There is much more to coaching than simply picking up the phone at a pre-arranged serious amounts of connecting with your client for a 30 minute chat! The old axiom “You only get from it, what you set in it” was never more true than for your coaching session. The client must receive maximum value from the session, since the coach receives maximum liabilities.
If you want to facilitate the successful achievement of your client’s Desired Outcome, every one of your coaching sessions must be purposeful, results-driven and goal-oriented! If you want to charge top coaching fees, you better be prepared to go the extra mile and turn your coaching session into a coaching experience.
There are many elements that account for a properly executed coaching session. A couple of the 10 session criteria that I consider essential for creating a coaching experience!
Before I contact a client, I always allow myself 15 minutes to properly prepare for the session. Right moved here is the time when I do all of the following:
I review all my notes.
Every time I conduct a coaching session, I take detailed notes on everything that happens during the session. I am always amazed at how many coaches rely on memory from one session to the other. If you don’t take notes, you are in your home credible and professional coach! Winging it is for the in addition to!
I check my Coaching Timeline.
Every Coaching Program that I plan a client will be based upon a 3 – 6 month schedule. I use this timeline to hold both the client and myself critical to achieving measurable progress toward a Desired Outcome.
I read the “Prep Sheet”.
Prior to every session, my clients submit a Coaching Prep Sheet where they write a brief summary of the progress they made since the last session and where they want to waste some extra time during the next session.
I prepare a Session Agenda.
Based on the notes, timeline and prep sheet, I create a simple agenda that I will use to keep the coaching session on track and on precious time. Now I’m ready to make the video call!
When you go a coaching session with your client, it is vital that you are in control of the conversation all the!You are the conductor of your “coaching bus” or your client is the passenger! While the consumer may have a trip of places that person wants to go, you’re the individual who is driving the bus that will bring them there!
This is very true if you’re giving away a free initial coaching session! You’re passenger hasn’t even paid for riding on the bus ticket yet, so don’t let them grab the tyre! If they can drive the actual bus themselves, why turn to need you? Yet so many coaches allow their clients to “hijack” the coaching bus and take control of this session.
If you in order to deliver a quality coaching session, you have got to be in get a grip on! How do you maintain control? By asking questions!
Lead the conversation by asking questions! These questions must be targeted and focused on the Outcome. Listen intently to your client’s answers!
Ask more topics! Maintain control! And then wait for your “Coaching Climax”!
Creating Coaching Climaxes.
A Coaching Climax is the ‘mental trigger’ that validates and authenticates a pivotal point in the coaching session.I deliberately chose the word ‘climax’ as a metaphor for the powerful impact found on on a coaching client.A skillful Coach can achieve multiple Coaching Climaxes to get a client during a coaching session.
If your client does not experience at least one coaching climax every single single 15 minutes of coaching, your coaching session did not measure up to the rigorous standards in the place of Coaching EXPERT!
A sure-fire way to keep your clients motivated and on courseon target is to provide measurable accomplishments during and following each coaching session.Recognize the progress the client has made considering that last session and point out any recent ‘milestones’ that he/she has accomplished.A ‘Success Formula’ is created when a string of ‘milestones’ are recorded within the path to achieving a Desired End.
Keeping focus on the Desired Outcome.
If you don’t keep focus near the Desired Outcome, the client may start to wander in different directions. While definitely do not to help stifle any opportunity for your clients to accomplish a Coaching Climax, you must guard against any random deviations from the session agenda. If you don’t, the session will miss its objective and will be going to difficult to record in your notes in the context of the overall Desired Outcome.