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Being a coach (another observation from the point of view of a coach)

February 7, 2024

Let’s hear from Jo Redgrave, an ILM Level 7 Coach and an Associate Coach for us here at Crisp Professional Development. Jo talks to us about why she became a Coach and what it’s like being a Coach.

“I chose to become a Coach because this built on my long-held passion and belief that, with the right guidance, environment and opportunity, everyone can achieve their full potential and that more often than not this can exceed their own expectations.

For me, a coaching conversation, however big or small, is key to creating that space for this to happen.

My own journey to develop my potential as a Coach began with an ILM qualification and I found the mix of theory, practical and experiential work and the focus on enhancing my own reflective practices a truly rewarding experience for my personal development, and in turn this has influenced how I am as a Coach with others.

Those with whom I work with in any form of ‘coaching conversation’ share back with me that they value and appreciate the rapport and connection we create together and, most importantly, they feel listened to.  My ability to create a ‘safe space’ without judgment provides them with an opportunity to explore and to get curious, and in doing so to develop their own thinking and learning as to what might be possible in the future.

Coaching is all about holding productive conversations, ultimately with a focus on creating a shift in thinking.

The ILM was a key step for me in understanding both the process and the skills to bring to these conversations, and that in doing so there are positive outcomes for both ‘Coach’ and ‘Coachee’”



Interested in becoming a qualified coach?

We’re launching a virtual ILM Level 5 Certificate in Effective Coaching & Mentoring soon.

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