So you’ve hired a coach or are thinking about hiring one – here’s how to know you’re getting the most out of your business coaching investment.
1. Know what you want. For some of us, it feels selfish to focus on what we want. My job as a coach is to help create a judgment free space where you can express what you want without feeling guilty or allowing your inner skeptic to stop you. After we achieve clarity on what you really want to work for, we can address any limiting beliefs and obstacles that are in the way.
2. Set the agenda for each appointment. We’ll spend your first few sessions developing rapport, completing an intake, and doing some assessments. After this, I’ll expect you to set the agenda! Come prepared by asking yourself “What do I want to get out of this session?” An example of this might be, “I want to figure out how I can delegate better so I can spend time on more important things.” It’s helpful if you write it out or email it to me ahead of time. Tangents naturally happen and some of them are necessary and significant. An effective coaching session is like a dance, and an experienced coach will let you lead – occasionally checking in with you during the session to remind you of your initial agenda and making any change in the focus or topic is intentional. You should leave each session feeling complete about the topic and clear on your course of action.
3. Be open to change and expect results! If your current thinking remains the same, you will continue to get the same results. The most powerful aspect of coaching happens when you are able to make a mental shift or reframe the way you are approaching a problem or an obstacle. I’m going to challenge your assumptions and give you a different perspective. I’ll call out your mental blocks and use powerful questions to help you move through them. Sometimes change is hard. But sometimes we have struggled so much that we just EXPECT it to be hard. Imagine if I was driving in horrendous rush hour traffic year after year and one day someone showed me a short cut through a serene and peaceful country road. If I could get to my destination in less time on the peaceful road, it would be crazy for me to feel guilty or beat myself up because I found an easier path! It would be even crazier for me to go back to the old route just because I felt like it “should” be more difficult.
4. Take full advantage of your coaching program. Did you know my team and I offer unlimited support throughout the month in addition to your regular appointments? You are not paying for each minute you spend with a coach. You are paying for a powerful relationship that gets results. If you are stuck or struggling with your action plan in between appointments, take responsibility by reaching out in between sessions! I also love it when my clients share their victories with me throughout the month! When you have a coach, you have an invested partner who has assigned themselves to your success!