Do not suggest resources to your client, especially if they haven’t asked you for suggestions. It makes you sound like the expert. This includes books, articles, assessments and models. These are all training tools, not coaching tools, and you are in a coaching exam to demonstrate your coaching skills.
Some coaches fall in to the trap of thinking they need to suggest a book or resource at the end of the coaching session. Maybe they believe this is giving value to the client. The real value comes in your mastery of the coaching process and effectively using coaching skills.
I’ve fallen in to the trap of suggesting assessments and books, and many coach training programs give you assessments, tools and models to use with clients. The mistake they make is not distinguishing that these are training tools that can be used in a coaching methodology. But on their own, all assessments, tools, models, etc. are teaching, consulting or training tools.
Instead, use your coaching skills to help the client identify resources for themselves. This means you are now also demonstrating the Progress and Accountability competency (#11), as resources are a form of support for the client.
The way to use training tools in a coaching situation is to use it as a last resort, not as the first suggestion. However, in a coaching session for your credential application, definitely do not suggest any models or assessments or books for the client to read anywhere in the session, as you will only confuse whether you are coaching, teaching or training. And you will be scored lower on your coaching exam.
What do you think? Have you ever fallen into the trip of giving tools thinking it was supportive of the client? If so, please leave your comment. Scroll to the very bottom of this page.