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How to Adjust the Direction of Coaching Sessions

John Williams
January 12, 2022

Navigating the Path in Coaching: Embracing Exploration While Staying on Track

Just as characters in stories often find themselves lost in the woods, coaching sessions sometimes veer off the initially set path. This divergence isn’t necessarily negative; it can lead to some of the most profound and memorable conversations, similar to those spontaneous discussions with friends and family where we lose track of time and topic.

The Balance Between Structure and Exploration in Coaching

While unstructured exploration can yield comfort and amazing insights, it’s essential to remember the purpose of the coaching session. Clients invest in coaching not just for enjoyable conversations but for transformative ones that have the potential to change their lives. Therefore, maintaining a balance between allowing free exploration and keeping the session goal-oriented is crucial.

Guiding Clients Through Changing Agendas

Sometimes, a client might shift focus during a session, or a deeper, more significant issue may emerge. Here’s how a coach can effectively manage such shifts:

  • Acknowledging Multiple Agendas: When a client wants to change direction mid-session, consider the needs of ‘Client A’ who started with the initial agenda and ‘Client B’ who sees a new path. A helpful question might be: “At the beginning, we focused on ____. It seems there’s a new direction emerging. Which would you prefer to explore in our remaining time?”
  • Uncovering Deeper Issues: If the conversation naturally uncovers a deeper issue than initially planned, it’s important to pivot carefully. Asking, “This seems like a significant topic, more so than our initial one. Which of these should we focus on for now?” can help prioritize the discussion.
  • Capitalizing on Early Insights: If a clear and actionable step emerges early in the session, decide how to use the remaining time by checking in with the client: “We’ve identified a strong action step quickly today. Would you like to start implementing it now, explore this further, or discuss another topic?”

Maintaining Focus While Allowing for Discovery

The journey through a coaching session is much like wandering through a forest. It’s full of discovery, and at times, you might stray from the path. However, it’s crucial to periodically check in with the original agenda to ensure that the client’s time is being used effectively and that they are moving towards their goals. Exploration is encouraged, but it should always be aligned with the client’s objectives and what they hope to achieve from their investment in coaching.

By skillfully managing the balance between structure and exploration, coaches can ensure that each session is both enjoyable and profoundly impactful. If you’re interested in learning more about effective coaching techniques and how to manage dynamic coaching sessions, consider joining one of our upcoming coach training sessions.

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