You wouldn’t want your coach to be talking about the mansion you can now buy if that’s not your thing, right?
Withholding your personality in an effort to ‘save time during precious coaching sessions’ or ‘sticking to the facts and tasks’ often winds up wasting time later. Allow your coach fully into your world so they can be fully aligned with you. Besides, your personality is what makes you stick out in your coach’s mind. Not being rude, but, a boring client makes for a bored coach so be your lively self!
You want to easily flow into, and stick, like a great melody, in your coach’s mind.
2. Share Your Wisdom, freely and proactively.
Just as your coach is outstanding at something, so are you.
In most cases, the coach has just as much to learn from you, the client, as you do from them, just in a different area of expertise. Part of what happens naturally in a deep coaching relationship is the coach becoming an advocate for you. The question is, how staunch an advocate?
If during your coaching, the opportunity presents itself for you to offer insight or even concrete assistance to your coach, step forward! Give your coach a chance to experience your greatness personally – even just a taste will do – and you’ll become more than a treasured client but someone whose work MUST be shared with the world.
3. Make Time to Play Full Out.
Just as the manufacturing industry has waste, so does the coaching industry. A great deal of waste is generated when participants in coaching programs neglect to create time in their schedules for the coaching. A coaching program, especially at the high end, is not a side dish. It should be central to your days and weeks, something that you have room to utilize easily, without ‘having to find time to squeeze in.’
4. Identify and Leverage Your Coach’s Delight.
Among all the talents your coach has, they have a favorite superpower. Maybe it’s identifying new income streams; improving your conversion rate, or seeing you make change on a being level. Perhaps they have a hobby, something they collect, or a personal story you relate to.
Great coaching is not a commodity! We avoid commoditization through personalizing things, so pay attention to what juices your coach personally, beyond their skills or experience as a coach. If there’s a fit there with something you want to create, or you have that thing in common, this chemistry can be highly combustible – in a good way – and can lead to the best of coach-client relationships.
Remember – a great coach will help you get the most from your coaching, but you’re in the driver’s seat! The above 4 tips will help your coach help you.