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Coaching is not about giving advice or telling people what to do. It’s about helping people figure out what they want and how to achieve it.

Coaching can be an incredibly powerful tool to help people change their lives. It can help people identify their goals, overcome obstacles, and make lasting changes.

Done correctly, coaching can be a life-changing experience for both the coach and the client.


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Be prepared.

Before your coaching session, take some time to prepare. Review your goals, and think about what you want to achieve during the session. This will help you make the most of your time with your coach.

Be open to feedback.

Be open to feedback from your coach. This is an important part of the coaching process, and it will help you improve and reach your goals.

Be honest.

Be honest with your coach about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This will help them understand how best to help you.

Be committed.

Coaching is a commitment, and it takes time and effort to see results. Be committed to the process, and to your goals, and you will see success.

Be punctual.

Show up to your coaching sessions on time, or even a few minutes early. This shows your commitment to the process and will give you a few minutes to settle in and get ready for a productive session.

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Be professional.

As a coach, you are responsible for helping your clients achieve their goals. In order to do this, you need to be able to have productive coaching sessions. Here are a few tips on how to be professional and have productive coaching sessions:

  1. Set the tone for the session.

Before the session even starts, you need to set the tone for the session. This means that you need to be clear about what the session will entail and what the goals are. If you are not clear about the
goals, you will not be able to help your client achieve them.

  1. Be prepared.

You should always be prepared for your coaching sessions. This means that you should know what you are going to say and do. If you are not prepared, you will not be able to help your client achieve their goals.

  1. Be professional.

You need to be professional at all times during the coaching session. This means that you should be respectful and courteous. You should also be able to keep your emotions in check. If you are not professional, you will not be able to help your client achieve their goals.

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Dress the part.

If you want to have a productive coaching session, you need to dress the part. This means that you should dress in clothes that are comfortable and that you can move around in. You should also avoid wearing anything that will make you too hot or too cold.

Additionally, you should make sure that your clothing is not too loose or too tight. You want to be able to breathe easily and not feel restricted in any way.

Finally, you should choose clothes that you feel good in. This will help you to feel more confident and comfortable, which will in turn lead to a more productive coaching session.

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Put the client at ease.

The first step to having a productive coaching session is to put the client at ease. This can be done by establishing rapport and trust with the client. The coach should make sure the client feels comfortable and safe in the coaching environment. Once the client is comfortable, the coach can then begin to explore the issue at hand. It is important to ask open-ended questions and really listen to the client’s answers. The coach should also avoid giving advice or acting as a therapist. The goal of coaching is to help the client find their own solutions and to empower them to make change in their lives.

Listen more than you talk.

When you’re in a coaching session, it’s important to remember that the focus should be on the person you’re coaching. This means that you should listen more than you talk.

If you find yourself doing most of the talking, it’s a sign that you’re not really listening to what the other person is saying. Instead of trying to come up with the next thing to say, take the time to really listen to what your coachee is saying.

Active listening involves not just hearing the words that are being said, but also trying to understand the meaning behind them. This means paying attention to both the words and the emotions that are being conveyed.

As you’re listening, it can be helpful to paraphrase what you’re hearing to make sure you understand. For example, you might say something like, “It sounds like you’re saying that you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of the things you have to do.”

Once you’ve listened and paraphrased what you’ve heard, it’s then your turn to talk. But before you start giving advice, it’s important to make sure that your coachee feels heard and understood. You can do this by saying something like, “It sounds like you’re really struggling with this. I can see how that would be really tough.” Only then should you start offering advice or suggestions. If you find yourself giving advice before really listening, it can come across as pushy or like you’re not really interested in hearing what the other person has to say.

By taking the time to really listen to your coachee, you’ll not only build a better rapport, but you’ll also be able to more effectively help them solve their problem.

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Ask open-ended questions.

In order to have a productive coaching session, you should start by asking your coach open-ended questions. This will help to get the conversation started and allow you to get to know your coach better. It is also a good way to get feedback from your coach on how you are doing.

Avoid yes or no questions.

If you want to have a productive coaching session, avoid yes or no questions. Instead, ask open- ended questions that will encourage your coachee to think deeply about their goals and how to achieve them. Good questions to ask include:

  • What are your goals?
  • What are some obstacles in your way?
  • How can I help you achieve your goals?
  • What resources do you need?
  • Who can help you achieve your goals?
  • What are your plans for achieving your goals?
  • What are the risks and rewards associated with achieving your goals?
  • What are the potential consequences of not achieving your goals?

Asking these types of questions will help you get to the root of your coachee’s concerns and help them develop a plan for moving forward.

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Repeat back what the client has said.

As a coach, it is important to be an active listener in order to have a productive coaching session. This means that you should repeat back what the client has said in order to ensure that you have understood them correctly. This also allows the client to hear their own thoughts and feelings repeated back to them, which can help them to gain clarity on what they are trying to achieve.
Asking questions is also key in a coaching session, as it allows you to delve deeper into the issues that the client is facing. By doing this, you can help the client to find their own solutions and take action towards their goals.

Offer constructive feedback.

Giving feedback is a delicate task. As a coach, you want to be able to give your clients the information they need to improve, while also keeping their self-esteem intact. Here are a few tips to help you give feedback that is both productive and positive.

  1. Avoid Giving Negative Feedback

It may seem counterintuitive, but avoid giving negative feedback whenever possible. Studies have shown that negative feedback can actually hinder productivity and motivation. If you must give negative feedback, be sure to frame it in a positive way. For example, rather than saying “you’re doing it wrong,” try “let’s try it this way instead.”

  1. Be Specific

When you do need to give feedback, be as specific as possible. This way, your client will know exactly what they need to work on. For example, rather than saying “you need to be more assertive,” try “in that situation, you could have said X instead of Y.”

  1. Avoid Over-Criticizing

It’s important to find a balance when giving feedback. If you focus too much on the negative, you run the risk of discouraging your client. On the other hand, if you focus only on the positive, your feedback may not be taken seriously. Aim to give a mix of both positive and negative feedback.

  1. Use “I” Statements

When giving feedback, use “I” statements rather than “you” statements. For example, rather than saying “you’re not listening to me,” try “I feel like I’m not being heard.” This will help your client feel as though you’re on their side, rather than against them.

  1. Avoid Judgmental Language

When giving feedback, avoid using judgmental or critical language. For example, rather than saying “you’re lazy,” try “I noticed that you didn’t take the initiative to X.” This will help your client feel as though you’re trying to help them, rather than put them down.

Giving feedback is an important part of coaching. By following these tips, you can ensure that your feedback is both productive and positive.

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Avoid criticism.

The first step to having a productive coaching session is to avoid criticism. This means that you should not judge the person you are coaching, or their situation. Instead, you should focus on helping them to find a way to improve.

If you find yourself critiquing the person you are coaching, try to switch your focus to what they are
doing well. This will help to build their confidence and enable them to see the progress they are making.

It is also important to avoid giving advice. Instead, ask questions that will help the person you are coaching to come up with their own solutions. This will help them to feel more ownership over their situation and be more motivated to make positive changes.

Help the client find their own solutions.

A productive coaching session is one in which the client finds their own solutions. The coach’s role is to help the client find those solutions by asking probing questions and helping the client to see different perspectives. The coach should also provide support and encouragement throughout the process.

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Encourage the client to take action.

The client should feel comfortable and open to discuss anything during the coaching session. The coach should encourage the client to take action and be proactive in their goals. The coach should also help the client to identify any areas of improvement and work with the client to create a plan to address those areas.


The best coaching sessions are those that are productive and goal-oriented. But how do you ensure that your coaching sessions are productive? Follow these tips:

  1. Prepare for the session.

Take some time to review the goals of the coaching session and your notes from the previous session. This will help you to be focused and prepared to help your client make progress.

  1. Start on time.

It is important to start the coaching session on time. This sets the tone for a productive session where time is used effectively.

  1. Focus on the present.

During the coaching session, it is important to focus on the present. This means being present with your client and focusing on the goals of the session.

  1. Be an active listener.

Active listening is a key skill for coaches. This means really listening to what your client is saying and asking questions to clarify understanding.

  1. Ask probing questions.

Probing questions help to get to the heart of the matter and can help your client to identify areas of focus for the coaching session.

  1. Summarize and provide feedback.

At the end of the coaching session, summarize what was discussed and provide feedback. This helps to ensure that your client has understood the session and can take away actionable items.

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