8 Health Coaching Tips

Health Coaching Tips

Health Coaching is a profession that requires a talent for listening, supporting, and holding your patient accountable.  Like any coach, we’re often judged by the performance of our clients.  It doesn’t matter that you’ve done everything right if your client isn’t attached to the outcome or unmotivated and unfocused, it’s still a reflection on us. That’s why hockey and football coaches are replaced, the team doesn’t win, the coach has failed.  We’re supposed to know how to get them through failure to a win. That’s tough, but it’s part of the job. So, how to tip the scales in your favor?  Here are some health coaching tips to improve your success rate with your customers.

With successful clients/patients, your stock goes up.

“I want my team to be more detached from the wins and losses and be more focused on doing the little things well. When you focus on getting the win, it can suffocate you, especially during the playoffs when the pressure gets thick.”
Sue Enquist

The Health Coaching Tips

I have some tips for you.  I’d sure like it if you would add some tips yourself.

  1. Study Communication Styles, then practice and research them.  Recognizing Assertive, Aggressive, Passive, and Passive-Aggressive behaviors and knowing how to communicate can be very helpful. Assertiveness is something you should strive for in yourself as a coach.
  2. Have high expectations for your patient/client.  You’re not doing your client any favors by feeling sorry for them when they constantly come up with excuses. Your client may be facing many difficulties, but it’s your job as a coach to help them to reach their goals despite adversity.
  3.  Prepare and give your clients everything they need to prepare.
  4. Celebrate the wins.  Set goals, action steps and prizes.  Success should be rewarded and a good coach acknowledges wins.
  5. “Walk the Talk”, set an example.  It’s easier to convince your client if you do it.
  6. Let your client be a partner in their change.  Work with them to let them find the solutions. (Workbooks do this). Coming up with their own solutions gets them more engaged in the outcome.
  7. Analyze results and be ready for a different plan of action. Changing directions is not a failure, it’s part of the journey.
  8. Be honest.  Trust is so important in a coaching relationship.  As in life itself, honesty promotes trust.

Developing a Process

Developing a process is a good move in almost any aspect of a business.  In coaching, it can save time and help to be prepared and be able to offer your patient what they need when they need it.  Consider developing a process for your meetings.

Compelling Coaching Questions

What would you like to get from this session?

What topic would you like to start with?

What is your long-term goal?

What can you do now to make that happen?

What are some different ways you can approach this?

What are the pros and cons?

If you could start right now with a clean slate, what would you do?

What is the present situation?

What control do you have over that?

What have you done about it so far?

What has worked for you in the past?

What obstacles may there be?

Will that allow you to meet your goal?

What kind of support do you need?

What would you consider a success?

What is really the issue?


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