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Fully Exploring a Coaching Agenda

John Williams
December 1, 2023

Unlocking the Potential of Effective Coaching Agreements

Agenda setting may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of dynamic coaching elements, but its influence is undeniable. I’m excited to share why agenda setting is crucial for setting the tone and expectations in coaching relationships.

The Significance of Agenda Setting

Agenda setting is fundamental in coaching for several reasons:

  • It outlines what each session will entail, setting clear expectations.
  • It informs clients about what they can expect from their coach.
  • It shapes the overall relationship between coach and client.

The practice of agenda setting is not just about maintaining structure; it’s about enriching the coach-client relationship, making the development of this skill critical for every coach.

The Fundamentals of Crafting a Coaching Agreement

To master agenda setting, coaches should start with these basic steps:

  1. Identifying the session’s topic.
  2. Helping clients articulate a measurable outcome for the conversation.
  3. Confirming the agenda with the client to ensure mutual understanding.

While these steps lay the groundwork, the real magic happens when coaches engage deeply, exploring the full breadth of their clients’ agendas.

From Initial Ideas to In-depth Exploration

Here’s a guiding principle for effective coaching: never take agendas or action steps at face value. It’s essential for coaches to delve deeper, helping clients to explore underlying issues rather than just surface-level topics. Consider these transformations:

  • A client’s simple statement about procrastination might evolve into a detailed discussion on student-teacher dynamics, highlighting the real issues impacting the client’s academic performance.
  • A discussion on the challenges of starting a new business could narrow down to formulating a targeted approach to an initial marketing plan, making the session far more productive.

By asking targeted questions, coaches can uncover the true essence of what the client needs to discuss, leading to more effective and focused coaching sessions.

Efficient Agenda Setting with the TIME Method

While some coaches worry about the lack of time to explore agendas thoroughly, the TIME method offers a structured approach to maximize efficiency:

  1. T – TOPIC: Identify the main topic for discussion.
  2. I – IMPORTANCE: Determine why this topic is important to the client today.
  3. M – MEASURE: Define a clear, measurable outcome for the session.
  4. E – ECHO: Confirm the agenda by echoing it back to the client for affirmation.

Employing these steps can help streamline the agenda-setting process, enabling both coach and client to dive deeper into more productive discussions.

Agenda setting is a vital skill that can significantly influence the success of coaching sessions. By fully embracing and mastering this skill, coaches can provide more meaningful and impactful guidance to their clients. If you’re intrigued by the potential of effective agenda setting and want to learn more, consider signing up for one of our upcoming sample coach training sessions.

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Each session we look at a different tool from the Academic Life Coaching and Coach Training EDU training program and take a deep dive into its origin, theory, and application. 

This is an interactive workshop designed to be experienced fresh biweekly. Open to prospective and current students as well as alumni. The workshops are live and fast paced. You’ll want a strong internet connection, a chance to review the 3-page PDF ahead of time, and a quiet place to experience the workshop. It’s the closest experience you’ll get to being in the real training.

60 Minutes. Live via Zoom. Optional 15 minute Q&A after. 

May 16th at 3 PM Pacific

Transformation & Coach Training Session

Coaching & Transformation-1 Hour Life Coach Training

Each session we look at a different tool from the Academic Life Coaching and Coach Training EDU training program and take a deep dive into its origin, theory, and application. 

This is an interactive workshop designed to be experienced fresh biweekly. Open to prospective and current students as well as alumni. The workshops are live and fast paced. You’ll want a strong internet connection, a chance to review the 3-page PDF ahead of time, and a quiet place to experience the workshop. It’s the closest experience you’ll get to being in the real training.

60 Minutes. Live via Zoom. Optional 15 minute Q&A after. 

Business Mastermind Sessions

May 23rd at 9 AM Pacific

Business Mastermind

Business Mastermind--1 Hour Biweekly Workshop

ALC and CTEDU founder John Andrew Williams offers a biweekly Business Mastermind. Although these workshops are designed for current students and alumni, prospective students are welcome to register after speaking with an admissions advisor.

The workshops are fast paced, live on zoom. We usually take a dive into a specific websites, elevator pitches, sales calls, and whatever else coaches are facing as they establish their businesses.

60 Minutes. Live via Zoom.

May 16th at 3 PM Pacific

Business Mastermind

Business Mastermind--1 Hour Biweekly Workshop

ALC and CTEDU founder John Andrew Williams offers a biweekly Business Mastermind. Although these workshops are designed for current students and alumni, prospective students are welcome to register after speaking with an admissions advisor.

The workshops are fast paced, live on zoom. We usually take a dive into a specific websites, elevator pitches, sales calls, and whatever else coaches are facing as they establish their businesses.

60 Minutes. Live via Zoom.

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