Coaching Sessions Explained
If you are wondering what to expect or how a coaching session will go, hopefully this section will provide you with some clarity. First of all, life coaching is ultimately what you make of it or what you want to get out of it. It is all about YOU! There is no right or wrong way to go about it. I can coach you in whichever medium you feel most comfortable with, including in person, over the phone, or even online through Skype, Google Chat, or other instant-messaging provider. The following is a general outline of the coaching process:
Pre-Coaching Session (FREE Consultation)
We will begin with a free consultation session, which usually takes about 30 minutes or less. During this session, I will talk to you a little bit about your goals and what you would like to gain from hiring a professional life coach. Once we establish that we indeed would like to work together to achieve your goals and improve your life, I will send you a Welcome Packet through mail or e-mail. At that time, you will need to sign the Life Coaching Agreement and complete the other forms included, which will allow me to gain a better insight of your personal coaching needs. All information you share with me will remain strictly confidential, except that which must be disclosed according the the law.
Regular Coaching Session
Before each session, you will need to complete a brief Session Preparation Form that I will provide to you and email it to me before your session begins. During a regular coaching session, we will talk about what your specific goals are, what actions you’ve taken since our last session, what successes and breakthroughs you may have had, what obstacles you faced or are still facing, and what actions you would like to take from this point forward. You may ask that I hold you accountable for specific things, and if so, I will include this in our sessions. I may have you complete some exercises during or between sessions that will help move you forward. I will ask you a lot of questions, help you brainstorm new ideas, and assist you in uncovering any roadblocks you may be experiencing. I will also take a lot of notes during sessions so that I can do my best to help you as your coach.
Between Coaching Sessions
As stated above, there may be times when I ask you to complete an exercise of some kind between coaching sessions. This may include writing or journaling about particular experiences and situations. It can include setting reminders for yourself at certain points of the day or week to take stock of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. There are any number of exercises I may ask of you depending on your specific goals and strategies we are working on together that are designed to keep you motivated, accountable, and to help you reflect and change your old patterns that were not working before.One other thing to note between coaching sessions is that clients are welcome to contact me through e-mail at no extra charge. This may be to share a success or breakthrough, to talk about specific situations, or to present ideas you need to work though before your next session.
Once you decide that you have gotten what you want out of our coaching relationship, our final session together will be a completion session. During this session, we will review your journey from our time together, evaluate the milestones you achieved along the way, celebrate your successes, and look at your vision for the future. We will discuss the support mechanisms you learned along the way and how you may implement those as you move forward.