Friday, December 21, 2012
Posted on Friday, December 21, 2012 by International Coach Federation
This post originally appeared on the ICA Blog.
It’s a simple fact. Asking your clients to journal and share their journal with you will completely transform your coaching business. Here’s why:
2. Calls are RICH – no wasted time: Reading their journal in between calls keeps you up to date with what’s happening in their lives on an on-going basis. What that means is that when you are meeting on the phone or in person, there is no time being spent on just catching up. You are already caught up and can jump right into moving forward, delivering high value on each and every call.
3. Continuous Self-Reflection: Asking them to journal daily encourages them to self-reflect regularly. The effect is an increase in attention to the role they play in their own lives and a greater sense of ownership and responsibility for their relationships and their personal circumstances. They feel a greater sense of empowerment with every passing week.
4. No Loss of Momentum in Between Calls: When you ask your clients to journal, you maintain contact, communication, and a consistent focus on personal development, especially in between calls. This means that there is no sliding backwards, but rather always forward movement. Some say the magic or the growth happens in between calls. Journaling allows you to share that growth with your client.
5. Increased trust and rapport in a shorter period of time: Journaling in a safe and secure on-line environment enables clients to share their fears, their insecurities, and even their past experiences with greater ease. Trust is built more rapidly, enabling you to move more quickly with your clients.
6. Faster results: Giving your clients the forum to express themselves in a journal means that you are getting more done with your clients in a shorter period of time. You are covering greater ground and getting to the meat of your coaching with greater speed.
7. Documentation of progress: When clients journal every day for the duration of their coaching period, they are literally documenting their progress and tracking their change over time. They can look back to the beginning of their journey and see how far they have travelled with you.
8. Proof of YOUR impact and influence: As they are documenting their experience in their journal, they are also creating evidence of their evolution. This is extraordinarily powerful as a testimony of your impact on their success. Your comments are available for their review, and the value of your time together is tangible.
9. Safety Deposit Box for their Story: Their journal lives long after their coaching with you has concluded. This creates a long term bond with you that draws them back over and over again. They have a need to return to the story they created, and you are the holder of that story.
10. Coaching Groups means journaling together: When you coach a group of people, you can ask all the participants to share their journals with one another and spend some time reading and responding to each other’s journals. This adds infinite value to the coaching experience and establishes an online journaling community that stays together long after coaching is complete.
|Kim Ades, MBA|