I am honored to share an interview that I recently had with a coaching client. Joe* is eleven years old. He and his parents agreed for me to publish this brief interview with as long as we protected his privacy. Some identifying details have been changed to ensure his privacy.
Laura: Can you tell me what you like most about coaching?
Joe: It helps me accomplish goals that I want to accomplish.
Laura: What goals have you set through coaching?
Joe: The goals that I have this summer are goals like reading books and writing about my day. When I was in school, I had a goal to finish my homework on Friday, not over the weekend.
Laura: Did you have any other goals during the school year?
Joe: I had a goal to achieve the National Physical Fitness Award in school.
Laura: How did you plan for it?
Joe: I did a bunch of exercises like crunches, push-ups and running. I planned my exercise at the beginning of the week, and I checked my progress at the end of each week.
Laura: Did you achieve your goal?
Joe: Yep, I achieved the National Physical Fitness Award!
Laura: That must have been pretty exciting!
Laura: Is there anything you don’t like about coaching?
Laura: Would you recommend coaching to other students?
Joe: Yeah, to other students who have a hard time planning out their week.
* Client’s name has been changed to protect his privacy.
This interview shows just a glimpse of what coaching can do. Goals might be to do more reading, achieve an award or overcome procrastination. As I have said before, there are no right or wrong goals. Goals are determined by the client depending on their needs and priorities with their coach’s support. I want to express my sincere appreciation to Joe for letting me interview him. Please let me know your thoughts and any questions that you have.