Everyone experiences the world in different ways. Starting in childhood, we have been influenced by our experiences as we constantly build and shift the lens we use to view the world around us. When a client comes to coaching, they start describing for us, through spoken language, a picture of their view of the world that includes their thoughts and feelings. This picture, however, is limited to the client’s linguistic representation and is therefore not a complete and full one. As coaches, it is imperative for us to go beyond the original linguistic translation presented by the client and tap into the richness of their view of the world to fully empathize and understand their true meaning.
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Joseph Grech, Chartered FCIPD and ICF-accredited coach is the founder of Smarter Learning Ltd. and an experienced L&D professional.