Preparing for your first Coaching Meeting

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So you’ve found a coach, you’ve had an exploratory chat to ascertain the key elements of your coaching requirements.  Now it’s time for your first Coaching Meeting.  Be it face-to-face, by Skype/Video conference or phone, it’s important that you spend time focussing on what it is you specifically want to get out of your caching.

Coaching is based on developing your strengths, so you might want to consider your technical and personal skills, and what strengths you bring to your team, business or organisation.

You might also like to consider how you like to receive feedback.  Giving and receiving feedback is often a challenge for people.  Are you someone who thrives on praise or do you want constructive criticism?  It’s important that you take time to think about what would really support you and your development.

Here are some questions that I give my clients to help them prepare before our first meeting.  It’s not rocket science and is a start to the conversations that we’ll have as we work together.

1)    What do you want to get out of your Coaching programme?
2)    What are the top 3 things you would like to focus on as we work together?
3)    How will you know that you have achieved your desired outcomes?
4)    What might prevent you from making the most of your Coaching programme?
5)    What commitments are you willing to make to ensure it’s successful for you?
6)    What would you like from me, your coach?
7)    How do you like to receive feedback?
8)    How much, and in what way, do you like being challenged?  What’s comfortable/uncomfortable for you?
9)    What is this NOT about?

This first meeting is crucial in determining how your coaching will work going forward. Goals are agreed and defined and action plans written. Make sure you get out of it what you want.