Coaching is a thought-provoking and action-oriented partnership between you and your coach. Think of it as having a dedicated listening partner who remembers what you said from one session to another and uses it to help you see patterns and explore new perspectives. Your coach works with you to understand where you are now and where you want to be and then holds you capable, keeps you focused, and motivates you to achieve your goals.
Coaching is client-focused, meaning you determine what you want and how you will measure its success. Coaching is a process and the number and frequency of sessions depends on what you want to achieve. It’s both powerful and measurable; average ROI from coaching is 600%!
Check to see that your coach is a member of the International Coach Federation. That means that the coach has been professionally trained (by an ICF approved program) and is accountable to the Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics separates professional coaches from people who call themselves coaches. You want your coach to keep your conversations and your records strictly confidential and the Code of Ethics requires this along with other professional standards.
Ask yourself, do you want someone unaccountable knowing your innermost thoughts?
It all starts with a complimentary discovery session so we can get to know each other better and determine if this is a good fit. I’ll ask you questions about your goals and expectations of coaching so I know what you want. You’ll decide if you want to keep our conversations to a specific goal or purpose or talk about your life in general and how everything fits together.
When you decide to move forward, I’ll use that information in the coaching agreement. The coaching agreement is your commitment to putting in the work to make your goals happen. We’ll discuss the agreement and make sure we are on the same page before we sign it. It’ll also talk about the number and frequency of sessions, scheduling, and payment details.