Anyone who is looking for coaching must have skin in the game. There are many people out there who have the best of intentions and want to pay for someone they care about to get help. However, this is not always the perfect scenario. Best intentions are not always the right intentions. Often when a client is not paying, they could potentially self-sabotage due to not being serious enough about doing the work. Think of how many times you have been given a program or online course free of charge and didn’t complete it. When we have this scenario arises, we always suggest that the potential client part pays, and the other person pays the balance. This can be worked out between them.
It is absolutely crucial to the success of the coaching that all tasks are completed by the client. In a client-coaching relationship, the practitioner will give tasks. These tasks are designed to push the client. Tasking is for the purpose to get the client to do something that is going to cause them to move toward a positive outcome (the reason they sort out a coach in the first place). We always have our clients’ best interests at heart and if tasking is not done or completed it makes the coaching process challenging. If a client is not invested in their growth sometimes it is better to end the coaching relationship. Tasking does not need to be hard or painful to the client it is designed for growth. It is crucial that a client in coaching gets the most from the entire process.
A client in coaching can sometimes overthink processes and in their mind think things are more complicated than they really are. If a client has limiting beliefs around trust, the coach needs to really explain things within the coaching process a number of times. If this is all new to someone there may even be a little apprehension in trusting a coach to guide them to get to the end goal. Therefore, as a coach, it is crucial to understand how important it is to ask the right questions. Knowing a client`s evidence criteria for success is imperative. The more we understand our clients and show that with our words, the easier it will be for them to trust the process that will get them what they ultimately want.
It is impossible to build a coach/client relationship without rapport. The client needs to feel safe in the coaching space and the coach needs to know that the client will do what it takes to get the result they want. Rapport building is the first important step in the coaching process. If there is not enough rapport the client may be resistant to all processes and suggestions. There is a lot of trust in the coach-client relationship and that needs to be constantly reinforced for some. Especially if you have clients who are working on releasing emotions associated with trauma. There are also in rare circumstances that a particular coach/client relationship is not a good fit and if this is the case a coach may need to pass on the client to another professional.
What I mean here is that the client needs to be supported outside of the coaching process. The people that they associate with must also be encouraging and supportive as they go through their changes and growth. It is challenging when a client feels alone and unsupported once they are out of the coaching space. The environment can be at home, at work, or anywhere that the client is with their network of people. The challenge here is that if the client has no support, it could be detrimental to the coaching process. People also need to understand that some go through massive changes and shifts in this process support is crucial.
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