Sara swords Practical Tips for remote coaching (not the obvious) blog post

Practical Tips for remote coaching (not the obvious)

I currently work with coachees and coaches based in 11 different countries across the world. Frequently I use Skype to do this remote coaching and have learned a number of practical ways to make this mode of coaching work. Send a reminder to your coachee a couple of days before. This can be an email […]

Sara Swords Speed listening blog post

Speed listening

Ashlee Vance, author of a recent biography of the tech entrepreneur Elon Musk learnt that one of the people who had bought his book had listened to it at twice normal speed in order to ingest the information at a quicker rate. How many of us have wished that we could absorb the learning from the […]

Sara Swords listening and coaching blog post

Listening and Coaching

Being a good listener does not in itself equate to being a good coach but being a bad listener probably does mean poor coaching. I worry that, as coaches, we sometimes apply too rigorously the techniques of active listening within a coaching conversation – paraphrasing and reflecting back – and are busy writing careful notes […]