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What does it mean to 'partner' with a client?

At the core of coaching is Partnership—as a partner, the coach is not teaching or giving advice. The coach’s role is to see the client in their highest version of themselves (even if the client can’t see it yet).

Together we set goals, define measures of success, and determine—clearly and with compassion—what needs to be addressed to experience real transformative life shifts. The relationship serves as the foundation for deep exploration and personal growth. It’s important to remember though, that each one of us is responsible for our own transformation.

So how do you create a strong partnership? …. TRUST

Trust is often built over time and over the course of a coaching relationship, however there are some key things that can foster trust immediately. These are my core principals as your coach:

1. I will always seek first to understand. Every one of my clients comes from different backgrounds and life experiences, so its imperative I understand your experiences, values and beliefs.

2. I won’t assume I know what’s best. You are the expert of your own life and have an intuitive knowing you can tap into at any time that is your internal guidance system (your internal GPS). I will not override this wisdom.

3. I will open your eyes and ensure safe exploration. We have an opportunity to partner up and solve problems in a new way. Fresh eyes, without emotional attachment, absolutely help. That’s my job.

4. I will stay in integrity with my word. This is my promise to you: I will show up on time, do what I say I will do, and communicate with you clearly how I will support you and your goals. Think of me as your partner in crime!

If a collaborative, cooperative and supportive partnership feels right to you—to move you forward one step at a time—I look forward to hearing from you.

Amanda Trenfield

Reinvention & Transformation Coach


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