Dialogic coaching


Dialogic coaching is a coaching approach that focuses on conversation and dialogue as a means to help people reflect on their thinking and behaviour and find solutions to their problems.

Rather than providing direct answers or solutions, the dialogic coach uses open-ended, reflective questions to guide the client through a process of self-discovery and self-reflection.

Dialogic coaching is based on the idea that each person has the capacity to find their own answers and solutions, and that the coach should act as a facilitator to help the person find them.

By focusing on conversation and dialogue, the dialogic coach helps people to explore and challenge their own beliefs and assumptions, and to develop new perspectives and skills. A practical example of dialogic coaching would be when a coach works with a client to help them identify and overcome their fears and limitations in relation to a business project.

Instead of giving direct solutions, the coach would use open-ended and reflective questions to guide the client through a process of self-reflection and discovery of their own answers and solutions. Through this process, the client might discover new approaches and perspectives, and find solutions they had not considered before.

Dialogic coaching can be especially effective in situations where a deep understanding and creative solution to a problem is needed, and where traditional solution-based coaching has not been effective.

It can also be useful in situations where a collaborative and reflective approach is required rather than a directive or teaching approach.

Practical examples of Dialogic Coaching

The following are some practical examples of dialogic coaching:

  1. An entrepreneur who wants to expand his business, but feels insecure and afraid to take risks. The coach uses open and reflective questions to help the entrepreneur explore his or her fears and limitations, and to develop new perspectives and skills to address challenges.
  2. An executive who feels overwhelmed by the demands of work and personal life. The coach uses open-ended and reflective questions to help the executive reflect on his or her priorities and values, and to find ways to better balance and manage his or her responsibilities.
  3. A team leader who is dealing with conflicts and tensions between team members. The coach uses open-ended, reflective questions to help the leader understand the perspectives and needs of each team member, and to find collaborative solutions to improve team dynamics.
  4. A professional who feels stuck in their career and wants to explore new opportunities. The coach uses open-ended and reflective questions to help the professional reflect on his or her interests, skills and values, and to identify new career possibilities and goals.

In all these examples, dialogic coaching focuses on conversation and dialogue to help the individual reflect on their thinking and behaviour, and to find creative and effective solutions to their problems and challenges.

Benefits of Dialogic Coaching for entrepreneurs



It encourages entrepreneurs to think critically and reflectively, to question their assumptions and to explore new perspectives and solutions.


It helps entrepreneurs make more informed and sounder decisions by promoting deeper reflection and a fuller understanding of the implications of their decisions.


It fosters a supportive and respectful environment, which helps entrepreneurs to develop their self-esteem and confidence in themselves and their abilities.


It helps entrepreneurs develop effective leadership skills, such as the ability to listen, communicate clearly, make decisions and motivate others.


It helps entrepreneurs to identify and overcome the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their goals, which improves their productivity and effectiveness at work.


It promotes a supportive and understanding environment, which can reduce the stress and anxiety that often accompany the challenges of entrepreneurship.

In short, dialogic coaching is a powerful tool to help entrepreneurs develop critical and effective skills, improve their leadership and productivity, and reduce the stress and anxiety associated with entrepreneurship.



Imagine a mentor working with an entrepreneur who is struggling to find the right direction for his business. The mentor has decided to apply dialogic coaching to help his mentee explore different perspectives and solutions.

In his first session, the mentor uses open-ended questions to encourage the entrepreneur to share his current concerns and challenges. As the entrepreneur speaks, the mentor actively listens and asks questions to deepen the entrepreneur's understanding of the situation.

Next, the mentor starts asking powerful questions to stimulate the entrepreneur's critical thinking. For example, he or she may ask: "How do you feel about the current direction of your business?" Or "What specific challenges have you faced in the past that might be influencing your current thinking?".

As the dialogue continues, the mentor fosters a supportive and respectful environment, reassuring the entrepreneur that their concerns are valid and that together they can find effective solutions.

The mentor also uses active listening and mirroring techniques to summarise and validate the entrepreneur's feelings and perspectives. For example, he or she may say: "I understand that you are feeling frustration and concern about the current direction of your business.

Over time, the mentor and entrepreneur explore different solutions and options together. The mentor asks questions that help the entrepreneur evaluate the pros and cons of each option, and finally, together they decide on the best solution for the business.

In a nutshell, the mentor applying dialogic coaching has helped the entrepreneur to develop critical and effective skills, such as critical thinking and decision making, while fostering a supportive and respectful environment.

The end result is that the entrepreneur feels that he/she is more confident and secure in their decision making and are better equipped to face future business challenges.


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Jaime Cavero

Presidente de la Aceleradora mentorDay. Inversor en startups e impulsor de nuevas empresas a través de Dyrecto, DreaperB1 y mentorDay.
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