Many people think of their coach or the coaching structure as the solution to their problems, assuming the coach is going to tell them what to do. That's not the case. While each coaching program is different, common elements are found among them, along with some universal expectations.
What You Get
Before you initiate a coaching program, ask for details up front on how much time is involved, how you will interact and how the coach supports you in between calls. Make a list of your own questions, and get them answered. Coaches vary widely in expertise and focus, and may not know to address your specific concerns without prompting from you.
Your coach will help you create a clear action plan on how to move ahead and make progress. Throughout the coaching relationship provide as much detail on your needs, aspirations and goals as possible. The coaching and action plans are only as good as the information you provide. Coaches are insightful but few, if any, are mind readers!
Expect support from your coach for questions and situations that arise before, during and in-between coaching calls. Most coaches, including myself, offer “laser sessions” (short, to-the-point check-ins) via phone to handle a quick need as well as unlimited email support during your program.
Ask for Feedback
To truly benefit from coaching, ask for and expect feedback on your performance. Coaches look at your behavior, actions (both taken and avoided) to evaluate and refine your program. Every program should result in improvement, as well — whether personally or professionally. However, even with the best coach, don't expect miracles, as success depends on your actions.
How To Get The Most From Coaching
Coaches ask lots of questions, make suggestions and encourage you to align your actions with what you truly want. And most importantly, they listen. So come prepared to each coaching session, and make a listener's promise with yourself.
To start, think about how you are, what's happened since the last call, what you're working on and how your coach can help.
Also, complete your assignments. Each week you'll decide on the actions or goals on which you want to focus. Coaches expect you to keep the commitments you make and will work with you to make sure you are setting worthwhile, realistic and achievable objectives. If you know that a busy week is ahead, your assignment might be as simple as thinking about the issue from a new perspective. If you have more time, you might decide to handle a big task. Regardless, coaches will hold you accountable and encourage you to do your best.
Coaching is proven to work if you are willing to learn, grow and take action when there is a gap between where you are now and where you want to be. That's all that's necessary for a successful coaching relationship to support you in achieving your ideal life.
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