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Episode 65: Transparency in Coaching

How much should you share? How will sharing serve your clients? What are you comfortable with? We’re talking about why transparency in coaching is important and how to figure out what’s appropriate for you, your clients, and your audience.
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65: Transparency in Coaching

How much of your life should your clients have access to? Where are your boundaries? Transparency and self-disclosure are important topics for us as coaches. It can be tricky to figure out what's appropriate because there are serious implications whether we share too much or don't share enough.

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Show Notes

How much of your life should your clients have access to? Where are your boundaries?

Transparency and self-disclosure are important topics for us as coaches. It can be tricky to figure out what’s appropriate because there are serious implications whether we share too much or don’t share enough.

As a coach, your level of transparency with your clients is a very personal decision and there’s no one right answer. Today I’m sharing a series of questions to help you figure out what feels right for you, your clients, and your audience through the lenses of marketing and service delivery.

Topics covered

  • Why deciding how transparent to be with clients is a personal decision
  • How sharing about yourself contributes to building authentic connections
  • The spectrum of transparency
  • Focusing on the purpose behind sharing
  • How to center your potential clients in your marketing
  • The problem with oversharing
  • What to consider before sharing personal insights and stories with clients

Resources mentioned

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TRANSCRIPT

 

Well, hello, my friend. Welcome to the Coach with Clarity Podcast. My name is Lee Chaix McDonough, I'm your host, and I'm so happy that you're joining me for today's episode. I want to dive into a topic that comes up quite a bit in my certification program, or when I'm providing mentor coaching, and even in the Coach with Clarity Membership. And that is a question around how much we as coaches should be sharing with our clients. I think this is one of the most important topics we can be talking about as coaches, because there are serious implications if we share too much and if we don't share enough. So, it is about finding that sweet spot in terms of how transparent we should be and how much of our lives our clients should have access to. So we're going to talk about that today, and I want to start by saying that there is no one right answer to this question. In fact, this is a very personal question that will require a very personalized answer. What feels like an appropriate amount to share for me may feel like too much or too little to you. So I don't want to suggest that there's one right way to do this, it will be on a spectrum. And at the end of the day, you will need to decide what feels right for you and what feels right for your clients and your audience.

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