You’re probably asking yourself what kind of question is this?  What does it mean to be a great coaching client, and why does it matter?  Let me explain:

First, let’s be clear on what coaching really is.  Here are two very simple definitions of coaching:

“Coaching is partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” 

“Coaching is the art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another.”

So it’s not a relationship where the Coach does all the work, or has the answers or gives advice.

And that’s where the “test” aspect comes in.

You see, some folks hire a Coach thinking that the Coach does all the work in the relationship.  That the Coach is the one with expertise or know how or smarts and that as the client, they are just along for the ride.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

A great coaching client needs to be ready to roll up their sleeves and do the work.  To explore and reflect and be fully involved in a deep dive on their values and goals and how that translates to the career and life and leadership choices they make.

So, when a prospective client contacts me and we have our first, preliminary conversation, one of the things I’m paying attention to is their expectations of the coaching relationship.

I love being a Coach because I get to work with amazing, dedicated individuals who seek to better themselves. Coaching is indeed a partnership between client and Coach.  We each need to pass each other’s “test” before we agree to work together.


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