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ODSC Framework #9: The Drop – Don’t Believe Your Clients

Continuing with our ODSC video series, our third lesson on The Drop.

Do you feel that you can’t go deeper than the surface with your clients? Or do you find the topics you coach around are interesting but not as valuable? Toku explores why that happens and how you can work around it in order to serve your clients more powerfully.

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ODSC Framework #8: The Drop – Zoomin’ In and Out

Continuing with our ODSC video series, here’s the second lesson on The Drop.

Are you looking for new techniques to start your coaching conversation, to ensure that your client feels that the session is actually very powerful? Toku shares two ways you can focus on this element in order to optimize your experience with your client.

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ODSC Framework #7: The Drop – What’s It All About?

In this post about the four key parts of an incredible coaching conversation, we’re transitioning out of Part 1: The Open, and into Part 2: The Drop.

Do people seem to enjoy a session with you but they never get to the point of hiring you? Do your clients try to run away or lock up when it’s time to talk about money? One reason could be that you’re not handling the second phase of the framework, the Drop, as artfully as you could.

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ODSC Framework #6: The Open – Creating Awe

This is our sixth post in the series about the four key parts of an incredible coaching conversation, and the last segment focusing on an aspect of The Open. (See previous: Introduction, The Open – Context, The Open – Agreements, The Open – Building Rapport, The Open – Bad Coach Distortion.)

In this last section about The Open we’re focusing on creating awe.

Do you feel that your coaching is pretty good but you’re still finding yourself working really hard as a coach, always wrangling your clients? Do you wonder how you can do better? In this segment, Toku explores the energy and container component around the art of awe, which you can create to really captivate your audience.

 

ODSC Framework #5: The Open – Bad Coach Distortion

This is our fifth post in the series about the four key parts of an incredible coaching conversation. (See previous: Introduction, The Open – Context, The Open – Agreements, The Open – Building Rapport)

This section of The Open is about bad coach distortion.

Sometimes the lack of self-trust as a coach can be detrimental to the transition from proposal to client. There are ways to prep yourself and slow yourself down, to get into your body and avoid jeopardizing the session with your client. Toku identifies this struggle as the “bad coach distortion” in the Open phase and explains how you can get out of it by staying present.

 

ODSC Framework #4: The Open – Building Rapport

This is the fourth post in the series about the four key parts of an incredible coaching conversation. (See previous: Introduction, The Open – Context, The Open – Agreements)

We’re still deep in the phase called “The Open;” this post centers on building rapport.

We often think that building rapport only occurs in the beginning of a relationship with a client. It’s important to know that building rapport is actually something that is ongoing. It’s necessary not only to create, but also to maintain, the foundation of trust with your client. Toku discusses the best way to do this in the Open phase.

 

ODSC Framework #3: The Open – Agreements

This is the third post in the series about the four key parts of an incredible coaching conversation. (See previous: Introduction, The Open – Context)

We’re still discussing the Open, but now we’re shifting the focus to agreements.

Agreements Part 1: the Key 4 Agreements

Do you feel that your ongoing sessions aren’t powerful enough? How strong is the trust between you and your client? Establishing your key agreements helps create a powerful container where anything is possible. In Part 1, Toku dives into the key 4 agreements that allow him to serve his clients best.
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ODSC Framework #2 – The Open – Context

This is the second post in the series about the four key parts of an incredible coaching conversation, what we’re calling the ODSC Framework (Open-Drop-Shift-Close).

(Check out Part 1 – Introduction here.)

Do you doubt whether the work you deliver matters? Do you find your conversations aren’t as powerful as they used to be? In your opening, focusing on fine-tuning the context around your conversation will be the key solution to some of these doubts you have in your coaching ability. Toku explores a few ways to do this.

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The 4 Parts of an Incredible Coaching Conversation: Introduction (ODSC #1)

This is the first post in the series about the four key parts of an incredible coaching conversation.

Many coaches around the world focus heavily on topics like your coaching mindset and your being, but there doesn’t seem to be enough about what it takes to make powerful conversations. There are key points to maintain that will help you create stronger conversations and drive better enrollment opportunities.

In this introduction, Toku shares a bit about the four parts of the ODSC Framework: Open, Drop, Shift, and Close. In subsequent videos he’ll dive deeper into each of the parts and what makes them truly effective.

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Triggering Your Client / The Pain of Going Back

Part 1: Triggering Your Client

For much of my early coaching journey, I did my best to avoid triggering clients and prospects. Sure, I challenged them, but I was very careful to avoid the red line between what was hard and what caused them to get reactive. Even before I was a coach, I put a lot of work into developing the relational energy and communication skills needed to avoid triggering others, identify when I am being triggered, and getting out of a triggered state as quickly as possible.

But during a recent coaching session something different happened. I triggered this amazing woman I was talking to, but instead of getting scared and employing my anti-trigger defense system, I got curious. I slowed down. I mean way, way, way down. I stayed with her. I tried very hard to not think of this trigger as a bad thing, but as the exact thing she needed to experience. I focused on trusting her fully.Read more