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The Power of Vulnerability in Coaching: Embracing a New Approach
By Angela Cox, last updated November 5, 2023

In a light-hearted moment during CPR training with my husband a few weeks ago, he jokingly remarked, “You’re the only casualty to put yourself in the recovery position.” Little did I know that this playful comment would spark profound introspection, not only about my own tendencies but also about the evolving nature of coaching.

I’ve always been someone who likes to be in control, someone who finds it challenging to embrace vulnerability. It’s not surprising, given my personal history, which I shared in my first book, “Enough.” My life experiences have equipped me with a built-in threat detector, and a constant need to maintain control. However, my husband’s lighthearted comment served as a catalyst, pushing me to let go of control and trust that I was safe in his capable hands.

The second attempt at putting me in the recovery position was significantly smoother, underscoring the profound impact of letting go of control and embracing vulnerability.

In my work as a coach, I encounter numerous individuals who, much like me, are inclined to “put themselves in the recovery position.” They struggle to relinquish control and often present a facade, hiding behind a Pretender Mask. To create real value, I believe in transparency. I can’t sit in the non-directive space, as we’d merely dance around the issues. So, I choose to reveal my own vulnerabilities.

I acknowledge that I, too, grapple with trust, and vulnerability, and sometimes struggle to remove my Pretender Mask. When I share this with my clients, they often look at me with disbelief, questioning, “You’re a coach; surely you have it all together?” My response is a simple, “Nope, I’m human, and I’ve learned to manage it—albeit not always successfully.” This admission creates a common ground, and a shared connection, and opens the door to building trust and intimacy.

The beauty of this approach is that it allows the client to start relinquishing control and step onto a level playing field. This new style of coaching embraces vulnerability, trust, and the authenticity of both the coach and the client.

Traditional coaching, where the coach remains emotionally detached and uninvolved, had its place in a world where emotions and vulnerability were rarely discussed. However, today’s coaching is evolving. We must show people that they don’t need to put themselves in the recovery position, figuratively or literally. This is precisely what we strive to achieve at Paseda360 – to help our clients “Escape the Ordinary.”

In conclusion, the journey from the recovery position to embracing vulnerability and trust is a transformative one, both for individuals and the coaching industry. It’s a testament to the evolving nature of coaching, where authenticity and emotional openness pave the way for meaningful and impactful change.

The journey to becoming a certified coach with Paseda360
By Angela Cox, last updated November 25, 2023
If you’re a brand-new coach or indeed an existing one, you might be interested in our Advanced Practitioner in Transformational Coaching Programme. If so you might be wondering what happens when you train with us and what the route to becoming a certified coach entails. This article is designed to walk you through the process and exactly what you can
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The Coaching Spectrum Explained by Paseda360
By Angela Cox, last updated November 18, 2023
In the ever-evolving landscape of coaching, the traditional paradigms are shifting and at Paseda360 we are at the forefront, blazing a trail. Downey’s Coaching Spectrum has existed for more than 20 years and it describes how coaching can slide along a push/pull scale. In many ways, it’s a revolutionary framework, which challenges the notion of staying solely within the non-directive
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Training or learning – what do you need?
By Angela Cox, last updated October 29, 2023
Reflecting on my 6-month-long learning experience with Paseda360 led me to write this article. Something about the setup and support gained on this course felt refreshingly different. Training When I have taken part in some training courses, I might be given a set of learning outcomes, a defined route to get there, and a person who is on a mission
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Showing up on organic social media is the key to long-term success
By Angela Cox, last updated October 22, 2023
If you are wincing at the thought of what that headline means for you, then think carefully. Visibility on social media really is a MUST for anyone who wants to build a sustainable, long-term coaching business. Showing up on social media doesn’t mean jumping on the latest gimmicks in an attempt to become the ‘next insta star’. It means creating
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Helping Your Coaching Clients Shine at Work: The Power of Workplace Visibility
By Angela Cox, last updated October 15, 2023
In the world of coaching, you often encounter clients seeking to unlock their full potential and elevate their careers. One common challenge they face is the need to enhance their personal profile and become more visible at work. I’ve lost count of the number of clients who have told me they need to increase their profile. It seems to be
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