Blended Coaching

Some of the questions that naturally come to coaches’ minds when working; What can I do with the knowledge I have? Should I share practical and proven success recipes or let my clients take the lead? What if the journey is taking too long? Can I perhaps make it shorter for him?. These kinds of questions led to the invention of another form of coaching called Blended Coaching. 

Blended Coaching is a mixture of pure coaching competencies blended with some skills that the coach has developed in other areas.

Thomas Berger says, “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.”

Let’s imagine a coach with a certain background in business who is guiding a client through launching their business despite fear and hesitation. In a pure coaching context, the conversation may go like this:

Coach: What are you afraid of?

Client: I don’t know whether the business would be profitable.

Coach: How would you know?

Client: Maybe I need to educate myself more on that

In a Blended Coaching context, the conversation would go differently, something like this:

Coach: What are you afraid of?

Client: I don’t know whether the business would be profitable.

Coach: Have you already designed a Business Plan or applied any other Strategic Tools?

Client: No, what’s a Business Plan?

Coach: It is this… and that…

And the conversation goes on with the coach displaying some options that the client can use.

What’s the difference between the latter and former approach?

They are similar in the way that both approaches allow the client to make the necessary decisions. In Blended Coaching, however, the coach is laying out more options, perspectives, and horizons before the client. They are providing the client with the knowledge they need throughout the coaching process.