TO MANAGE YOUR
Arrange for an initial interview. Be prepared to tell the coach why you
want a coach and your goals for the coaching process. Make a list of
questions in advance and then ask them in the interview.
will want to know ....
long have you been a coach?
you have clients who are willing to give testimonials, recommendations
of your work?
the coach specialize in a particular type of coaching, i.e. business,
personal, career, relationships, financial?
will be looking and listening for......
resonance with your personal values, philosophy and experiences
the coach hear you, listening carefully to what you say?
sense of trust and safety
confrontation, an attitude of being challenging and supportive
Once you decide on your coach, put your agreements in writing, including
cost, frequency and length of meetings, accountability, method of meeting
(phone, face-to-face, e-mail) and terms of completion of the agreement
(grounds for termination of the agreement and/or time frame). Many coaches
include go-no go points to review the contracts and the effectiveness of
the process. Be sure these are also in your agreements. Most coaches have
a set form for their agreements and the coach should provide the contract.
Your coach will guide you to writing your life purpose, business purpose,
goals and expectations for the coaching process. It is very important that
you are clear and specific on what you want from this process so you can
measure it's effectiveness and value to you.
BE PREPARED FOR EVERY SESSION
An outline of topics to be covered in each session is helpful so that you
can be prepared before the session, in order to maximize the time you have
with your coach.
Assess your progress regularly, using your goals and other criteria set in
your agreements. Evaluate the effectiveness of the process and your
accomplishments to determine if you want to negotiate to continue your
coaching contract, re-negotiate the terms or terminate the contract.