Accountability Coaching Blog | Dennis Kay4 Ways to Get Effective Coaching
There are several ways to use a coach to get you to the next level. Which one meets your needs?
“Working with a Peak Performance and Accountability Coach puts you in a rare group of individuals. A group that is determined to work on their success and push past their current limits.”
There are several ways to use a coach to get you to the next level. The method or methods you chose will depend on your lifestyle, your own specific goals (and timing) and your budget. Each of them as their one pros and cons and many clients end up choosing one main method as well as one complimentary method.
Which one meets your needs?
1) Face to Face Coaching
This type of coaching can be very effective as you physically are face to face with your coach. You have their undivided attention and can usually dive deep into a particular topic or subject.
(NOTE: Even if you work with an online coach it’s good to be able to meet face to face somewhere convenient for both of you at least on an annual basis. It can take the client/coach relationship to the next level. I host meetups and workshops for my clients a few times a year in different parts of the world).
However, face to face coaching is also the most expensive and it requires scheduling between you and your coach that can be hard to adjust. You must live within close proximity to your coach and even a short drive to the meeting place involves travel, additional time and expenses, etc. Typically face to face coaching takes place once a week or a couple of times a month.
2) Employee / Intern
Many people try to learn new skills by becoming an employee or an intern at a company that they think they would enjoy working at and at the same time use the time working to learn new skills.
In this scenario, you trade time for money and some experience.
This can be a good way to make some progress and experience total immersion. You are surrounded by your chosen field of interest and you often have built-in accountability with your boss, manager, co-workers, etc.
But it can be a long term commitment and it’s not easy to adjust or personalize on the go. You can be locked into the “agreement” long after you find it’s no longer beneficial for the both of you.
Shadow Your Coach / Mentor in Real Time – This one is simple. You chose a coach or mentor who you want to learn from. You work out an agreement to shadow them or follow them around for an entire day, week or month (or it can be project-specific). In this type of coaching your goal will be to watch your mentor in action, in real-time. To first-hand experience, their schedule, see how they interact with others, how they negotiate, how they structure their day for maximum productivity. The pros? You will learn how your mentor structures their day and achieves their own success. The cons? It can be expensive and time-consuming. And much of what you learn may not apply to you and your specific goals.
3) Phone Calls / Video Calls
This type of coaching works best for most people. Here’s why:
1. It allows them to chose a coach who is the most qualified for them, or one they can relate to without needing to have that coach live nearby. The coach they hire can live in the same city or state, or in the same country, or even another country. Location doesn’t matter. What matters if the client is able to chose a coach/mentor who they can resonate and work with.
2. It’s also the most flexible. You and your coach can schedule phone calls, video calls or other virtual live events at days and times convenient for both of you. They can be done from home, at work, in your car, even walking the dog.
3. Broadened Perspective. Because you can hire a coach anywhere in the world that coach has a bigger opportunity to offer you a broadened perspective.
Our point of view drives how we live. From how we raise our children to the food we eat. Our perspective is based on our own life experiences and what we’ve been told. By its very nature, our perspective is narrow and limited.
A good coach will offer a broadened perspective.
There are other ways of thinking/ being/doing and this is required to change your actions. If you do not shift your perspective, you will not shift your actions and behavior. And nothing will change.
Your coach should open up your mind to new possibilities, new ideas and new ways of taking action in order to get the results you’re looking for.
4) Mastermind Groups
In this type of coaching is usually a small group of like-minded individuals will be chosen to participate in an online group meeting. These meetings usually last from 1-2 hours and each member is encouraged to participate. The goal is for the group to share their experience (wins, losses, lessons learned). The coach or mentor leads the group discussion.
Mastermind groups are a great way to add some accountability and structure goals and usually a good 1:1 coach will offer to invite you into their mastermind group if he feels you qualify and would benefit.
Mastermind groups by themselves can have limited benefits. But used with a 1:1 coach they can really help contribute to your success. Why? Networking and Visibility.
Working with a Peak Performance and Accountability Coach puts you in a rare group of individuals. A group that is determined to work on their success and push past their current limits.
A good coach will open up their network to you and give you maximum exposure to other organizations, people and processes that you can use in your own life.
These include introducing you to other professionals in areas such as health and fitness, career and finances, business and relationship growth and more.
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