Purple Ink’s VP of Coaching and Consulting, Kim Dinwiddie, explains what happens in an initial coaching session.
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The first coaching session serves as the basis for the future, setting the foundation of that coaching relationship. This session develops rapport, discusses trust and honesty, and opens the floor for the client to share what they really want.
Many clients are often surprised that they’re the ones doing the majority of the talking. The coach utilizes active listening and asks powerful questions. The coach also facilitates learning and results by creating awareness, designing actions, planning, goal setting, and most importantly, provides accountability.
Specifically, in this session, the coach helps identify what the individual wants to accomplish in a session, defines measures of success, explores what is important or meaningful about what they want to accomplish, and helps to find what’s needed to address or resolve in order to achieve what they want to accomplish.
I think it’s also important to know what to expect in a coach. Coaches demonstrate personal integrity, honesty, and sincerity. They demonstrate respect for clients’ perspectives. They’re observant, exhibit curiosity, and are very responsive. Coaches encourage and allow clients to fully express themselves without any judgment whatsoever.