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Test your Basic Coaching Skills

How effective are your basic coaching skills? Ready to become a life coach or maybe time to tune up those skills? Take our quiz to find out.

How good are your basic coaching skills?


I ensure coaches take responsibility for every coaching-based decision.

Question 1 of 21


Non-verbal communication is a minor consideration when I am coaching.

Question 2 of 21


In every coaching session, we agree when and how I will check on progress.

Question 3 of 21


After exploring possible options, it's not necessarily worth discussing what the goal should be.

Question 4 of 21


I never make critical comments.

Question 5 of 21


Every coaching session I do ends with a commitment to a high priority action.

Question 6 of 21


People should always find their own ideas/solutions when I coach them.

Question 7 of 21


It's important for me to provide a range of perspectives whenever I am coaching someone.

Question 8 of 21


I always focus on providing feedback that is both specific and constructive.

Question 9 of 21


When I'm coaching, future planning takes precedence over discussing what's been achieved in the past.

Question 10 of 21


I always ask more open than closed quesitons (in a coaching session).

Question 11 of 21


I excel at coaching more senior people than myself.

Question 12 of 21


The best coaches focus on providing practical proposals - rather than creative ideas.

Question 13 of 21


I proactively include my friends/family in making any decisions affecting their welfare.

Question 14 of 21


I believe that empowerment follows if you allow people to take their own decisions.

Question 15 of 21


It's wrong to assume that everyone can make positive changes in their life.

Question 16 of 21


I flex during any coaching session between exploring problems and discussing goals.

Question 17 of 21


I can take any feedback, good or bad.

Question 18 of 21


Not everyone has underused skills and strengths.

Question 19 of 21


In any coaching session, I must focus on both my own limitations and those of the person being coached.

Question 20 of 21


The most effective coaches are both open-minded and curious about human personality differences.

Question 21 of 21


Why do I need coaching skills?

Coaching can involve any situation where one person supports another in achieving a goal. This can be a personal or professional role. We are all familiar with sports coaches, life coaches and business coaches. However, we all have a need for coaching skills in various aspects of our lives.

The term coaching, in fact, was first used around the 1830s at Oxford University, as slang for a tutor who ‘carried’ a student through the exams. Therefore, referring to the action of ‘transporting’ someone from where they are to where they want to be.

Managers and good leaders coach those around them for the best results. Parents coach their children in everything from table manners to problem-solving. Teachers coach their pupils in certain skills. Tutors coach their learners. You might be coaching your colleagues or subordinates.

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10 personality tips to help your Study Skills

  1. Find time to study – If you manage your time badly, inevitably you will be less productive than if you manage it well. This can lead to increased stress and anxiety levels, especially around exam time.
  2. Keep to a routine – Work in the same place at the same time each day. Also, make sure you have everything you need before you start.
  3. Work to your strengths – Schedule challenging tasks for when you are most alert, and routine ones for when you may be feeling more tired.
  4. Don’t waste time – Rather than reading irrelevant material, skim and scan to help you decide if you need to read something critically and in-depth.
  5. Avoid distractions – Related to above. Switch emails and social media off to prevent your mind wandering while trying to learn new information!
  6. Regularly review your notes – Edit out what you don’t need. Ask yourself the question: “Is this information is relevant to my assignment, and how does it relate to what I already know.”
  7. Vary how you to take notes – For example, use Mind Maps and diagrams to generate ideas and linear notes to focus your ideas for essay or report plans.
  8. Be critical – Make sure that you always add your own comment to every concept or quotation that you write down. Maintain a critical and analytical approach at all times!
  9. Plan your work – If writing an assignment produce a detailed plan before you start to write it. This will make the drafting process much less stressful
  10. Understand different styles  – By understanding different writing styles – such as academic, journal and journalistic styles – you can put what you read into perspective. In particular, you can become more aware of any particular bias.

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