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After the Coaching Meeting

After each coaching meeting you need to make sure that:

  • You and the coachee both have copies of the action plan (physical or digital)
  • Focused observation is scheduled and on your calendar
  • You have also scheduled time for any action steps or follow-up that you need to do

 

We also recommend that you record notes from your meeting right away. It’s easy to forget what you talked about, especially if you have several meetings in a day. You may want to include:

  • Notes about the meeting as a whole
  • Their comments or questions about the goal practice
  • Needs for supplies, training, or other resources in addition to coaching
  • Personal details, stories or important dates that you want to remember (e.g. an upcoming surgery date, that their child just graduated from high school, they are afraid of cats, they haven’t been sleeping well, etc.)

 

If possible, allow at least 15 minutes after each meeting to ensure that you’ve wrapped things up – this is more efficient and effective than hoping you’ll get to it at the end of the day!

One of the best ways to grow as a coach is to reflect deeply on what you are doing, why you are choosing particular coaching moves, and what the impact of those moves is.

In addition to the notetaking and logistical follow-up listed above, we recommend that you set aside 15-30 minutes per week to analyze and evaluate your own coaching.

To help you do this, we’ve created a handout with over 40 reflection prompts (along with ideas for how you might use them!)

Click below to download the handout.

Another resource for reflecting on your coaching can be found in the Goal Setting section of the Project. Find the Goal Setting GPS video and scroll down for a link to the GPS Reflection Handout. Pages 2 and 3 prompt you to reflect on how you have approached goal setting with one coachee.

You may spend a lot more time reflecting on what you wish you had done better than reflecting on what you’ve done well. And yet, you will always get more of what you pay attention to. That’s why it can be so helpful to spend time reflecting on your “wins” on a regular basis! In the Coach Corner section of the Project, you’ll find ways to reflect on what’s going well – which will lead to more success and happiness.