I usually write a blog once a month to share my thinking and experiences of coaching and mentoring doctors. I keep them short and to the point and try to include information on the practical application of the learning.
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Chris was my friend and neighbour. She was an intelligent, powerful and warm person and we all miss her.
Chris’ professional life focused on helping others educationally, with a particular emphasis on accessing learning for those who might not have the same opportunities as the rest of us. Chris worked with people in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Hounslow, Leicester, Moscow, Nigeria, St Kitts, West Indies, USA, Bangladesh and Malta.
She made a positive difference to other people’s lives through training, education and enabling independence. This run is dedicated to her memory.
However I’ve never run a race before, I’ve got dodgy knees and a temperamental back. And I’m a bit scared.
I have been nominated for a national Arts & Business Award.
Really nice to be considered and great to be a part of something so important. Awards ceremony in London on the 14th May. Fingers crossed… You can find out more about the work of Arts & Business here.
Arts and Business connect companies, communities and individuals to cultural organisations and provide the delivery, expertise and insight for their relationships to thrive, for their mutual benefit and that of the wider community.
Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships. Stephen R. Covey
Last month I wrote about how important goal setting is. It’s a nice tangible part of coaching. But when I first meet clients I know that one of the most important things we have to do is build rapport. That’s pretty intangible but establishing it is crucial to building trust between people. It’s not something you can identify very easily but you can test out whether you have it by considering the following elements.
Gauging rapport as a coach:
Focus – am I fully focussed and listening actively and openly without making judgements?
Empathy – am I clearly trying to understand the client’s point of view?
Connection – do we have some shared common ground so we feel connected with each other?
Empowerment – Does my client feel empowered and liberated by this relationship?
Establishing rapport and maintaining it throughout the relationship means better results and a safer
Have a look at Daniel Goleman’s short clip on Rapport: