Executive Coaching must be a vested interest arrangement by both parties. In my practice I will always emphasize that we are here to allow you to be the best and most productive person you want to be. I am here to help unlock doors and encourage forward momentum in your life, I won’t force you to go somewhere you are not comfortable. Your time is valuable. Here’s how to get the most for it when you attend a coaching session.
1) Know what you want, or ask for help to find it
Before the session, concentrate on setting goals for yourself based on the materials provided by the coach. What do you want to learn? How can this program help you? What would make you feel that your time was well spent? It’s critical that you begin your sessions on a strong foundation and it really does start with self-evaluation.
2) Ask for what you want, if you know what it is
As the program unfolds, ask questions that guide the coach toward the information that you need. Also, seek out specific ideas that will help you, by listening to your coach’s questions and responding, clearly and honestly.
3) Focus on your success, even if it is a stretch
Rather than fight against new ideas, greet them as possibilities. If the ideas seem unworkable, seek out ways to modify them so that you can use them. Or find parts of them that you can use. Talk through any limitation you may feel are present in the stretch with your coach at the time it becomes visible, don’t wait.
4) Encourage the coach and be accountable
Learning or change succeeds best when you become involved. Thus, ask questions, make comments and participate in the projects. Pay attention. Let the coach know that you are actively engaged. This encourages the coach to do a better job. It will also provide more accountability in the process.
5) Care for yourself
Keep your body comfortable so that your mind can absorb more. Take a brisk walk during breaks. This increases your heart rate, which pumps fresh blood through your brain. Avoid eating a large, heavy meal. This sends blood to your stomach and away from your brain.
Set your session time up as a protected entry in your calendar. If you are distracted or pre-occupied, the coach will not be able to get the most from his questions so you can advance, therefore be present and focused each time.
6) Be grateful, to your coach and yourself
Thank the coach after the sessions. Periodically, either write a note or stay to express your appreciation. However, the greatest thanks come when you have reached your goals that you provided. A coach is always striving to make sure you establish measurable goals so that you can see the benefits and know your work is paying off.
If you are looking for a coach check us out at Transformative Leadership Group.