Do you like working with ambitious clients who want to change the world? Or clients who subscribe to the idea that anything is possible with the right tools and resources?
If you answered yes, high-performance coaching may be an excellent fit for you. You will work with clients to help them unleash their potential and perform at their highest level.
Read on to find out more about how to become a high-performance coach. Want to follow along with Quenza tools? Use the Quenza Lite package for just $1 during the first month.
What is High-Performance Coaching?
High-performance coaching relates to coaching individuals to perform at their best in their career or personal life. Many clients seek high-performance coaching after significant setbacks or realizations in life.
This coaching method borrows techniques from sports and military environments. High-performance coaching will result in sustained changes and an elevated lifestyle for the client in the long term.
High-performance coaching relates to coaching individuals to perform at their best in their career or personal life.
A Look At High-Performance Lifestyle Coaching
A lifestyle coach helps clients realize their desires. These desires can be for health, entertainment, income, education, relationships, spirituality, everyday concerns, or other areas.
When it comes to high-performance lifestyle coaching, the coach will help the client upgrade their lifestyle to an optimal level by working towards lifestyle goals chosen by the client.
What is High-Performance Executive Coaching?
Many leaders in the corporate world are faced with intense demands in an ever-changing business environment. Shareholders expect remarkable returns, customers want the best products as soon as possible, and employees can easily be wowed by competitors.
Executive coaches need to meet the demands of all stakeholders while striving to maintain their health, relationships, and spirituality. High-performance executive coaching will help executive leaders excel in their businesses and personal lives.
The High-Performance Coaching Model
Let’s explore three widely used high-performance coaching models.
The Flow Model – The difficulty of a challenge and the client’s belief in their skill to perform the challenge decide if the client enjoys the task and gets into the “flow” status. Quenza’s Exploring Flow Experiences tool, shown above, can help clients explore these flow experiences.
The Performance Equation – As per coach and author Timothy Gallwey, one’s performance is equal to potential minus interference. Interference can come from the client’s fears, inner critic, and worries, and the goal of the coach is to acknowledge potential and minimize interference.
From Inner Critic to Inner Coach Meditation, another Quenza Expansion shown above, lets the client identify factors that result in interference.
The GROW Model – The acronym GROW stands for Goal, Reality, Options, and Will/Way Forward. This model helps clients clarify their goals, identify the current situation and gaps, list viable options, and make decisive plans on achieving the goals. As shown here, Quenza’s A Mindful Goal Focus will help clients identify the balance between future goals and the current moment.
How To Coach For High Performance
Coaching for high performance varies from other coaching types, as the client may need to be challenged more than usual.
- Ensure client goals motivate the client adequately. The key to high-performance coaching is to set slightly challenging goals that are milestones on the way to the client’s ultimate performance goals. When the client sets safe goals out of fear, it’s the coach’s responsibility to push the client outside their comfort zone.
- Provide honest and transparent feedback. When the client executes according to the action plan, the coach should not hesitate to offer constructive feedback to help the client achieve their goal faster.
- Establish the client as the expert in their life. Clients who come for high-performance coaching already have a very clear idea of what they want. As the coach, you need to honor their needs and respect their action plan as they are the expert in their life.
- Promote a learner’s attitude. High performance is all about having a learner’s mindset vs. a judger’s mindset, as the client takes daily action to work towards their goals. The coach should model this thinking and help the client embrace a similar mindset.
4 Benefits of Using Online Software
There are many benefits to using online software for your high-performance coaching practice.
- Improve client accountability – Using coaching software, clients can be sent regular lessons and exercises easily. This will improve the client’s accountability to their goals as most of the coaching happens between sessions when clients apply what they learned in coaching to their real lives.
- Streamline processes – An online software lets coaches store all client information in a single location, making the records easy to store, search, and retrieve as needed.
- Save time through automation – One of the most significant advantages of using online software is that it lets you automate almost all admin tasks. When your practice grows, this can become a considerable time-saver.
- Access an expert community of coaches – Most online coaching platforms let you ask questions and share experiences with like-minded coaches. This is useful because an effective coach continues to upskill based on the latest research and methodologies.
5 Ways To Use Quenza For Coaching
The Quenza platform has many tools that you can use in your coaching practice.
Goal Visualization: This tool can help clients become crystal clear on their goals through a visualization exercise.
Realizing Long-Lasting Change by Setting Process Goals: Using this tool, clients can build daily habits that will convert to long-lasting changes and help achieve their goals.
Pathways: This Quenza feature helps automate the sending of a collection of activities to clients at predetermined intervals. This can save a lot of time for a coach.
Client Chat: Sometimes, clients may want immediate input as they are executing against their high-performance action plans. The Quenza chat functionality enables you to communicate with clients securely.
Expansions Library: For high-performance coaching, it is critical to have clear goals, measure progress along the way, and readjust plans as needed. The Quenza Expansions Library has a ton of coaching activities and exercises that you can use in every stage of coaching.
Training in High-Performance Coaching
There are four components to becoming a skilled coach:
- Complete an accredited training program
- Practice coaching with real clients (the number of hours will vary based on the accreditation)
- Pass a coaching skills evaluation test
- Continue to refine coaching skills
Besides learning about high-performance coaching techniques, you will need to master coaching fundamentals like asking powerful questions, active listening, coaching presence, direct communication, and using intuition.
How To Become A Certified High-Performance Coach
Here are three certification programs for a high-performance coach.
- Coaching Credentials by the International Coaching Federation (ICF): Although ICF credentials do not solely focus on high-performance coaching, ICF is one of the most recognized bodies for coaches. In addition, ICF-affiliated training programs generally cover a fair share of high-performance techniques.
- Certification by the High Performance Institute: You can become a certified high-performance coach by completing this program. The certification is by Brendon Burchard, named as “the world’s leading high-performance coach” by Forbes.
- Certified High Performance Coach by GrowthDay: This high-performance coaching certification is affiliated with the High Performance Institute mentioned above and includes science-backed frameworks to implement a 12–week coaching engagement with clients.
5 Best Courses, Programs, and Study Guides
- The Inner Game of Tennis (Amazon) by W. Timothy Gallwey explores mindset shifts for peak performance.
- ICF Coach Knowledge Assessment Exam Preparation for the ICF credential examinations.
- Coach Training by the Adler Graduate Professional School follows Adlerian psychology models for coaching. (Full disclosure: I’m an Adler-Trained Coach and can personally attest to how great the program is. However, this is not an affiliate link or an advertisement.)
- Co-Active Professional Coach Training by the Co-Active Training Institute is a widely recognized program that follows the Co-Active Model.
- Free Study Guide from the Life Coach Certification Institute for life coaches.
When you coach for high performance, clients naturally expect you to be a high performer yourself. An online coaching platform can help you become a high-performing coach by streamlining processes and saving time to expand your practice.
Start with Quenza for $1 to discover how you can take your coaching to the next level.