THE ABC OF A GREAT COACHING RELATIONSHIP

by | Feb 11, 2022 | 0 comments

How do you know you have a great coaching relationship?  In this blog I explore the ABC of what elevates a good coaching experience into a great one.

Firstly, the A: Authenticity.  We probably all know what it feels like when the person with whom we’re speaking is being authentic – you can sense it; it feels natural, relaxed and comfortable.  The opposite is also true – conversations with people who aren’t displaying their authentic selves can be awkward, stilted, ‘not quite right’ even though you might not be able to put your finger on what exactly is not going well.  Authenticity matters and finding a coach who is being authentic with you will allow you to show up to your coaching sessions in the best possible way – as your authentic self.  Authentic conversations will also foster a relationship built on trust and mutual respect. 

B: Balance.  At times throughout our careers and lives we will all need the support of someone who stands by us and encourages us no matter what we do (or don’t do!).  At other times we will need someone to hold us accountable for our actions and to inspire us to do the best we can, whatever the challenges that we face.  A coach will walk alongside us throughout the journey we are on and will certainly provide a listening ear and will play a supportive role.  However, a great coach will expertly balance the diverse needs of their client and will blend the two approaches of encouragement and inspiration: a great coach will know instinctively which one is needed and when. 

C: Chemistry.  How do you know whether the coach you meet is the ‘right’ one for you?  This is a common question and one that has multiple answers.  For me, it’s about rapport between the coach and the client.  Do you feel comfortable talking to each other; is there trust or developing trust between you; and do you feel that you could speak freely about yourself and your experiences with this person?  If the answer to these questions is yes, there’s likely to be good chemistry in the relationship.  With this strong foundation, the coaching conversations are elevated and the impact from such an enduring relationship is a positive one for both the client and the coach.

If you are considering coaching and would like to learn more about how to get the best out of a coaching relationship, I would be delighted to have a conversation with you – please click through to schedule a complimentary 30-minute clarity call below…

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