How Does Coaching Work
Coaching is a partnership. It’s a partnership built on trust and a willingness to test, to explore, to discover and experiment. Fundamentally however it’s success depends upon the willingness to begin practicing something new. We are after all the product of all our habits, all of which have been acquired over time and many of which are oblivious to us. Coaching requires us to shine a light on those habits, make them conscious and then begin to consciously practice new ways of speaking, doing and being.
As your coach it’s my job to help you along this path. I’ll help you to become a smarter observer of yourself and others, and then to work out where you help yourself and where you don’t. We then work on what you want to change and how you are going to get on with it.
At the outset of any coaching relationship we begin with a conversation that focuses on what new capability or competence you want to work on developing. I like to get specific, but I hold that it may change as new awareness evolves. That’s fine. If we are working in on a corporately funded programme, and you’ve got your boss involved, then we will begin with a three way conversation so that we are all on the same page as to what we are going to be delivering. We will agree how many sessions we are going to work for, mid-term reviews (although you and I will check in on progress regularly) and we will agree how we will wrap up and evaluate at the end of the programme.
There is no hard and fast rule about how often we will meet or for how many sessions. It does depend to some degree what you want to work with and how much practice you put in. And sometimes, it comes down to budget, of course. As a guide for Corporate programmes. typically are 6 sessions between 90 mins and 2 hours each.
What I do promise is a powerful methodology that can be transformational if you want it to be. You can expect to be on your feet, you can expect to have to work with your senses and sensation, your emotions as well as your thought and reasoning capacities. One of the lessons that I have learned is that the body reveals who we are in how it shows up (think confidence for example, or anger, or embarrassment) - and during coaching I’ll help you learn how this is relevant to your everyday interactions and what to do about it.