Pure Coaching vs Blended Coaching

Some of the questions that naturally come to coaches when they are working with their clients on areas that they themselves have mastered like Politics, Business, Arts, Sports or anything else are: “What do I do with the knowledge I have? I know I can help… Should I share some practical and timeless proven success recipes or refrain from that and let my client blaze his own trail? But, what if the journey takes too long… Could I make it shorter for him?”

Thomas Berger says, “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.”

These kinds of questions led to another reinvented form of coaching called blended coaching. Some will cheer at the new perspectives it opens, some will not, but this is how it goes: it is a mixture of pure coaching competencies blended with the use of some skills the coach has already developed in another areas.

Let’s show how it works: Let’s imagine a coach with a certain background in business who is coaching a client setting up his business but full of doubt and hesitation. In a pure coaching context, the conversation may go like this:

Coach: What are you afraid of?

Client: I don’t know whether the business would be profitable.

Coach: How would you know?

Client: Maybe I need to educate myself more on that

In a Blended Coaching approach, the conversation would go rather differently, something like this:

Coach: What are you afraid of?

Client: I don’t know whether the business would be profitable.

Coach: Have you already designed a Business Plan or applied any other Strategic Tools?

Client: No, what’s a Business Plan?

Coach: It is this… and that…

And the conversation goes on with the coach displaying some options that the client can use to get enlightened.

So what’s the difference between the latter and former approach?

They are similar in the sense that for both approaches it is always the client who is taking the lead and making all the choices. In Blended Coaching, however, the coach, as an expert in the field, is laying down more options, perspectives and horizons before the client. He is injecting a dose of knowledge to expedite the process.