The Secret to Tripling Your Coaching Benefit
Yes, tripling the value you get from the coaching you are receiving.
Make your self more coachable. Finding a competent and compatible coach is only half the battle. It’s also important to develop your own coachability.
If you’re like most professionals, you probably want to succeed, but you may resist coaching for reasons that you’re not even aware of. However, you can develop skills and qualities that will prepare you to accept guidance and act on it.
Learn how to become more coachable. Use this checklist to find the areas you need to work on so you can have a more successful relationship with your coach. A more successful coaching relationship also means you get more value, more bang for the buck from your coaching. You're also far more likely to progress.
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Here is the checklist:
1. Listen closely. Pay attention to what your coach has to say. Look for the truth in any message instead of dismissing their perspective or trying to make excuses. Maintain eye contact and resist any urge to interrupt.
2. Ask questions. Ensure you understand what your coach is telling you. Paraphrase their statements in your own words. Clarify any points you’re unsure of and ask for concrete examples.
3. Take your time. Let yourself absorb information fully. Focus on responding thoughtfully rather than quickly. If a situation stirs up strong feelings, give yourself an opportunity to calm down so you can think clearly.
4. Welcome feedback. Ask others for input frequently and graciously. It helps to stay in practice and have multiple viewpoints while you’re working with your coach.
5. Open up. Recognize that there is more than one way to approach the same goals. Consider your coach’s suggestions even when they’re different from your usual methods.
6. Value learning. Are you excited about adding to your knowledge and stretching your skills? Learning is a mindset that helps you to make sounder decisions and adapt to change. It can also motivate you to persevere through the coaching process.
7. Set authentic goals. While coach can help you to reach your goals, you need to be sure that the targets you set together are specific and meaningful for you. Make sure that the goals feel authentic to you and are not just business targets.
8. Practice consistently. How can you take what you learn from coaching and use it to make positive changes in your work life? Develop a strategy for enhancing your performance and set specific goals for areas where you want to grow. Deliberate practice requires discipline and effort, but it pays off.
9. Evaluate your progress. Self-examination is an important part of the coaching process. Reflect on the areas that you’ve already covered and what you want to do next. Enjoy discovering more about yourself and your abilities. Remember too that asking your coach for help when you get stuck is imperative!
How many are areas you see have room for improvement? As long as you are willing, a great coach can support you in becoming more coachable too.
This is part of what we do at Lights On Business. We work with the whole you, not just your business. That's how we show you how to build a business that you love and it loves you back.