Welcome back to our second blog from The Game Plan.
How do you know what good coaching is?
Check out these elements that our partner Stephen, Performance, Leadership and Team coach, has shared with us below.
5 Elements of a Good Coaching Experience
For those who haven’t experienced coaching, or perhaps haven’t connected with a coach –
here are five elements that indicate a quality environment.
A great coach will provide a space that is about you – the coachee, not them, the coach. This
takes managing their own ego, but also a deep compassion and care for the people they are
working with. You will have the opportunity to talk about, explore, think, reflect on the
areas that you choose, no one else. It’s the coaches’ role to facilitate the conversation and
to elicit the discussion, but it is yours to drive.
Safe and Being Heard
The first hurdle is rapport, the relationship. Not every coach is the right fit for every person,
and it is extremely important that you and the coach have the opportunity to go separate
ways if you don’t click. You will feel connected, understood and comfortable with your
coach – someone who ‘gets you.’ Every coaching relationship is also confidential – and it is
critical to the interaction that you feel safe to be authentic, to be honest, and that you are
open to exploring your thinking, your beliefs and new ideas.
A coach is not someone that can address deep psychological trauma. Any coach operating
with proper ethics will facilitate you to find the appropriate mental health, or other
professional support if it is required. This does not mean anything is off the table, quite the
contrary, a great coach will take the time to learn about you and your journey, your
influences and your stories. However, they will also be helping you to take control of your
own narrative and look forward by design rather than allowing things to happen to you be
Adaptable and Skilful Facilitation
What you want, and what you decide that you require is ultimately the coaches’ job to
facilitate. You may want to establish clarity in your life, career path or thinking. You may
want someone to listen to you and help you make sense of it. You may want a trusted
partner to challenge you or to be held accountable. You may not be sure what you want! A
great coach will be able to facilitate you no matter how you are showing up.
Flexible and Individual Relationship
What works for one, does not work for another. Some people like to work weekly, others
prefer the pace of one session every two months, so they can move mountains in between.
Face to face is great, but audio only allows a deep focus on thinking and language. Zoom is
preferred by some who love seeing facial responses, and my personal preference is to coach
while walking – on the phone or with someone, as blending thinking with exercise, and
nature is hugely powerful. The most important thing here, is that the agreement between
you and your coach is one that suits you.
Organise a 30-45-minute session, free of charge with The Game Plan to understand more
about yourself, whether coaching is right for you – and what support you might like.
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