Coaching is a managed conversation between two people focusing on learning and development. It supports a sustainable change of behaviours or ways of thinking.
A Coaching Contract protects all parties from misunderstandings, unprofessional and undignified conduct. It sets out the professional and ethical expectations of a coach, and their expectations of the client. A contract needs to be agreed, understood and entered into in a positive spirit by all parties.
A typical contract will include;
- location, frequency and length of session.
- Goals, roles and accountability of each party.
- Legal and financial aspects, such as payment terms and cancellation fees and how either party may withdraw from the coaching arrangement.
- Review dates, with agreed measurements and timescales.
- A Coaching Code of Ethics should be made clear to the client.
The ultimate aim of a contract is to pave the way for a rich, highly rewarding learning experience, where all parties see the end results-one where communication and openness are a common thread throughout.
refs; Passmore and Van Nieuwerburgh
If you think that you would like to be coached, the first thing to do is find a coach. This is fairly easy, as an internet search will provide a list of coaches and various directories which contain their contact details. Many coaches tend to gain work from the personal recommendation of a former client, so friends or colleagues are often a good source and may provide more information than you can gain by reading a directory.
During your first contact, the coach will explain the coaching process and what is involved. At this point a contract may be discussed. Finally, a location and time for the first meeting will be arranged. This is usually a discrete, yet public space, such as a quiet corner in a coffee shop or a hotel reception area.