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Episode 33: The Four Types of Coaching Sessions

This week we discuss what I have found to be the four most common types of coaching sessions. We also explore the balance of providing some routine and expectation within a session, while also creating space for exploration and creativity.

33: The Four Types of Coaching Sessions

As coaches, our job is to create the container in which extraordinary discovery can occur for our clients.   In order to do that, we have to find a balance between providing some routine and expectation, while also creating space for exploration and creativity.

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Show Notes

As coaches, our job is to create the container in which extraordinary discovery can occur for our clients.

In order to do that, we have to find a balance between providing some routine and expectation, while also creating space for exploration and creativity.

A clear structure is an important part of partnering with our clients as it defines both the overall coaching relationship and an individual coaching session and helps us as coaches to gain a sense of confidence and our clients to feel supported.

Everything that we're talking about today is at the heart of powerful coaching and is key for us to have the confidence that when we partner with our client, we are going to co-create something extraordinary. That's why I went into coaching and I know that's why you're interested in it as well.

Topics covered

  • How structure in coaching helps both you and your clients
  • Making room in your coaching structure for the magic of spontaneity
  • Why it's helpful to be more structured when you're just starting out as a coach
  • How creating a structure for coaching sessions fits in with the International Coach Federation's core competencies
  • The four main purposes of coaching sessions
  • Why you may find yourself addressing multiple purposes in a coaching session
  • How you can help your clients through an inspiration-focused coaching session
  • Supporting your clients effectively with brainstorming
  • Recognizing a perspiration-oriented coaching session
  • Techniques you can use to help your clients achieve their desired session outcome
  • Why transformation sessions are more of an internal process
  • How you can guide your clients through a transformation session
  • Centering the client's lived experiences in your coaching
  • When a restoration session is helpful
  • Why the focus of a restoration session should be synthesis

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TRANSCRIPT

 

Well, hi there, my friend, I am so glad you're here for another episode of the Coach with Clarity podcast. My name is Lee Chaix McDonough, and I'm going to give you a little behind the scenes look at how this podcast gets made when I share with you that the topic I'm going to be discussing today was nowhere on my editorial content calendar. In fact, I have a plan for topics I want to discuss or people I want to interview or coaching calls I want to conduct, and I have this calendar that guides me over the next, let's say three to six months. And I find it really helpful to have that kind of calendar because it allows me to plan out content that I hope will be valuable for you, and it allows me to connect that with other things that are going on in my business or in the world. And so having that kind of schedule gives me some direction, some clarity, and some purpose, and then this week, I was presenting to my first-ever cohort of students studying to be Certified Clarity Coaches. So this is my initial coach training program that just launched in September, and so we're wrapping up our first month, and we were talking about the importance of structure in coaching, and why it is important to have a clear structure that defines both the overall coaching relationship and the individual coaching session. 

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