Treasure Hunting in the Core Competencies

A 10-Part Webinar Series

ICF Treasure Hunting

Come on a treasure hunt with us and explore in depth the essential skills for excellence in professional coaching. No matter what level of skill and experience you have, we can always learn and refine our coaching capabilities. By reflecting on the coaching core competencies in an experiential setting, you will continue to build strong intuitive muscle memory that makes your coaching more powerful with less personal energy.

The workshops will include a small amount of pre-work, impactful presentations, a workshop guide, a detailed review and exploration of the subject competency, live demonstrations and exercises, discussion of the PCC Markers related to the competency, and resources for additional learning.

This 10-module program can be purchased individually so that you can choose the competencies in which you have the most interest or challenge, or you can purchase all 10 at a discount. Each session will be recorded, so if you miss one or two, you can still listen to the recordings and download the workshop guide. Only live attendance can count as Core Competency Continuing Education credit, but listening to the recording can count as “self-study” for your Resource Development hours.

ICF Approved Continuing Education

Overall Learning Objectives

Our goal in providing these webinars is to support the growth and development of practicing coaches. We know it will improve confidence, create positive client results, and ultimately move the needle forward for our collective energies. Of course, certified coaches need their CCEUs and the opportunities for specific Core Competency training is more limited than the options for Resource Development. That’s where we come in. Our commitment to high-quality coach training doesn’t stop when our students graduate. So this is the perfect way to continue the learning experience and hopefully reinforce best practices for coaches at every level.

Webinar Details

Each module is a 90-minute interactive webinar. We’ll be using the Zoom platform (with video) for maximum flexibility and engagement. The modules alternate between Tuesday and Thursday nights in order to minimize conflicts with regularly scheduled activities for the participants.

ALL sessions are:        8:30 pm Eastern        7:30 pm Central        6:30 pm Mountain        5:30 pm Pacific

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Session Dates

Day of Week Date Topic
Thursday 9/6/2018 Session One: Establishing the Coaching Agreement – Clarifying Roles and Expectations
Tuesday 9/18/2018 Session Two: Establishing the Coaching Agreement—Goal Setting for Clarity and Motivation
Thursday 10/4/2018 Session Three: Establishing Trust and Intimacy—Creating Safe Spaces
Tuesday 10/16/2018 Session Four: Coaching Presence—Being an Empty Vessel
Thursday 11/1/2018 Session Five: Active Listening—Focusing on What Really Matters
Tuesday 11/13/2018 Session Six: Powerful Questioning—Provoking Discovery
Thursday 11/29/2018 Session Seven: Direct Communication—Speaking Truth
Tuesday 12/11/2018 Session Eight: Creating Awareness—Exploring from the Inside Out
Thursday 1/3/2019 Session Nine: Designing Actions—Expanding Possibilities
Tuesday 1/15/2019 Session Ten: Planning, Goal Setting, and Managing Progress and Accountability—Demonstrating Partnership

Special Introductory Pricing

Each 90-minute Webinar ONLY $39.95

All 10 Webinars for 15 hours CCEUs

ONLY $349*

*less than the cost of 9

You can register for each one individually for $39.95. Select only those webinars you are most interested in and that work into your schedule.

Or choose the package of all 10 modules for $349, less than the price of 9. If you miss any session, you can still access the recording and receive the workshop guide.

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Session Descriptions

ALL sessions are:        8:30 pm Eastern        7:30 pm Central        6:30 pm Mountain        5:30 pm Pacific

Session One: Establishing the Coaching Agreement – Clarifying Roles and Expectations

Participants will review the competency of Establishing the Coaching Agreement with a focus on what should be included in the agreement, how it is formulated, and various tactical aspects of creating and applying the agreement. We will address how to set clear expectations for roles and expectations, and essential terms and conditions necessary for optimal success. Finally, we will discuss the importance of confidentiality and how it may uniquely apply in some engagements.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Define Establishing the Coaching Agreement
  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the coach, the coachee, and the sponsor, if applicable
  • Review tips for setting clear expectations
  • Explore important but sometimes subtle elements of an agreement
  • Confirm the importance of honoring confidentiality and implications for ongoing behaviors
  • Explore opportunities or challenges in applying the agreement throughout the engagement
  • Learn the competency markers for PCC certification
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Two: Establishing the Coaching Agreement—Goal Setting for Clarity and Motivation

Participants will review the competency of Establishing the Coaching Agreement with a focus creating clear and motivating goals, both for the engagement and for each session. We will discuss the conditions that should be satisfied to have empowering, exciting, and achievable goals. We explore what occurs if any of these conditions are missing.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Re-review Establishing the Coaching Agreement—beyond ethics, scope, and logistics
  • Confirm the importance of helping the client set meaningful goals
  • Explore what happens if the goal is not clear, in the overall engagement and in each session
  • Practice strategies for creating well-formed outcomes
  • Learn the competency markers for PCC certification
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Three: Establishing Trust and Intimacy—Creating Safe Spaces

Participants will review the competency of Establishing Trust and Intimacy. We will discuss the importance of creating a safe space for the client to explore and grow, of building instant and ongoing rapport in the coach/client relationship, and holding to the belief that the client has the resources he or she needs to be successful.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Define Establishing Trust and Intimacy
  • Review foundational coaching beliefs
  • Discuss tips for creating a safe environment for the client
  • Receive strategies for creating instant rapport and intimacy
  • Learn ongoing strategies for expanding and protecting client rapport and safety, such as asking permission to discuss potentially sensitive areas
  • Learn the competency markers for PCC certification
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Four: Coaching Presence—Being an Empty Vessel

Participants will review the competency of Coaching Presence. We will review the behaviors of this competency, emphasizing the importance of “dancing in the moment” and “staying in the not knowing.” This workshop distinguished the role of coach and client: the client knows the content, and the coach manages the process.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Define Coaching Presence
  • Discuss the importance of “dancing in the moment” and “staying in the not knowing”
  • Identify common pitfalls to coaching presence
  • Observe and assess the differences between coaching and consulting
  • Apply practical strategies for staying present and trusting the coaching process
  • Learn the competency markers for PCC certification
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Five: Active Listening—Focusing on What Really Matters

Participants will review the competency of Active Listening. We will discuss the concept of deep and focused listening and reinforce the importance of coaches listening “for” rather than listening “to” the client. The emphasis is on hearing what the client values and believes and helping them expand their possibilities and ideas. Participants will examine the barriers to deep listening such as judgment or personal beliefs, and create strategies for improved listening.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Define Active Listening
  • Contrast the listening “for” and listening “to”
  • Discover the foundational importance of listening in the coach/client relationship
  • Discuss the ingredients of active or “deep” listening
  • Practice and explore appropriate ways to interrupt a client’s back story to help them focus on the essence of their situation.
  • Understand when a client needs to “vent” and when/how to move on productively
  • Learn the competency markers for PCC certification
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Six: Powerful Questioning—Provoking Discovery

Participants will review the competency of Powerful Questioning.  Participants will discover the nature of a powerful question and what makes it powerful. Explore a selection of NLP Presuppositions that could challenge a client’s assumptions, beliefs, or their ways of looking at the situation or themselves.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Define Powerful Questioning
  • Discuss the danger of closed or leading questions and ways to avoid or reframe them
  • Integrate the skills of Trust, Coaching Presence, and Active Listening into the magic of Powerful Questioning
  • Identify specific strategies for fostering curiosity and asking clear, open-ended questions that allow clients to make new discoveries for themselves
  • Explore four provocative NLP presuppositions that inspire powerful questions
  • Discover the necessary role of silence in conjunction with powerful questions
  • Learn the competency markers for PCC certification
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Seven: Direct Communication—Speaking Truth

Participants will review the competency of Direct Communication. Specifically, we will explore strategies for noticing a client’s incongruities and inconsistencies as well as ways for the coach to respectfully speak his or her truth.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Define Direct Communication
  • Learn ways to listen for and notice client’s important statements, feelings expressed, or incongruities
  • Review importance of sharing these observations without attachment
  • Practice ways to “speak truth” while staying in service to the client
  • Explore aspects of “cultural competence” related to client conversations
  • Learn the competency markers for PCC certification
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Eight: Creating Awareness—Exploring from the Inside Out

Participants will review the competency of Creating Awareness. The workshop will emphasize the coach’s role to invite, observe, notice, and question and the client’s role to understand themselves and the situation at a deeper level or with new perspectives and to learn and design new behaviors or approaches to make changes they desire.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Define Creating Awareness
  • Discuss the importance of exploring values, beliefs, identity and purpose to help a client gain better understanding
  • Examine the hidden traps of the client’s story, detailed descriptions, or other superficial information that distract from new discoveries and insights
  • Explore mechanisms and approaches to helping clients tie together disparate factors that inform their behaviors and decisions
  • Learn the competency markers for PCC certification
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Nine: Designing Actions—Expanding Possibilities

Participants will review the competency of Designing Actions. We will emphasize the role of the coach in nudging clients beyond their comfort zones, assisting them in gaining greater awareness, and generating multiple options for action. Participants will learn the importance of helping clients slow down, dig deep, and brainstorm a variety of possibilities, before jumping into action planning based on the first idea generated.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Define Designing Action
  • Discuss the trap of “either/or” actions
  • Practice ways of expanding the client’s awareness of options and possibilities
  • Explore the process of identifying resources that may be needed or available
  • Learn the competency markers for PCC certification
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Ten: Planning, Goal Setting, and Managing Progress and Accountability—Demonstrating Partnership

Participants will review the competencies of Planning and Goal Setting and Managing Progress and Accountability. We will emphasize that the coach is a partner in this process with a shared commitment to the results that are important to the client. Participants will learn ways to help the client identify what is most valuable to them and how to continue to develop and move forward beyond the coaching engagement.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Define Planning and Goal Setting and Managing Progress and Accountability
  • Discuss ways the coach is a partner in goal setting and accountability, during the engagement and after the engagement
  • Explore the differences between coaching partnership, project management, supervision, and respective responsibilities
  • Delve into appropriate “remedies” or approaches when/it a client does not complete tasks or make apparent progress
  • Discuss accountability methods that have been successful for clients
  • Learn the competency markers for PCC certification
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

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