When we think too much in our coaching, we break the presence with our clients. We make it about our identity as a coach instead of about the work the client is doing–and that’s not good coaching. I’m happy to welcome Dr. Marcia Reynolds to the STaR Coach Show for her third visit! She has much wisdom to share with us about helping us be in partnership with our clients. Join us to learn more!

Dr. Marcia Reynolds is a Master Certified Coach who has trained and coached leaders in 43 countries. She is the author of four international bestsellers: Outsmart Your Brain, The Discomfort Zone, Wander Woman, and Coach the Person, Not the Problem.

In today’s show, we focus on her newest book, Breakthrough Coaching: Creating Lightbulb Moments in Your Coaching Conversations. Marcia holds a doctorate in organizational psychology and two master’s degrees in learning psychology and communications. She was the fifth ICF president, is in ICF’s Circle of Distinction, and teaches for coaching schools in the US, Asia, and Europe.

Show Highlights:

  • How a coach’s identity and a client’s identity form a multi-layered issue
  • How we define situations based on our self-perception
  • How a breakthrough moment in coaching can be a subtle shift
  • How a coach can become a thinking partner with their client
  • Why a coach must make space for new awareness
  • How a coach can become a thought disrupter and invite clients into discomfort
  • Why maintaining presence and curiosity with the client equals safety for them
  • Why Marcia wrote Breakthrough Coaching–and what she hopes the book accomplishes
  • How a coach can partner with a client in understanding
  • Takeaways from Marcia: “Breakthrough Coaching is not about being perfect; it’s about being present. The most important thing is to be compassionately curious with your client.”


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