The First Five Minutes

How do you begin a coaching session? Do you have a few minutes of small talk, followed by a debrief of last week’s assignment? Or do you jump right in with the classic “What would you like coaching around today?” Have you ever thought about the structure of your sessions?

Whatever your routine, it pays to give some thought to your habits from time to time, in order to avoid common traps and pitfalls. For example, let’s suppose you typically devote “five minutes or so” to “catching up” or “re-establishing rapport.” Did you ever consider whether this is truly time well spent? Read the rest of this entry »

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