Coaching is a different kind of support than you may have experienced in the past. The relationship between a coach and client is co-creative, meaning that we are equals and both have an active role. In this relationship am not a therapist, trainer, counselor or consultant. I am your trained coach using honed communication skills to support you as a detached thinking partner. Together we create more power for you to effect meaningful change and take dynamic actions towards your goals.

Your Role

Please take time before each session to complete and email the Session Prep Questions I will provide to you by email. Use this email as a template to create a new email for your responses every week. The most crucial part is for you to name what you’d like to take away from the session. This is called the “Client Agenda”.

Please arrive to every session on time.

Come to your session centered and ready to engage.

Give me feedback in the moment about your coaching experience — what works, as well as what does not.

My Role

I will listen closely to you, respond to what I hear and ask questions. If I hear something in your voice or language that sparks an intuitive thought, I’m likely to ask you about it. Often, it is the small moments that bring about BIG shifts. If I’m not on target, just tell me. I’m not attached to being right.

At the end of the session, if you do not mention what actions you are ready to take, I will make a coach request. I ask clients to stretch themselves, deepen the work done in the sessions by writing, taking some action, resolving relationships or things that feel incomplete. You are free to negotiate, accept or decline.

Extra Time

Between sessions, if you have questions, a brief update, or want to bounce some ideas around, please contact me by phone or email. Please keep these contacts succinct. If it seems like it will be better served as session material, I’ll suggest that.

Ways You Can Get More From Your Coaching Experience

Make our coaching sessions a priority. Come to every call with a specific agenda – a clear understanding of what you’d like to take away from the session.

Do your own work between sessions. Use what you learn. Complete what you agree to do.

Be open-minded. Try new approaches. Experiment.

Be willing to change your beliefs and patterns if they do not serve you anymore.

Ready to take the next step? Contact me today to schedule a free introductory session. See for yourself whether coaching is right for you –
and whether we would make a good team!

Becky Swanson is a deacon with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She is also a member of the Deaconess Community (that's where the "Sister" thing comes from.)

She works with women in ministry who want to be more creative and joyful in their leadership that transform their communities.