Sunday, July 19, 2015

People to coach

Earlier this week I met with my personal coach and I asked for help in taking the step towards seeking clients for me to coach. I have formally coached just a couple people (outside of training), and I needed a plan to get the ball rolling, so to speak. It was a profitable coaching session, although I hadn't had time to put it into practice yet (it's been a crazy week). Well... today during my reading of the book 'Faith Coaching,' the chapter was on "Whom Would I Coach" and they gave the following 5 steps to finding people to coach. This is what they suggest:

Step 1: Think about your typical week and the people you encounter. Answer the following questions:
  • Who do you see on the way to work?
  • Who do you connect with at work?
  • Who do you see in the evenings while at home?
  • Who do you talk with on the phone?
  • What neighbors and friends do you see on the weekend?
  • Who do you encounter at church and other activities?
Step 2: Using the list of names from above, now list the names of at least twenty people you regularly encounter at least once per month.

Step 3: For each name on the list think about the typical conversations you have with that person and assign a number between 1 and 10 beside their name. A "1" represents the smallest of small talk ("How was your weekend?"). A score of "10" represents conversations that are meaningful, significant and tend to result in positive spiritual movement.

Step 4: Now go back over your list and think which 4 or 5 relationships have the greatest potential to increase by at least 3 levels (for example, from a 2 to a 5, or from a 6 to a 9). For each of the 4 or 5 relationships, what is it that makes you think there is the potential for more? Jot down the names and your reasoning.

Step 5: Now pick 1 or 2 of the names listed in step 4 and consider these questions:
  • How can you take those conversations deeper through coaching?
  • What would you need to think, do, and say differently that you do now?
  • What obstacles would need to be removed?
  • What results might you experience?
  • Where will you start?
  • When will you do it?

I thought that was a very "timely" reading, considering my coaching session just 2 days prior. Now I just need to do it. :)