Not all prospects will make suitable coaching clients and taking on poor prospects can end in tears. This 10 question Coachability Test will help you make sure you work with clients who are actually coachable.
You’ll find that many people are attracted to coaching but don't get that it’s not all about what the coach does for them but about what they do for themselves with the coach's guidance.
If you have doubts about a prospective clients suitability for coaching this Coachability Test can help weed out those who just shouldn't be, or are not ready to be coached for whatever reason.
It will help set up the requirements and context for successful coaching and avoid frustration and disappointment for you both.
I'd suggest you get the prospect to write their answers rather than do it orally so you both have a record.
Of course you don't want to put a great new prospect, so here is a possible and gentle way to introduce your questions when you send them out.
"Coaching is a wonderful process for helping you have life as you want. However for it to work for you, you need to be willing to make a firm commitment to yourself to be responsible for getting what it is you want to be coached to change or achieve.
So these questions will help make sure this is the best path for you and you know what you are committing to.
Answer the questions as honestly as you can and, if necessary, ask me for more clarification and discuss any grey areas, or things you don't understand."
Be a little wary of the prospect who just answers "Yes" to all questions without much thought or comment. Make sure they understand the reasons and implications.
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