Recommended good practice is for coaches to spend at least 30 minutes in quiet reflection after a coaching conversation. It’s helpful to use the following headings to structure this reflection:
- What topics did we explore?
- Where these expected or unexpected?
- Did we dig into them in sufficient depth?
- What other issues arose, which I need to think about?
- What’s left to explore about this issue in our next coaching session?
- What questions did I ask, which were most or least helpful?
- How well did I do in allowing the coachee to “have the conversation they needed to have with themselves”?
- What did I learn about myself? About how I coach?
- What did I learn about the coachee?
- What happened to facilitate the coachee’s learning?
- What creative thinking occurred?
- Who did most of the creative thinking – me or the coachee?
- What new concepts did we explore?
- What could I do to make future sessions even more creative?
- What could I take to supervision and why?
- How can I apply the lessons from reflecting on this session, to future coaching conversations?
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