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Using Energy Clues to Understand Passion

When trying to coach a person to discover their passion, one key technique is becoming aware of the client’s energy. When we speak our voice tone, volume, emotive content and so forth vary over time…
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Mind Control: The Essential Ingredient for Effective Listening by Gregory Bland

Pain was etched upon Katie’s face as others quietly covered their mouths, leaned in toward the person next to them, and began whispering about her.  Katie was of the staring eyes, and other’s…
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The Discipline of Listening in Pro-Active Parent Coaching Part 1 by Gregory Bland

Genuine interest is an essential ingredient in listening (to our children) and genuinely expressing that interest keeps conversation flowing.  There is nothing more disheartening than beginning to open up and share your heart with someone…
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To Listen is to Love Part 2 by Gregory Bland

“Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.”
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Listening to Christian Leaders – by Anita Stadler, PhD

Leaders often appreciate having time set aside for coaching because it is the only place they can safely think out loud. Our role as a coach includes listening at multiple levels.
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Listening: Curiosity vs. Diagnosis

Listening: Curiosity vs. Diagnosis

“During coach training, my homework was to get feedback on my listening skills…You have to listen while someone talks about something valuable in his or her…
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Great Probing Questions Are Neutral.

Great Probing Questions Are Neutral.

“Why did you ever take that job in the first place?”
“Tell me about how you’ve allowed your job to rob you of your personal…
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Asking Powerful Questions:

Asking Powerful Questions:

“The purpose in a man’s mind is like deep waters, but a man of understanding will draw it out.”                                                                  Proverbs 20:5

“The other day my son…
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To Listen is to Love by Gregory Bland

There is an incredible difference between hearing our children speak and listening so we may understand what they are saying, sensing and feeling.  Think about yourself for a moment.  To whom do you open up…
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Can Marriage Coaching Help Couples in Crisis? By Jeff and Jill Williams

Marriage Coaching CAN help a couple in crisis IF they are motivated to learn skills to communicate and resolve conflict, and IF they will humble themselves to receive a miracle from God for their marriage.
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Intuition Clues: How to See the Need for Character Growth

Here are some clues I listen for that might indicate an opportunity to reframe the situation in terms of character growth (ala Romans 8:28):

Dissonance
Your words don’t fit your values, Christian worldview…
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Listening in the Third Way, Kimberly Dinsdale

What is interesting is listening in this third way can be one the biggest challenges I face. Not only as a coach, but also as a mom, as a wife and as a friend.
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Coaching Your Own Marriage: An Alternative to Marriage Counseling By Jeff and Jill Williams

Many couples have asked in jest if we could live with them. Why? They experience effective communication, problem-solving and goal-setting in sessions that we facilitate, and they aren’t confident that they can continue such high quality conversations without facilitators to guide and police the process. However, with enough practice and good-will, couples CAN learn to do this for themselves.
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We all could use a time-out by Tanya Smith

Have you ever had one of those weeks that just wore you out? Yes? Me too.

I can’t even explain where all the time went or what I accomplished right now. I just know…
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When the Lights Go Out by Tanya Smith

What we do is hang on to hope for a failing coach-client relationship (or others), a job that we know we need to leave, a habit that isn’t working anymore, a closet full of things we never use…
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