Have you ever wondered what goes on within a Coaching session?
Well, this week, I am peeling back the curtain and sharing with you the most common topics that my clients and I are currently talking about!
It’s interesting because across an array of businesses and professional situations, there is an alignment of talking topics. To be clear, I am of course not going to share any specific information about individual situations (client confidentiality is highly respected!), but rather, the common focal points and areas that we’re working on at the moment.
Many people are actually working on the same thing, but just in a different context!
And this means that there’s a good chance that you will relate to these challenges too!
So here are the consistent talking points within my coaching sessions at the moment:
Balancing large workloads and the ebb and flow of business projects is a regular topic we talk about. Some months are just flat out busy! When you’re building and growing a business, you want to create more work and inevitably the work can come all at once! These busy periods can be particularly challenging on a number of levels: staffing, impact on personal lives and health. It’s important to have a“game plan” for these busy periods! And that’s what I help my clients create and maintain.
Can you use the three D’s? Delete, delegate, delay. You need to be flexible and to do things differently for the busy period in order to manage the new workload. You may even need to take a step back and adjust your own expectations about what is realistically achievable.
Staffing & relationships
Relationships are key to any business operation, regardless of industry. Having the right staff, enough staff and managing staff is a talking point for many of my coaching sessions. We also touch on creating ways to maintain the important relationships within the business and professional networks of my clients. This can be traditional networking, informal catch-ups or reaching out to others through mutual connections or on LinkedIn. Having the right relationships working well is important.
One of my roles as a coach is to help my clients create and maintain(or break) habits. This is common to all of my coaching sessions. Whatever the business or professional situation, it usually requires growth. My clients need to change as the business grows or change in order to make the business grow! This means acquiring new habits!
As a coach I provide the support that my clients need throughout the habit acquiring process. And as it’s a bumpy ride most of the time, this is of great value. There is much information about acquiring habits in short amounts of time but little information about what is required to stay the course. It’s not about willpower! It’s about having a system and understanding that the process involves getting of track for some of the time.
Most of the professionals and business owners I work with operate within a small to medium-size enterprise. This means that marketing is in-house. So many conversations lead to marketing and lead generation. While not everyone is enthusiastic about marketing, all clients realise the importance and inevitability of it. We often discuss implementing marketing plans and how to maintain these as part of a business system. While some clients prefer to outsource the marketing tasks, the strategy and outcomes are always designed by each client themselves for their own unique situation.
Self care and boundaries
I have kept this topic on the agenda for all of my clients, particularly after the challenges we’ve all experienced within the last year. Change and disruption has impacted business and ways of working in a big way! This has meant more stress and the changing of-or complete erasing- of boundaries. It’s important at these points of disruption to our routines that we become mindful of where our boundaries are between work and leisure, professional and personal, being busy and relaxing to restore energy. I consistently ask my clients about their workload and their self care activities. Regardless of how busy you are, you must have self care practices that you do on a regular basis. This helps to restore your energy and, most importantly, prevent burnout.
Are these topics your current challenges too?
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