Is knowledge really all that powerful if you’re a coach? Well, yes it has its uses, and no one wants a coach who knows nothing. That said, we don’t want a know-it-all coach either! In coaching, we find that initially not knowing much about our client, the work they do, or their situation is actually very powerful, because it prompts the questions that the clients may not have thought to ask themselves – raising awareness. Not knowing means we seek out understanding as a coach, it helps mitigate assumptions, it helps us look at all angles of a person’s situation, and allows the client the space to talk through what they do, and what it means to them, or even to impress you with their knowledge. Lack of knowledge and not having the answers also invites inquiry into how the client creates solutions, the coach will be free from any potential leading in their questioning. When Tim Gallwey brought in ski coaches to coach tennis players, he found their lack of knowledge of the sport a benefit, because the tennis players improved through their own understanding of their sport. The ski coaches just asked the questions. It can be quite liberating to not be the one with all the answers.