Everything in the world is built according to the law of composition. It includes an introduction, a main part, and a concluding part. This law works everywhere. The law of composition applies to movies, theatrical productions, presentations, conferences, business meetings, etc.
At the beginning of a coaching session you, as a professional, need to open up the client. Tell him about yourself and encourage him to continue working. Create a positive impression. This is the goal of the introductory part. The client needs to understand who is in front of him and to whom he will be opening up. Part of the success of the meeting will depend on your self-presentation.
In my coaching professional development course, from the first week of training, I ask all students to prepare their presentations for one minute of time and start their coaching sessions with them every time they practice mentoring, or working in twos.
You have no idea how cool it looks when a coach talks about himself confidently and convincingly.
As an example, I will share my presentation with you, and you will prepare your own based on the template.
"Hello, ... (client's name). It's a pleasure to meet you in person. Before we begin, I would like to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about me and my work experience. As you already know, my name is Vlad Shah. I am the founder and mentor-coach of the European Coaching University. My experience in coaching since 2015. In 6 years I have conducted more than 600 coaching sessions and more than 300 individual mentoring sessions.
My specialty is executive coaching. I help business owners and executives accelerate their ambitious and global goals.
80% of my clients achieved results three times faster than they had planned. That's about me in a nutshell.
Tell me, please, is there something you want to tell me about yourself? Perhaps there's something I should know before we start the session?"
Take the time to prepare your presentation. Learn it by heart so as not to stray and not to make unnecessary pauses. Demonstrate your high level and professionalism from the first minute with the client.
If you would like to know more about the mistakes of coaches, you can download an introductory fragment or buy my book, "50 Mistakes of a Beginning Coach."
Sincerely, Vlad Shakh.