No matter what type of coach you are, no matter what kind of model or framework you use, no matter what type of concept you go by, all professional coaches go through the same coaching process.
There are four parts to the coaching process, and the first one is to prepare.
Preparation for the Coach
As the coach, this means you need to prepare, and the client needs to prepare. As the coach, you want to gather all the information you have about your client and your client’s issues. You want to review the notes and assessments and clearly understand what you’re working on with your client.
You also want to get into the zone of coaching. So, this means practicing some mindfulness or meditation techniques, whatever it is that you need to do to clear your mind. You need to be present and show up as the coach in the coaching session.
Preparation for the Client
The client must prepare, as well. They have to understand what coaching is and how it is you can help them. More importantly, being prepared means, they are coachable, ready, willing, and able to do the work they set out to do.
Preparation Within the Coaching Session
There’s also preparation within the coaching session, and this is when you, as the coach, are building rapport with your client and establishing trust before you jump right into the session.
After building rapport and establishing trust with our clients, the second part of the coaching process is to analyze. When I say analyze, I do not mean we’re trying to analyze our client in a therapeutic format.
- analyze the situation
- analyze the challenge
- analyze the problem
- discover the goal
- learn more about the goal
- discover the issue surrounding the goal
- discover what’s holding the client back
- discover what’s keeping them stuck
What are the internal conversations, the behaviors, the emotions that are keeping them stuck? We want to learn more about the goal.
Then, we move on to the third part of the coaching process, which is to coach. This is where most of our conversation takes place. After analyzing the situation, we now want to coach the client through the process. This is done through purposeful questions, powerful questions, coaching tools, coaching techniques, feedback, and teaching concepts.
Lastly, after we have coached our clients through this process, we move our clients is to Act. It’s time to set our clients up for success.
We do this by:
- assisting our clients in creating an action plan
- setting milestones and goals
- identifying roadblocks that might get in the way
- hold our clients accountable
- setting them up for success from one coaching session to the next
If it’s the end of the coaching relationship, we want to make sure that we are setting our clients up for success from the time that they leave our coaching programs or services and on with the rest of their lives.
This is the coaching process that all professional coaches use, no matter what type of coach you are, what model or framework you use.