A coach is a guide. A friend. A resource who paves the way to success, and derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as coach is to inspire, encourage, and support your coachee, and to contribute to their professional and personal development.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What am I expected to do? Coaches are expected to provide their coachee with about one hour of support and interaction per month. Most of this interaction will take place via email and other web-related tools (for example, instant messaging) or face-to-face, as appropriate. Coaches should work with their coachee to determine what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to finding jobs, general career advice, information on higher studies, technical information, personal encouragement, and so on.
- What should I do if my coaching relationship isn't going well? We encourage letting the coaches know about the situation and contacting a program administrator as soon as possible. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
Connect with Coachees!
Share your expertise with those willing and eager to learn.
- Set aside time for the coaching process and honor all appointments.
- Invite the coachee to meetings or activities, as appropriate. Schedule meetings with planned topics.
- Be flexible on meeting times and places.
- Arrange frequent contacts through telephone, email, face-to-face, etc., as appropriate.
- Respond to emails from your coachee within two days of receipt.
- Keep information that your coachee has shared with you confidential. If something concerning the coachee needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the coaching relationship.
- Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
- Foster creativity and independence. Help build self-confidence and offer encouragement.
- Provide honest and timely feedback to your coachee.
- Provide opportunities for the coachee to talk about concerns and ask questions.
- Above all, LISTEN.
- Try to give advice on everything.
- Encourage your coachee to be totally dependent upon you.
- Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc., unless they are constructive contributions.
- Be too busy when the coachee needs your friendship or your support. If you do not have time, give the coachee a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.