How does coaching work?

Coaching is a process that begins by determining whether the client is ready and willing to engage in coaching and whether the coach is an appropriate match for the client.  

If we mutually agree that coaching is right for you at this time, you will be provided with a “Welcome Package” that includes an intake form, policies and procedures, a coaching agreement, information on how I work with clients and how you can get the most out of your sessions as well as various assessments to ensure the coaching relationship quickly and accurately focuses on your desired goals.

Once you have completed the information gathering portion of the coaching relationship, we with start with a Discovery Session to further assess your needs and goals, and tailor a programme to suit you personally. Together we determine the best way we can work together and co-design a game plan to guide you successfully to the place you want to be.

Prior to each session, you may be asked to take a few minutes to fill out a coaching agenda to identify the challenges and issues you want to focus on for that session.

In addition, there may be exercises and assessments for you to work on between our sessions that can often help you to achieve your goals within a shorter time frame.

The coaching meetings are regularly scheduled as a series of focused discussions that typically follow a general 7- step format that is extremely flexible and is modified as needed.

  • Determine the issue to be worked on.
  • Clarify the objective or goal.
  • Explore the options
  • Formulate a strategy to achieve the end result.
  • Determine which specific steps can be taken immediately.
  • Agree on exactly what will be done, how it will be done and by when.
  • Identify possible obstacles that may get in the way of achieving your goal.

The coaching sessions should achieve the following goals:  

  • a balance between supporting and challenging you
  • assist in clarifying your goals, values, needs, fears, and strengths
  • provide feedback  and broaden your perspectives
  • teach concepts and skills
  • provide structure in the development process
  • maintain confidentiality

To get the most out of your coaching sessions come prepared. If you know what you want to accomplish during each session, you will progress more quickly.

Coaching sessions are best pre-booked so that you have a date to work towards and we can see progress being made.

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