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Ten Important Things Before, During, and After Coaching Session

Updated on August 1, 2012

Coaching is a conversation directed to a process of learning and improving one's performance in a company. In a coaching session, there are ten important things to consider before, during, and after the coaching session. Many people ignore this so that the achievement of goals in the coaching is not reached. This coaching session will be detrimental to a coachee.

Here are ten important things to be prepared before, during, and after the coaching session:
1. Eliminate all the distractions
The aim is for the coachee to enjoy this coaching session so well that goal is reached. Interruptions such as voice phone, email, blackberry, music or other sounds should be completely eliminated.

2. Calming the mind
The aim is that you can ask best questions for the coachee so that the coachee’s final destination is reached. Take a few minutes and calm your mind before starting a coaching session.

3. Use open questions
By asking open questions, the coachee will be triggered to give an answer because of the nature of the open questions are always inquisitive and intriguing.

4. Keep your curiosity as a coach
As a professional coach, coachee must avoid such a pattern like “This should be the answer”. Keep your curiosity and avoid the monkey voice in your mind as a coach.

5. Activate all your five senses
Observe, listen and feel the whole answer either delivered by the coachee which is revealed through words or through their posture during answering the best questions.

6. Related questions
Remember! Make a related questions relating to the answers you get from Coachee, so the coachee increasingly challenged to provide answers to the problems they face in depth.

7. Flexibility in asking the questions
If you as a coach feels that the questions were less potent and did not explore the potential inside the coachee, then you should ask other best questions to explore the coachee’s mind. Do not stick to one pattern only.

8. Do not know and did not find a solution
A coach is not required to know the answer for the questions he ask. Coach does not have to know the answer to the question posed. Your job as coach is to listen, not to give an advice.

9. Focus on outcomes
Give feedback as to what that proves that coachee has managed to achieve its objectives. Find and explore the answers as much as possible if objectives have not been achieved by coachee.

10. Progress checking
A coaching session is called successful if some action is executed as a result of discussions during the coaching sessions take place. Coach must convince the coachee to check the progress and coachee must try to stay focused and accountable to the commitments they made during the coaching process take place.


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      Hery 4 years ago

      Yes, Regina. You are right. Thank you for your comment.