What Successful Coaches Bring to their Coaching Sessions
Your clients will be different from each other and thus adapting your techniques will help you serve your client in the best way possible. Everyone sees things differently; try seeing things from their perspective and offer help in a way that they can understand.
Instead of telling your client what they did wrong or what they need to do, you can ask how they feel or how they would like to set as their goals. This allows them to develop self-awareness and skills needed to make decisions. Also allowing them to openly express how they feel may strengthen the relationship between the two of you.
An effective coach cares about their clients and wants them to succeed by empathising with them.
Be patient but also firm
Allow your client to grow and learn but also make sure they stick to the plan that they have outlined for themselves so that they are on track. You want your client to feel comfortable during your sessions but also you want them to progress.
Remember that you can never know it all
Be open to learning right alongside your client so you can both improve. Also be open to always learning new ways to coach so that you can adapt to new situations and clients.
See things from different perspectives
No one thinks in the exact same way, which means no one will have the exact same goals and solutions. You and your client need to work together to come up for what is best for your client. Listen to their opinions on the sessions and how their progress is going.
Help your client reach their potential
Assist them in becoming the action initiator in their environment rather than the reactor to their environment. Assist them in building the courage to take control of their decisions and lives.
Understand there is no failure
Be open to feedback and criticism. When making a mistake, learn from it and use it as a positive rather than focussing on the negative. Successful coaches trust that there is no failure, only feedback - as you adopt that perception, you will become more open and free to new experiences.
Take 100% responsibility for the results you get, whether are good or bad. Don’t blame others or use excuses. You are in control of you.