County commissioner coaching role

We’re developing a coaching model for county commissioners to support them in their role! From what they’re working on right now to helping them work towards what they’d like to achieve in the future.

We’ve partnered up with the Edinburgh Coaching Academy to offer training to 12 members who will then go on to support county commissioners in a coaching context. If you’re keen to get involved and help us empower more volunteers and girls across Scotland you must be available to take part in these training sessions on Saturday 1 and 2 February 2020 at Girlguiding Edinburgh HQ, 33 Melville St, Edinburgh EH3 7JF.

Here are the skills you’ll need to become a coach…

Be an excellent listener
Listening is one of the most important skills you to have as a coach. Be curious, show genuine interest, and suspend all judgments so you can really hear what the person is saying verbally and non-verbally. Keep interruptions to a minimum.

Use questions skillfully
Well-worded questions are short and to the point. Good questions are open-ended letting others express their thoughts and feelings, rather than closed ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. They deepen the understanding of the person being coached. You don’t provide answers, you help the person you are working with to find answers for themselves.

Challenge constructively
Help the person to see any contradictions between what they say and what they’re doing.

Provide feedback not criticism
Strive to make your feedback specific, relevant, helpful, and positive.

Focus on your client
Focus on the person’s agenda, not yours. This means you need to help them identify their core values so you can keep them on track with their goals.

Provide encouragement and support
Help the person to keep going and not give up. Acknowledging the challenge of the task is incredibly empowering.

Keep confidentiality
It requires trust for the person to open up and that can easily be broken by revealing their thoughts to others. If you feel it is right to share with others some of what they are sharing get their permission first.


If you think this is a training project you’d be interested in then please email your CV along with 300 words covering why you’re keen to get involved and let us know what skills and experience you could bring to the role by midnight on 15 November.