Treasure Hunting in the Core Competencies

An 8-Part Webinar Series

Come on a treasure hunt with us and explore in depth the essential skills for excellence in professional coaching–the updated ICF Core Competencies. No matter what level of skill and experience you have, we can always learn and refine our coaching capabilities. By reflecting on the coaching core competencies in an experiential setting, you will continue to build strong intuitive muscle memory that makes your coaching more powerful with less personal energy.

The workshops will include a small amount of pre-work, impactful presentations, a workshop guide, a detailed review and exploration of the subject competency, live demonstrations and break-out exercises, and resources for additional learning.

This 8-module program can be purchased individually so that you can choose the competencies in which you have the most interest or challenge, or you can purchase all 8 at a great discount. Each session will be recorded, so if you miss one or two, you can still listen to the recordings and download the workshop guide. Only live attendance can count as Core Competency Continuing Education credit, but listening to the recording can count as “self-study” for your Resource Development hours.

Overall Learning Objectives

Our goal in providing these webinars is to support the growth and development of practicing coaches. We know it will improve confidence, create positive client results, and ultimately move the needle forward for our collective energies. Of course, certified coaches need their CCEUs and the opportunities for specific Core Competency training is more limited than the options for Resource Development. That’s where we come in. Our commitment to high-quality coach training doesn’t stop when our students graduate. So this is the perfect way to continue the learning experience and hopefully reinforce best practices for coaches at every level.

Webinar Details

Each module is a 2-hour interactive webinar. We’ll be using the Zoom platform (with video) for maximum flexibility and engagement.

Each 2-hour Webinar ONLY $49.95

All 8 Webinars – 16 Core Competency CCEUs – for

ONLY $299.95*

*8 webinars for the price of 6

You can register for each one individually for $49.95. Select only those webinars you are most interested in and that work into your schedule.

Or choose the package of all 8 modules for $299.95, 8 webinars for the price of 6.

If you miss any session, you can still access the recording and receive the workshop guide.


Session One: Establishes and Maintains Agreements (Part 1) – Clarifying Roles and Expectations

Participants will review one part of the competency of Establishes and Maintains Agreements, which I refer to as the “terms and conditions” of a coaching relationship. We will discuss what should be included in the agreement (i.e., contract), how it is formulated, and various tactical aspects of creating and implementing the agreement. We will address how to set clear expectations for roles and expectations and essential elements necessary for optimal success. Finally, we will discuss the importance of confidentiality and how it may uniquely apply in some projects, especially sponsored engagements.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Review ICF definition of Establishes and Maintains Agreements
  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of the coach, the coachee, and the sponsor, if applicable
  • Review tips for setting clear expectations
  • Explore important but sometimes subtle elements of an agreement
  • Confirm the importance of honoring confidentiality and implications for ongoing behaviors
  • Explore opportunities or challenges in applying the agreement throughout the engagement
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Two: Establishes and Maintains Agreements (Part 2) – Goal Setting for Clarity and Motivation

Participants will review what I call the second part of the competency of Establishes and Maintains Agreements—the ability to create clear and motivating goals, both for the engagement and for each session. We will discuss the conditions that should be satisfied to have empowering, exciting, and achievable goals. We explore what occurs if any of these conditions are missing.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Review ICF definition of Establishes and Maintains Agreements related to goal setting
  • Confirm the importance of helping the client set meaningful goals
  • Explore what happens when the goal is not clear, both in the overall engagement and each session
  • Participate in a goal-setting demo
  • Practice strategies for creating highly motivating, compelling goals using the NLP framework of “well-formed outcomes”
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Three: Cultivates Trust and Safety—Creating Safe Spaces

Participants will review the competency of Cultivates Trust and Safety. We will discuss the importance of creating a sacred, safe space for clients to explore and grow, of building instant and ongoing rapport in the coach/client relationship and holding to the belief that clients have the resources and creativity they need to be successful.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Review ICF definition of Cultivates Trust and Safety
  • Review particular beliefs and principles that guide all coaching conversations
  • Discuss tips for creating a safe environment for the client
  • Learn strategies for establishing immediate rapport and maintaining client trust
  • Discuss how to work with potentially sensitive areas
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Four: Maintains Presence—Being an Empty Vessel

Participants will review the competency of Maintains Presence. We will discuss the difficulty and importance of focusing on the client rather than trying to solve the client’s issue. This workshop distinguished the role of coach and client: the client knows the content, and the coach manages the process.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Review ICF definition of Maintains Presence
  • Discuss the importance of “staying in the not knowing”
  • Identify common pitfalls to coaching presence
  • Observe and assess the differences between coaching and consulting
  • Apply practical strategies for staying fully present and trusting the coaching process
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Five: Listens Actively—Focusing on What Really Matters

Participants will review the competency of Listens Actively. We will discuss the concept of deep and “generative” listening and reinforce the importance of listening “for” rather than listening “to” the client. The emphasis is on hearing what the client values and believes, when they are making assumptions, and how they are assigning meaning to things. Our goal is to help them expand their possibilities and ideas to reimagine a different outcome or options for moving forward. Participants will examine coaches’ barriers to deep listening such as judgment or personal beliefs, then create strategies for improved listening.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Review ICF definition of Listens Actively
  • Contrast listening “for” and listening “to”
  • Discuss the ingredients of active or “generative” listening
  • Explore appropriate ways (and when) to interrupt a client’s back story to help them focus on the essence of their situation
  • Understand when a client needs to “vent” and how to move on productively
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Six: Evokes Awareness—Questions for Discovery and Insight

Participants will review the competency of Evokes Awareness. Participants will examine the nature of a good questioning and what makes questions, statements, and silence produce insight and awareness. We will explore a selection of NLP Presuppositions that could challenge a client’s assumptions, beliefs, or their ways of looking at the situation or themselves.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Review ICF definition of Evokes Awareness
  • Discuss “hidden” consulting or advising questions and ways to avoid or reframe them
  • Integrate the skills of Trust, Presence, and Listening into the magic Evoking Awareness
  • Identify specific strategies for fostering curiosity and asking clear, open-ended questions that allow clients to make new discoveries for themselves
  • Explore four provocative NLP presuppositions that inspire powerful questions
  • Discover the necessary role of silence in conjunction with client discovery and insight
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Seven: Facilitates Client Growth—Change Requires Action

Participants will review the competency of Facilitates Client Growth. We will discuss how to help clients turn insight and awareness into effective action and change. A fundamental principle of coaching is change. Coming up with good ideas and important discoveries are meaningless until they are transformed into new behaviors. We will discuss ways for the coach to nudge clients beyond their comfort zones, assist them in generating a variety of possibilities, and evaluate possible barriers to action.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Review ICF definition of Facilitates Client Growth
  • Explore the differences between coaching partnership, project management, supervision, and respective responsibilities
  • Discuss the trap of “either/or” actions and how to help the client expand their development of options and possibilities.
  • Identify approaches for the coach to partner in goal setting and accountability, including appropriate coaching conversations when/if a client does not complete tasks or make apparent progress
  • Explore the process of identifying resources that may be needed or barriers they may encounter so that action plan can be successful
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice

Session Eight: The “Who” in Coaching—Exploring from the Inside Out

Participants will explore the importance of focusing on the “who” of the client in the coaching relationship, integrating all the core competencies for the best client outcomes. We will discuss how to focus on clients’ values, beliefs, personal identities, and the real meaning of their goals. We will pay attention to incongruities and inconsistencies that show up and challenge clients to dig deep into their own needs and motivations.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will . . .

  • Discuss the importance of exploring values, beliefs, identity and purpose to help a client gain deeper understanding
  • Learn ways to listen for and notice important statements, feelings expressed, or incongruities in what the client is sharing
  • Listen for hidden traps of the client’s story, detailed descriptions, or other superficial information that distract from new discoveries and insights
  • Explore mechanisms and approaches to helping clients tie together disparate factors that inform their behaviors and decisions
  • Identify when and how they are getting seduced into problem-solving and lose focus on the “who” of the client.
  • Create an action plan to apply to their coaching practice