"I want to give you a deep coaching gift card. If you want a powerful coaching conversation at some point in the next 6 months, contact us and we`ll add one to the calendar. Does the agreement seem to have been prepared with an understanding of the customer relationship and is fair and equitable? Or does it look like a model that is very generic and does not affect the reality of business with the coach? If you register as an ICF member on the ICF International website, you can search for "Establishing the Coaching Agreement" and you will find model contracts for personal coaching, coaching in general and even a free webinar on establishing the Coaching Agreement (2010) This is detrimental because the coaching agreement creates the conditions for everything that will happen in the rest of the coaching conversation. [UPDATE, 10-10-19: The ICF has just announced a new coaching model for owners of ICF accredited coach training programs like the Certified Positive Psychology Coach Program. They asked us not to share the new module until they allow it for their entire membership in November. It seems that the following skills remain appropriate under the new model. If I discover something else, I will update it.] In your coaching contract, determining what your clients can expect from you as a coach directly reflects, in the eyes of your client, your competence as a coach. Sticking to a high level and spelling it out in the agreement is a way for you, as a coach, to make your presentation. Clients can be inspired to improve their performance if, as a coach, you have your own standards of excellence. If your customers see the high standards you have for yourself, they will understand that you will also keep them at a high level.

For long-term clients (people I`ve been working with for 6 months or more), less frequent sessions can work quite well. The depth and quality of our relationship make this possible. Typically, these relationships are the ones in which I play more of a thought partner role and the coaching goals are much more holistic and less specific. Regardless of the frequency of your coaching sessions, you should document the frequency of the sessions in your coaching agreement. Certainly ask questions, BUT it`s much easier to protect yourself and make an informed decision about how you want to spend your money with a coach than to remind yourself to ask the right questions. It`s pretty much certain to say that if you don`t explore and establish the coaching conversation agreement for at least 5 minutes, you`re starting on the wrong track. An abbreviated agreement that defines the scene almost guarantees that the topic will be problem-oriented, out of the customer, not transformative. Very useful guide when I make my own coaching agreement.

Your ideas and explanations are particularly useful and reinforce best practices and coaching models of excellence. Thank you for freeing yourself from this wisdom. Statements you might agree with your clients in your coaching contract may be: I`ve put together some typical questions I hear from coaches, and grouped into two sentences. . . .

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