Presence in Coaching: A Key Element for Building Trust and Supporting Transformation

Presence in coaching refers to the state of being fully attentive and present in the moment with a coaching client. It involves active listening, empathy, and the ability to be fully engaged with the client’s needs and goals.

A coach who is fully present with their client can create a safe and supportive environment for the client to explore their thoughts and feelings and achieve their desired outcomes. The Coach’s state of Presence is characterized by the ability to be fully aware and present with the client, adopting an open, flexible, grounded and trusting style.

Presence and trust are closely linked in the coaching relationship. A coach’s presence can help to build trust with the client by creating a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment in which the client feels heard and understood.

The coach’s ability to be fully present with the client, listen deeply, and respond empathetically, can help to establish a deep level of trust and rapport between coach and client. This trust can then provide a foundation for the client to feel confident in exploring their thoughts, feelings, and challenges with the coach, and to work together towards achieving their desired outcomes.

The Lotus flower is a powerful symbol that reflects the transformative journey of growth and development, and how beauty can arise from even the most challenging circumstances. In the context of coaching presence, the metaphor highlights the idea that a coach’s presence can support their client in drawing out their own inner strengths, wisdom, and potential, and help them to grow and transform, much like the lotus plant. This metaphor helps to emphasize the importance of the coach being deeply rooted, aware and connected with themselves, as a pre-condition for supporting their clients in their own growth and transformation.


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