May 2012 Newsletter

Out of the Box: Trust Me!

"Self-trust is the first secret of success". – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to trust ourselves. Trust that we will make the right decision. Trust that under pressure we will do the right thing. Trust that when placed in a difficult situation that we will be able to cope. Trust that we will say the right thing at the right time. Trust that our coaching skills are good enough or that we are good coaches.

Key to building self trust is listening to our gut instincts; that little twinge deep inside that indicates the best direction or the thing to say in that moment. In coaching, when we ask the question that our gut is telling us to ask, 9 times out of 10 it is exactly what the coachee needs to be asked.

In addition, it is important to be open to the possibilities. That means as coaches, taking chances and stretching not just our coachees, but ourselves. The more we stretch the more we grow and the more our self trust grows.

Lastly, it’s important to practice, practice, practice particularly when it comes to coaching. The more you can stretch your own coaching muscles and try new things on for size, the more trust you develop. (HINT: That’s why practicums are so awesome, as they provide you with the space and the time to practice.)

Just remember, YOU have what it takes to do the right thing, to say the right thing, to ask those great questions and to be the best coach possible to your coachees…so let the TRUSTING BEGIN.

Team Talk
Practicums; An Inside Look

by , Amy Ruppert, MCC
Chief Learning Officer

A coaching skills practicum is really a laboratory where those who are coaching can experiment with what they FEEL is right versus what they THINK is right. It allows them to test their own natural style of coaching and try things they may not normally risk in other coaching situations. From there, feedback and course corrections are offered to help the coach take the coaching deeper, broader and farther.

Without supervision and feedback on their coaching, coaches begin to operate in a vacuum. Habits can be formed that keep the coaching solution/performance focused and at a surface level. While this can be productive and effective, coachee’s will be missing the real power of coaching which is evolution focused and elicits sustainable and pivotal change.

Where the real meat of the practicums comes from is the challenges put forth to the participating coaches to stretch themselves and move into a deeper awareness of their own behaviors, choices and limiting beliefs within the context of their coaching. In other words, the coach is coached on their coaching! So not only is there a lot of dialog about the core competencies themselves, but there’s also quite a bit of discussion around what holds coaches back from really going for it with their coachees - risking going out on a limb and playing big. The coach is asked to evolve themselves and step into their next iteration of WHO they are being as a coach.

The Coaching Skills Practicums we have at Coaching Out of the Box® are designed to challenge any coach at any experience level. They are facilitated by Master Certified Coaches who have thousands of hours of experience in coaching and have been teaching and assessing coaches for professional certification for years. It’s ideal for the novice upwards to coaches going for any level of certification. The virtual classroom provides a wonderful environment for learning and the dialogs are rich and challenging.

So get out of your coaching vacuum and come join us this Fall when our next Coaching Skills Practicum begins on September 25th!

Calendar of Events

Join us for the following cutting-edge training opportunity and bring coaching to your corner of the world or organization:

Coaching Skills Practicum


Next program starts Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 10am - 11:30am Pacific/ 1pm to 2:30pm Eastern for eight (8) consecutive Tuesdays

To obtain a copy of our calendar of events, please click here.

Licensed Trainers Website Listing

There's a section on our web site where all of our Licensed Trainers are listed. If you have completed your certification through Coaching Out of the Box® and would like to have your profile listed on our website please complete the following information and send it in a separate email to or

Name (first and last):
Certifications (initials behind your name):
Bio (max 300 words):
Email address:
Phone number:

If you wish to include a photograph with your listing, please send it as an attachment to your email. Do not paste your picture into a word document as we are unable to process them.

Join Us!

Space is limited - reserve your seat today!
1 CCE for attending