Updated: Mar 15, 2021

life coach Eddy Smits in clown costume

As I work with people, I often get the question where I learned these skills. I’ve got to admit that I’ve learned it in a very peculiar way. I learned it by being a hospital clown! Since no one took me seriously in the beginning, I started to sharpen my skills and got some certifications throughout the years Lifecoach Happiness coach Management Drives NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) RRC (Rapid Result Coach) And then some… I learned a lot from all these certifications. The problem is that to apply a certain tactic or system you’ll have to discover which one you need. Let me compare it with a doctor. His studies are long and hard. In the end, it comes down to ask where his patient is in pain and subscribe the right medication. See here is the problem. As a coach, people often don’t know what the real problem is. It’s not that they feel pain at a certain place. Mostly it is hidden. It’s not that they don’t want to reveal it, but they honestly don’t know. So here gut feeling becomes an asset. You’ll have to discover the real root of the problem before you can apply some techniques. I often go to Facebook groups where questions are asked, and coaches suggest a certain technique and I must say that they are wizards. How can they know by just reading a simple question? Just apply this or that technique. OMG really! And then the endless discussions that follow which are mostly worse than the original answers. Then coaches start to discuss how to fix the problem. Very interesting… So what sign are you giving someone who askes a serious question? Here we uncover a big difference. You can have all the certifications in the world, it will never outrank your gut feeling. If you are not willing to change the course of a coaching trajectory and just keep following the rules of your certification as in use the techniques of your certification you often don’t get results. I am so happy I’ve learned to use this gut feeling because at the end of the day it is the greatest skill I have. Who would have thought that I learned the most from this clown? Take care. Eddy.

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