. DISC knowledge can help you recognise what your client needs in terms of their preferred communication style and pace of session, it can suggest how they might go about their goal setting and goal setting styles, it can even give you a ‘heads up’ as to what to look out for with a client, whether they have a possible tendency to be over optimistic, over analytical, over cautious, overzealous. These are all things that can be identified through DISC.
At a recent Coaching Academy Diploma training event, I asked each of the 4 DISC styles to split into groups and list what would be a positive for them when seeking the services of a coach and what would be a potential turn off.
When the feedback from each of the four DISC groups was shared there was an audible sound of incredulity in the room. The requirements for each group varied so dramatically from type to type that it was clear that people are very different…..the great news is, with DISC they are predictably different, which allows you as a coach to modify your session to suit the individual.
In my experience, many coaches will coach in their own image and go with a strategy that mirrors how they would like to be coached themselves. They have a variety of tools and techniques at their disposal but often will fail to adapt their communication style to suit the particular client.
Here are a few tips to help you coach the different styles
Coaching the D-Style
Coaching The I-Style
Coaching the S-Style
Coaching the C-Style
Learn the language of DISC to:
These are just SOME of the benefits of using DISC with your coaching clients. DISC will make a difference to you, your clients and your business.
Take the guesswork out of interaction and take your coaching business to the next level.
Posted 1977 Days Ago in: Coach Spotlight
Many thanks to Claire Cahill for sharing the key information about the Derbyshire coaching group and what it is that makes them unique.
Posted 1984 Days Ago in: Coaching Articles
Thanks to community leader Deepti Goyal for sharing the key information about the group that she runs.