Mind your language!
Language selection and the language of coaching

The use of language (in coaching and beyond) has important implications of the message one conversational partner tries to convey to another and how this message is perceived and acted upon by the listener. Exploring research in psycholinguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience and positive psychology, I present evidence of how language use influences our thinking, behaviours and ultimately, decision making in everyday life. I suggest that, equally, the language selected and used by coaches during their sessions has great impact on the behaviour, overall outlook and direction of the coachee’s agenda, leading to possible change. I believe that such evidence from research outside the coaching field, are valuable for coaches and the application of those findings and principles will benefit one’s coaching practice.


This article was published at the International Coaching News. Check it out here ….. www.international-coaching-news.net/magazine/ and subscribe to the magazine. Or download here … Doukas (2020) Mind your language (International Coaching News submission)

Thanks to the brilliant editor of ICN Lovelia Caracut and her editorial team for all their help.