Episode 26: How Much Should We Share with Our Clients?

Are you setting boundaries with your clients? In this episode, we're going to go over some ground rules for self-disclosure in coaching sessions, when it is appropriate to share and then, of course, when it's not appropriate to share.

26: How Much Should We Share with Our Clients?

"How much should I share with my clients?"   That's a question I get asked a lot by newer coaches and today we're diving right in.   It's important to ask yourself this question before you get in session with your clients so you know exactly where your boundaries are with regard to self-disclosure and how to use this tool appropriately.

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Show Notes

“How much should I share with my clients?”

That's a question I get asked a lot by newer coaches and today we're diving right in.

It's important to ask yourself this question before you get in session with your clients so you know exactly where your boundaries are with regard to self-disclosure and how to use this tool appropriately.

To help you figure it out, we're going to go over some ground rules for self-disclosure in coaching sessions, when it is appropriate to share and then, of course, when it's not appropriate to share.

Topics covered

  • How I developed my ground rules for self-disclosure
  • Why you need to get an accurate read on the level of rapport you have with your clients
  • The important question you need to ask yourself before sharing your experience
  • Signs that you may need to check your intentions before sharing with your client
  • Why asking for permission is critical for maintaining a client-centered dynamic
  • How to highlight the process over the plot
  • What your stories might unintentionally signal to your clients
  • The problem with positioning yourself as a guru
  • Remembering to reconnect with your client's agenda
  • When is it appropriate to share your personal experiences with clients?
  • How to use self-disclosure to help your clients
  • Knowing when self-disclosure is not appropriate

Resources mentioned

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TRANSCRIPT


Well, hey there, my friend. Thank you for joining me for another episode of the Coach with Clarity podcast. My name is Lee Chaix McDonough and today's episode we are diving right in to a very juicy topic and a question that I get asked a lot by newer coaches and by coaches who are transitioning into the coaching profession from other helping oriented careers including therapy. And that question is, “How much should I share with my clients?”. 

This question of self-disclosure, and how much about ourselves, our stories, and our experiences that we share with our clients is a really important question to ask yourself, and to consider before you get in session with your clients. You want to know where your boundaries are with regard to self-disclosure, and you also want to be really clear about when and how to use this tool.

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