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How to coach others: An introduction

Learn about the benefits of coaching, and how we can all get involved

2021

How to build community - a podcast series with Arukah Network
How to build community - a podcast series with Arukah Network

From: How to build community

A podcast series for anyone wanting to help their community to thrive 

In this podcast episode Catriona Horey, a professional coach, discusses the benefits of coaching and the impact that it can have on people’s lives. She also explains how we can all use coaching skills to help the people around us grow and flourish, both personally and professionally.

Podcast highlights

  • Catriona says, ‘Coaching is about helping people to look at where they are in life, where they want to be and what are the steps to get there. It is a future-focused way of supporting people.’

    Before she became a coach herself, Catriona worked with a coach during a time in her life when she was experiencing a lot of change. She says, ‘It really helped to build my confidence… I used coaching to step back and think about my priorities and where I wanted to be placing my energy.’
     
    Catriona says, ‘Coaching is about helping people to look at where they are in life, where they want to be and what are the steps to get there. It is a future-focused way of supporting people.’

    Before she became a coach herself, Catriona worked with a coach during a time in her life when she was experiencing a lot of change. She says, ‘It really helped to build my confidence… I used coaching to step back and think about my priorities and where I wanted to be placing my energy.’
     
  • ‘The majority of the time people come to me wanting to look at their careers,’ Catriona says. ‘But when you dig a bit deeper there might be other things at play - they might want to get married, move abroad, completely change careers…  not just get a promotion. 

    ‘People often know that there is something more, or different, that they want in their lives. And together we think about their values - what is really important to them - and how they can tap into that innate, wise self that we all have. From there we set goals. These can be very precise, through to visions about how they want to be. 

    ‘We meet every two weeks, and I ask people to bring a topic that they want to focus on that will help them move towards their goals. This helps people to tap into their own knowledge and confidence, and I am there to help facilitate the conversation, ask questions and reflect back what I am hearing. But really it is about trusting that the person I’m coaching is naturally creative, resourceful and whole.’
    ‘The majority of the time people come to me wanting to look at their careers,’ Catriona says. ‘But when you dig a bit deeper there might be other things at play - they might want to get married, move abroad, completely change careers…  not just get a promotion. 

    ‘People often know that there is something more, or different, that they want in their lives. And together we think about their values - what is really important to them - and how they can tap into that innate, wise self that we all have. From there we set goals. These can be very precise, through to visions about how they want to be. 

    ‘We meet every two weeks, and I ask people to bring a topic that they want to focus on that will help them move towards their goals. This helps people to tap into their own knowledge and confidence, and I am there to help facilitate the conversation, ask questions and reflect back what I am hearing. But really it is about trusting that the person I’m coaching is naturally creative, resourceful and whole.’
  • Catriona says, ‘When I think about the really important parts of coaching, it’s about the quality of our listening, and the quality of our questions. Coaching is about being of service to someone and being present for them - listening well and asking questions to promote insight and help them move their own thinking forward.

    ‘Listening from a coaching perspective is about slowing down and really hearing what people are saying... asking them what is important to them and listening for the nuance of what is not being said. It is turning our attention to the other person - taking it away from ourselves and putting it on them. It is about being really thoughtful as we interact with others.’

    Catriona says, ‘When I think about the really important parts of coaching, it’s about the quality of our listening, and the quality of our questions. Coaching is about being of service to someone and being present for them - listening well and asking questions to promote insight and help them move their own thinking forward.

    ‘Listening from a coaching perspective is about slowing down and really hearing what people are saying... asking them what is important to them and listening for the nuance of what is not being said. It is turning our attention to the other person - taking it away from ourselves and putting it on them. It is about being really thoughtful as we interact with others.’

About this podcast

How to build community is a podcast and radio show from Arukah Network and Tearfund’s Footsteps magazine. The podcast gives people the opportunity to inspire and motivate others by talking about their community projects and ideas.

Please get in touch if you have any ideas for future podcast episodes.

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