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 through it, what you set in it” was never more true than for your coaching session. The client must receive maximum value from the session, while the coach receives maximum service fees.
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 to be able to go the extra mile and turn your coaching session into a coaching experience.
There are many elements that composition a properly executed coaching session. Guidelines the 10 session criteria that I consider essential for creating a coaching experience!
Before I connect with a client, I usually allow myself fifteen minutes to properly organize the session. This is actually 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 workout session. I am always amazed at just how many coaches rely on memory from one session to the other. If you don’t take notes, you are not a credible and professional coach! Winging every person for the wild birds!
I check my Coaching Timeline.
Every Coaching Program that I get ready for a client will be based upon a 3 – 6 month timeline. I use this timeline to hold both the client and myself in control of 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 quick summary of the progress they made since the last session and where they want to pay 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 preserve the coaching session on the right track and on some time. Now I’m ready to make the letter!
When you get involved in a coaching session with your client, it is imperative that you are in control of the conversation all the!You are the conductor of one’s “coaching bus” or your client is the passenger! While the consumer may have an itinerary of places that person wants to go, you’re the individual who is driving riding on the bus that will drive them there!
This is especially true if you’re giving away a free initial coaching session! You’re passenger hasn’t even paid for public transit ticket yet, so don’t let them grab the steering wheel! If they can drive the actual bus themselves, why would they need you? Yet so many coaches allow their clients to “hijack” the coaching bus and take control within the session.
If you want to deliver a quality coaching session, you’ve got to be in get a grip on! How do you maintain control? By asking questions!
Lead the conversation by asking wonders! These questions must be targeted and focused on the Outcome. Listen intently to your client’s answers!
Ask more questions! Maintain control! And then wait for your “Coaching Climax”!
Creating Coaching Orgasms.
A Coaching Climax is the ‘mental trigger’ that validates and authenticates a pivotal point within a coaching session.I deliberately chose the word ‘climax’ as a metaphor for the powerful impact it has 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 your rigorous standards of a Coaching EXPERT!
A sure-fire method to keep your clients motivated and on course is to provide measurable accomplishments during and following each coaching session.Recognize the progress the client has made since the last session and point out any recent ‘milestones’ that he/she has reached.A ‘Success Formula’ is created when a string of ‘milestones’ are recorded within the path to achieving a Desired End.
Keeping focus about the Desired Outcome.
If you don’t keep focus on his or her Desired Outcome, customer may start to wander in different directions. While you do not want to stifle any chance your clients accomplish a integrative health 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.