Does it sound like Chinese to you every time they explain to you that a coaching session is being held? The same thing happens to many people and for this reason, I have decided to write this post. I recommend that you keep reading because here you will find all the answers to your questions (or so I’ll try).
Before starting the first coaching session, the coach will inform you about what coaching is, how it works, the differences between coaching and psychology, and what are the credentials that endorse you as a professional coach.
Beforehand, you will sign a confidentiality contract, an agreement that will give you total assurance that the coach will take everything you tell him to the grave. This initial moment also serves to clarify your doubts about the session, the process, the methodology, and everything that is not yet clear. It is also the space to communicate your needs for the session.
During the session
In a coaching session, a peer-to-peer relationship is established between coach and client. You are the one who decides where to advance and the coaching professional will accompany you on this path. The coach is responsible for the process, for providing you with the methodology to follow and you are responsible for the results.
Next, I will explain the 4 most used tools in a coaching session but first I want you to know something: in a coaching session, you will never do anything that you do not want to do. THE COACH PROPOSES AND YOU DECIDE.
If I had to explain in a very simple way what is done in a coaching session I would say:
“The coach asks you questions so that you answer them”
The main tool for individual coaching sessions is questions. The coach asks you the so-called “powerful questions”, and you respond by taking the time you need for your reflection. If you don’t feel like answering a question, you are free not to and the coach will respect it.
A dynamic is an exercise where the coach invites you to “play” and “imagine” so that you can discover different points of view, visualize future situations, become aware of your situation, identify emotions and sensations, open new possibilities, and much more.
Sometimes the coach will propose to carry out a dynamic if he considers it appropriate in relation to the objective you are working on. Not all dynamics work for all people nor are they useful at any time. A professional coach will know when to give it to you.
An example of dynamics could be the bridge to future exercise. It is done by moving along an imaginary line and is used to travel through time and discover the information you need to know.
The coach can also suggest exercises that he considers appropriate for your process. There are thousands of exercises, so it would be difficult to summarize them all in this post. An example could be the wheel of life, which serves as a starting point and to become aware of the current state of each area of your life.
Another powerful tool that is often used in coaching sessions is testing. These provide information of high value for personal and professional development. There is also a lot of variety of tests, here are some examples: active listening test, internal drivers test, Belbin test, DISC test…
End of session
At the end of the coaching session, the coach will accompany you to become aware of the learning acquired in the session, as well as to review your commitment in your next actions.
I hope I have clarified your doubts about “what is done in a coaching session”. If you need more information, do not hesitate to write to me, I will be happy to explain everything you need… and more.