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  • Writer's pictureSANDRINE GELIN G&L SHIFT

What are the competencies that a coach must be able to demonstrate?

Focus on competency 7 of the ICF framework: Evoking Awareness.

In a world where the diffusion of professional coaching continues to grow, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) has been defining the core competencies used by professional coaches for more than 25 years. Those core skills include 8 distinct competencies, the seventh of which consists of "Evoking Awareness", i.e. facilitating client insight and learning by using tools and techniques such as powerful questioning, silence, metaphor or analogy.

In concrete terms, this means that the coach :

  • asks clients questions about their current thinking, feelings, values, needs, desires, beliefs or behaviours.

  • asks questions to help clients move beyond their current thoughts or feelings to new or expanded ways of thinking or feeling, to the outcome they want to achieve.

In our daily coaching practice, we deploy this skill by :

  • sharing observations, insights, comments, thoughts or feelings without being attached to them

  • using silences, metaphors, powerful questions, rephrasing

  • asking clear, direct, concise, mostly open-ended questions, one at a time, at a pace that allows the client to reflect, feel or think

  • allowing clients to be the ones who speak up the most.

To learn more about our competencies as an international professional coach, check the ICF Core Competencies:

ICF - 8 CoreCompetencies
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