Listening is one of the most fundamental skills in a coach’s toolkit, and I’ve found that few things have advanced my coaching practice (and life) as much as continually refining my listening skills. While this may seem obvious or rudimentary, I’ve been blown away by the layers of subtlety that exist in the realm of listening. In my growth, I’ve learned to listen more deeply to myself, my clients, our shared space, the larger field, and how all of these realities interact.
In this article, I explore how deeper listening to our own truth can advance our ability to serve clients more effectively and share:
- how my understanding and capacity to listen have evolved,
- some approaches I use to cultivate refined listening, and
- the impact deeper listening has had on my practice.