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During this session, we will focus on your values, behaviours, attitudes and emotional awareness and establish how this can impact on the coaching role.
At the start of all coaching sessions, it is best to ask ‘what would you like to focus on today’ this enables you to put the ownership for the session back onto the client and enables you to clarify the points for discussion during that session. 

Often there may be discussion points not fully explored from the previous session and this is a good opportunity to raise them. You could consider asking ‘so what progress have you made towards your goals since the last session?’

It is advisable for the coach to keep brief notes of the coaching sessions (at a minimum) and that these notes are read to form a ‘refresher’ on the previous session. This allows you to prepare for the session ahead and to have an idea of the aims of this session.

As a coach, you need to be asking questions in order to extract information, thoughts and opinions from the client. The session should be discussion based and facilitated and guided by the coach, the content of the discussion is always in the full control of the client.

In order to deliver effective coaching, you need to ensure that you keep your own values to yourself and not use these to influence the outcome of a coaching session. During the session, you need to be approachable and have a positive and interested attitude into the needs of the client and of the session itself.

Coaching can often be an emotional process as this leads to difficult discussions on challenging situations. It is key to support the client through the session but to accept that dealing with emotional issues is a key part of the coaching process. The coach’s role here is not to upset the client but to ensure that they can express their emotions in a controlled and supportive manner. Often by expressing emotions individuals are able to confront an issue, accept it and be able to move forward.

The same can be said for your coaching techniques, you will try something that will work perfectly well with one individual and completely fail with another. You need to recognise that failure is good.  Everything I've learned about coaching, I've learned from making mistakes.

When coaching you need to be aware of your own emotions and control these when faced with a challenging situation or something that is against your beliefs. Having said that should a real conflict of values, behaviours and attitude occur then it may be necessary to terminate the coaching relationship.