Hi.  Today I want to talk to you about what to include in your coaching foundation session.  This is the very first session of coaching and many coaches will do a longer session to really get to know their client very well.  I know one executive coach who, for his foundation session, he takes his client out golfing.  I know another takes his clients out sailing.  So you can be as creative as you want.

But the foundation coaching session is the very first session and it’s the session where it’s your agenda rather than the client’s agenda.  It’s your agenda to really support your clients in having a firm foundation for coaching.  There are a couple of things that I highly recommend no matter what format this takes.

Number one is get something, some information about the internal workings of your clients.  I like to get the essence energy.  It can be very quick.  Getting the essence energy of a client, getting their values, getting their mission, getting their purpose.. things that are really internal to them that are going to help them and anchor them when they get into any kind of block situations in coaching.  So that’s the first thing.

The second is a take a measurement.  This is so important to be able to really find out what the value of coaching was and quantify it.  So if they have one or two goals (three at the most) for the coaching. Then, take each of those goals … say, “Where are you now, on a scale of 0 to 10?”  Make sure to take that in your foundation session and then put it aside because at some point halfway through or at the end of your engagement, you want to ask that question again.  So let’s just say the person wants more clients.


“Where are you now?”
“Well, I have two clients a month that I’m working with.”
“Okay.  So where would you like to be?”
 “Well, I’d probably like to be a 4.  And on a scale of 0 to 10, that means I’m at 50% or a five.”


So take that measurement … or even confidence, you know,


“I’d like to have more confidence in giving presentations or speaking engagements.”
“Where are you now on a scale of 0 to 10?”
“Well I’ve got a few things in place, but I think I’m about a 7.”


Take those numbers down. And when you do that in every single foundation session, then you’ll be able to really measure the value of coaching because sometimes when somebody gets a transformation or they move over to the other side of where they’ve been, it’s easy to forget the pain they were in the challenge they had.  It’s easy to just go, “Oh, wow, that was easy!”  Because it was with your help.

So that’s the way to really help a client understand and quantify their transformation.  These are a couple of tips for your foundation sessions.  I hope you really enjoy those sessions and have a lot of success with them!

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