get the most out of coaching

How to Get the Most Out of Coaching

To get the most out of coaching, you have to do the work. Coaching can have a transformational impact on your life, relationships, and career, but it takes effort and willingness to grow. You get back what you put into the investment, from finding and vetting the right coach for your needs, to being flexible and open to another perspective. What separates the clients that kill it in coaching from the ones who don’t see much progress is commitment.

Here are four tips to help you get the most out of coaching:

1) Find the Right Coach

Finding the right coach for your unique needs will help you get the most out of coaching. I feel so strongly about this that I require a discovery session with all my prospective clients before we agree to work together. Coaching is a partnership and partnerships are based on trust. To build trust, you have to respect your coach.

When choosing a coach, start by researching who they are. What kind of clients do they work with? What’s their area of focus? Does their online presence appeal to you? Set up a discovery session, ask them questions and see if their personality is a good match for yours.

Has your coach been trained? Coaching is an industry that is not-yet regulated, which unfortunately means anyone can call themselves a coach. When you hire a coach who has been trained through an International Coach Federation-approved program, they are taught the standardized competencies of coaching and adhere to strict ethical guidelines. Ask about the coach’s background. I interviewed several before I found my current coach. Do the research and be picky.

2) Come Prepared

Being prepared for your session will help you get better results.

Take notes when you meet. Keep a journal and track new awareness and wins you have between sessions. Before your appointments, schedule 15 extra minutes on the calendar to review your notes and choose a focus to discuss.

3) Be Open to Experimenting

Being coachable means, you’re open and willing to stretch and grow. You may be asked to make changes that are uncomfortable. Do you have to make them? Nope – and no coach has the authority to tell you what to do. Unlike a consultant or therapist, a coach is a partner and will never write you a prescription for change. However, a coach will ask you to stretch if they feel it will bring you closer to your desired outcome. They want what’s best for you and are trained to see your bravery and strength, even if you can’t see it. A good coach will never request something from you that you aren’t capable of, so consider being open to experimenting. That’s where the good stuff happens.

4) Consider the Big Picture

Had a bad day? Is someone at work driving you crazy? Before you arrive at your session ready to vent, consider whether or not it’s the best use of your time. Is this a recurring issue that needs to be resolved? Or a one-time frustration?

Clients always choose the topic of the session. Sometimes we need someone to listen to us vent our frustrations. Before you bring an issue to your coach, decide if it’s worth addressing in your session, or better saved for an after-work drink with your bestie.

Are you ready to hire a coach or already working with one and want tips to get the most value from your investment? Check out my blog post, How to Get the Most Value from Coaching.

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