1. Conversing on a Cozy Couch, Draws your client's Goals out:
A client's first impression of you is the atmosphere they experience when they walk through your doors. They should feel comfortable when they talk about something uncomfortable. A coaches' company should feel like a home away from home where the clients can talk about where they currently stand with respect to what they want to accomplish. Working 'WITH' your client holds the key to a healthy relationship instead of working FOR them. Listen like a friend, theorize like a philosopher, and help them walk down the path like a guide.
It's the coaches’ responsibility to understand their client’s goal and make sure that they set achievable targets and not blow it out of proportion. As their coach, you need to help your clients nail down their goals and start working on a way to achieve them.
2. Play Your Strengths:
Once you have worked out the goal that your client needs to achieve, you must begin planning the necessary steps to achieve it.
A step-by-step breakdown of your sessions is designed to help both the coach and the client not shift focus and reach the desired goal.
Another possible way could be breaking down their ultimate goal into smaller, more achievable sub-goals.
Making use of their strengths always works wonders. Help your client identify their own strengths and try to use and bring them out in your sessions.
Discover some key aspects of their life, health, relationships, and so on, in order to channelize their strengths.
Discuss previous experiences, challenging situations, failures, and even achievements. Identify the decisions and behaviors of the clients that led to those outcomes.
3. Emphasize over perfect execution, winning follows:
Plan the steps in as much detail as possible and make sure that they are time-bound. Make sure that your client respects the set time frame and does not lose focus.
Together, the coach and client can maintain a journal in which their past achievements and failures, ongoing tasks, and future plans could be recorded.
The coach could also maintain a verbatim report where he can relive the sessions looking for ideas, flaws, or possible improvements that could be made in terms of execution of the plan.
And finally, it's the coaches' constant reassurance to clients about sharing their onus is what really keeps them going.
It's not about whether you were knocked down.
The crux of everything lies in whether or not you can get back up.