Typical coaching packages include 2-4 sessions per month and sessions range between 30 and 60 minutes. During the sessions, the coach and client will usually:
- Check in on accomplishments and successes
- Discuss progress toward overall goals
- Discuss challenges or opportunities the client is facing right now
- Determine "homework" or next steps that the client will work on before the next session
During the sessions, the coach provides structure to the call and guides the client on their individual journey; but the client drives the call. The coach asks questions to prompt further exploration or deeper insight by the client, listens carefully to what is being said and not being said, and when needed, holds up the mirror, so to speak, to share observations or feedback with the client. The coach also helps the client to consider possible options and commit to next steps, including what the client is committing to do before the next session.
Wait, there's homework?
Often times, the client's learning and change will involve additional work outside of the coaching sessions. The client may choose to do additional discovery, reflection, or research in the areas of their goals. The client may determine that it's time to address a topic they've been putting off, make a call that they've procrastinated, or complete some other task that will propel them forward in the pursuit of their goals or desired change. The coach's role is to help the client consider options and choose an option that is within reach, yet challenges the client to stretch beyond the safest path. The coach listens for excitement or hesitation in the client's voice, and calls it out if the client doesn't sound excited about their next steps.
The coach often helps the client by requesting the client to summarize what they are committing to do, and by when. Clients also need to consider what might get in their way of accomplishing their goals, and how they will overcome obstacles if they do arise.
In my next post, I'll share tips on how to get the most out of your coaching arrangement, including how to prepare for it.
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