What is rapport in coaching? Most simply, it is trust. The client feels safe, seen and understood. We are ‘sympatico’. The client can safely share their truths with us, and we can safely share the truth of what we see—for the client’s benefit and growth. We’re both willing to be fully seen, to withhold judgements, and make mistakes. At its best, rapport enables both client and coach to bare their souls for potent learning and transformation.Emma-Louise Elsey
When you first reach out, we will schedule a 30 minute phone consultation which is free. I have found that during that time, both you (client) and I have a chance to just talk and to see if we feel a connection. Because to me, that’s the most important part of life coaching. Building upon an initial rapport lays the groundwork for success.
We will talk about you (and me, when it’s helpful). You can tell me what’s going on and how you’re feeling. You can tell me, confidentially, what you’re dealing with in your life and what type of help you’re looking for at this time to see if we are a match. I always feel that the initial 30 minutes allows us each to get a feel for the other person, for we will be working in tandem to help you along the way.
We can meet in person, conference via Zoom or talk on the phone during our subsequent sessions. An email follow up from me will be sent after our sessions when appropriate. I have found that many times, people just need a caring listener to help them as they process different situations and relationships in their lives. Sometimes it involves healing from past experiences. Sometimes it involves a present situation and working through it. Sometimes it involves moving through the present in order to plan for the future. Whatever it is, know that I am here for you with intuitive knowing and kindness.
I love to connect with people and to hold their hands when they need help. We all need help from time to time and when we collaborate, we are helping each other.