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Your First Coaching Session

The Beginning of the Coaching Relationship

You've had the Intro Chat.

You've decided to engage in coaching.

What happens next?

Now, it's time for the coach to get to know you.

Coaching is highly personalized. There isn't an agenda to follow that is the same for each individual. It's for you and about you and takes into account your distinctive goals and qualities.

I'm intrigued by what makes people unique - how they think and behave, what motivates them, what they value and believe. All of these concepts are important to the coaching relationship. As a coach, it's essential for me to understand the client's context, their environment and how they operate in it.

Context Questions

In order to facilitate greater understanding of your context, I will ask questions. Here are some examples:

  • How do you learn?

  • How do you approach new situations?

  • What are your top values?

  • How do you cope with stress?

  • How would you describe your best qualities?

We may not get to all of these questions, and others, during the very first session, but they will come up toward the beginning of our coaching engagement. You should also feel free to volunteer any information about how you think, learn and behave that you think would be helpful for the coach to know.

Goal Questions

During the initial coaching session, we will also delve more deeply into your overall coaching goal(s), what you're truly striving for. It's vital to your success that we're clear on what you want to accomplish with coaching.

Some examples of questions I might ask include the following:

  • What personal goals, if any, would you like to work on that would help you reach your career goals?

  • What have you done so far toward your goal(s)?

  • How will you know that you've reached your overall goal(s)?

  • What does success look like to you?

  • What are the best ways to measure your progress toward your overall goal(s)?

Your Questions

The first session is an opportunity for you to learn more about the coach and about coaching, as well. If you have questions that have occurred to you after the Intro Chat, you can feel free to bring them up during the first, or any subsequent, coaching session.

Setting the Foundation for the Coaching Relationship

I want you to be comfortable with the process and with my approach to coaching. I will be happy to answer your questions whenever they occur to you.

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