Building on the exploration of who we are as coaches, consider also how you prepare and how you show up for coaching.
Before each coaching session, how do you prepare? After each session how do you reflect? Coaches have shared many approaches including:
- Reviewing client notes.
- Going for a walk.
- Clearing the space where you will be.
- Deep breathing.
- Thinking about the session, what went well, and how to further elevate the coaching service.
- Organizing and sending client notes.
- Logging progress.
- Light a candle.
What works is unique to each coach. The key is that you figure out your process so that when you coach you are fully prepared and presence.
A note: preparation also includes self-care over time. For a coach to be their best self and fully present to the client means they take care of their own wellbeing. As coach, have an exercise routine, be aware of eating healthy, schedule downtime, and maintain boundaries.
For clients, how they prepare is also an influencing factor. As coach, ask them what preparation for each coaching session serves them. Invite them to create their own routine. Before the session they may want to review their strategies and plan, note their progress, and think about what they want to accomplish in the session. Afterwards they may want to reflect, journal, put actions into their calendars, and use their learning and action plan. Partner with your clients to maximize the value of the coaching.