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Inspirational Coaching Tips

Mon,Jul 04,2016 @ 09:54 AM

Use these inspirational coaching tips to keep your teams motivation, engagement and connectivity high.

  1. Adopt positive language such as the words: tremendous, great and fantastic. The way we correspond with our staff and the language we use is important to send an inspiring message.
  2. When confronting or having tough conversations, especially in the initial conversation, use the following words to ensure that your emotion does not get int he way of the message: we, opportunity, share, observation and perspective. These words are neutral and will allow someone to receive your feedback effectively.
  3. This may be a bit cliche but schedule walking and energy breaks for your staff. If you have staff, especially those who do phone work or office work, sitting in one place for 6-8 hours is not invigorating; therefore, schedule time for them to take brisk or fast walks and watch how they can complete their days more energetically.
  4. When asking coaching questions, start with the word "what" for your first question and if the employee's response is vague or ambiguous, follow-up with a how or why question, which are referenced as drill down questions.
  5. One of the best ways for employees to receive feedback is to ask for their permission to provide it. When getting permission, employees become more receptive as they have invited it and will lower their defensive walls.


Tim Hagen

Written by Tim Hagen

Tim Hagen founded Progress Coaching, a Training Reinforcement Partner Company, in 1997. His entrepreneurial career began in college leading to positions in sales, sales management, and sales training for small and large corporations, and eventually ownership of several training companies. Tim is often a keynote speaker at companies teaching the value of coaching and conversations in the workplace. He possesses a unique combination of hands-on experience, academics, and innovative insight to solve the industry’s most common challenges specific to workplace performance. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Adult Education and Training from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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