How does the coaching process work?
Customized Content, Similar Process
While I tailor my approach and methods to the needs of each client, most engagements follow a similar process.
In coaching our work often doesn’t follow a straight line — it’s more of a spiral. Also, expect to invest time and energy both during coaching sessions, as well as on your own between sessions.
What Do We “Do” in Coaching?
It’s difficult to predict exactly what we will do together; that largely depends on your goals for coaching and what you bring to the table. A healthy part of the coaching process is organic and “in the moment”. That said, I have also developed general roadmaps, grounded in theory and evidence, to help provide direction to the journey when needed. Some examples are below.
Understanding and Leveraging Your Strengths
Many, but not all, clients may benefit from gaining a more nuanced view of their strengths as they seek to clarify and undertake their change goals. Learn more about my use of the Strengths Profile assessment here.
Integrating Meditation with Coaching
Meditation is positively associated with a variety of desirable outcomes relevant to professionals, such as: managing negative emotions, focusing attention, and supporting healthy relations with others. What’s more, research indicates meditation has more pronounced and lasting effects than relaxation techniques, or simply relaxing, for instance by quietly reading a book. There is even evidence linking meditation to changes in the structure of the brain.
For those with an interest, I integrate meditation into the coaching collaboration. This can involve helping you to learn meditation techniques that you practice on your own, or by using meditation during a session as a means of exploring a particular topic of interest.
Curious? — try it for yourself. Below is a sample of a short meditation emphasizing body and breath awareness. The benefits of this practice include building focus, increasing mindful presence, and relaxation. If you are new to meditation, you may also find the brief introduction helpful. Enjoy!