I recently invited my friends, Jacquelyn and Michael, who just moved from Texas to New York over for my version of a home cooked meal which is my husband grilling and me making some very easy sides.
Though in a social setting, since Jacquelyn and I also have a professional relationship, the conversation turned to work later in the evening. She is the president of the 100 Coaches Agency and every once and a while they send me a client. They have a very specific coach matching process which you can learn about in her book, Becoming Coachable.
I mentioned feeling like it is a disadvantage to be the first chemistry call because they don’t know what they don’t know. As a result, you have less of a chance of being selected as the coach. That led to a conversation about how a client can prepare for their coaching chemistry call to make best use of the time.
That got me thinking, I don’t have a specific format or structure for these initial calls. I always start with building rapport and sensing if there is fit. I want to look forward to talking to my clients, not dread it. If I pick my clients well, I do.
Coaching is bidirectional and selecting the right coach is as much the responsibility of the client as it is the coach. It has to be a fit for both of you.
To the chagrin of our husbands, Jacquelyn and I dove in deep discussing how to help the potential client (and coach) prepare for the chemistry call. Here is what we came up with…
5 Things To Think About Before The Coach Chemistry Call
- What are your goals?
- What type of coaching style would work best for you?
- What success looks like in a relationship and in your objectives.
- A recent situation you can share with the coach to see how they would coach you.
- Do you want a pure coach or a coach consultant that is bringing in expertise?
5 Things To Out During The Chemistry Call
- Do you have rapport?
- Are they someone you would listen and respond to?
- Do they have the experience and credibility you’re seeking?
- What is their coaching style and coach approach?
- Will they challenge me, stretch me, and help me grow?
Want to learn more about how to engage in coaching, check out the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Becoming Coachable.