coaching agreement

Welcome!

I look forward to working with you as your coach in exploring your personal happiness, success and getting more of what you want out of life!  Having a clear coaching agreement establishes a foundation for our work.  As you review this, please let me know if you have any questions.

What is coaching?

Coaching is a series of questions and answers, backed by experience and training, where the client finds their own truth.  It's about creating the future in the most authentic way.  The process expands your ability to make significant changes, move forward in new areas and prioritize your happiness.  Coaching services are not a replacement for, psychotherapy, legal counsel, or medical advice.

As your coach, you can expect me to:

  • Commit to an open, honest, collaborative coaching relationship.

  • Be a partner in bringing out the best, deepest, and the truest in you.

  • Provide safety, encouragement and support—an environment in which you can relax and explore.

  • Respect confidentiality as agreed upon.

  • Expand your view of what is possible and promote discovery of new insights.

  • Give you input, straight feedback and operate as a sounding board.

  • Listen carefully to what you say and ask questions to provoke awareness.

  • Be a resource for you to use in accomplishing your goals
     

As my client, I expect you to:

  • Cultivate a core of honesty with yourself.

  • Commit yourself to goals that are truly meaningful and significant to you.

  • Experiment with new approaches and practice new behaviors.

  • Provide ongoing feedback on whether the coaching is valuable and meeting your needs.

  • Be open to hearing my feedback and letting me know whether it fits.

  • Take ownership for your progress and accomplishments
     

Nature of the coaching relationship:

You enter into coaching with the understanding that you are fully responsible for creating your own decisions and results. You agree to not hold me liable for any outcomes resulting directly or indirectly from the coaching process. It’s also important to understand that the process of coaching is generally not a linear one with steady progress towards your goals. More often there are ups, downs, and plateaus along the way.

Preparation & Acceleration:

To ensure the most productive use of the coaching time, come to each session prepared with an agenda. Take a few minutes before each session to sort out the progress you have made since our last session and to consider how you would like to use the upcoming session.  Several factors will speed up our work together. As much as possible, come to each coaching session with a clear agenda. Feel free to email that information ahead of time. Only agree to action plans that you fully intend to carry out, and then do it! If you are unable to follow through as you intended, be prepared to talk about what got in the way, and how to best address that barrier so that it does not continue to interfere with your positive momentum.

Payment:

It is important to keep our financial agreement clear as decided upon.  Payment is due before the first coaching session begins and can be billed automatically by month or up front. 
 

Time Barriers & Rescheduling:

Sometimes life happens and so does showing up late.  If we begin late, the session time missed may be lost.  If a session needs to run over the allotted time it may require additional payment.  I have reserved your time for you. If the need arises, please give me 48 hours notice and we will reschedule. Without proper notice or a legitimate emergency, you will be responsible for the cost of the session. I will notify you promptly if I need to reschedule one of our meetings.

 

Problems:

Honesty is a very important foundation.  Please do not be “nice” as a way to protect either one of us.  I expect you to honestly tell me what is working about the coaching relationship, and what is not working.  If I ever say or do something that upsets you or does not feel right, please bring it up.  I promise to do whatever I can in order for you to be satisfied.  Honesty and trust are critical for our relationship to grow.  I want this to be an open and safe place for you to come with confidence.  If either of us at any time feels that we are not the ‘ideal fit’ for the coaching exchange, we are equally, 100% responsible for sharing our concerns with each other.