How can you make the most of a coaching session?

Updated: Jan 1

Whether you personally made the decision to get coaching or your organisation has provided this opportunity for you, having a coach is a huge investment. No matter what the area of focus is in coaching, it is crucial that you, as the coachee, know how to make the most out of your coaching experience. As someone who has been coached I know how impactful it can be.

Here are a couple of ways you as the coachee can make the most out of a coaching session.

Identify your goal(s) and/or area of focus. I found it helpful to identify one area of focus — the most important thing, so I could use my coaching sessions to set goals to work towards achieving it with my coach. I thought it was important for me to come into each coaching session prepared for meaningful conversation. I often had a number of things I wanted to work through, and kept the list close by. If we had time we would work through those too, or in the next session. But I made sure I came to each session with an area of focus and intention.

One of my favorite quotes is by Bruce Lee:”A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim at.” –Bruce Lee

Keep a journal. I highly recommend keeping some sort of journal to take notes on what is happening between coaching sessions. This will not only help you self-reflect but bring real-life situations into the session. Sharing specific situations takes the discussion to deeper levels. Review your notes before the coaching session to help you focus. When you have specific details to share with your coach, your coach can ask more meaningful questions to get to the root of the problem.

Be open. I’m a fairly private person. But in order to get the best out of coaching, at times I had to be a little more open and vulnerable. By being open and honest with my coach, I was able to build connection and trust between the two of us. My coach was able to ask me thought-provoking, inspiring, challenging, supportive and powerful questions to help me identify the root of the problem, other possibilities and/or what was next for me. When you provide honest and transparent answers, you will have more meaningful results.

Be prepared to be challenged. My coach asked me powerful questions to help challenge my thinking and help me see other possibilities. I was able to take an inward look and think critically. As I worked on achieving my goals with my coach, I was challenged to get out of my comfort zone, connect more with strengths, values and share more about myself.

As Stephen Covey says, “Seek to understand before being understood.” Remember that your coach is there to support, encourage, challenge you and, ultimately, create a space of accountability for what you have identified as your goals.

Expect change. To accomplish your goals, there is going to be a change in your behaviour, mindset or beliefs. This takes intentional effort. Your coach should be there to support you through this process.

I’m a guide by my coachees side, I won’t tell you what to do — I’ll inquire, repeat your words back to you and encourage you to reflect. I’ll apply a thoughtful approach to our interaction when working together.

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