Your first session with your client is incredibly important. In fact, it may be the most important session you ever have. Your first session sets the foundation for your relationship with your client, so it is important to make sure you get the most out of it. Let’s talk about three tips for getting the most out of your first life coaching session with a client.
- Have questions prepared. First, you should have your questions prepared. Instead of winging it when you get face-to-face with your client, you should have a list of questions you would like to get through. These questions do not have to be asked in any particular order, and they are just a guide for you to remember what you want to learn about your client.
- Take notes. Next, you should take notes. Taking notes on your session will allow you to create new questions as you go along. You can also review the notes before your second session. At the end of your first session, you can ask your client if there’s anything else they want you to know about them. This will not only make them feel seen and validated, but it will also give you necessary information to use for future sessions.
- Let your client do the talking. Finally, to really maximize your first client session, you should let them do most of the talking. Even if you and your client seemed to click naturally, it’s important to still let them speak. After all, the session is for them, and you want to make sure that their questions and concerns are getting addressed.
The first session with a new client can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming because you want to do what’s best for your client. To get the most out of your first session with your client, you should have questions prepared, take notes, and let your client do the majority of the talking. Even if you’ve been a life coach for a while, you can still expand on your skills. Coach Training Alliance has life coaching courses for any part of your coaching journey.