SOME CONVERSATIONS are more confused than helpful. Nothing seems to be working. I don’t think I’m making progress.

I’m sure you go through times like this too.

My personal coping strategy is to step back, breathe, and try to see the bigger picture. That’s easier to say than to do, of course, but I try to give it a go.

It’s not uncommon for my coaching clients to experience this disorientation, and that’s where a coaching discussion is often incredibly helpful.

It’s not that I’m smarter than my client. Or that I have any clue how to “fix” their problem.

No, it’s almost entirely about them being able to talk through it – with someone who won’t judge. Because that’s often the fear holding someone back from talking through an issue.

Nobody wants to look foolish.

There’s nothing magic about a coach. We have some training in how to help people have these discussions, but it’s not rocket science. It’s mostly about being trustable and non-judgmental, and listening with compassion.

Because there are times where we all need that kind of mental and emotional support.