SAQ: Should Ask Questions. So what can a coach do for you in your life and work?
This is a question you should ask of any coach before you meet them and when you meet them in the first meeting.
Before the meeting SAQs
Before the meeting Should Ask Questions are things like:
1: What kind of coaching does this person do?
Is it life coaching? Is it personal coaching like my services, or is it business and executive coaching? These are all really different things and not all coaches can help you.
Personal Career Coaching is about putting you first and creating new ways for you explore your career dreams and aspirations. Find time to overcome challenges and achieve the outcomes you deserve.
Executive Career Coaching is about putting your staff’s personal development first. This is the true way to achieve for your business.
Life Coaching is something different. If you would like to know more about life coaching, have a look at this link to the most famous life coach of all Tony Robins and contact me if you would like a recommendation.
2: What is the coach’s process and will I like it?
This SAQ, Should Ask Question, is what is the coach’s process?
A good coach should change their style to suit your needs. They should listen to your personality type, your learning style and your visual clues so they can maximise the help that they offer you.
In my practice, we always have a free chemistry meeting where it is a no obligation first meeting to see if you like me and if I can help you. This first meeting, I am taking lots of notes and listening to:
- What you say
- How you say it
- What your body language is saying too
A good coach should find out what you need first and see if they can help.
During the meeting SAQs
1. Are they adapting to me and can they help me?
I can change my style depending on what you need. Some people are very task orientated so we don’t mess about and get on with some exercises to help them discuss what they need. Some people need to express emotions and make a connection. Then we talk more about their lives in general and how work and home interconnect. Others need visual stimuli so we do drawings, others need numbers.
This is a funny one. The basic premise of a coach is that you will earn a lot more from their support than the cost of them.
My simple rule is one promotion equals thousands of pounds. Six session from me costs far less, but you will be a better manager, team members and team player at the end of it.
The coach should offer a coaching agreement with the full details of what you’ve discussed, what you agreed to work on and their fees. This signed agreement by both of you, saves a lot of work if something goes wrong and makes it goal orientated for you.
A good coach is someone that you can work with. They should be helping you and challenging you to achieve your goals. Ask yourself and your coach these questions to make sure you are clear on what you will achieve!