A coaching conversation begins with active listening.
Why is active listening so important?
▪ You get more information.
▪ The other person feels ‘heard.’
The table below contains the characteristics of active and passive listening. This will help you understand the difference:
Active listening: how do you apply it?
We listen with our whole body. Your body language and posture show the other person that you’re interested in what they have to say.
▪ Open posture
▪ Eye contact
▪ Nodding and making ‘Mmmm’ sounds
▪ Taking notes