by Iana Avramova (Bulgaria)

As far as we are familiar, Coaching, exists since the Ancient Greece. This becomes evident in the Socratic Dialogue thanks to Plato and Xenophon, who have recorded it. They show us that Socrates was the first known Coach. The questioning style that he has developed aimed to explore self-awareness. Self-awareness, which led the questioned persons to discover the truth about themselves, their wishes, desires and purpose.

And precisely finding the truth about oneself is the core of Coaching. Without it, the whole process will not bring us close to the desired transformation or result.

What does a Coaching tool look like? It can be as simple as closing a Coaching session with a powerful question, which the Client can think of, meditate or write about in a journal. A Coaching tool can also be a sequence of Coaching sessions with instructions over email. Coaching tools are any business tools and exercises adapted for Coaching purposes such as: SWOT analysis, SMART goal setting, the ‘Urgent/Important’ matrix, ‘Spheres of Influence’, Action plans and many more. Of course, there are also tools and exercises devoted to Coaching such as: The wheel of Life’, ‘Value Elicitation’ exercise, ‘Building self-esteem’ exercise, ‘Listening models’, ‘Limiting beliefs’ exercise and hundreds more that are available in books or online.

Source: iCN Issue 23 (Coaching Tools, Tips & Techniques); pages 88-90

About Iana Avramova

Founder and Author at Transformika Coaching Cards – Coaching Made Easy. Iana created from scratch a set of 32 Coaching cards + 60 coaching mantras (positive affirmations). Each card has a number of questions and represents a mini coaching session. There are different challenges in professional and personal aspect (i.e. problem solving, relationship issues, time management, career choice, health issues and many more).