How many Coaching Sessions do I need?

First, it depends on your own efforts, on your own openness and the commitment you have to solve your issue or problem.

Sometimes just a few coaching session might be enough. Other times you may need more. Therefore it is really an individual thing how many coaching sessions you need.

In case you want to improve your leadership skills or achieve a goal, you should consider engaging with coaching for a period of 3 to 6 months or even longer.

During this period, allow yourself to have at least 1 to 2 Coaching Sessions per week at the beginning. With the time and your progress, you could fade out to just 1 Coaching Session bi-weekly if that’s enough for you.

How long is a Coaching Session?

A Coaching Session could be between 5 Minutes and 2 Hours.

Again, it depends on your openness for new ideas. Your willingness to dig deep also has an impact on the session length.

Additionally, the complexity of your issue or problem could have an impact as well.

Is every Coaching Session the same?

The process will be the same, but the applied Coaching Method might be different.

A Coach is usually flexible enough to adjust during the session, thus you get the most out of it.

Is it good to use as many Coaching Methods as possible?

Hm, not from my point of view. Imagine your coach is applying a new method every session. Does that give you a feeling of security or continuity? Probably not.

It’s good to try something new, but as it is with everything, don’t get yourself confused. If your Coach applies a Method you like and that helps you, ask for it again.

Do I have a choice about the Coaching Method my Coach is applying?

Yes of course. You know what is best for you. A good Coach will always suggest different Methods to you. The decision which you like to use is yours.

I have some people in my Business which could benefit from coaching. Could I hire a Coach for them and tell them to go to the Coaching Sessions?

If you really want coaching to work for you and your employees, it is crucial that everyone could make their own decision about going to a coaching session.

Imagine you order one of your employees to go to a Coaching Session. The worst thing that could happen is that they are not open for it. Thus, the time of the Session is wasted, as they just do it because you told them.

On the other hand, it’s a total different experience for your employee if they have made the decision to take a Coaching Session. You just provide the opportunity.

To be honest, if I smell that a person was sent into a coaching session, but really don’t want it themselves, I just stop it right from the beginning. Why? As said above, because it would be a waste of the time for both of us.

Are you coming into my business and help me change things for the better?

Yes and No.

Yes, I would come into your business to help you find your own answers/solution if you think that is helpful for you.

No, I wouldn’t change anything for you, as this is your responsibility. To help you, I’m holding you accountable to what you decided and to the process of Coaching. At no time, I would engage with your business activities or decisions.

Coaching is about helping you find your own answers/solutions, not about giving advice (at least from my point of view). See my article about “The Distinction between Coaching and Consulting” for more clarification.

Coaching is a Partnership

Coaching for me is a Partnership we have. I’ll guide you to find your solutions. There is no telling you what to do.

This is because, you are responsible for your results. I do my best to help you get the results you like to achieve.

Are there any guarantees that coaching will work for me?

No. As with everything in life, there is no guarantee that coaching will work for you.

You have to find out for yourself. But many people already had the experience of coaching and know it works. That includes me as well.

A Coach is not a replacement for a Therapist

To be clear, if you have any mental illness, a coach is not the right person to speak to. You should consult a therapist instead. Your coach will let you know if he/she could help you or not.

I need a Quick Solution, could you help me?

It depends. That means it could be no or yes.

Again, it all comes down to your willingness and openness to address the things that bother you and to find the answers within you. In fact, we all know what we need to do, but try to avoid it as it feels uncomfortable.

But give yourself the freedom to let go of wanting a quick fix.

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