It has been my experience (and I know I’m not the only one) that coaching is an overall transient experience. You get coached, you get ideas, insights & motivation, hopefully you act on these in a difference-making way, and that’s it.
What remains afterwards is hard to define or quantify: hopefully some noticeable results persist when the coaching ends, but motivation and inspiration are eminently perishable, and ideas (unless captured) all too commonly fade from memory.
This isn’t a huge problem for coaching: again it’s ultimately about the real-world impact which gets made, and if the coaching is worthwhile this should be a given. Still, to have some tangible souvenir of the process would be a nice perk at very least, and perhaps a substantial value-adding takeaway.
I’ve had numerous coaches ask me some variation of: “My client is wrapping up their program with me. Is there any way I can get all of their data out of the system so that they can have it after we’re done?”
With CoachAccountable’s ability to export complete client records, the answer is yes.
On the Clients tab you can find an Export button for each client:
Give it a click and you’re greeted with some options of what data you’d like to include in the export:
By default the complete coaching history will be exported, but if for example you’d like to share a monthly update, you can narrow it down to the month of interest.
Similarly, by default all types of items are included, but if for example you just want Metrics and Actions, just pick those two and uncheck the rest.
What you get out is a single HTML file: super lightweight and super portable. This format makes it easy to share with interested parties via email as a simple attachment.
Here’s what one looks like:
As an HTML file, you can even post the record file online, either as a way to publicly showcase your style of coaching (assuming you’ve got your client’s blessing to do so) or to share with select parties in some sort of secure manner.
Though I imagine folks will come up with others, there are 3 general uses for client exports:
- To provide a client company a consolidated report on coaching progress on the individuals they’ve hired you to coach.
- As a case study to showcase your coaching stye and results.
- As a regular or end-of-term souvenir for your clients to have and keep.
There’s so much about a coaching relationship that gets naturally captured within CoachAccountable, and the net result of this plus client exports is a good looking and readily-shared record of the whole process.
This is nice, because good coaching deserves to be so much more than a series of transient conversations.
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Previously: On Being a One-Man Operation