As a beginner coach, it’s common to use coach-specific language that we learned during our training. Too often, this makes the conversation awkward, less fluid and gives an unnatural feel.

Towards the end of the conversation, a beginner coach might say:

“What are your action steps?” Or “When exactly and how will you do …?”

Instead you could ask as you begin wrapping up the conversation:

“What will you do with your insight from today?”, or

“When you think about moving forward, what’s your next most important step?”, or

“You mentioned many things you could do. What’s the most important next step that moves you forward?”, or

“What support or accountability will help you succeed?” (after your client decided what s/he is committing to).

Experiment with these sentences and questions. Develop your own as you ponder, what would sound natural that anyone can understand, not only those who’ve been trained in coaching. Besides, coaching terms (s.a. action steps, etc.) have various meanings to people and you might need to explain your framework as it can differ from your client’s understanding.

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