Tips on Coaching: Conduct an Effective Coaching Session

Tips on Coaching

Here are some tips on coaching and conducting an effective coaching session:

Set the stage for success

You need to set the stage for success to get the best results from your coaching session. This means creating a safe environment in which open communication can occur. This can be challenging when working with someone from a more traditional culture where people are conditioned not to speak their minds. You need to make them feel comfortable enough so that they will be able to share their thoughts and opinions openly and honestly with you.

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This may also mean going out of your way by asking questions that allow people in this situation some time to think about what they would like to improve on. Asking questions such as “What do you think is working well?” or “Is there anything else I should know about?” helps create an atmosphere of trust where people are more willing to share their thoughts freely without getting defensive or feeling like they might offend anyone else in the room during conversation time.

Create a safe environment and encourage openness

In the first session, establish a safe environment where your client feels comfortable opening up to you. To make that possible, avoid using yes/no questions, which are too rigid and don’t encourage openness. Instead, use open-ended questions such as “What do you think?” or “How did it go?” If your client is giving you feedback on your coaching style, listen carefully and consider their suggestions for future sessions.

Be present

The coaching session is a time to work on your mind, body, and spirit. Coaches must be mindful of their body language and words during this process.


  • Be aware of your body language.
  • Use active listening: Active listening involves paying close attention to what someone says by reflecting on what has been said in summary form so that both parties know where they stand intellectually.

Be specific about what you think is working well and what needs improvement

When coaching, it’s important to be specific about what you think is working well and what needs improvement. Use examples of behavior that is working well or not and how to improve the situation.

You should not be afraid to give examples of behavior that is working well or not. If you don’t want to give examples, the session will feel more like an interview, and the person you are coaching may feel more like a job candidate than someone who’s being coached. Give examples of what the person has done that is working well. Give positive reinforcement where it’s due!

Focus on one issue at a time as much as possible

While it may be tempting to try and tackle all the issues you see with your client at once, it’s important for you to focus on one issue at a time as much as possible. Why? Because it can be difficult for clients to remember every detail of a coaching session when they’ve got multiple things going on in their lives. It might also confuse them if too many things are coming at them all at once.

So how do you go about this in practice? First, provide your client with some context by saying something like: “I want to talk about what happened yesterday with [some specific event]. Let’s start by talking about that first.” Then move through each part of their story chronologically so they’ll have an easier time keeping everything straight while talking with someone else later on down the road.

Help them come up with their solutions whenever possible

Coaching is an active process, meaning the coach and the coachee should work together to solve problems. While coaches can help come up with solutions for their clients, they should also help them come up with their solutions whenever possible. The best way to do this is by helping the person set their own goals and objectives.

This can be done by asking questions such as “What are some things you want to work on?” or “What kind of outcomes do you want?”, then asking them how they’d like to achieve those outcomes.


By following these coaching tips, you can conduct an effective coaching session that will provide useful feedback and help your client come up with their own solutions. The key is to remember that you should never criticize or demean anyone for what they cannot do at their current level of skill and experience. Instead, focus on the positive aspects of their game, so they feel confident about their abilities with each passing practice session. 

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