One of the first things we need to do to shift into coach mode is to let go of the expert role.
But this is really hard as a new coach.
One of the reasons you likely got into health coaching is because you love sharing your health and wellness knowledge and expertise with your family and friends.
They’re always coming to you asking for help, advice and suggestions.
Of course you want to help so you tell them what you do, share your best resources and suggest how they can make changes.
You want to do more of this. Maybe even turn it into a career. So you enrol in a health coach training program.
But as you get into it, you realize that as a coach you’re not supposed to give suggestions, recommendations or advice.
Confusion sets in.
What am I supposed to do with clients if I can’t prescribe, treat or share my expertise?
As a new coach you're likely pretty attached to your expert role.
Do you always want to share how much you know, everything you’ve done in your own life and how much you’ve learned in your training?
The "diagnose, prescribe and treat" or the "educate and implore" models both keep us acting like the authority, expert and teacher which are not very effective at facilitating lasting behavioural change.
In both models the coach relies on knowledge and information and feels responsible for the clients’ outcomes which doesn't work very well in terms of engagement or outcomes. Because clients honestly don't like to be told what to do (even though they may say otherwise).
The first step to shifting into coach mindset is to let go of being the expert and telling our clients what to do.
Read my next post to find out what to do instead of being the expert.
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