Posted by: wellness training services | August 29, 2012

Taking A Step – How do I get started in the coaching field?

Taking A Step – How do I get started in the coaching field?

One of our coaches-in-training asked me to answer the following questions to help her in developing her business.  She states, “I feel you are an expert in your field and I would like to know how you work the overall Wholistic Life Coaching (WLC) process. Here is her first question along with my response:

Question 1: In documenting the client’s sessions how do you record/write/track the information they provide during the session?  Like you, I take notes. Before the sessions begin, I send pre-coaching questions to see what their issues currently are and how they have been dealing with them.  Truly, pre-coaching is like detective work; you have to see what the data is by pulling it out and making tons of distinctions.  You also want to know whether or not you are capable of working with this problem, so the more you know in advance, the better. 

Typically, I spend two full days with clients as most of my work has been with the corporate world and the first day of training is contextual, that is to say, reviewing personality preferences and whatever theme we would be working on such as management, time mastery, assertiveness or decision making for example.  The second day of training uses all the processes we teach you in the coaching course – problem-solving processes, the use of the Duncker diagram (or mind mapping) for helping define the problem, we focus on the goal/dream/outcome they are after once the problem is defined that allows the person or team to start to address the problem with an overall vision.  This is followed by the obstacles that are sure to come up and the reasons why they can’t have that dream or outcome.  Then we create the stepping stones, action items and start to look for the resources required. This whole process is summarized and documented and used to ‘work the goal to achievement’ over time.

For the corporate work, the context usually is more about how they feel about power.  That is to say, most mangers have a ‘power over’ or a ‘power under’ problem – they typically over control or under control their direct reports. Whether manager, team player or parent, this is what most of us do in life which creates many of our problems so this is why I include the assertiveness component in the coaching materials. We have to know how we feel about power because many of us are uncomfortable with this item when dealing with issues in our life. So, much of the contextual training is around assertiveness or conflict management as the manger is either too aggressive or not assertiveness enough and has poor boundaries. Very much like most of the clients we work with outside the corporate sphere – they have people-related problems. 

I always start with the personality assessment, the conflict survey, and the pre-work questions, which gives me background information in order for me to understand where their strengths and weaknesses are and how I can begin to work with them to explore their issues.   

If you are a coach, how would you address this first question?

Stay awake, aware, and alert and strive to lead a well-tempered life – a life that possesses both hardiness and flexibility.  The good news is that once you are awake, it’s hard to go to sleep again, but if you do, do it on purpose and prepare yourself for the consequences.


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