A life coach has a primary responsibility of providing help and guidance to his client, thereby, empowering them to make better choices and decisions and propelling them in the direction of their intended goals. It is utmost important that a life coach partners with his clients always looking after his best interests and helping them grow and develop in areas where they seek improvements.
As a life coach, this is quite challenging and this involves connecting with every client who are different to each other with different priorities, expectations, values, beliefs and views on life. Each of them is dealing with lots of challenges that slows them from achieving their goals, and restricting them from their full potential.
It is of utmost importance that a life coach should be extremely attentive to client’s needs, expectations and understand their deeper issues that are holding them back. I sincerely make myself very observant to the subtleties in what client says, actions, behaviours that helps in further understanding and in turn guiding them to a path for their development and growth.
Most often, people approach life coaches when they feel the need to seek help to improve specific areas of their life. A life coach must create a rapport with the client and objectively listen to them to get more insights of their client. This happens as the sessions begins and the coach starts probing with the right questions to bring out details of clients life especially those specific areas where they need improvement. A deep and profound understanding of the client and his challenges is the key to getting started and nurturing them in their growth.
As you understand, a life coach’s job is not a cake walk and certainly not an easy profession. It is about shouldering a lot of responsibility and their success depends on their client’s eventual success. A good life coaching will initiate the transformation process of the client thereby, affecting positively on their quality of life choices. Poor choices may also imply poor guidance and direction from the life coach. The poor guidance reflects that the life coach didn’t understand the client well enough and probably did not get to the bottom of the issues by not asking the right questions that could have otherwise empowered the client to make a better choice.
How I interact with my client
It is of utmost importance to be constantly aware of what is happening around me. It is my job to sense and interpret any information provided by my client with a non-judgemental perspective. With this frame of mind, I make an honest effort to see things objectively as they unfold while listening to my client. I also encourage my clients to be more open and candidly talk about what is in their mind. I would always like to believe that my client is telling the truth and I assume what I hear is truth. While listening, my coaching experience helps me to sort out facts from opinions and probe with questions to further understand issues at a deeper level.
Awareness of the Client
During the coaching session, my main objective is to be fully mindful of my client. With time, experience and after lots of practice, I have developed my skill to completely focus on my client to sense and recognize the subtleties or any patterns, thus gathering as much insights as I can, so as to understand their thought process, beliefs, feelings and emotions that determine their behaviour and actions. Understanding my client and their state of mind is very important for me as this helps to ascertain the facts and plan the coaching process for them. It is natural that when people tell their story it is mostly from their perspective, they may miss some portions or
Unwilling or uncomfortable to share their entire story. Probing further with questions and digging deeper to uncover more information is what I practice during my initial sessions. This helps in providing my client with a right guidance and direction during the coaching process.
Awareness of self
I am also self aware of how I present myself to my client, the way I am perceived by my clients is important as this influences their response to my questions and accordingly impacts the progress of the coaching sessions.
Being aware of both my client and self is a practice I have carried out for quite sometime and there have been significant improvements on my side. I aspire to keep improving and transforming more and more people by helping them develop strategies to cope up with their issues and deal with their challenges confidently leading to positive personal and professional growth and eventually attaining their full potential.