Here’s a great way to start a coaching session. Ask your clients to check in with “a rose and a thorn.”
Describe how you are feeling in two words: one word to describe the best of what is going on for you and one word to describe the worst.
Eg: “Hopeful and tired,” “excited and exhausted,” or “ready and scared.”
This is an especially great check-in for a group coaching session because you can rapidly go around the room and have everyone feel seen and heard with just two words.
It’s also a great reminder that we’re not alone. Everyone has challenges along with their joys and struggles alongside their successes.
If you want a next level check-in, ask them for “a rose, a thorn and a bud.” The bud is something that you’re really looking forward to.