Preparing for a Business Coaching Session
Business Coaching for Busy Owners and Managers
Business coaching sessions are often scheduled to fit in around a person's busy working schedule when it would be difficult for them to find the time to attend a classroom-based training course or similar programme to develop their skills and potential. These short but regular meetings will aim to identify the barriers which are holding back the person being coached from fulfilling objectives and maximising their potential at work, and will seek to introduce an action plan to work towards overcoming these particular difficulties.
Effective Planning to Maximise the Time Available
Due to the time constraints that most business coaching sessions are under, it is important that both the coach and the person receiving the coaching come to the meetings well-prepared. If it is the first meeting, the person being coached should come already armed with areas in which they feel they are lacking or could at east do with more development. This list may not be comprehensive and include everything, as more may become apparent as the sessions progress, but it will at least give a good starting platform upon which to build.
The structure of the meeting needs to be planned by the business coach so that the session does not wander and the time is not used up talking about issues which do not serve to achieve the desired outcome or objective(s). Of course, issues may crop up in the sessions that were unexpected and need some time to be spent discussing them through, but it is important not to lose site of the ultimate goal of the session which should be defined at the outset.
Having a clear plan for the direction of the coaching session will make maximum use of the limited time available. Conversely, a coach who just turns up to the session with no plan would find that a lot of time is wasted. The best and most experienced business coaches and mentors understand that there needs to exist a delicate balance between a structured and fast-paced session, but also one that allows for deviations and discussions when they are relevant to the initially-specified objectives. This could involve the identification of additional problems or barriers which were not even considered during the first couple of sessions or during the initial planning stage.
The Room Itself Needs Preparation
When time is short, the last thing anybody wants to be doing is messing about with the room moving furniture or clearing up after the last occupants. This all needs to be done before the allocated time as the individual (and of course the coach!) may have to be somewhere else straight after, meaning that the session cannot overrun. If this is the case then precious time will be lost if it does not start on time.