As I am delving ever more deeper into the world of coaching, I have been asking myself constantly how I can improve and provide the very best support possible to my clients.
A good coach to one person will be different to another. I also realised pretty early on that a collaborative approach allows me to draw on additional expertise to support a client, and allows us to give the very best coaching with a much more successful outcome.
Ultimately, coaching is not about me/the coach but it is about you/the client. So, listening is the first most important facet. But, it has to be more than just the ability to hear the client; I have to understand, learn and adapt my coaching based on what I am hearing. Sounds obvious, but being empathetic to a person’s needs is not as straight forward as it seems.
Then, once an understanding has been established about a person’s needs, I can plan the most effective course in order to deliver real impact coaching that very quickly shows results for the client.
Then, perhaps the most important, is the execution and delivery. For me, this is always about giving the best of myself in the allotted time. I liken it to being on stage or being in a sports match. Not for the adrenalin or the competition but for the need to be in top form and performing at my optimum. This is the least a client deserves.
The content, and to some extent, the delivery will vary depending on some of the points above. But, my performance is always about impact. I can speak and present forever but no client wants that. Firstly, they need to see my credibility and that coaching will benefit them. The best way and, indeed the only way, is by having an impact quickly.
How is that best done? In my mind, it is by aligning their needs to the real business world. Not about using some theoretical hypothesis about what makes a person tick. But, delivering tangible messages that can be utilised now in today’s business world.
And then, as the show continues, I want to be humble enough to be able to adapt. As mentioned before, it is not about me; so I have to mould everything I do on the progress of the client.
After the sessions are over, it is never a closed shop. I am always here for my customers and love to know how they are getting on with their careers. After all, that is why I wanted to be a career coach in the first place.
Real Impact Career Coaching is what we do at Insitelynx. Please have a look at our website www.insitelynx.com to find out more and let me know of any questions or comments.