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Chapter 9: Being Present
In some fields, such as nursing and therapy, the ‘presence’ of the helper is seen as an important factor in successful treatment (Felgen, 2011; Geller and Greenberg, 2002). In coaching there is a similar consensus. Flaherty for instance talks of the benefits of: ‘staying present and attentive to our conversational partner, which means – in practice – returning ourselves from self-conscious inner worries, or self-criticism, or wild speculations about what might happen next in the conversation’ (2010: 101). Flaherty also notes how it is easy for coaches to respond automatically and thus ‘miss being present’ with what they are encountering (2010: 64).
The significance of presence ...