Have you ever had someone ask you an important question about your life and you answer, “I don’t know!”
I had a client seeking career coaching and in the first session, she responded “I don’t know” more than a dozen times.
As a coach, that response can be frustrating. The thing is most people have the answers within themselves and a coach walks along with clients to help pull those answers out.
If you don’t think you know, do you know who might? Do you know where you might find the information?
I have responded to many questions in my own life with the same response but in reality, we do know or at least we can find out who does. I learned this early on as a reporter. There are answers to every question. Sometimes you just need to rephrase the questions and an experienced coach will do just that.
“I don’t know” may seem like a cop out and the very obstacle that is stopping you from getting you where you want to go.
If you truly don’t know, find out the answer. Ask others who might know the answers. Start doing some research. Read books and articles from experts in the area that you feel at a loss.
If you are answering questions with: ‘I don’t know,’ perhaps you need to ask yourself: why don’t I know?
Vanessa Denha Garmo is a Coach and Communications Consultant. She has more than 20 years of experience in communications working in and with media, government, non-profits, associations, health systems and corporations. She is the founder of both Denha Media Group and the Communications Evangelist Institute. She specializes in leadership coaching, teams, career coaching and Christian coaching.