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In this episode, I share my view on one of the most frequent questions I get: “What coaching model do you prefer? And which one do you teach?” I explain the hour-glass model and why I rely on it entirely until very far into my professional coaching course development program.
The hour-glass model is less of a detailed coaching model but describes a fundamental concept. When we imagine an hour-glass, we picture the shape of an object which alternates between ‘wide‘ and ‘narrow‘. In that sense, it becomes a metaphor for a typical coaching conversation.
‘Wide‘: We expand on significance and meaning with our client and discover together. It is when we explore.
‘Narrow‘: We contract, summarise, headline, clarify to condense meaning, arrive at conclusions and awareness.
It is this intentional mix and alternating shift between expanding and narrowing that is so typical in a good coaching conversation.