A powerful conversation is the cornerstone of any solid coaching session and to bring life into your coaching sessions, you need to have a well-defined, structured coaching conversation script. Coaching conversations are difficult because every conversation is unique. Coaches have to be flexible enough to adapt to all those differences to provide valuable coaching.
Start with asking yourself questions
Ask yourself how long your typical coaching session lasts. To make your words effective and hit the bull’s eye, you cannot drag the coaching hours; instead, it will seem exhausting. Put a timer on every question.
Always stick with the goals
Align your coaching objectives with the client goals and then have a conversation that can take you closer to the goals with each passing day. Consider the GROWTH model of coaching and emphasize on:
Make your coachee find the answer, don’t provide the answer
Never let the fact slip your mind that you can only show the pathway, but a coachee has to find answers, overcome obstacles and find the answers on his own. Never impose your solutions on your coachee. Assist him/her in finding his/her own answers.
Still not clear? Then, here is a template for a coaching conversation script that can simplify your conversation and provide you a sneak peek into how you can interact with your client.
COACHING CONVERSATION TEMPLATE
- Introduction – 5 to 7 minutes
- Defining coach-coachee relationship – 10 to 12 minutes
- Listing and aligning priorities – 5 minutes
- Set out the goal of the conversation – 5 minutes
- Identify the actions to address the priority – 15 minutes
- Reflecting on the coaching and actions – 10 minutes
|Defining coach-coachee relationship|| |
|Listing and aligning priorities|| |
|Set out the goal of the conversation|| |
|Identify the actions to address the priority|| |
|Reflecting on the coaching and actions|| |
Table 1: Coach Transformation Academy Coaching Conversation Template
Of course, every coach will have different questions, interventions, and tools for coaching conversations. You can use them as per your style. This coaching conversation template is just for reference.
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