Coaching helps people develop in the direction they want to travel and is a process based on trust. A coach is a fantastic resource, full of curiosity and questions. These questions stimulate the coachee to look at themselves, their life and their work, with greater awareness. Coaches always have the best interests of the coachee at heart, whilst recognising the needs of the organisation as well as the individual.
Most coaching is about examining motivations and changing behaviours. Sometimes, the coachee might intellectually understand that they need to make a change and agree to do so, but like establishing a good habit, repeated experience and practice is required to build up the muscle memory necessary for permanent change. This is where practice based learning can help.
Coaching + Based Based Learning
In our work with coaches, coachees, participants in our sessions and L&D professionals, we have noticed a dynamic ‘sweet-spot’ where coaching and business acting combine to create powerful opportunities for transformation and behavioural change. Our team of accredited coaches with this dual skill-set are able to offer their coachees the chance to practice conversations in the moment, whilst discussing their day to day challenges. They are also able to respond with drama based exercises in order to stimulate greater self awareness and deeper learning.
What makes this combined skill-set so special?
A Note on Active Listening
Active listening is the process of really listening to the speaker, reflecting on and fully understanding what they are saying and responding to what they have said, rather than just waiting for your moment to say what you had already planned to say. In the coaching world, active listening matters because accurate and constructive feedback is fundamental to its success. Coaches that are also trained actors are able to use this skill to provide specific and germane feedback in the moment, they are also able to develop what they have heard into creating a more immersive and authentic experience for the coachee.