As coaches, we often labor under the delusion that we perform coaching within some kind of magical bubble that makes us immune from emotional vulnerability during the coaching process. That is, although we are aware that we have a strong effect on our clients, we seldom pause to consider the emotional effect that our clients have on us within each session. The truth is that coaching is an interactive process. We both effect our clients and, in turn, are affected by them. At times a client (or the client’s manager, for that matter) may say or do something during the coaching session that triggers a strong emotional response on our part.
If we fail to acknowledge that we have been emotionally impacted, we are much more likely to respond in a manner that is reactive. When this happens, the emotional trigger that has been set in place by the client (or others) will resurface later on an indirect fashion. If a client says something to us during
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