Since each person has a unique way of thinking and interacting with those around them, as your coach, it’s important for me to gain understanding of how you view the world and yourself. So, an initial, FREE of charge discovery meeting is always held before coaching begins.
This meeting is held so we can gather some initial information to find out if coaching is for you and whether I am the right coach or professional to help you.
You may be sent questionnaires to complete before this session takes place. Please take your time to answer questions as clearly and thoughtfully and as honestly as possible, expressing the best of who you are.
You may be asked ‘contemplative’ questions designed to stimulate your thinking in a particular way so the meeting will be even more productive. You can find examples of the kind of questions you will be asked at the bottom of this page. If you are interested in coaching, take some time to compose some answers to the questions.
Here’s some information to give you an idea of the format of the sessions.
Discovery Clarity Meeting
You will need to bring a notepad with you.
If we agree that coaching is a suitable path to take, we will continue to form a coaching contract.
Why do we need a contract?
A contract is an agreed upon document clearly defining each party’s expectations of the aims of the coaching outcomes, their means of measurability and time frames involved. It provides protection, confidentiality and boundaries and prevents misunderstandings and disappointments.
The contract will not necessarily outline exactly what will take place in each coaching session and which coaching framework the coach will use but it will outline clearly, the aims of the process and the expected results being sought by each party.
We will discuss and agree on items such as:
- Practical arrangements – session length, scheduling, agenda / format of sessions
- Cancellations policy
- In-between session assignments and session preparation work
- Out of session contact – how and how frequently
- How we will work together – responsibility, review / feedback
I will prepare and complete the contract and send it to you by email. You need to either sign the contract and send it back by email or bring it back signed at the first session meeting. A contract is an agreement of commitment to the coaching process. Coaching cannot begin until we have signed an agreed contract.
First session meeting
The first session meeting is usually longer than a regular session and is charged at a flat rate. To confirm the appointment of this session, payment needs to be made at the time of booking or at least 48 hours before the session takes place.
During this session we will:
- review the coaching contract if necessary
- confirm understanding and arrangements
- recap on what we discovered during the initial meeting
- define more accurately your goal/s
- create a plan of definite actions and develop a coaching agenda
After we have agreed on your way forward, I will set a coaching assignment. Usually, I ask you to work on one or two goals or actions to focus upon between our sessions together. If my requests seem difficult, it is important for you to say so. If you want more challenging tasks, it is also important for you to say so.
If necessary, I will help identify different resources for learning e.g., books, other professionals and as mentioned this is a working relationship,so you will be asked to give feedback on the session.
1. Update on progress / current situation / mini-review
- review previous meetings
- revisit the coaching plan and the agreed-upon courses of action and ‘homework’
- discuss progress – what has been followed through and what has not
- check continued commitment and define new goals if necessary
2. Main coaching session
- go over preparation work and agree agenda for coaching session
- work on chosen agenda item
- discuss the next steps
- agree on a coaching assignment
Each session has a mini-review, however, dates will be set for more formalised reviews, for example, an 8 week programme will have a formal review after 4 weeks.
Similar to follow-up meetings but will also go over how coaching has helped and a discussion on how you intend to maintain and sustain progress.
You will be asked to complete an overall evaluation/ feedback form.
Sessions and different coaching formats
I meet with clients during the day as well as in the evenings. Weekend appointments have to be arranged specially. Sessions should be at least weekly, however, the frequency may depend on the specific coaching issue.
Coaching sessions can be held in the following way:
- face to face
- Web-based and E-coaching (Skype, Viber etc.)
- or using a combination of the above.
Some questions to think about you start the coaching process:
1. What do you understand about the process of coaching?
2. What do you expect to get from your coach?
3. What do you want get from the coaching relationship? (Write down 2 or 3 things that occur to you)
4. What do you want to work on specifically in coaching?
5. What two steps could you take immediately that would make the greatest difference in your current situation(s)?
6. When you feel ‘stuck’ what do you do to help motivate you to act?
7. What changes might you need to make in order to help your coaching be successful?
8. What tips would you give to your coach to help guide you most effectively?