Coaching – can it help me?
A very good question as many prospective clients that that once they sign up with a coach all their problems will be solved by the coach. If only it was that easy! Let me tell you that the coach is not going to solve the problems for you. A good coach will empower the client to solve their problems using the resources they have inside themselves.
Ensure you know what you getting in advance
Prior to signing up for a coaching program, I recommend you talk to the coach. Professional coaches will normally give you a free 15 or 30 minute session. This is really important as both the coach and client can get a feel for each other to see if they can work well together. The coaching relationship is one of the most important elements within coaching.
During this initial session, the coach will explain what they are able to provide given the knowledge they have of your situation. There should be approximate timelines set out for how long each session will be and how many sessions will take place. An explanation of materials that you will be given and exercises that you must undertake should also be outlined.
Of course until you start working with the coach they can not give you specifics, due to the fact that as the coaching sessions develop more issues may surface. However, if the coach is reluctant to give an outline I personally would be wary.
A Plan of Action
You will hire a coach based on what you need. There are many coaches in many different niches. One thing that all coaches should have in common is a clear plan of action of where you are now and where you want to be. A professional coach will create an individualised plan for you.
However you as a client must ensure that you are honest and provide all the necessary information that you need to make sure that the coach can give you the best service.
Agreed response times
You and the coach should agree a time-frame where each of you will respond. For example after each coaching session you have 24 hours to ask questions via email and the coach will guarantee to answer them within 12 hours. Central to this is ensuring that each person is aware of any holidays, or other commitments. Key here is communication.
Your coach will give you feedback, but you must also give permission to the coach and accept their feedback. Realise that your coach will give you honest feedback which sometimes you might not like, however by taking on-board this feedback you can grow and become the person you want to be.
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