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Offering a Great Sample Session

Posted on June 3, 2018

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Learn a little bit about the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of sample coaching sessions. CTI faculty member Marlena deCarion shares about intention, perspective, and impact that can be created during a sample session.

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Powerful Sample Session

Go a little deeper into sample coaching sessions with CTI faculty member Marlena deCarion who outlines some specific ideas on formats to help you create a powerful sample session.

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Sample Session Outline

Observe your attitude

What’s your perspective going in? Who are you being?

  • I need you as a client. I am desperate.
  • This is a gift I am offering. I am offering value.
  • I love coaching and I want to practice as much as possible
  • I have 15-20 minutes to really SEE this person, acknowledge and champion them.
  • I have a short amount of time to help them shift and feel the power of what coaching is.

Set up (10 minutes)

Two objectives

  1. 1. Find out if we are a match
  2. 2. Client leaves with something powerful today, leaves with value

How to structure

  • Small talk to connect, create some comfort.
  • Explain what will happen in the session:
    • We will talk a bit, coach a bit and leave time for Q & A.
    • During Q& A I can explain my format and fees.
    • You can decide at the end of the session or take time to think about it.
  • Understand their experience with coaching:
    • Coaching: have they had it previously? What worked? What didn’t?
  • Explain what coaching is:
    • Taking someone from where they are to where they want to be -forwarding the action, deepening the learning
    • Closing the gap between you and who you want to be
    • Helping someone live their full potential
    • Tapping their inner resources
  • Design your alliance:
    • Confidentiality
    • Intruding
    • Requests, Challenges – yes, no , counteroffer
    • Homework
    • Accountability
    • Do I have permission to coach you like I do my other clients?

Coaching (15-20 minutes)

Identify a topic they want to discuss

  • What do you want?
  • What’s important about this?
  • Look for Values ACKNOWLEDGE and CHAMPION

Do “Wheel of Life” with their topic

  • What do you notice about your wheel?
  • What area would you like to focus on first?
  • What number do you want it to be?
  • This is your wheel now. Where would you like it 6-9 months from now?

Debrief (5-10 minutes)

  • What is different now after being coached?
  • What value have you gotten?
  • What is possible in your life if you continued with coaching?

Complete (5-10 minutes)

Get specific

  • What else do you need to know to make your decision?
  • Format and fees:
    • How often, how long
    • Explain discovery session
    • Explain email communication
    • Fees: does that meet your budget?
    • When and how will you let me know?

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