Use Coaching Models to Improve Your Coaching

What are coaching models? In the simplest terms, a coaching model is process or method that moves your client from where they are at the start to where they want to be. It is a framework and underlying structure of the knowledge, skills, and tools you use when you coach someone.

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3 Coaching Models

Because coaching covers a broad range of personal and business activities, it integrates many fields of knowledge. Many different models that are used in other fields are incorporated into coaching. Coaches have a broad knowledge base from which to learn, and are able to adapt many different theories and skills into their sessions. It makes it easy for coaches to find models to use, but it can also be difficult to decide which of the many methods and processes will work for your practice and for each individual client.

A few of the existing coaching models include:

  • Motivational interviewing – this models helps to overcome ambivalence, and works by asking questions which allows your client to resolves their own conflicts and issues and bring about change in their lives.
  • The G.R.O.W. Coaching model – this stands for goals, reality, options, and will. Identify goals, ensure that they are realistic, identify and select options to overcome obstacles and achieve goals, and then take the actions needed and have the will to follow through and persist.

*    STEPPA coaching model – this one works when emotions need to be overcome. STEPPA stands for subject, target identification, emotion, perception and choice, plan, pace, and adapt or act.

What Do Coaching Models Have in Common?

Though these models come from a broad spectrum of knowledge and fields, there are a few things most of them have in common.

  • The development of client-based goals and expectations. Helping the client decide their goals and how they want to reach them is fundamental to the coaching process.
  • The establishment of a relationship between coach and client that is built on trust, open communication, confidentiality, and best practices.
  • The implementation of inquiry and active listening processes that gather knowledge for both the coach and the client. The dynamic between coach and client is founded on inquiry, feedback, assessment, and communication.

Can You Create Your Own Model for Coaching?

Of course you can create your own models. But, developing one from scratch is difficult and takes time. With so many coaching models available to select from, it is far easier to use one that has already been tested and perfected. You may have to adapt a specific model so its fits your coaching practice or your client’s particular situation, but adaptation often proves easier that creation.

There are so many coaching models available for almost every situation and type of client. Becoming familiar with as many models as you can will help you provide more outcomes for more clients. The better you understand a model, the easier it will be to adapt it to a specific client. That’s why it is so important to pursue education and training for as long as you coach. There is always something new to learn – more skills, more knowledge, more tools, more theories, and more coaching models.

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Fred Philips
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  1. Paula says

    Love the information on here – what is the cost for your training and what is the certifications earned?

  2. Tara says

    I totally agree that the use of coaching models in one’s coaching career is a plus factor. It is always best to use the “tried and tested” based on the kind you need for a client as it provides you a better chance of achieving success.

  3. Joaquin says

    The suggested top three coaching models should be part of the basic tools used by coaches no matter what kind of coach they are. They will definitely address the clients’ needs/goals and help the coach get this achieved.

  4. Kathleen says

    Having a strategy to coaching is very important, and having a coaching model is advisable for everyone.

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