A quick update on where i’m at. I have to get 3 coachees for this year. I have now decided who they are and my first session is on friday. The first sessions with the coachees will be a contracting session, and I am a little nervous about it. I have lots and lots of coaching books now, which I have been scanning to find info on contracting, plus I am making use of the resources on the portal as well as the notes I made from my initial session with my CMS (Coach mentor supervisor). I was despirately trying to get all the first sessions in place by the end of the month but I have now decided not to add that pressure, even though this means going off the suggested timetable.
I was in oxford for my first workshop which was on supervision. I have to say the best bit for me was meeting others who have been in the course. There were three other delegates who have been on the course together since March. I got some really useful advise off them about what books were really useful (Julie Starr, the coaching manual), how to manage the reading list (dont feel you have to read every book from cover to cover) and how to manage your time (see above about pushing back my contracting sessions. The session itself on supervision was useful. I initially thought supervision was just about observation. I was wrong. we unpacked some meanings on interpretations of the word and then went through some examples of different types of supervision. We went through a devels/angels advocate example which felt like a cut down version of the 6 thinking hats, but it was very useful.
Ive also tried to sneak in some coaching conversations with friends, and it has highlighted that I dont feel I know what im doing yet.