When a coach accepts a new client, one of the first questions asked is normally “What can I do to prepare for my coaching session?” This fantastic question shows your coach you plan on taking your sessions seriously. “Be Prepared” is more than just a Boy Scout motto; it’s a motto we should all live by. We at the Academy of Coaching and NLP would like to give you a rundown of how to prepare for your upcoming coaching session to take receive all the benefits.
Prepping for the Appointment
- Coaching sessions are normally scheduled a month in advance in order to help you better manage your calendar. Make it a point to never re-schedule your meetings unless it’s a genuine emergency.
- To prepare for your first appointment and all upcoming appointments, purchase a 3-ring binder to keep your notes at your fingertips.This way you will be able to capture all your learning and insights in your journey towards your goals.
- Make sure you have your day timer or planner handy during each session.
- If this is not your first session, be sure to submit your coaching planning form the evening before your appointment. This form is designed to show you and your coach what progress you are making, what you are learning, challenges you are currently up against, and where you wish to focus in the upcoming session.
The Coaching Session
- Make sure you are punctual for your meeting. Your commitment is a huge part of the coaching structure.
- If you’re going into a coaching session feeling angry, frustrated or upset about something, let your coach know you’d like to take two minutes to share. Honestly expressing your emotions will help you become more mentally prepared for your coaching session and help you and your coach decide where is the best place to focus that session.
- You are welcome to take notes for future reference. Keep in mind, extensive note taking is not suggested; your primary focus should be on you and your experience. If requested, coaches can keep notes for you during a particular session.
- Make sure to remain honest, both with yourself and your coach. If there is an issue with your coach/client relationship, let your coach know immediately. Your coach will then work with you to resolve any concerns.
- If you had a homework assignment during your last meeting, make sure to share your insights and learning with your coach and answer questions honestly. Your honesty and full participation will make coaching a success for you.
We hope this information helps you feel more secure about your coaching experience. You can discuss further questions with your coach and check if they have any other recommendations for your sessions. Being prepared, honest, and accountable will help you make the most of your coaching sessions and achieve your dreams!