Global or active listening is the soft focus listening that takes in everything. When you listen actively, you are aware of the energy between you and others. You are also aware of how that energy is changing; you detect sadness, lightness, shifts and take it in your opponent’s personal context.
While listening globally, the coach accepts the client in his totality and from a bigger perspective. He becomes aware of the client’s thinking and behavioral patterns that make up his present and, at the same time, he listens to his client’s future development being set up.
When the coach listens to his clients deeply, eventually they learn how to listen deeply to themselves. In combination with powerful questioning, it shifts the client’s focus and opens up new thinking space. It creates self-awareness experience that brings deeper inner alignment and, eventually, the new pattern of thinking is being adopted by the client.
5 Erickson Principles, that are base of the solution-focused life coaching, support active listening by stating that:
- People are okay as they are.
- People already have all the resources within them to achieve what they want.
- People always make the best choice they can at the time.
- Every behavior has a positive intention.
- Change is inevitable.