What are the 7 essential coaching skills?

Individuals who have achieved the ACMC (Associate Meta-Coaching) Credential have been benchmarked and demonstrated competency in all 7 of these Essential Coaching Skills. The 7 essential coaching skills are:

1) Listening:
Being actively present to a client, collecting and synthesizing the sensory information (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic) as well as non-sensory specific terms so as to accurately reflect back the content presented as well as process information.

2) Supporting:
Providing a sense of safety to client through questioning, listening, celebrating, expression affirmations of belief in and trust in the client, through managing environment, and the conversation.

3) Questioning:
Asking a person to turn and reflect inwardly to respond with ideas, answers, resources, and solutions, inquiring about the client’s world of ideas, beliefs, frames, goals, … etc.

4) Meta-Questioning:
Asking question about previous questions, asking about one’s mind-body states and about higher level states of awareness. Meta-Questioning invites a client to explore higher frames of mind, that is, thoughts and feelings about thoughts and feelings.

5) Inducing States
To say words, use metaphors, tell stories in such a way that invites another to recall or imagine a mind-body-emotional experience. To use voice and gestures in such a way that a client begins to think-and-feel as if in that way of thinking and feeling.

6) Giving Feedback:
Saying words with the support of gestures, movements, voice tone, etc. that both provides support and a mirroring back to the client of a specific behavior that leads to an improvement in performance, state, belief, etc.

7) Receiving Feedback:
Hearing and asking about information that mirrors back how a response came across, taking that in, reflecting upon it, asking more questions about it, integrating what one finds useful in order to improve performance toward a desired outcome.

If you are interested to learn the skills and competency of the 7 Essential Coaching Skills, do join us in our next Meta-Coaching (ACMC) Boot-Camp. Contact us now for more information.

What’s the big deal about coaching?

Someone asked why are we are devoting the Second International Conference of Neuro-Semantics (Malaysia, 2013) to Coaching. He asked, “What’s the big deal about Coaching?”

Dr. Michael Hall replied, “The reason why is because what we call coaching is really about being a professional communicator which begins with really, really listening, and then enabling people to sense that we care about what they said and think, and then asking the kind of probing, penetrating, and incisive questions that can get to the heart of things quickly and powerfully. It also means listening and calibrating so precisely that you can mirror back their own responses so that people can actually hear and listen to themselves.”

Of course, in saying that, Dr. Michael Hall was really summarizing the seven core coaching skills that we train and benchmark in the Meta-Coaching System.

He continued, “And when you can do that, then with your communications you can manage, lead, interview, consult, and do many other things that are of high value in companies and organizations. And of course, you can coach, and you also have the foundational skills for counseling and psychotherapy. These are the essential skills that supervisor and managers and even senior managers need. They are the skills for selling, skills that anyone leading an organization needs in selling ideas and proposals. So that’s why.”

Another person asked, “Well, what about conflict? And when Dr. Michael Hall inquired a little further about what he meant, he said, “What about dealing with groups in conflict or even just with one person who is hard to get along with or lead, who is always complaining and bad-mouthing others?”

The conversation between Dr. Michael Hall and the person went on as follows …

“Well, yes. That’s where the mirroring skills really become powerful for constructive confrontation. First you calibrate to the person by receiving what they are saying, how they are saying it, and all of the non-verbal expressions that they use, then after some framing, you mirror it back so that the person can see and hear themselves- they can see and hear themselves as in a mirror, the mirror of your eyes.”

“And that works? They don’t get madder because of that?” “Would you like me to mirror that back to you? [“Yes, okay.”] And you are in a good enough state of mind and emotion to receive it? [“Yeah, sure.”] Then what I just heard you say in a questioning tone of voice that sounded like this, ‘And that works?’ And as you said it, your nose scrunched up like this (repeating what he saw) and your eyes went up like this (mirroring back what I saw) as you said, ‘And that works?’ (Pause) … Okay, so how was that?”

‘That was pretty good I guess. But, of course, I wasn’t upset in the first place.’
“Yes, I sensed that. And that is also why I asked the framing questions to make sure that you truly wanted the feedback and that you were ready for it.”
“Oh, that’s what you mean by framing!”

“Yes, as a communication process, framing enables the person or persons you speak to, to have a way of interpreting what you’re saying so that it serves and enhances the interaction. It gives them, in technical terms, an interpretative schema so that they will be much less likely to mis-interpret what you offer. And it’s one of the powerful tools that coach or any professional communicator uses. If what you have to say could be mis-interpreted, if it could ‘push a button’ and get someone upset or if it could be used against you later, framing helps to prevent that.”

“So that’s the big deal about coaching! It’s really just communication skills- it’s just a way to make yourself more clear and precise so that there’s less mis-understandings and confusion? Is that right?”
“Well, yes, although I wouldn’t use the word just as you did. It is so much more than ‘just communication skills,’ it is some of the highest and most advanced skills on this planet, the ability to create mental clarity and precision, to align people to a common vision, to excite and inspire people to step up to the possibilities of their potentials, and to take the quality of their experiences and their very lives to the peak of human possibilities … so it is so much more than just communication skills.

“Okay! When you put it like that – sign me up now.”

Would you want to step up to the possibilities of your potentials, and to take the quality of your experiences and your life to the peak of human possibilities?
If your answer is “Yes”, contact us now for a free consultative coaching session.

Who will benefit from attending Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot-Camp training?

Who will benefit from attending Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot Camp training?

Meta-Coaching is for anyone who is passionate about supporting others in making permanent positive change, and who want to be at the forefront of human development in terms of Self-Actualization Psychology.

Specifically, Meta-Coaching is ideal for:

  • New coaches – Learn a powerful coaching model that you can use immediately.  The beauty of this adaptive model is that you can build on it as you grow, you gain more coaching experience, and your business grows.
  • Experienced coaches – Give your clients the benefits of the most progressive cutting-edge coaching techniques available anywhere.  Add more than 300 coaching patterns to your ‘tool box’ as you bring a  ‘Wow’ factor to your coaching.
  • NLP Practitioners and Master Practitioners – Discover how to package your skills in a profitable way that differentiates you in the marketplace.
  • Teachers and Trainers – Use the complimentary power of training and coaching as effective tools for the development of students at any age.
  • Individuals committed to personal development – Meta-Coaching allows you to actualize your highest and best in terms of your emotions and beliefs so that you can communicate more effectively, unleash your best potentials, and discover your passions.
  • Sports coaches – Meta-Coaching supports performance at the highest level.  It brings a profound understanding of what motivates a person to peak performance, and gives them the tools for sustained motivation and peak performance.
  • CEOs, entrepreneurs, managers and sales managers – Learn how to influence your employees to reach targets, achieve budget, overcome obstacles, and exceed Key Performance Indicators as you become a self-actualizing company.

Are you looking for a cutting-edge coaching methodology that transcends traditional Performance Coaching, taking both Coach and Client to higher levels– to Developmental and Transformational Coaching?

Join us in our next Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot-Camp, which are being conducted internationally.

Contact us to find out more about The Meta Coach Training System.

What would I expect to gain from attending Meta-Coach ACMC Boot-Camp?

This advanced Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot Camp training module involves more than 180 hours of coach-specific education. Ideal for those who want to become a Professional Coach and those committed to personal development and self-mastery.

This Coaching Boot Camp will equip you with cutting-edge skills and business strategies for coaching in any of the following coaching specialties.

  • Executive Coaching Coach coaching CEOs, leaders, and executives for optimum personal performance, motivational mastery, and outstanding business results.
  • Personal – Life Coaching Coach coaching individuals to take charge of their lives and transform their career, relationships, health, personal development, and spirituality.
  • Organizational – Group Coaching Coach coaching groups to become high performing teams.
  • Self-Coaching – Apply the coaching patterns to yourself for profound life transformation and personal mastery.

This eight-day training program is the Meta-Coach Boot Camp— intense, rigorous, and powerful to challenge you in your own self-actualization so you grow in the following three areas:

Your Authenticity as a Coach

  • You’ll emerge with a sharp, highly focused understanding of yourself and your life aspirations.
  • Your highest abilities and individual powers will be thrown into sharp relief; you will discover the place from which you will excel – and be empowered to coach with and from this authenticity.
  • You will learn how to balance life and work as you learn how to integrate training, consulting, therapy, and mentoring in a congruent way.

Coaching skills and mastery for you

  • You’ll gain the credibility and confidence from a thorough grounding in the most advanced cognitive behavioral coaching models in the field, including the Matrix Model and the Axes of Change Models.
  • ACMC accreditation licenses you to use Meta- Coaching methodologies and patterns with your clients.
  • Facilitate extraordinary results for your clients by knowing exactly what to do, how to do it, with whom, when, and why in the coaching context.
  • Facilitate clients in creating Business Plans with a comprehensive yet simple planning methodology.
  • Enjoy the confidence of knowing that your professional development is sustainable. You’ll learn advanced skills for benchmarking yourself and your clients for ongoing growth and development.

Coaching Business Intelligence for You

  • Embark on the exhilarating journey toward your dream business.  Gain the confidence and skills to build a highly-successful coaching practice that reflects your values and professional ethics to make your life ambitions come true.
  • Learn from people who are at the pinnacle of their profession.  Fast-track your own business by hearing, questioning, and replicating the practices of the expert coaches as you ask them about their marketing strategies, invaluable contacts, and business secrets.
  • Learn business models for marketing, how to charge, how to position and advertise yourself in the marketplace and more.
  • Grow your wealth. Learn how to create a coaching business that is both professionally and financially rewarding.

Are you ready for the 8 day Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot Camp? Would you want to become a professional transformational Meta-Coach?

Contact us now to find out more about our Meta-Coach Training System and for details of our next Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot-Camp?


Who will benefit from Meta-Coach (ACMC) Training?

Meta-Coach Training is based on the Cognitive Sciences of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Neuro-Semantics (NS) as well as the Self-Actualization Psychology of Maslow and Rogers.  It integrates these models into a cutting-edge approach to coaching. The training programs are rigorous and qualifications internationally recognized.

Who will benefit from Meta-Coach Training?

Meta-Coach Training has both broad and specific application. Ideally it is for:

  • New and experienced coaches who want to give their clients effective, cutting-edge coaching.
  • People passionate about transformative human growth and development.
  • CEOs, entrepreneurs, managers, and sales managers who want potent tools to optimize the performance of their teams or business.
  • Parents and teachers wanting to nurture and support human development.

Are you looking for a cutting-edge coaching methodology that transcends traditional Performance Coaching, taking both Coach and Client to higher levels– to Developmental and Transformational Coaching?

Join us in our next Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot-Camp, which are being conducted internationally.

Contact us to find out more about The Meta Coach Training System.

Where can Meta-Coach (ACMC) training potentially take you?

As you learn cutting-edge tools to create outstanding results for your clients and your business, you’ll experience simultaneous quantum leaps in your own development.  Meta-Coach Training gives you the power to transform any and every aspect of your life; to fulfill your wildest dreams and exceed previous expectations; to take the joyous and enriching path of excellence.

Master revolutionary coaching models.

Your training is grounded in the Communication Model of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and the Cognitive Sciences of Neuro-Semantics (NS).  As you discover the Matrix Model you will have a systems model for knowing where you are with a client and for ‘reading’ a person’s inner world.  As a Change Agent, you will learn the Axes of Change Model for masterfully dancing with a client through the eight stages of change for a psychologically healthy person.

You will learn the Facilitation Model that informs you, as a professional coach, how to facilitate the highest and best in people. With the Self-Actualization Quadrants, you will discover how to detect and unleash a cilent’s highest potentials.  The Benchmarking Model will enable you to mark and measure progress so as to give evidence of the difference you make as a Coach with your Client.

This is unique in that you will learn the very structure of human development and be able to get inside the way people communicate, learn, and change so that you can coach for more complete and sustainable solutions.  You’ll use incredible techniques to bring about positive and profound life change.

International Accreditation 

Your Meta-Coach qualification is recognized world-wide by the Meta-Coach Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Australia, United States, Europe and Asia. You’ll hold one of the most highly-regarded and sought after accreditation in the field of Coaching.

Potentially dramatically increase your income

Learn proven, current business strategies from people who have built lucrative coaching businesses.  Gain the confidence and drive to put them into practice, and enjoy a new level of job satisfaction and financial rewards.

Contact us for the next Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot-Camp training, which are being conducted internationally.

Contact us to learn more about the Meta-Coach Training System.

What makes Meta-Coach (ACMC) Boot-Camp Training unique?

Academic rigor and practical application 

Meta-Coaching is the highest evolutionary state of two disciplines: Cognitive Behavioral and Self-Actualization Psychology. Meta-Coach Training has academic and intellectual integrity as well as practical coaching and business applications. Come and discover for yourself.

Coaching skills and business strategies.

The Communication Model of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) – an advanced communication model for precision and clarity.

The Self-Actualization psychology of Neuro- Semantics (NS) – a cutting-edge model for translating great ideas and meanings into muscle memory for achieving peak performances.

Comprehensive, competency-based training

You’ll undertake between 180 -510 hours of coaching- specific training. Other Coach Training courses average 50 –100 hours. The internationally recognized Meta-Coaching qualifications are stringently assessed and tested on an ongoing basis.

Modular training that’s fast and flexible

Meta-Coach Training is the most systematic Coach training in the world. A modular structure allows you to process through units or levels of accreditation right up to the level of Master Meta-Coach Certification at a pace that suits you.  It allows you to complete modules of training that are immediately relevant to your life and/or business – then build on your qualifications as your confidence, experience and business develop.

Learn from Master Coaches

At every Meta-Coach training we interview Expert Coaches for you to model – professional coaches who have reached the pinnacle of their profession.  This will enable you to learn from the Expert Coaches who specialize in the fields of Executive, Personal, Business, Group and Team Coaching, etc.

Ongoing support and development 

A ‘buddy’ system, group mentoring, benchmarking tools for self-assessment and access to expert coaches throughout and beyond the training ensure you are supported to excel.  You’ll join an International Community of highly successful, highly creative people. You’ll have access to ongoing releases of the latest research and development.

Take what you need for your life 

While full Master Meta-Coach certification is not for everyone, you can build invaluable results-focused coaching skills by completing just Modules 1 and 2.

Contact us to find out more about the Meta-Coach Training System.

Sign-up now for our upcoming Module 1 Coaching Essentials & Module 2 Coaching Genius.

Meta-Coach (ACMC) Training

We invite you to embark on a journey of uplifting life change and exhilarating personal growth.

We challenge you to discover a higher state in yourself, then use it to transform the lives of others with grace and conviction.

We dare you to embrace excellence to nurture it, to cultivate it, to make it your standard for achieving outstanding performance.

We ask you to stand at the forefront of the world’s second fastest-growing industry, to join an international coaching elite, take advantage of unlimited opportunities for extraordinary business success, and to make a significant difference to the lives of others.

We invite you to take…  The ultimate coaching journey!

Join us in our next Meta-Coaching (ACMC) Boot-Camp.

Meta-Coaching is a cutting-edge coaching methodology that transcends traditional Performance Coaching, taking both Coach and Client to higher levels– to Developmental and Transformational Coaching. That is why we call it ‘meta’ which means a higher level. At these higher levels profound change occurs naturally and easily. And the result is the ability to customize your desired transformation.

Meta-Coach Training is an accelerated Coach Training System that supports participants to move through learning modules, culminating in the credentials for being a Master Coach.

Meta-Coaching is taught in an environment that gives participants every opportunity to excel as an Executive, Personal (Life), Business, Group and Team, Transformational or a Self-Actualization  Coach.

This comprehensive program differentiates itself from other coaching education by integrating seven models so that, as a professional Coach, you can work systematically with clients.  In the training we focus on yourself as a Coach, your coaching skills for professional competency, and your coaching business so you can create a commercially viable business.

Contact us to find out more about the next Meta-Coaching (ACMC) Boot-Camp, which are being conducted internationally.

Introducing Meta-Coaching (part 1)

Introducing Meta-Coaching (part 1)
Getting the Core of Coaching Right
L. Michael Hall, Ph.D.

Everything called “coaching” isn’t coaching and everyone who calls him or herself a “coach” isn’t a coach.  It takes a lot more than merely naming yourself a coach and what you do as coaching to make it so.  Branding alone is completely insufficient to establish a solid foundation for these things.  Yet today there’s lots of confusion about coaches and coaching.  There are lots of pseudo-coaching and pseudo-coaches.  There are probably tens-of-thousands of so-called Coaches who are presenting things that are not coaching at all.  So, what is the real thing?

In 2001 when I began, one of the conversations that I had with Michelle Duval was about this, “What is coaching?  What are the factors that make coaching coaching?  How can we best define coaching?  At that time we identified five factors (which is still in the book, Coaching Change): 1) conversation, 2) self-reflexive conversation that gets to the heart of things, 3) creates generative change 4) systemically which 5) all serves the purposes of self-actualization.  It was later that we added 6) implementation that executes the desired outcome as a plan and gets results which can be measured and 7) facilitation and specifically process facilitation of these processes.

Recently I looked at these things with another prism, namely, what you have to get right in order to have effective coaching that is true to what coaching truly is.  Here is what you have to get right for effective coaching:
(1)  You have to get your Psychology right.
(2)  You have to get your Objective right.
(3)  You have to get the Change right.
(4)  You have to get your Epistemology right.
(5)  You have to get your Conversations right.

For details of the above five aspects, please read Introducing Meta-Coaching (part 2)

What then is Meta-Coaching?
It is a conversation like none other that gets to the heart of things— the heart of a matter to facilitate generative, transformative change by activating and mobilizing a client’s internal resources thereby empowering the person as we confront his or her highest visions and values to support them making real their inner potentials.

As such, Meta-Coaching is an intense, intimate, and fierce conversation to actualize new possibilities.

The Benefits of Coaching

What is coaching?
Dr Michael Hall & Michael CW Chang

There are numerous definitions and the Meta-Coaching’s definition is:

“Coaching is the art of facilitating an individual or organisation to an agreed upon outcome via a conversation like none other by mobilising inner and outer resources and getting to the heart of the matter in order to develop, unleash and actualise potentials.”

Some benefits of coaching include:

(1) Enables us to transfer skills and learning from training room to the workplace.
“Rackham N. at Xerox Corporation conducted research that shows that 87% of newly learned skills can be lost when there is no follow-up coaching after the training.” The Coaching Controversy, Training and Development Journal, 1979.

(2) Enables us to tap into unused and wasted human resources.
“The coach’s job is exactly like that of managers, to translate the purpose of the team (winning) into appropriate effort (performing at one’s best). No coach in his right mind would waste player talent by not using them fully or be satisfied with compliance rather than whole-hearted effort.” (Gary English)

(3) Enables us to take corrective action before a problem arises.
“Corrective coaching needs to spring into action when certain attitudes and behaviours point to serious problems down the road. Performance problems and dissension inevitably arise in workplaces and must be dealt with promptly and intelligently. (Nigro)

(4) Offers a new paradigm for adult change, learning and management.
“As a new paradigm, coaching offers a new approach to personal transformation and renewal. Coaching invites us to think about change in terms of becoming more, refining and adding new skills, focusing on direction and outcomes, and receiving feedback as information for continuous improvement. As a paradigm, coaching presents and implies numerous frames that support the process of transformation as a positive experience. Unlike counselling, therapy, and even consulting, coaching does not imply there’s anything wrong.”

“Meta-Coaching is a conversation like none other, that gets to the heart of things by finding the frames that create your reality and systematically show you how to change what you want to change and unleash your potentials.” (Michael Hall)

Meta-Coach™ training draws on the Cognitive Sciences of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Neuro-Semantics (NS) and integrates them into cutting-edge coaching psychology. The training programs are rigorous and qualifications internationally recognised.

The skills gained will enabled and equipped graduates for three kinds of coaching:
Performance Coaching: Refining skills and enhancing behaviours.
Developmental Coaching: Evolving identity, beliefs and values.
Transformational Coaching: Revolutionary change in purpose, direction and intention.

Are you ready to become an internationally recognized certified Meta-Coach?