Let’s first focus on how an ethical coaching engagement begins. The International Coach Federation states this:
Establishing the Coaching Agreement—Ability to understand what is required in the specific coaching interaction and to come to an agreement with the prospective and new client about the coaching process and relationship.
- Understands and effectively discusses with the client the guidelines and specific parameters of the coaching relationship (e.g., logistics, fees, scheduling, the inclusion of others if appropriate).
- Reaches agreement about what is appropriate in the relationship and what is not, what is and is not being offered, and about the client’s and coach’s responsibilities.
- Determines whether there is an effective match between his/her coaching method and the needs of the prospective client.
Here are a few tools regarding forming contracts with clients:
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