Coaching Tips - 10 Steps Every Person Should Take Before Hiring A Coach


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Coaching Tips - 10 Steps Every Person Should Take Before Hiring A Coach

  1. 1. Save Money Coaching - 10 Steps To Take Before Hiring A Coach Caleb Storkey
  2. 2. Table Of Contents #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 Know Your Objectives Make Your Reason For Coaching, Compelling Do You Really Need A Coach? Interview The Coach Provide Background Information Let Go. Trust the Process. Assess the Results. Do The Homework Keep A Journal Build In Benchmarks Make Room For Implementation
  3. 3. Photo Credit gotigersjf Know Your Objectives #1
  4. 4. Know Your Objectives #1 There’s no point in having coaching if you don’t know what you hope to achieve through it. It’s important you plan what you want out it, otherwise you’ll get something else. “If you fail to plan - you might as well plan to fail.” TWEET THIS QUOTE
  5. 5. #1 OK- so you’re up for the planning. ‘But where do I start?’ you may say. You may not know what steps to take, but I’m guessing you know what you want to get away from. Or put it another way, do you know what your pain points are? If not, start with my ‘Coach’ model to clarify your thoughts. C O A C H Change What change do I want to see, and why do I want to see it? Opportunities What opportunities will this change bring? Achievable Is this change achievable? Cost What is the financial benefit in making this change and what is the budget I’d be willing to spend to make that happen. Happy What’s this worth to me. Write down how I’d feel in achieving this change consistently in my life?
  6. 6. The Coach Model C O A C H Change Opportunities Achievable Cost Happy #1
  7. 7. #1 Once you’ve got a handle on why you want to get coaching with the COACH model, use the SMART approach to outline the aim of your coaching sessions. S M A R T Specific What do you specifically want to cover in your coaching? Measureable How will you measure what success looks like? Achievable Is this goal achievable? Realistic Is it realistic that you can achieve this goal?. Time Sensitive What are your deadlines for you to reach your goal?
  8. 8. The SMART Approach S M A Specific Measurable Achievable R T Realistic Timing #1
  9. 9. #1 Great. Outlining the motivation for change, specific focus, budget and how to assess results means your preparation for coaching is 75% complete. “ ” Nothing is born into this world without labour. ROB LIANO TWEET THIS QUOTE Here’s the next step.
  10. 10. Photo Credit Flyzipper #2 Make Your Reason For Coaching, Compelling
  11. 11. Make Your Reason For Coaching, Compelling ‘I want to lose 3 stone by next Summer......’ #2 is not the compelling message that will help you past the ‘Can’t be bothered’ and ‘Give Up’ moments that lie ahead. “ We all start off well, but it’s hard to stay motivated on things that matter when easier routes are offered. Now’s the time to pull together a motivating reminder that’s going to be your companion and friend. Why? Having a Vision is not enough. It must be combined with imagination, determination, faith, hope and passion. VICTORIA JUNE TWEET THIS QUOTE Firstly, make sure you’ve used the COACH model and SMART approach to assess why you want coaching. Once this is done, create your compelling statement. Here’s an example.
  12. 12. “ #2 I must be a lean, mean fighting machine by the beginning of June. Losing 3 stone will give me energy to go running with my boys, look good for my wife, and make people admire my self control and discipline. I’ll be able to get my top off and be proud of what I see. I’m willing to pay £1,000 on seeing a long lasting improvement, the end result will increase my likelihood for earlier promotion worth £7,000 a year, will save me £1,200 over a year on the cost of excessive beers and take-aways and give me a longer life with my family. This is Priceless. So let’s do it.’ Once you have the compelling statement, write it and stick it on your wall. Make it easily accessible on your phone. Read it daily, share it with friends, memorise it and stick to it!
  13. 13. Photo Credit Kathleen Tyler Conklin Do You Really Need A Coach? #3
  14. 14. Do You Really Need A Coach? #3 You may not need a coach, so don’t throw a lot of money at a solution if you can grow through another way. Sometimes, getting coaching is a quick fix approach where intentional thinking could throw up other solutions. Here’s a few things to consider: 1. Are there books tackling the areas you are wanting to change? Have you tried reading one of those? If you find it hard to make time to read, go for a coaching session by yourself by making your way to a place for an hours reading. Jot down what you have learnt from this time. Would a few personal reading sessions with built in time reflection achieve similar results as coaching? Intelligent coaching is sometimes no coaching. MARTY STERN TWEET THIS QUOTE
  15. 15. 2. Lacking motivation. Have you looked at online apps that might give you the motivation to manage your time better. Here’s some blog posts I’ve written on productivity? #3 3. Online public declaration. Sometimes making a public statement of intent helps in holding yourself accountable to a goal? Or you could use a service like Stikk to motivate you, by pre-paying an organisation you don’t like unless you reach your goals. 4. Group Accountability? Are there people or groups you could attend on or offline that would provide you with the necessary support to make the changes? 5. Membership groups? Perhaps there’s a group you can subscribe to or join to receive expert input from experienced others, and forums to learn and grow with others. 6. Training courses? If there aren’t books, are there leading thinkers or trainers you could approach. Udemy is a great example of courses where you can learn and develop the skills required.
  16. 16. #3 7. Webinars. Do you sign up for webinars in the areas you’re looking to grow? There will be someone somewhere who is providing that service. 8. Conferences? Often conferences can end up being cheaper than coaching if you work intentionally on the learning both before and after the conference. Where allowed; record the session, take notes strategically and create implementation plans. 9. Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Quora, YouTube? Have you checked to see what other people are learning in this area? Have you jumped the gun by looking for coaching when you could work on this area yourself? 10. Are you journalling and learning to process your own thoughts? 11. Are you closing your friends, colleagues or family off? Is there a way you could let the boundaries down and see deeper human contact positively impact your life?
  17. 17. Photo Credit Tom Raftery Interview The Coach #4
  18. 18. Interview The Coach #4 When a business recruits a contractor for a job, there is normally a quote followed by an agreement or a rejection. Sadly, when people work with coaches, many consider it rude to ask questions you would ask other contractors. But interrogate you must. Otherwise you may find yourself spending a lot of time and money receiving services that don’t produce the results you want. If you’re not careful, you can rush these early stages only to regret it later. Don’t be afraid to ask a coach anything (I wouldn’t be offended by any question). But if you’re not sure what to ask, here’s 12 questions to get you started, and space for some answers when you get into your interrogation mode. The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge. THOMAS BERGER TWEET THIS QUOTE
  19. 19. Questions For A Coach 1. How long have you been coaching? 2. What is the approach and methodology that you use? 3. What past successes have you seen in my area of need, and what was the process and steps that you took that client through? 4. Can I see examples of your coaching documentation? 5. What recent non-fiction books have influenced your thinking? 6. What are you currently learning through your own personal development? #4
  20. 20. Questions For A Coach 7. Do you have professional indemnity insurance? 8. What coaching qualifications do you have? 9. What are your coaching strengths and weaknesses? 10. What guarantees for results do you offer? (It’s highly unlikely a coach would give guarantees, as outcomes are dependent on the clients commitment to change. However you can learn lots about a coach in their response to this question). 11. What are the areas in your coaching toolkit you’d like to improve? 12. What are the greatest reasons your clients don’t see improvements? #4
  21. 21. Photo Credit snre Provide Background Information #5
  22. 22. Provide Background Information #5 Provide a two page document outlining the key pieces of information you think the coach will need to help them perform their job better. For instance if you have previously done psychometric tests, include these results (eg Myers Briggs, Belbin, Strengthfinders, The Enneagram etc). If the coach is proficient in those areas, it will give them greater insight into your personality and provide additional tools to communicate with you. If not, it may prompt them to look that information up. (Ask them in subsequent sessions if they have looked up this information, as you may deduce from their answer how intentional and hungry they are as a coach). The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves. JOSEPH CAMPBELL TWEET THIS QUOTE
  23. 23. #5 You may also include your background, your current levels of expertise, the ongoing challenges that you face, your previous attempts to change, your current circumstances, what you are expecting to get from coaching, how you will assess the success of the coaching and where you hope to be after the coaching is completed. Coaches normally gather this information in a first session, however, this can help speed up the process (which saves money) or provide the coach with missing pieces of information that they may not have considered.
  24. 24. Photo Credit Wonderlane #6 Let Go. Trust the Process. Assess the Results.
  25. 25. Let Go. Trust the Process. Assess the Results. #6 I like my abbreviations. LTA in this case, isn’t the Lawn Tennis Association, though that may help you remember it. I’d like to invite you to: Let Go L T A Trust The Process Assess the Results You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway. STEVE MARABOLI TWEET THIS QUOTE
  26. 26. #6 You are looking to receive coaching because your attempts to change or grow have not yet worked. Therefore it is pointless for you to maintain a tight grip, controlling what happens in your coaching sessions. The coach is an expert and will have worked with many others to see transformation. You may be an expert at work or at home, but for today let go and let humility in. It’s so much easier when you don’t fight the coach because you know best. If you did, you wouldn’t be needing support. As well as letting go, trust the process that the coach suggests. They’ve spent time working with others on their methodology and will have proven results. A good coach will be able to explain and communicate this methodology to you in your initial meeting. If you don’t like the approach then leave at this stage, but once you have entered into the process, don’t be resistant to the necessary work.
  27. 27. #6 Once you’ve Let Go. Trusted the Process. Assess the Results. Benchmark it along the way (see point 9). Being a client, does not mean you shouldn’t give input and feedback. In summary: You are not looking to be independent of the coach, dictating what should happen. You are not looking to be dependent on the coach, taking no responsibility for the money and coaching time. You are looking to be interdependent working in partnership with the coach. There’s two of you in this coaching relationship, and both of you need to be working on it to make it fruitful. Get ready for the cheesy groan; you could say you need to be: Intwodependent. (Sorry I couldn’t resist!).
  28. 28. Photo Credit Nishanth Jois Do The Homework #7
  29. 29. Do The Homework #7 Too many people spend lots of money on coaching, but don’t do the necessary ‘homework’ outside of the sessions. This work could range from journalling, practical exercises, further reading, study, thinking or implementation steps. When you can make progress in your own time, then make it. Consider times with the coach, in a similar way that a university student would consider a tutoring relationship. You get expertise and help to focus your learning and thinking outside of the sessions. But if you don’t do the homework, coaching will be expensive as your only ever doing the work when you’re paying for two people’s time. Most importantly, you wont get the results you want without doing the work that counts. If you don’t know what work to do, request input from your coach.
  30. 30. #7 Let’s look at it a different way. As a decorator might estimate the time it would take to decorate a room, so you may expect a coach to help you grow the necessary skills or changes within a timeframe. A decorator may discover loose plaster on walls and therefore the job requires additional work that was previously unseen. This is also a challenge that coaches find when working with clients, as people are more complicated than walls, and there’s a lot below the surface. But the principle applies. If you’re stuck on one room, or on one area of growth, there’s a chance that either you or the coach aren’t working hard enough to bring about the change.
  31. 31. Photo Credit a little tune Keep A Journal #8
  32. 32. Keep A Journal #8 Journalling is easy to pick up as it’s simply writing down and capturing your thoughts. To master it takes a little more intentionality but you don’t need to master it, you just need to get started. Whether you use Evernote, a moleskine or a cheap notebook, journal the lessons you’ve learnt from your coaching session preferably just after the session. You could allocate an additinal third of the time you’d spend on coaching as a time to capture your thinking once you’ve finished. Sit on a bench, in your car or on the transport you came in and capture the key points to reflect on. If that’s not possible, consider recording the lessons learnt on your phone, by speaking into an app. However you do it, capture it whilst it’s fresh. The nicest part is being able to write down all my thoughts and feelings; otherwise, I might suffocate. ANNE FRANK TWEET THIS QUOTE
  33. 33. #8 The time immediately after the session is often the most valuable, as it distills and captures the important nuggets, helping you decide on the implementations you must carry out. Journalling helps you capture your learning, and gives you thoughts to review during the week; but it also gives you valuable information when you are assessing your progress.
  34. 34. Photo Credit Mike Cogh Build In Benchmarks #9
  35. 35. Build In Benchmarks #9 It’s important that you request benchmarks so you can assess the coaching. Benchmark the work both independently and together with your coach. This helps keep both of you focused on the most important goals and objectives. It also gives natural reflection periods to make improvements, look at what’s next or bring coaching to an end. You shouldn’t forget that coaches provide a service and invoice you for it. Some coaches are not in a rush to lose their clients, although good ones are more focused on you putting into practice what you have learnt. Unless you are getting value for your money, you shouldn’t carry on with your coaching. My parent’s generation’s benchmark was simple: Fat Equals Bad. ARABELLA WEIR TWEET THIS QUOTE
  36. 36. Benchmarking Questions - Looking Back 1. What were the challenges I came to coaching with? 2. What changes have I seen, and what improvements are being established? 3. What new habits, skills, outlooks have I developed? 4. How has this improved the quality of my life? #9
  37. 37. #9 Benchmarking Questions - Assessing Return on Investment 5. How much money have I spent to date? 6. Do I consider the changes good value for money? 7. If relevant, how has this affected my earning ability? 8. Are there areas where I think the coaching sessions could be improved?
  38. 38. Benchmarking Questions - Looking Forward 9. Is there more work I could be doing outside of the sessions? 10. Do I want to continue with coaching? 11. What do I want to focus on in my coaching? 12. What would the most successful coaching sessions look like? #9
  39. 39. Photo Credit Len Matthews Make Room For Implementation #10
  40. 40. Make Room For Implementation #10 Results don’t come unless habits are established and best practices are learnt. For habits to be established you need time, intentionality, practical preparation and implementation. There is no point receiving health coaching if you’re not prepared to spend the time emptying out excessive junk food from cupboards, and plan a food menu. But to do this requires time. Therefore, if you’re not willing to put the time in to implement the changes, than perhaps you should save your money and not start the coaching. However, it would be far better to count the cost of the coaching and make the necessary room to make that happen. Be realistic with your other activities and give yourself the space and time to succeed when you start off on a course of coaching. You can't plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind. GORDON B. HINCKLEY TWEET THIS QUOTE
  41. 41. Last Comments I hope this short guide has been of help to you. All too often people spend a lot of money on coaching, and more often then not they can both save money and get more from the coaching time by thinking more intently about it. I work with all of the above principles as part of my coaching process and ensure clients get great value when they’re working with me. A good coach would not respond defensively and negatively to any these questions, and whether you work with me, or another I’d encourage you to start out your coaching relationship by preparing well. Not only will it make the coaching more effective, but it will save you lots of money.
  42. 42. Looking For A Coach? I work as a coach and work with clients face to face in London, UK or over Skype. I’m a strategic coach, with years of experience taking people who are good and helping them become great. I would be delighted to work with you, and will be jointly committed that you spend the minimum you need to to get the maximum results. Even if we only do one session, where I send you away with some templates and life changing book recommendations, my priority is to give you the best input, most cost effectively. I run a series of programs that range from a one off session to a module of 18. These are my 11 Coaching areas I focus on: 1. Business Coach 2. Executive Coach 3. Leadership Coach 4. High Performance Coach 5. Turnaround Coach 6. Start Up Coach 7. Relationship Coach 8. Life Coach 9. Marketing Coach 10. Sales Coach 11. Productivity Coach
  43. 43. Please visit Caleb Storkey Coaching for more information. And for a limited period of time, you can use this code for an initial free 30 minutes coaching. If you’re not quite sure if you want to proceed, or simply want to say hello, drop me an email at Thanks for reading, and I wish you every success for your future.
  44. 44. Photo Credit Immurrey It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak and another to hear. HENRY DAVID THOREAU TWEET THIS QUOTE
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