The Basics of Coaching
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The Basics of Coaching

A short crash course in the essential skills of the coaching conversation and relationship
4.6 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Dawie Thomas
Last updated 4/2016
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  • 39 mins on-demand video
  • 21 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Define what coaching is and situate it as a helping profession.
  • Explain what the essential competencies and attitudes of a coach entails.
  • Identify the approach coaches takes to a conversation.
  • Be able to practice the essential skills of listening.
  • Explain how to set up great goals for a client.
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  • The course will for a start just require some time and dedication, which will reward you with gaining a basic understanding of coaching and how to start applying the skills of a coach in your conversations.

The last decade or so has seen the phenomenon of coaching burst onto the professional and personal development scene with individuals and companies hiring the services of life coaches and executive coaches on a regular basis. If you are currently looking at this crash course with regards to the basics of coaching you are no doubt interested in coaching and desire to know more. In this course, I will touch on what I see as the basic and essential elements of coaching. My aim during this course will be to give you a firm grip on what coaching is about what the essential skills are and how you are able to start practicing them.

The lecture are a combination of video teachings, articles and reference to some great resources.

The course will cover the following:

  1. What is coaching?
  2. The two cores of coaching.
  3. Authentic relationship.

    • The heart of the coach.
    • Authenticity.
    • Unconditional positive regard.
    • Congruence.
  4. Powerful conversations

    • Empathetic listening.
    • Asking relevant questions.
    • Setting achievable goals.
    If you desire to see change in your own life as well as in the lives those around you, you should definitely consider this course. Learning how to coach, people will transform your understanding about people and open your eyes to the incredible potential which lies within each one.
Who is the target audience?
  • The following course is targeted at individuals who have been introduced to the concepts of coaching and who would like to become more familiar in the field. More importantly, to practice some of the essential skills which experienced coaches have. The course will also exclusively focus on what kind of attitude a coach needs to adopt in order to serve their clients well.
  • This course will not meet your needs if you are already a long-term practicing coach.
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Curriculum For This Course
Introduction to the Basics of Coaching
7 Lectures 06:47

Welcome to the course.

I am excited about what the course could mean for your life and those of others. Nothing in life comes without a bit of self-discipline and endurance and I hope you find plenty of both as you continue with the course.

Preview 00:45

Who is Dawie Thomas?



Understanding the context of the coaching relationship.

What is Coaching?

Coaching as a helping relationship.

The nature of the coaching relationship is a crucial concept to grasp, because knowing that you need the help from others in order to grow and develop is one of the key aspects of the life journeys, of those individuals who achieve true success in life.

The number 1 service you will provide as a coach is the the empowerment which comes through a caring relationship, where the goal is to see the other person grow and mature.

Preview 01:42

Start with yourself

A few good resources to acquire.
First things First
4 Lectures 06:57

The 3 P's of training.

'As a man thinks, so is he.'

The way we view ourselves, the world, reality and everything around us determines everything in our lives. If you are not ready to change the way you think, you are not ready for change and you will struggle to find ways in life to be more effective and more fruitful.

Preview 02:31

Perspective is everything.



Refine your craft is crucial, studies has shown that it is not necessarily talent that separates the great from the average is dedication and discipline.

Two essential aspects of coaching
2 Lectures 01:48

Two essential aspects of coaching.

As I have mentioned my desire was to familiarize you with the basics surrounding coaching in the shortest amount of time. The elements I therefore cover in the course is the very core of coaching as I have come to understand it. I guarantee that if you do the basics right your current personal and professional relationships will become a lot more fruitful.

Preview 01:20

The two aspects of coaching
Authentic Relationship
14 Lectures 21:42
Curiosity vs Diagnoses

The essential aspects of authentic relationship.

  • The heart of the coach
  • Authenticity
  • Unconditional positive regard
  • Congruence

Let the becoming begin.

Preview 00:33

The Heart of the Coach.

We live in a world full of invisible realities that exercise a much great force upon our lives than the things that can be seen. Gravity for instance is a striking example of a force which keeps all ground, but which is is essentially invisible. In much the same way the force of a coach's self-belief can have an incredible impact on the life of his client.

Therefore always keep in mind that the invisible disciplines you exercise as a coach, is what determines your true effectivity.

The Heart of the Coach

What you say without using words, will impact your clients the most.

The Heart of the Coach


Real people produce real change. Choosing to accept yourself and rest in the truth of your own worithiness for love and belonging is the first step in becoming authentic.


Tough to reflect, but very rewarding.


Unconditional Positive Regard and Empathy.

We use our imagination for many things, but seldom do we focus our energies fully on understanding how someone else is seeing and experiencing the world. This kind of empathetic reflection motivated by your care for your client, will lead to significant insights about their life.

Unconditional Positive Regard and Empathy

Unconditional Positive Regard


When people know that your words are an honest reflection of your thoughts towards them, they will take them to heart a lot more. Our desire though for pleasing other people is very strong and we must not allow it to rule our lives. It is good to understand the expectations inherent in each of our relationship are important, but they should support and not define our relational interactions.


Reflecting Congruency

If you do not believe it, then neither will they.

Aligning our mind and being is crucial to what we communicate, achieving this kind of alignment means making a few choices on a heart level, which you will continually need to reinforce.

If you do not believe it, then neither will they.

Consider the power of a good conversation.

Analysis of the movie "The King's Speech".

In this lecture I will quickly recap what we learned about how to build an authentic relationship with your client.

Preview 03:13
Powerful Conversations
17 Lectures 21:02

Simple but challenging.

If you have been alive long enough you would have common to one simple realization. Which is that more often than not as human beings we know what to do and there is nothing too complex about the action which is required from us, but making the right choice also requires courage, sacrifice, focus and will.

It might be hard to become a true coach, but I promise you it is totally worth it.

Preview 00:53


How good are your listening skills?

Empathetic Listening

Empathetic Listening

Wow! - is all I can say about the power of really listening to another individual. It is not easy in light of the bad habits we have adopted as 'advice- givers', but man when you get it right your eyes will opened to  a whole new world.

Empathetic Listening

Self Awareness

Leadership and self-awareness goes hand-in-hand, but let me tell you that taking an honest look at yourself in the mirror can be scary. Even scarier is the prospect of asking the people around you for honest feedback about your life and the way you do things. But pain often leads to growth, so take courage you will be ok.

Preview 00:36

Empathetic Listening Exercise

If you can remember the second P of training I referred too you will remember that I said it is crucial that you take the leap into the unknown, it is always hard moving out of our comfort zones, but it is so worth it.

I really hope you enjoy the excecise.

Empathetic Listening Exercise.

Asking powerful questions.

There is nothing which will make you think like a good questions and when you can get people to think you can get them to see themself and their lives clearer. Questions also will allow the coach the gain essential information in helping his client move forward.

Asking Powerful Questions

Open vs Closed questions.

Asking probing questions.

Asking relevant questions

Setting Achievable Goals

Setting achievable goals


The SMART Model is a simple guide for helping you set good goals together with your client.


GROW Model

The this model is another effective framework for helping your client set achievable goals.

GROW Model

In this lecture I will quickly recap what we learned in the last section about how to engage in a powerful conversation with your client.

Preview 01:46

Thank you

I really hope that this course has been meaningful to you and that you have grown in yourself as a person and that you are excited about the prospects of becoming an effective coach.
I hope to see you again on one of my other courses.

Preview 00:25
About the Instructor
Dawie Thomas
4.6 Average rating
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22 Students
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Management Consultant

Dawie Thomas, the founder of Leverbox Consulting has always been inspired and fascinated by the mysterious existence of human beings. His passion for personal morality, human psyche and team dynamics is what led him to pursue a career in formulating strategic solutions and systems allowing one to better understand themselves, and those who surround them.

As humans, we are self-conscious.

This might seem obvious, but this reality allows us to become aware of what we think and feel and more importantly, it provides us with the freedom to change how we think.

Leverbox Consulting provides an expert service to those in leadership, teams or any individual or group, aspiring to be developed through the broadening of perspectives and challenged thinking.

Dawie understands the close connection between what we believe and what we value. Many organizations attempt to realign the values of employees in accordance to its vision and Leverbox Consulting is here to assist by unpacking the energy drawn from belief and capitalising on the potential which is generated by creating a cultural movement.