Last time I mentioned learning from Tim Faulkner the acronym which helps us conclude a coaching
appointment: EASE, and I did a breakdown on the first three letters: Encouragement, Accountability,
and Support. Today: the final E: Evaluation.
Evaluation, Surprises, and Encouragement
The last thing to do before concluding the appointment is to Evaluate the session by getting input from
the one you’re coaching. Ask, “What about this session has been most helpful to you?” Simple enough,
and profound. For one thing, it can elicit some surprises. It may be that there was a particular
breakthrough moment, or a helpful point of provocation, which the coach was entirely unaware of. This
can be encouraging for all parties, because it reassures us that the process is at work and that God
showed up” in the appointment. The question is positively stated, and this brings a sense of well-being
and encouragement to the time. It’s a reminder that God is, indeed, at work. And, finally, the question
helps us gain clarity on how to improve our coaching. If things seem stuck, we can prayerfully consider
and research new approaches to take.
For Your Toolbox
It’s a great way to end a coaching appointment. “What about this session has been most helpful to
you?” Put that in your toolbox.
From now on, I’ll think about three essential acronyms when I’m coaching: WAIT (Why Am I Talking?),
Try that on and see if it works for you.