Mainly what coaches do during a coaching session is to help the client gain awareness and then take action towards achieving the goal client has in mind. But sometimes the client’s mind can have distractions which makes it hard for them to concentrate and take action.
Use some of the ways below to help your client to refocus and direct their energy to what they want to change.
List of Tools to Help Your Clients Refocus
Being aware of where they are
Positive psychology defines it as Active and Constructive Responding. It helps to give strength to relationships and causes people to be more accepting of ideas and suggestions.
When there is enough positivity around people tend to be more creative and open. They can feel more confident and open to making changes.
Asking instead of telling
Asking questions is a great exercise. Find out about where the client is right now and where they want to be. This way you also prompt your clients to really think about what they truly want. Most times people haven’t really thought through what they really want and this way you force them to put things down on paper.
Focusing on positives
Problems exist but its more important to emphasize the client’s assets which is their strengths, their support system and their resources (time and money)
Presenting a new habitat
Take the client out of their comfort zones. The client’s old reality supports old habits and to really change them they need their world to change. Create an environment that fosters change and positivity.
Don’t expect instant change
Some clients are not ready to change, and they go through stages of change before they take action. These stages include Precontemplation, they might not realize the change needed or feel pressured by someone to create the change. Then there’s Contemplation, where they start researching about the change but they are not ready to act on it.
Finally, there’s preparation, when they’re making necessary plans to set themselves up for success, such as changing their schedule and learning new techniques. after all, that is someone able to actively change and, even then, they probably can’t change everything at once. Getting a client ready to change is part of coaching them to change.
Being a great coach is an art form; not everyone can do it with ease. To many, it may seem like an effortless skill, but in reality, the very best coaches inspire, empower, and motivate their clients to progress and succeed. If your clients feel lost don’t be demotivated and try out-of-the-box approaches to get them to refocus.
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