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How Do You Know You are Coaching?

by Susan Washburn

Several people have asked me recently – how do you know you are coaching and not just having a conversation or giving someone advice?

So I thought I’d share this list of Coaching Indicators.  Enjoy!

You know you are coaching if the other person says:

  1. “That was a great question”.
  2. “I never thought of that before”.
  3. “That gives me an idea”.
  4. “I think I know something I could try (or do)”.
  5. “Thank you for letting me think that through”.