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Co-Active Coaching, 3rd Edition: Changing Business, Transforming Lives by Laura Whitworth

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CHAPTER 3Listening

To be listened to is a striking experience, partly because it is so rare. When another person is totally with you—leaning in, interested in every word, eager to empathize—you feel known and understood. People open up when they know they’re really being listened to; they expand; they have more presence. They feel safer and more secure as well, and trust grows. This is why listening is so important to coaching and why it is the first of the five contexts we discuss.

Listening is a talent each of us is given in some measure. People who become coaches tend to be gifted listeners to begin with. But listening is also a skill that people can learn and develop through training. Masterful coaches have taken their abundant gift and brought ...

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