As a life coach trainer over the past decade, I’ve listened to thousands of recorded coaching sessions. In almost every coaching session within the first few minutes, a coach and client reach a critical moment in the coaching session. I regard a critical moment as that point when the client decides whether or not to trust the coach and the coaching process and dig deeper into his or her awareness, and explore previously unvocalized ideas and emotions. The coach can’t force it, but a coach can create a safe space and invite the client to take the opportunity to seize the moment.
When do you know you’ve arrived at a critical moment?