This is the 1st step in starting coaching with a client. The trial session may be the first or the last session! It will nevertheless provide several insights about what coaching is and what it can do for the clients.
By doing trial sessions, the coach will develop confidence, experience and learn to modify one’s business structure. It is all about becoming acquainted with the client. Various issues are addressed:
- what the possibilities are for both of the coach and the client
- what goals the client need to achieve
- is it convenient for the coach and the client to proceed together
- whether the coach needs to refer the client to someone else
- most important – is that the coach is educating the prospective client about how coaching works by giving them the experience of coaching
The coach listens to the client and move them towards setting up coaching on a regular basis. Objectives must be set and shared with the prospective client. The client’s best interest will be always be preserved.
In setting one’s objectives the following questions must be addressed:
- What does the coach want to achieve by the end of the session?
- What is an outcome that the coach wants?
- What is an outcome the prospective client might want?
Alignment needs to be checked and then shared with the client.
My perspective is that as a newbie to doing a trial session, a list of possible questions should be drawn up and used.
Although I am enjoying doing the course, there is just so much information to absorb. But, I console myself that it is not as bad as law. I do need to put in the time to read, assimilate the material and then write it all down.