Practice Essentials

Practice Essentials offers practical tips and guidelines for the professional beginning their practice. Members interested in learning about how a veteran coach approaches a leadership coaching endeavor will also benefit from these resources.​

Client Engagement:  

Engaging effectively with client organizations and the individuals you coach can make or break a coaching project and how you are viewed as a coaching professional. In this MasterClass, we look at what defines a client engagement, steps in the process, including how to decide if to proceed with the organization, and then with the individual client and deciding whether or not to have a chemistry check. 

Chemistry Meeting: 

We often meet with a client before deciding whether to proceed forward. At times this is to allow the client to choose who, as a coach, is best for them. The chemistry meetings described here are for a executive coaching engagements. However, the concepts are equally useful and applicable for life and health coaches. Lew Stern offers us a detailed list of 11 agenda items for a first meeting as well as an extensive Coaching Chemistry Checksheet (under Related Resources at the bottom of the page). Decide for yourself which items are useful. There is also a wide range of approaches to initial sessions. David Peterson, for example, has the one sentence beginning, "How can I be of most service to you right now." Whether your strengths are structured or emergent, these items are useful for thinking about or planning a session.

Business Essentials: 

What kinds of infrastructures do you need? How can you spend less time on administration?

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