Over the years I have spoken to hundreds if not thousands of people about coaching and potentially getting involved in the process. During the course of these conversations I can’t remember the amount of times that time has come up as part of the conversation.
The interesting thing about the process of coaching is that many coaches portray the image that coaching can be quick and effective, this is only partly true.
Yes, coaching can be quick depending on the situation, the person being coached and the coach themselves and indeed coaching should be effective or else why bother? What is increasingly frustrating both for me as someone who is a coach and is also coached is the image that coaching doesn’t take much time. The idea is that all it takes is an hour a week and with that hour all issues will be solved.
I am not going to beat around the bush here, I don’t when I do a free initial consultation, coaching takes time, period. It is true that the time you spend with a coach may be an hour a week, 15 minutes a day or a day a month, whatever. The important point is that outside of this direct contact time there will be the need for further time spent on the activities, challenges, goals and scenarios that are being worked on as part of the coaching.
My advice to my clients is that for every hour of coaching allow for at least 2-3 hours for work on the coaching discussion. With this in mind there is no illusion as to what is required.
Depending on your goals the time required outside of the coaching conversation may be even greater. I work with a lot of people who already have a high level of success in their lives and more often than not they are aiming to take themselves to the next level, a level which is difficult to achieve especially with little support. I am here to give that support, if you think this might be of interest to you contact me here: https://transcend-coaching.co.uk/contact-me