NMK – Political Coaching and Communication - 11 Questions to Ask Before the Coaching Session

11 Questions to Ask Before the Coaching Session

Coaching is a process. This basically means that it consists of several one-on-one coaching sessions in which the coach and the coachee discuss opportunities, threats, short and long-term goals, in addition to development and change plans. The coachee should be aware of the importance of every session as it is affecting, or going to affect, the process as whole.

“Being coached is not a trivial commitment.”

The first thing that must be kept in mind is that not every individual who signs up for a coaching session or ‘journey’ is really ready to be coached. For instance, Ulrich (2008) considers that coachees who are not likely to change are those who:

  • take on coaches to serve others,
  • accept someone else naming their coach for them,
  • enter the coaching relationship without a clear agenda

Therefore, it is extremely crucial that every coachee honestly and clearly respond to the following questions before engaging in any coaching session:

  • Why am I interested in receiving coaching?
  • Is it more behavioral or strategic results that interest me the most?
  • Who wants me to get the coaching?
  • What specific events have led them to recommend that I receive coaching?
  • What will be the outcome of my coaching?
  • How will I define success from this experience?
  • How much is making behavior or strategic change a priority?
  • Am I willing to invest both time and emotional energy to it?
  • How much am I willing to be transparent to those I work with as I embark on the coaching exercise?
  • What is the personal brand I now have and what would I like it to be?
  • What price am I will to pay to create this new brand?



Source Ulrich, D. (2008). Coaching for results. Business Strategy Series, 9(3), 104-114. Retrieved from https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/17515630810873320/full/html

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