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13 Apr, 2012

Top 5 Challenges That Coaches Are Likely To Face With Clients

Posted by: The Coaching Academy In: Life Coaching Articles

top 5 challenges that coaches are likely to face with clients

On most occasions, individuals that seek out coaching possess a demeanour that is conductive to a successful coaching relationship. However, every now and again coaches are presented with some challenging situations.

It may be that a client has no idea of what they want, find it difficult to follow a plan or are simply unwilling to change.

The Top 5 Challenges that we believe coaches face are:


1. A Lack of Commitment

Some people find it extremely difficult to commit to a cause, whether it has to do with work or life in general. One of the most effective strategies to encourage commitment is to build an individuals drive and motivation.

If a client finds meaning and purpose in what they’re doing, they’ll be motivated and willing to to put in the hard yards to achieve their goal.

A coach could assist a client to achieve that drive and motivation by having the client draw a self-image that reflects the positive outcome of their coaching relationships.
2. Procrastination

Procrastination is a common problem that can be a major obstacle for many people. One of the best ways individuals can work around this stumbling block is to break their goal down into manageable sizes – mini goals.

They should then create a timeline that clearly states when their mini goals should be achieved. This is a great strategy for coaching clients to see the rewards that can be gained from disciplined actions and self-control. After all, discipline is always required to achieve goals of substance.

3. Poor Communication Skills

Poor communication skills can leave both the client and the coach in strife. How is a coach supposed to assist someone if they don’t understand what they want? It’s extremely important that a coach knows what their client wants, and therefore vital that they’re well equipped with communication skills that can counteract whatever skills a client may be lacking.

A coach can improve communication with clients by rephrasing what has been said and having them confirm it was in fact what they meant. A coach could also improve client communication by encouraging feedback at every step of the way and by stimulating insights, opinions and ideas.

A coach with good communication skills will also be able to recognise what communication styles work best with their client and deliver their messages in a clear, concise manner that resonates with their client.

4. Lack of Direction

When a client has little idea of what they want to achieve it can be quite challenging for a coach to assist a client to discover what they want out of their coaching relationship.

In circumstances like these, helping a client to identify their personal values, preferences, needs and vocational skills is particularly important, as it will assist them to form a Purpose Statement which will give them heightened perspective of where they are now and a direction to work towards with their coach.

5. Lack of Pro-action

On occasion clients perceive a coach will be able to assist them without having to do anything themselves. They expect to get to their desired destination with very little effort on their part.

This mentality can be extremely challenging for a coach, so it’s very important the coach stresses what their role is at the start of all coaching relationships. It’s also important to clarify your expectations of the client as well as what assistance can be given.



2 Responses to "Top 5 Challenges That Coaches Are Likely To Face With Clients"

1 | Carles Ventura

April 13th, 2012 at 10:41 am


Wonderful text. It really reflects the reality of our business. And I think that points #1 & #5 are very closely related… Commitment and proactivity go together quite often.

2 | Norbert Hennemann

June 13th, 2012 at 4:16 pm


Absolutely true!


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