A client recently described her business coaching sessions with me as feeling similar to being poked by sticks. Then she thanked me for the changes I helped her make in her business and she extended our agreement for several months. A prospective client asked at the end of our first strategy sessions if all of the sessions would be as painful for her. I said not ALL of them. She sign up for several months of sessions.
Around a third of my clients cry during at least one of the sessions. Those are the ones who tend to get the most out of our work together. I bring value to my clients by making them uncomfortable and pushing their limits. I wrote awhile ago that my job is the asker of uncomfortable questions and teller of unpleasant truths. asking of uncomfortable questions and teller of unpleasant
My family is in a position right now where we have to make a couple of really big decisions that could significantly change the direction of our lives. My wife and I were talking about the different choices. Suddenly, I started to feel uncomfortable with the conversation. I did feel like I was getting poked with sticks. Then I realized it. My wife was coaching me! I called her out on it. She admitted that she was coaching me. It was uncomfortable, effective but uncomfortable.